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What’s On in Sussex Nov 2019

Nov 2019

Looking for more school hols activities?  There’s plenty still current in our dedicated Half Term Guide.

Museums at Night, Batemans, Burwash, Thu 31 Oct

Museums at Night isn’t only about kids’ sleepovers. Enjoy a two course dinner in the Mulberry Tearoom and an exclusive after hours tour of Bateman’s house and collection, plus a presentation by the house’s former owner Rudyard Kipling himself brought to you by the actor Geoff Hutchinson. £50.

The Haunted Ballroom, The Old Market, Hove, Thurs 31 Oct and Fri 1 Nov

TOM and Black Cat Cabaret have teamed up to put on an immersive Halloween cabaret extravaganza covering different rooms.  The evening will be headlined by cult Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit Tankus the Henge and feature aerialist and contortionist Samantha Smith, fire-breathing from Chrisalys, a mirror-dancing gothic burlesque show with The Creepy Twins and live opera from Lili La Scala. It will be hosted by the ‘dark prince of the London Cabaret scene’, Dusty Limits. We caught Black Cat’s Valentine’s night at TOM and it was great. Dress code: Regency splendor / gothic horror / morbid glamour encouraged. Tickets range from £19 to £25, 18+ only.

St Michael’s Hospice Glitter Ball, Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings, Fri 1 Nov

After the success of last year’s Black and White Charity Ball, St Michael’s Hospice returns with the theme of all things glitter and they are inviting you to get your glam on, and dress in your best sparkly outfits for the occasion. Tickets are £45 per person, each table seats 10 people, and including a welcome drink, three course meal, and live entertainment.

Avenue Q, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 

It’s the hit West End puppet show that you definitely don’t want kids to see. Characters in a New York street struggle to get to grips with life’s issues in a laugh-filled adult show from the creators of The Book of Mormon. Tickets from £25, ages 14+ See the Muddy review.

Fireworks Nights, various locations across Sussex – Sat 2 – Sun 24 Nov – Muddy round-up 

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From a space-themed display with VIP lounge upgrades at Fontwell Park Racecourse to ancient bonfire society processions in East Sussex, check out our round-up of 20+ displays in Sussex and nearby from this weekend right through the month here.

Shocktober Fest, Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley, selected dates until Sat Nov 2

If you like your Halloween thrills less pumpkins and cobwebs and more chainsaw massacre get along to the famous fright night theme-park/gig Shocktober Fest. There are various ticket levels, from £12 in advance. The popular X-Scream pass (£33 upwards), gives you access to each of the ten ‘haunts’ – called things like ‘twisted clowns’, creepy cottage’ and ‘the chop shop,’ along with street theatre, Circus of Horrors performances and the live music stages. The same site also offers a rather less scary chance to pick your own pumpkins until Thurs 31 Oct and a Spookfest, with more child-friendly frights.

Tide of Light, Worthing, seafront and town centre, Sat 2 Nov

Worthing’s big community event features lantern making, a large lantern parade, main stage events and after parties. New this year is the town’s first glow in the dark run (sold out but you can walk the fun from 17.30). Much of the action is free.

Time and Time Again, The Rialto, Brighton/ The Hawth, Crawley/ Matthews Yard, Croydon/ The Capitol, Horsham, 3/5/8/9 Nov

See six short plays back-to-back in one evening – like a mini fringe festival in one sitting. This event showcases new writing from five Sussex and Surrey writers, on the theme of past, present and future, staged by the Pitchy Breath Theatre Company. The writers (all women) won a competition for plays of up to 25 minutes that was run as part of Horsham Year of Culture. Subjects include a couple writing their wedding speeches, the coming back together of four estranged friends and deliberations on taking back an ex.It’s on Brighton on 3 Nov, Crawley on the 5th, Croydon the 8th and Horsham the 9th.

Austentatious, Brighton Dome, Sun 3 Nov

Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy, Mansfield Shark… all lost, err, masterpieces previously suggested by the audience and brought to life as improvised comedy plays in the style of Jane Austen novels. I’ve seen the Austentatious team three times (last year with vampires in the mix). They’re talented quick-witted performers and the anachronistic jokes and send ups of the Austen convention are brilliant. The show sells out at Edinburgh Fringe each year and had a recent Radio 4 series. Catch it while it’s back in Brighton. Tickets £19.

