What’s On this weekend
Fri 2 - Sun 4 Feb
Jungle Book, Chichester Festival Theatre, 25 Jan – 3 Feb
An inventive new production of the well-loved Jungle Book tale is coming to Chichester for a short run, with new songs in the mix. It’s adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale, directed by Max Webster who’s also worked at the Old Vic, with music by Joe Stilgoe. Tickets are from £10.
Natural Selection, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 3 Feb – 22 April
New exhibition Natural Selection is the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, well-known ornithologist Peter Holden. It covers an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs and featuring objects, sculptures, videos and animation. Entry is free.
Ski sale, Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst, Sat 3 Feb
Need to get set for the slopes this half term or later? Ticehurst’s appointment-only barn shop Chilli Ski has a sale of new and nearly new jackets, salopettes, goggles, gloves, thermals and more coming up at Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst. Just drop in between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Sat 3 Feb – the money you save on kit can go towards apres ski!
The Little Match Girl and other Happier Tales, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Tues 6 – Sat 10 Feb
Having debuted at the Globe in London this beautiful puppet production bring Hans Christian Anderson’s magic to Chichester The Little Matchgirl is combined with The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina. It has been getting great review. Tickets are from £20.
Lewes Youth Theatre Group: The Legend of Robin Hood, Lewes Little Theatre, 26 – 28 Jan and 2 – 4 Feb 2018
Putting a modern spin on the legend of Robin Hood, Lewes Youth Theatre Group will perform this production written by American dramatist and screenwriter Larry Blamire. They promise nail-biting sword fights, wise-cracking merry men, a fesity Marion and new-fangled twists. Matinees and evening performances run across two weekends, 26 – 28 Jan and 2 – 4 Feb 2018. Tickets are £8 adults, £6 children.
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V&A Museum, London, Sat 3 Feb – 10 June
The V&A’s new exhibition, celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic. Tickets are £18.
War Horse, Brighton Centre, Thurs 25 Jan – Sat 10 Feb
I can’t believe this hasn’t sold out already but you’re in luck – there are still a good numbers of tickets left for weekdays during its run at the Brighton Centre. The outstanding National Theatre production is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and features those incredible, life-size puppets of the horses you must have seen on telly. I took my mum to see it in London and it really is as good as the hype. It’s suitable for older children upwards and tickets are from £22.30. See a review by Muddy Oxon here.
William Blake In Sussex: Visions of Albion exhibition, Petworth House, 13 Jan – 25 March
Like anyone who studied Blake at school, my main memory is learning that he used to hang out naked in his garden talking to angels in the trees. Most famous of course for the poems The Tyger and the verses that later became the hymn Jerusalem, he was also a prolific artist and from now until 25 March you can see his paintings inspired by the Sussex countryside at Petworth. Tickets are £16, including entry to the grounds.
Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, near Cranbrook, Kent, until Sun 4 Feb
I spent a happy hour or so getting all nostalgic at this V&A Museum of Childhood exhibition when it was on in London (see my post here). Now it is just over the border in Kent – where creators Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin actually created their wonderful stop animation programmes. Yes, you get to see the real Bagpuss, Clangers, artwork from Ivor the Engine and much more. Catch it before it moves on.
National Trust Snowdrop spots, West Sussex, Jan & Feb
In January and February snowdrops cheer up the winter landscape. Wakehurst’s displays of snowdrops form huge drifts as you walk from the Visitor Centre and around the trees near the Mansion Pond. A new Winter Garden will be opening in February featuring snowdrops among the 35,000 plants. Volunteer guides lead a tour daily at 11.30am. At Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath visitors can spot snowdrops, camellias and magnolias underplanted with daffodils and grape hyacinths. Snowdrops can also be found in the bulb meadow in the walled garden. By Valentine’s Day, over 150 different types of plant will be flowering at Nymans.