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Thurs 6 - Fri 14 June

Plenty, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fri 7 – 29 June

Passionate and complex Susan Traherne is the subject of the latest play at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Rachael Stirling and Rory Keenan. Spanning twenty years of Susan’s life, the drama dips backwards and forwards in time to explore how her time as an SOE agent in Nazi-occupied France takes its toll on her body and mind in a post-war land of plenty. Tickets from £10.

Gentlemen’s Day, Brighton Racecourse, Fri 7 June

Start the weekend early and head down to Brighton Racecourse for a fantastic day out with pals. Not only will there be seven races to enjoy but entertainers, vintage bars and more. There’s also a free shuttle bus to and from Brighton Station. Gates open at 12.00 and the first race is at 14.00.

World Crazy Golf Championships, Hastings Adventure Golf, Fri 7 – Sun 9 June

The World Crazy Golf Championships is back in Hastings and for the first time, in its 17-year history, there’s a junior competition category just for children. Hitting those balls through windmills and the like is serious stuff for competitors with a total £4,500 prize fund. The junior category for 8 to 14s will be played on Fri 7, June at 5.30pm. The novice competition is Sat 8 June, while the crazy golf professional category (yes, it’s a thing) is over Sat 8 and Sun 9. There are also prizes for ‘best dressed’ and ‘personality of the competition’. Register in advance or go along to watch. It’s £3 entry fee for children rising to £40 for ‘professionals’.

Brighton Cocktail Week, Sat 1 – Sun 9 June

Love cocktails? Err yes! We’re part way through Brighton Cocktail Week and there’s still time to bag those bargain tipples. Get a £10 wristband and receive £5 cocktails at a long list of participating venues across Brighton and Hove. You can buy wristbands in advance in person from Amathus (Prince Albert Street), The Daddy Longlegs (Arundel Road), The Flour Pot Kitchen (Kings Road Arches) or Medusa Bar (Preston Street). Among special events The Plotting Parlour near the pier will be transformed into a WWII Polynesian bar for tastings of small batch spiced rum Cargo Cult. The bar is also among those participating in the Negroni Trail.

Platinum Healing detox event, Brooklands Barn, Arundel, Mon 1o June and later dates 

Platinum Healing runs regular, four-night, midweek juice detox retreats packages aimed at helping people tackle a variety of heath conditions and goals. Join a healthy hen or emotional healing break that pivots around a juice cleanse at prettily-situated 19th century Brooklands Barn at Arundel . There are numerous other wellness breaks coming up including several incorporating yoga.  Also enjoy the on site indoor pool, sauna and country walks. Upcoming dates with availability include: 10 June, 8 July, 5 Aug, 2 Sept, 14 October.

Summer of Circus, Worthing Theatres, Sat 8 June – Mon 26 Aug

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There’s a free Family Fun day on Sat 8 June including circus meets sculpture outdoor show Belly of The Whale. There’s also an aerial taster session – eeek – for adults on Mon 24 Jun and for children on 29 Jul. See the full line up on the link.

Sculpture Trail, 20th anniversary, Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath, until 30 Sept

Picture by Jim Holden

Love art but don’t fancy being stuck inside a gallery on a sunny day? The wonderful Borde Hill sculpture trail is back for summer with static and kinetic creations and it’s a special 20th anniversary year. There are over 100 art works and most are available to buy if you’ve the budget. Free with admission.

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Edinburgh Comedy previews, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton, 6 June – 24 July

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Want to see some bargain comedy? The months leading up to Edinburgh Fringe are a great time to catch acts warming up for month-long stints up North. The small room at the top of the grungy stairs in the Caroline of Brunswick is a hot spot for double bill tryouts. Paul Sinha (Tues 11 June) and Josie Long (Wed 12 June) are among those performing this month. Tickets are £5-£8 in advance.

Wine tasting dinner, The Dorset Arms, Withyham, Wed 12 June

How does a six course wine-matched menu with bubbles on arrival sound? Mighty fine we think. The Dorset Arms at Withyham, a recent Muddy Awards finalist, is holding a Berry Bros. & Rudd wine tasting dinner hosted by head chef Simon Brazier, wine expert Martin Sheen and Owner Lord de la Warr. There will be wine matched to each course, with dishes including scallops with saffron risotto and pancetta and a venison steak with purple sprouting broccoli and mash. Sounds like a great way to treat yourself or a loved one. Tickets are £75.

Mud Monsters Run, near East Grinstead, Sun 9 June

Are you up for tackling the fun Mud Monsters Run obstacle course challenge near East Grinstead? Grab your partner or friends and take on slides, walls, tyres, streams, monkey bars and more in pursuit of a medal. There are 5km, 10km and 20km circuits to choose from and the spirit is camaraderie more than competition. The next Mud Monsters Run is on 9 June. Entry from £49, with discounts for teams of 10+

Avenue Q, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 4 – Sat 8 June

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 £15.90, ages 14+

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival, Wed 12 – Sun 16 June

Professional and up-and-coming comics descend on Hastings in mid June for five days of fun. Improvised movie musical Notflix; 1960s comedy party Honey’s Happening and stand-up from Tony Law and Dane Baptiste are among highlights.

