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What’s On in Sussex 19 – 27 April

19 - 27 April 2018

Birdsong, The Capitol, Horsham, Mon 23 to Sat 28 April 

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Birdsong is the hit stage show based on Sebastian Faulks’famous novel. The story is set in pre-war France, when young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with Isabelle Azaire. Faced with the unprecedented horror of war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as the world turns upside down and explodes around him.

The Muddy Stilettos Awards, Sussex, voting starts Mon 23 April

 They’re back! Get set to nominate your favourite independent business across Sussex in 24 categories including cafe, destination pub, photographer, family attraction, fitness instructor and many more when the awards open on the afternoon of Mon 23 April.

Saddlescombe Farm open day, Devil’s Dyke, near Brighton, Sun 22 April 

The National Trust’s hamlet at Saddlescombe near Devil’s Dyke will be open to the public on Sunday 22 April. The secluded farm on the South Downs was once owned by the Knights Templar. During the day visitors can enjoy specialist tours, craft desmonstrations, a farmers market and children’s activities. Artefacts on display will include Stone Age tools and Roman pots found on the site.

Record Store Day, various locations, Sat 21 April 

If you love music, particularly on vinyl, you’ll be wanting to hot foot it down to your nearest indie shop for Record Store Day this Sat 21 April. There will be in-store gigs to celebrate and 500 special limited edition releases. See my round-up here of the Sussex stores taking part in Eastbourne, Bexhill, Lewes, Brighton and Chichester.

Grease Sing-along, Connaught cinema, Worthing, Thurs 19, Sat 21 and Sun 22 April.

Have you got chills? Are they multiplying? I prescribe sing-along Grease, celebrating 40 years of the classic musical at Worthing. Tickets are £7.

Elderflower Fields festival, Pippingford Park, near Uckfield, Fri 25 – Mon 28 May – last few tickets!

The very last few tickets are left for this year’s family-friendly Elderflower Fields festival – it’s expected to sell out in the next few days. Adult weekenders are £130, kids’ tickets are from £1 to £72,50, depending on age, there are no day tickets this year. See a video of the highlights here.

Introduction to Mindfulness, Cowdray Hall, Tues April 24 

Grab a couple of hours after work to learn how to unwind and live in the moment. This introduction to mindfulness will teach short meditations and exercises. It runs 19.00 – 21.00 and costs £10 but there are only 10 places so do book ahead.

.Children’s /teens photography club, Railway Land, Lewes, Sun 22 April – 13 May

Spring is finally underway and nature is looking photogenic. At The Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes between April 22 – Sun 13 May there’s a photography club for 8 – 13s run by Wildlife expert Steve Homewood (£48 for non-members).

My Family: Not the Sitcom, David Baddiel, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Thurs 26 April

This show by TV comedian David Baddiel has had great reviews. It’s a warts-and-all tribute to his parents which covers his late mother’s blatant affair and his dad’s dementia. Affectionate but honest it has been known to make people laugh and cry in equal measures. Tickets are £27.

Burgess Hill RFC Warrior Camp, Poveys Close, Burgess Hill, Wed 25 April 

Burgess Hill RFC is hosting a ‘Warrior Camp’ on Wednesday 25 April to encourage more women and girls to try the sport.  Participants will be introduced to the basics of rugby, including passing, kicking and tackling, along with enjoyable fitness routines. If you’re a sporty type, bring a friend or a daughter and have a go. 19:00 – 20:30.

Bluebell walks in Sussex, various locations, until late May 

Bluebells are generally showing off from early or mid-April to the end of May, hanging out in old woodland and on bracken-covered hills. See my round-up of the ten best places in Sussex to catch them.

Celebrating Shakespeare, Shoreham-by-sea, Sat April 21st

As part of Shoreham Wordfest, the town will be celebrating Shakespeare’s Brithday with a one-day festival. There’s a free Songs Sonnets and Soliloquies concert in St. Mary de Haura Church in the morning. In the afternoon Chris Hare will tell intriguing tales of the passions, dodgy deeds and shenanigans in Elizabethan Sussex. It all rounds off with Shakespeare Night – a rustic ploughman’s supper, dancing to Kate’s Kitchen Band, entertainment with madrigals and actors and, if you’re game, Elizabethan fancy dress.

Turn of the Screw, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Wed 18- Sun 21 April

Henry James’ much-loved classic ghost story is on tour and stopping into Worthing. Set in 1840 it concerns a young governess who agrees to look after two orphans in a seemingly idyllic country house but starts to realises there are ‘The Others ‘- ghosts of its troubled past.  It’s promised to be faithful to the original and capture its much-celebrated ambiguity. If you’ve seen and enjoyed The Woman in Black this will be right up your street. Tickets are £24.50

Tulip Festival, Hever Castle, Kent, 18 – 27 Apr

The second Tulip Celebrations event as part of the Tulip Festival at Hever Castle & Gardens will be even bigger and better in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Visitors will be able to enjoy a trail either self-guided or with Hever’s Head Gardener Neil Miller and marvel at the 20,000 tulips, in many colours and different varieties planted along the Pompeiian Wall, in the Tudor Garden and the Italian Garden.

Ingmar Burgman season at The Picturehouse, Brighton, The Seventh Seal, Sun 22 April

See where Scandi noir began with this retrospective of famous Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Burgman from the BFI, being shown at Brighton’s Picturehouse cinemas. On Sun 22 April the season will kick off with The Seventh Seal. I don’t think it’s about wildlife. Tickets are £8 (£5 members)

Spring tearoom opening, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, near Steyning, selected dates 17 April – 11 May

Spring has sprung and that’s a great excuse for scones! The Artisan Bakehouse, in a lovely garden setting near Steyning, is open to the public from 17 April through until 11 May every Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday 12 – 5pm serving award-winning lunches, freshly made bread, cakes, scones and afternoon teas. If you want to have a go at creating something tasty yourself, take a look at the two-day Serious about Sourdough class coming up with internationally renowned baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou on 22 and 23 May.

Brighton Rock, Theatre Royal, Winchester, Hants, Thurs 19 – Sat 21 April 

If you’re within striking distance of Winchester here’s another chance to catch this great production of Graham Greene’s chilling story of teenage murderer Pinkie, his gang rivals and his naive new wife. It’s well worth the trip, great acting and an inventive set.  Tickets are from £26. See my review here from when it was in Brighton.

Fashioned From Nature, V&A Museum, London 21 April 2018 – 27 January 2019

The V&A’s new fashion exhibition traces the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world since 1600. A pineapple fibre clutch-bag, Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles and a cape of cockerel feathers are amongst the 300 beautiful, intriguing and unsettling objects on display. Tickets cost £12 per person.

FREE pet goodie bags, The Pet Shed, Fiveways, Brighton, while stocks last 

Animal Aladdin’s cave The Pet Shed at Fiveways in Brighton has FREE goodie bags to give away to Muddy readers worth over £25 each and tailor-made for your furry, feathered or scaly friends while stocks last! Simply pop in and say Muddy Stilettos sent you!


Cruise Inspirations Show, Baldwins Travel Group, Sun 29 April 

Thinking of setting sail? These guys will steer you right. Sussex and Kent travel agency Baldwins is putting on a dedicated cruise day at Bewl Water with over 25 experts from sea and river cruising on hand to  answer your questions and inspire you for your next trip. Book free fast track entry ahead.

The Wicker Man, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, 1 May 

Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress will be screening 1972 folk horror classic The Wicker Man on 1 May – the very day it takes place. Local group Gadzooks will also be playing songs from the film beforehand and there will be a bar. Tickets are £8. There are more films, of the family and the spooky kind coming up in later months.

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