Amberley Steampunk Weekend, Amberley Museum, Sat 2 and Sun 3 Nov

Steampunk entertainment and retail therapy come to the suitable setting of a museum full of industrial heritage. Get amongst the creative costumes and watch entertainment from steampunk slanted music acts and ride the museum’s vintage train and bus. Adults £13.60, children(4-15) £7.30. Evening function (£15/£8) must be pre-booked.

Tree and Wood and Halloween events, Leonardslee Gardens, near Horsham, various dates Wed 23 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

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Leonardslee Gardens is celebrating its first autumn since its reopening with foodie and forest events. Between Wed 23 Oct and Thurs 31 Oct, enjoy a Halloween take on the afternoon tea at Leonardslee House, with adults and children’s versions available. Between 24 Oct and 2 Nov join the immersive Tree and Wood experience in the forest accompanied by a montage of image, sound, light and song. Come the school holidays there’s family-friendly fun to be had with a Halloween skelehunt and a boo-stackle course.

Hands On half term, Brighton Science Festival, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, various Brighton venues

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This cracking festival of 40-plus events is back to save October half term, bringing science experts and educational entertainers to town. For 2019 there’ll be an escape room, a chance to set off rockets, cook up food and chemicals, meet snakes and bugs, watch space films, explore maths, challenge fake news, learn to knit – using your own body, investigate a crime scene and much, much more, including several ghoulish Halloween activities (you can even help make a bucket of blood – eughhh!). There’s plenty more still current in our dedicated Half Term Guide.

Petworth Festival Literary Week, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov 

Prue Leith. Picture by Hettie McNeil

Petworth Festival’s Literary Week has expanded into a fortnight for 2019 and will be welcoming several household names, with Hugh Bonneville, James Naughtie, Prue Leith OBE, Jenni Murray, George Alagiah, David Suchet and Jenny Eclair all appearing. Talks, young people’s events, poetry and creative writing are part of the mix.

Pop-up Ice Rink, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Sat 2 Nov – 19 Jan 

Yes, you can already get your skates on in Sussex. Colourfully lit by night, the onion domes of Brighton Pavilion back the city’s seasonal ice rink – this year powered entirely by wind and solar energy. The large covered cafe/bar terrace opens till late, with mulled wine and burgers and the like available. There’s no charge for spectating from here if you just want the atmosphere. Kids get a separate mini rink with penguin skating aids.

The Girl on the Train, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 4 – Sat 9 Nov

The book by Paula Hawkins was a total page turner, then came the film and now there’s a stage play to complete the trio. Starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On, Kingsman) critics are raving about the show, and even if you already know the story of unreliable narrator Rachel Watson and her obsession with her past life and people she’s glimpsed from the train, apparently there are still plenty of surprises in the play. Tickets from £22.

Angela Barnes, Rosetinted, The Spiegeltent, Chichester Festival Theatre, Wed 6 Nov

Sussex comedian and star of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week and more, Angela Barnes is back with her brand new show Rose-Tinted, really trying, to look on the bright side of life. Tickets are £12.

Noble and Stace chocolate workshop, The White Horse, Chilgrove, Thurs 7 Nov (and later dates/venues)

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The next Noble and Stace chocolate-making workshop is coming up at The White Horse at Chilgrove on Thurs 7 Nov. It’s a fun experience with plenty of your own handcrafted chocs, truffles and bars to take home. £99 including a two-course lunch. Check out the Muddy review here. There are also workshops coming up in December at Goodwood and Ashurst.

The Happy Mondays, Brighton Dome, Thurs 7 Nov

Get your best Bez dancing moves on. The Happy Mondays’ – that’s Shaun Ryder, Bez, Rowetta, Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder, Mark Day and Dan Broad – are in Brighton to perform their greatest hits including Step On, Kinky Afro, Hallelujah, W.F.L., Loose Fit, Judge Fudge and 24 Hour Party People. Tickets £35.

The Lady Vanishes, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 4 – Sat 9 Nov 

BAFTA-nominated Gwen Taylor and ‘Villain of the Year’ Andrew Lancel are reunited for the first time since Corrie in this fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. When socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. So, with the help of musician Max, she turns detective… Tickets from £13. It’s later also coming up at Eastbourne 2 – 7 Dec.