Fight Club, 20th anniversary screening, The Old Market, Hove, Tues 11 June

The first rule of Fight Club is … oops, I’ve just talked about it. The film starring Brad Pitt is celebrating its 20th anniversary – yes, really, and The Old Market has a special screening to mark the occasion. Tickets are £6 but, shh, I didn’t tell you.

Meet the Distiller, The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea, Thurs 13 June

Get better aquainted with your G&T at this Meet the Gin Distiller Night at the Highdown. Sandhills Gin Distillery in Witley will be on hand to joining us on Thursday 13th June at 7pm and will talk you through several of their gins served up with some nibbles. The event is free but call 01903 924 670 or email to reserve a space.

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Sun 9 June

Never has there been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. In this show QI regular and Muddy favourite Rich Hall dismantles the tenuous relationship between the two countries and dissects Trump’s America but ends up in a celebration of Americana with improvised comic ballads and foot-stomping tunes. Tickets from £21.15. (Photo by Matt Stronge).

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt, (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor), The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 14 June

Medic-turned comedian Adam Kay’s bestselling book This Is Going To Hurt is a jaw-dropper. In his live stage show he shares more hilarious and horrifying entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this evening of stand-up and music. There are two shows on 14 June and it’s down to limited availability but the 9.30 show is your best bet for a ticket. £27.50.

Little Miss Sunshine, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 11 – Sat 15 June

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Loved the film? Now it’s an off-Broadway hit musical with Lucy O’Byrne of The Voice and Mark Moraghan from Emmerdale, Corrie and Holby City. The Hoover family piles into their rickety old campervan to make an 800 mile road trip so young Olive can compete in a beauty pagaent in this uplifting tale celebrating difference and family quirks.

All About Eve, NT Live, encore screenings, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, Thurs 13 June 

Gillian Anderson is leading the cast of All About Eve reprising the role played by Bette Davis in the 1950 film, while Lily James, no less, stars as her ‘biggest fan’ in this tale of obsession and jealousy. The live cinema screenings sold out fast but there are still a few encores coming up. It’s being screened at East Grinstead on 13 June. Tickets are £14.50.

Bring Your Own Baby comedy, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 11 June 

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Great idea – something you can enjoy with a baby that doesn’t involve being made to behave like an infant yourself. It’s a proper adult, sweary daytime stand-up show with toys, lights and the like to distract under 12-month-olds. The line-up for this one includes Muddy’s improv favourites The Noise Next Door. Advance tickets are £11 in advance and there’s a discount for groups of over six. Look out for dates in coming months too.


Father’s Day Lunch, Herstmonceux Castle, Sun 16 June


Planning ahead for Fathers’ Day? Herstmonceux Castle has a three course lunch on offer which can be combined with a walk about the gardens and grounds that should have dad feeling a little like royalty. Adults £25, children 4-17 £15.

Brighton Comedy Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, 19 – 23 June

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Brighton Comedy Garden is coming to town for the first time, setting up a big top in Preston Park over 19 – 23 June for a festival of stand-up. Adam Hills, Nish Kumar and Alan Davies are among those in shows with tickets still up for grabs. It’s £20 – £25 a ticket for four or five comedy acts. We’ve also a chance for you to win four top tickets to see Sara Pascoe, Nina Conti, Zoe Lyons and Ivo Graham on Sat 22 June plus a cocktail each in our latest Reader Treat – enter here OR guarantee a place with a tasty 25% discount on the same show with the exclusive Muddy discount on front stalls seats using the code muddycomedy2019.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, encore cinema screening, Tunbridge Wells,  Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

This thrilling, audacious and witty production is best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2019, this re-imagining of the classic tale is being shown again at cinemas in June including Tunbridge Wells on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June. Use the link to find your nearest screening.

Zog, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri 14 – Sun 16 June

Written by the kiddy lit masterminds behind The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Zog is the story of an eager to please dragon is bound to win the hearts of the littlies. Tickets are £9.50.

Nature Valley International Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 21 – 29 June

Anyone for tennis? The International Eastbourne tennis tournament is back. It’s a WTA Premier level and ATP 250 level tournament so a chance to see some top players pre-Wimbledon. Tickets range from free to £71 with qualifying matches on the outer courts and warm up on the practice courts cheaper than centre court.  I’ve been the last couple of years and it’s an exciting event.

Jess Glynne, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey, Sat 10 Aug

With 2 UK number 1 albums including the 2018 hit Always In Between, Jess Glynne will perform to thousands of race goers live after racing on Saturday 10 August. This lady is hot hot hot right now – so tickets will sell fast though. I’d get in quickly! Racing is from 5.10pm-8.15pm – music starts after the last race.

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