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Fri 19 - Sun 21 July

 Cabaret Boheme Summer Ball, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 19 July

Mistress of Ceremonies Veronica Blacklace, who will charm you with her vocals and tongue-in-cheek banter, introduces guest professionals to perform jaw-dropping aerial and pole antics, plus a series of women who’ve just completed a six-week Burlesque course and are ready to show you how to shake a tail feather. Tickets from £15.


Great Gatsby Fair, Bexhill, Fri 19, Sat 20 & Sun 21

Bexhill’s big Roaring 20s celebrations are this weekend with Charleston dance challenges, swing bands, a jazz breakfast and stalls selling vintage wares. The fun is in two locations – East Parade (The Bexhill Sailing Club to Galley Hill) which is free access and the Metropole Lawns (beside the De la Warr pavilion) where it’s £2 per adult, free for under 16s and there will be entertainment between 10.00 and 18.00. There’s also the Great Gatsby Ball on Friday evening (£15-18) and a concert on Sat night £7-10).


Outdoor opera and theatre, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, Sat 20, Sun 21 & Thurs 25 July

Opera Bravada stops in at the Weald & Downland Living Museum with two performances on concecutive days. On Sat 20 July watch as Count Almaviva aided by his good friend Figaro manages to woo his love Rosina away from her wicked guardian Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. Next up, on Sun 21 July, is The Marriage of Figaro with passion, lust, betrayal, deception and ultimate forgiveness taking place in just 24 hours. Bring a rug and a picnic, or buy food from the Waterside Cafe. Family favourite The Wind in the Willows brings mishap and mayhem on Thurs 25 Jul in Quantum Theatre’s new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s novel. Opera tickets £30, Wind in the Willows, £14 adults, £10 children, £40 families.


Love Island, The Experience, Brighton, Fri 19 – Mon 29 July

Love Island fan? Luna – the guys behind Brighton’s beach cinema, are also bringing us Love Island The Experience this July 19 – 29 with themed photo ops and cocktails, outdoor screenings of the live action and guest appearances from departing islanders. It will all be happening on a site beside the Palace Pier. Tickets from £14.50 with upgrade options including a VIP beach hut with drinks.


Moon Landing Anniversary, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sat 20 & Sun 21 July

A weekend of family activities celebrate the first moon landing 50 years ago. See science shows, launch rockets, create craters and build buggies from recycled materials. There’s also a chance to see the 26-inch refracting telescope that Sir Patrick Moore used to create maps of the moon – the very maps used by NASA to help chose Apollo landing sites. Daytime admission pries are £8.75 for adults, £6.75 for children. Families £27.75.


Fly Me to the Moon, Petworth Festival, Sat 20 July

Another event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Stephen Hawking’s daughter, author and presenter Lucy Hawking, will join soprano and actor Sarah Gabriel and composer and music director Joseph Atkins in Fly Me to the Moon. The show incorporates space-themed music and song (with hits from Bowie, Pink Floyd and more), film, historic artefacts, the voice of Stephen Hawking, some recently revealed secrets from NASA, and a moon buggy. It’s on at 17.00 and 20.00 in Leconfield Hall. Tickets are £15 (£5 for under 18s).
Bohemian Rhapsody, Outdoor Cinema, Madehurst Cricket Ground, Arundel, Sat 20 July

Enjoy some sundowners and watch the hit Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic at this charity fundraiser in aid of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. Bring a rug or chair and a picnic, or buy woodfired pizza, fish and chips and more on site. Tikcets are £10.


Lifted, Summer of Circus, Worthing, Sat 20 July

There’s alfresco free circus in Worthing this weekend. Check out Lifted by all-female acrobatic company Mimbre outside the Pavilion Theatre on Sat 20 July. There will also be trampoline antics with DIP in the same place on Sat 3 Aug.



Sense and Sensibility/Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Uppark House and Garden, nr Petersfield, Sat 20 July/ Sat 17 Aug


You’ll find heroes, heartbreak and debonair villains, all topped off with a dashing duel in this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from DOT Productions coming up at the National Trust’s Uppark House and Garden near Petersfield on the evening of Sat 20 July (tickets £15). The next month Illyria will be making it an Arabian night when they perform Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on Sat 17 Aug (Adults £17.50, children £8.50).


Dine in the Vines, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July

Rathfinny has joined forces with Big Green Egg – the team behind the ceramic charcoal BBQs loved by Michelin chefs – to bring guests a unique, alfresco vineyard dining experience. It all sounds very fancy with the menu including Monkfish loin wrapped in Chardonnay vine leaves and well-aged Galloway beef cooked over fire. The event runs Sat 6 July for lunch noon and dinner at 17.00 and then on Sun 7 July, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July for lunch at noon. Tickets are £50 which includes a welcome Seven Sisters cocktail.


Firle Farm open day and other family activities, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, near Eastbourne, Sun 21 July and later dates


Drop in on the family-friendly Firle Farm open day on Sun 21 July for games, wildlife, cream teas and more between noon and 16.00. There’s also Bat Detectorists event coming up at th farm on Fri 30 Aug. On Thurs 25 July join an archeology beach and lookout walk (11.00 – 13.30). There’s a similar walk around Crowlink on Sun 28 July. Also coming up over the school holidays is a guided Rockpool Adventure on 29 July, 8 Aug, 27 Aug and 7 Sept. You can also pick up a beach scavenger hunt tracker pack to explore by yourselves.


Driftwood garden charity opening, Seaford until 25 July

The gorgeous private Driftwood Garden at Seaford (pictured) that has featured on TV is currently open to the public in aid of the St Peter and St James Hospice. Tickets are £15.  Pre-book here.


Oklahoma! Chichester Festival Theatre, 15 July – 7 Sept

Chichester Festival Theatre’s big summer musical Oklahoma! is here, starring Josie Lawrence, Les Misérables alumni Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke. Yee-ha! Tickets are from £10.



Polo at Cowdray, West Sussex, until Sun 22 Sept


The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols, tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free for all. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.


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