NT Live: Fleabag, encore screening, various cinemas, Thurs 7 Nov and later dates 

Tickets for the West End run of Fleabag were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and the NT Live screenings also sold out but there’s another chance to catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge doing her tragi-comic monologue of the dysfunctional 30-something. Chichester (Thurs 7 Nov), Tonbridge (Sat 16), Crawley (Tues 19 Nov), Croydon (Tues 19 Nov), Tunbridge Wells (Tues 26 Nov) and Worthing (Sat 14 Dec) are among places to try your luck for tickets for the encore screenings.

CINECITY, various venues, Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Fri 8 – Sun 17 Nov

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For two weeks every November, CINECITY brings the best in world cinema to the South Coast with a festival programme of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive, live soundtracks, talks and special events.
There are screenings at various Brighton cinemas plus Depot in Lewes.

Lee Mead: My Story, The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Fri 8 Nov

West End leading man Lee Mead will be spilling the beans on his whirlwind life since he played Joseph in the Andrew LLoyd Webber musical. Wicked, Legally Blond, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more followed and now he plays Lofty Chiltern in Casualty and Holby City. Join Lee accompanied by a grand piano and pianist for backstage tales and that lovely singing voice. Tickets are £25 – £60, the pricier options involving a meet and greet.

Russell’s Kane, The White Rock Theatre, Hastings/Brighton Dome, Sat 9 Nov/Sun 24 Nov

TV’s Russell’s Kane brings the second leg of his The Fast and The Curious tour to Sussex. The  comedian will be at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings on Sat 9 November and Brighton Dome on Sun 24 Nov. He’s also coming up in Croydon.

Worthing Ice Rink, Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 9 Nov – 23 Feb

Worthing’s Steyne Gardens pop-up is back and fully covered in a giant marque so you can skate whatever the weather. Regular sessions are for over-fours, while toddlers can get on the ice too in special weekday sessions helped by penguins for balance. There are even six week children’s skating courses and private lessons by arrangement.You can warm up with hot drinks and snacks in the café and even use the venue to host a children’s party. Different prices for peak and off peak.

Xmas wreath making, Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Mon 11 & Thurs 28 Nov

There are just a couple of places left on the Xmas wreath making workshops at Artisan Bakehouse this month (11 & 28 Nov) – one with lunch and one with afternoon tea and Prosecco. There’s also a chance to make festive table decorations on 12 Dec.

Blood Brothers, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Tues 12 – Sat 16 Nov

When I was in my 20s I went through a musical binge stage and this was one of my favourites. It’s still going, quite a <cough> few years later and it’s now on tour. Willy Russell (also of Shirley Valentine fame) penned this tragi-comic tale which follows twins separated at birth and living very different lives. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get some serious ear-worms. Tickets are from £23.50. It’s also coming up at Eastbourne in December.

Chichester Festival Theatre, Wed 13 – Sat 23 Nov

You’ve no doubt seen the heart warming film about the ladies who bared all for a famous WI charity calendar. Now get the same feel-good laughs from the musical version – written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Tickets from £10.

Hundred Watt Club, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 15 Nov

Pop the champagne and join Hundred Watt Club for a glittering evening of vintage-inspired entertainment, featuring neo-burlesque, circus, vaudeville and comedy. 18+ Tickets are £16.


Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple Live, De-la-Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sat 16 Nov

This gig does exactly what is says on the tin. Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’ will be performing Deep Purple only material on his UK tour this November. He stops off at Bexhill on Sat 16 Nov. Tickets are £28.50.

A Christmas Affair with Shopfest and the Creative Affair, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, near Horsham, Sun 17 Nov  

Handmade and small independent businesses will be helping you tick off your Christmas shopping list at this special event at Leonardslee with lifestyle, fashion, homewares and more on sale. Included in the garden entrance ticket. You can also book a place on craft workshops.

An Evening of Eric and Ern, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 19 – Wed 20 Nov 

There was a time when the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show was watched by millions. Now the late comedians’ best sketches are being resurrected in this live show that getting great reviews. I can’t believe no one’s thought of this before! It’s at Horsham on the 19 and 20 Nov. Tickets are £23.50 (concessions £20).

