What’s On this weekend
Fri 17 - Sun 19 May
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Sun 19 May
Skill, stamina and red-hot rhythms are promised as taiko drumming tribe Mugenkyo comes to Horsham. High energy beats on huge drums combine with sharp synchronisation and dramatic choreography. Tickets are £23.
Best of British Gin Festival, New Inn, Hurstpierpoint, Sat 18 May
Muddy Award-wining wine merchants South Downs Cellars have a Best of British Gin Festival happening at the New Inn in Hurstpierpoint with over 30 of the best gins the UK has to offer, presented by the very people that make them. You pay for entry then buy tokens to taste… well perhaps not all 30 but the ones that catch your eye. Get your designated driver sorted pronto!
Museums at Night, Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton nr Chichester, Fri 17 & Sat 18 May
Weald & Downland is taking part in Museums at Night with an atmospheric of a guided walk.
Follow the lamplight tour to different spaces around the museum, to hear a series of night-time stories on the theme of poaching featuring characters from history. At the end of the evening gather around an open fire for a hot drink and biscuits. Pre-booking essential, tickets are £25. 16+ and not for those easily scared. The evenings run from 9pm for around two hours.
Introduction to Wine Education, The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea, Thurs 16 May
Want to be more than a bluffer when it comes to wine? The Highdown at Goring-by-Sea is holding an Introduction to Wine Education on the evening of Thurs 16 May. You’ll be talked through the basics including grape varieties and different countries of origin and there will be plenty of nibbles to go with the wine. Tickets are £15 per person. Reserve a place by calling 01903 924670.
Mini Run, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sun 19 May
One of the biggest London to Brighton runs of the year culminates at Madeira Drive where parked minis will stretch all the way from Sea Life Brighton to Blackrock. Come and browse the motors and the big market with Mini gifts and accessories running alongside.
Philip Clemo: Dream Maps Live, The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, Fri 17 May
Philip Clemo’s Dream Maps Live brings together musicians, who have worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp, Hugh Masekela, Brian Eno and George Michael and teams them with visual projections from Clemo’s ground-breaking Breath Project, featured at the V&A Museum and The Eden Project. Looks all very chilled and inspiring.
Onstage dating, Komedia studio, Brighton, Thurs 16 – Sun 19 May
Enjoy First Dates on TV? Here’s a chance to see some live. In one of the stranger shows at this year’s Brighton Fringe (and a multiple award winner at other Fringes), Bron Batten will have a series of dates live on stage as you watch romance or a cringe-fest unfold before your eyes. Not sure where the chicken fits in but I’ve seen pics of a sofa, wine and Twister… Ages 14+ (under 16s accompanied), tickets £8-10.
Brighton Festival, Sat 4- Sun 26 May/ Brighton Fringe, Fri 3 May – Sun 2 June
The largest multi-arts festival in England, the Brighton Festival hosts a strong programme of art, theatre, dance, music, literature and family shows. Running alongside the Festival of course is the Fringe with hundreds of cool and quirky drama, comedy, spoken word, music, cabaret and kids’ events throughout the month. It’s also the biggest in England don’tcha know? Plenty of good stuff on, we’ve tickets stuck on the fridge already in Chez Muddy. Enjoy!
Shadowlands, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fri 26 April – Sat 25 May
Hugh Bonneville plays the author C.S. Lewis of Narnia fame alongside Liz White as Joy Gresham, in this new production of heartbreaking romance Shadowlands at Chichester Festival Theatre. Keep an eye out for the Muddy review. Tickets are from £10.
Artists’ Open Houses, Brighton, Hove, Rottingdean and Ditchling, weekends Sat 4 – Sun 26 May
Buy art direct from the makers, often at nicely affordable prices during this big celebration of Sussex’s creators. It’s the largest event of its kind in the UK with around 200,000 visiting. You also get to snoop around some lovely houses!