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What’s On this weekend in Sussex

Fri 27 to Sun 29 July 2018

Enchanted Horsham, Horsham Park, Fri 27, Sat 28, Sun 29 July

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Enchanted Horsham

Want to see a unicorn? I have it on good authority one will be trotting about in Sussex this July. It’s part of Enchanted Horsham, a three day family-friendly Summer wonderland event where bands, street theatre, circus workshops, a vintage funfair, mermaid tales and life-size puppets are all part of the fun. After dark things will get really magical, with unicorns and dragons’ eggs waiting to be discovered and the gardens illuminated with projections and fire. You can even set yourself aglow by donning some UV face paint and joining a silent disco. Adult tickets are £20 but under 16s go free!

enchantedhorsham.co.uk

Outdoor opera/musical picnics, Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath, Fri 27, Sat 28 July /Suns in Aug

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You don’t have to go full Glyndebourne for a bit of opera and alfresco lounging this summer. Borde Hill Gardens has an outdoor pop-up from well known touring company Opera Brava. They’re presenting La Boheme with a chamber ensemble on Fri 27 July and The Marriage of Figaro on Sat 28 July. Look out too for their musical picnics on Sundays in August. Opera tickets are £30 adults, £10 for children.

bordehill.co.uk

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Themed weekends, Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, various dates from 28 July- 02 Sept

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Alongside its regular attractions, Fishers has an action-packed range of holiday events starting with Little Farmers Weekend  this 28 Jul – 29 Jul which gives youngsters the chance to operate a tractor and get hands on with farm animals. There’s Cowboys and Cowgirls Weekend; Superheroes Weekend, Wiggly Weekend a Beach Party and Army Weekend also coming up. For more events for children see the big Muddy school hols round-up here.

fishersfarmpark.co.uk

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Have a Go at Archaeology, Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester, 24 July to 3 Aug

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Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeological excavation or wondered how the past can be recreated from just a few tiny pieces of pottery and bone? Visit Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer, with or without kids, to find out, as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

sussexpast.co.uk

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The Wonder Project, Wakehurst, 26 July – 5 August

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The are more creative evening happenings going on at Wakehurst. Get set for an evening of interactive art installations, soundscapes and sculpture in the botanic gardens. Artists include Hidden Orchestra, Studio Long and Limbic. The experimental art pieces explore out relationship with nature. The artists have previously shown work at and collaborated with the Tate, Saatchi Gallery, Glastonbury, the Design Museum and the BBC.

kew.org/wakehurst

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Drag Queen story time/Kidz Pride silent disco, BAi360 beach building, Mon 30 July to Fri 3 August

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In the week leading up to Brighton Pride, bring your under-8s along to the BA i360 from 10am to 10.45am to hear colourful stories about acceptance, tolerance and daring to be different, hosted by top Brighton drag queens.(Free but advance booking recommended). At the start of Pride weekend itself there’s also a silent disco (11am – 4pm, Fri 3 Aug)for £7.50 per 4-15 year-old, with two adults free per paying child.

BritishAirwaysi360.com/events

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Walled Garden, Tilgate Park, Crawley, Fri 27 & Sat 28 July

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The Importance of Being Earnest

This Is My Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Alice with just three actors! Find out how they do it at this pop-up outdoor theatre in Crawley. They’ll also be performing The Importance of Being Earnest in Chichester and Hove in August.

facebook.com/Thisismytheatre/

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LAST CHANCE TO CATCH

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ABBA: Super Troupers, Southbank Centre, London until Sun 29 July

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Photo by Victor Frankowski

Well Mamma Mia 2 is out and what better excuse to catch the tail end of this brilliant exhibition with a difference (see my review). It’s led by a tour guide and narrated by Jarvis Cocker. Nine immersive rooms – including a mock up of Brighton’s Grand Hotel where ABBA stayed when they won Eurovision – plus personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes are included. You need to book a timed slot and tours last about an hour. The money, money, money? Tickets are £25.

southbankcentre.co.uk

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ONGOING

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Hitchcock Season, Duke of Yorks cinema, Brighton, Sundays 8 July – 12 Aug

If you want some respite from the sun then treat yourself to a Hitchcock masterpiece this month – Picturehouse Cinemas are putting on a season of the director’s work. It kicks off with Carey Grant in North by Northwest on 8 July, then it’s Jimmy Stewart in the brilliant Rear Window on 15 July, Strangers on a Train on 22 July, the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca on 29 July, Psycho 5 Aug and Vertigo 12 Aug. Tickets are £8 (£5 members). If you’re in London over coming weekends the same season is running at Picturehouses there.

picturehouse.com

Hastings Fringe, various venues, throughout July 

Hastings Fringe takes over the town throughout July. There will be more than 60 performances to be held over 10 venues across Hastings & St Leonards including theatre, spoken word, cabaret, music, film and visual arts. A drunk Macbeth on 8 July and an evening combining Vivienne Westwood and Elvis on 19 July are among the more unusual options.

hastingsfringe.co.uk

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