Woodcut cards workshop/ Designer & Maker Fair, Charleston House, Firle near Lewes, 19 Nov/ 23 & 24 Nov

Lots of crafty action coming up at the inspiring location of Charleston House. On 19 Nov Learn how to make beautiful wood cut Christmas cards (£100 – £110). Then, on 23 & 24 Nov buy other peoples’ work at the Designer and Maker fair where ceramics, jewellery, basketry, woodwork, toys, clothing, candles and stationery will all be on offer. (£4 in advance, £5 on the day). There will be free craft activities for children to coincide with the fair and a chance to visit the Snow Queen in her grotto.

Rhys James: Snitch, The Old Market, Hove, Thurs 21 Nov

Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour. He reckons he’s figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years time. 14+ (under 16s accompanied by an adult). £13.50 (limited £5 youth tickets).

Brighton Food & Beer Tour, various Brighton locations, Sat 23 Nov

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What’s better than getting the inside track on some of Brighton’s best indie eateries and scoffing along the way? Doing it with beer in the mix! The excellent, Muddy tried and tested, Brighton Food Tours has a special Food & Beer Tour coming up on Sat 23 Nov in conjunction with experts Beer & Brew. Tickets are £50. It’s coming round again in March so a good one to gift a voucher for for Xmas. Regular food tours (£45) run Fridays and Saturday year-round.

Christmas Fayre, Bolney Wine Estate, Bolney, Sat 23 Nov

Xmas shopping needn’t be a chore. Between 10.00 and 16.00 get along to this fair at Bolney vineyard, bag some gifts and reward yourself with a glass or two of the estate’s wine. Unique homewares and produce will be on sale, Santa will be in residence in his grotto and the cafe will be serving up treats during and after the event.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong! Theatre Royal Brighton, Tues 19 – Sun 24 Nov

The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ of The Play That Goes Wrong fame are back on stage battling more technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. Think of it as an early panto with added disaster but note it’s billed as ‘suitable for everyone but especially adults’. Tickets from £13.

HEROES with Carl Barat DJ set, The factory Live, Worthing, Sat 30 Nov

The Libertines’ Carl Barat will be taking to the decks as a DJ, mixing current and classic music from the nineties to today. It’s one of the launch events at The Factory Live in Worthing. 18+, advance tickets £10.


New Forest Walking Festival, Hampshire, Sat 12 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

It’s not really a surprise that walking around the New Forest is quite popular. As well as stunning scenery and a totally unique landscape, there are all those adorable animals knocking around. With that in mind, the annual New Forest Walking Festival has been extended to three weeks of glorious sauntering. With organised walks that encompass history, ecology and just darn pretty spots, this is a fab excuse to strap on those hiking boots.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea art exhibition, Bateman’s, Burwash, until 3 Nov

The late, great Judith Kerr previously visiting the exhibition

Get up close to the artwork from Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book at Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean house and follow the tie in garden trail to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its publication. Discover Sophie’s room from the story where children can sit on the bed and listen to a recording of the tale before visiting the tiger in the interactive kitchen downstairs. Try the themed goodies in The Mulberry Tea Room, find the stripy veg growing in the garden and delve into a dressing up chest. Free with normal house admission (£2.50 for the trail).


British Wildlife Photography Awards, Bodiam Castle, Sat 5 Oct – Sun 5 Jan 2020

It’s the 10th anniversary of the British Wildlife Photography Awards and now’s the chance to see this always stunning exhibition in Sussex in the lovely setting of Bodiam Castle until 5 Jan.

Flights of Fancy: the Wondrous World of Quentin Blake, Nymans, Haywards Heath, Sat 26 Oct onwards

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Leap into a fantasy world with a new exhibition of work from legendary illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake at the National Trust property Nymans. His quirky pictures have graced Roal Dahl books and this set accompanied his own stories The Story of the Dancing Frog and The Green Ship. Inspired by the exhibition froggy sculptures will be taking over the garden this Christmas, while in the new year wellness events will tie in with Quentin’s work for hospitals. Free with admission.

The Butterfly Lion, by Michael Morpurgo, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 5 Oct – 15 Nov

This new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling, award-winning premieres at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. When Bertie is sent away from the African farm where he grew up to school in England he leaves behind his mother and his best friend – a white lion he rescued as a cub. Music, design and puppetry combine in a magical adventure. There are also talks connected with the show on Thurs 10 Oct and Mon 28 Oct. Tickets are from £15.


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