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Thurs 11 to Fri 19 July

Don Juan, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Wed 10 & Thurs 11 July 

Billed at Monty Python meets The Mighty Boosh, this re-telling of the story of famous lover Don Juan is a flirty Fringe smash featuring pop songs, outrageous characters and comic wit. Even better – there’s a two-for-one offer on tickets (making them £16 for two) when you quote ‘JUAN’ at the checkout AND, you’ll get a free drink, to help you leave your inhibitions at the door! Check out for the saucy trailer for a hint of what’s in store.

Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Brighton Open Air Theatre, Wed 10 – Sat 13 July

One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. On Friday it will be The Comedy of Errors but on the other days audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket. Sat night has sold out already.

The Cure Anniversary screening, various cinemas, Thurs 11 July

Enjoyed The Cure at Glastonbury? Want more? A host of cinemas are screening last year’s The Cure 40th Anniversary – Live in Hyde Park on Thurs 11 July. Find your nearest using the link.

Beach Life Festival, Eastbourne, Sat 13 & Sun 14 July

The South Coast’s free sports festival is back for two days offering windsurfing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding sessions alongside the chance to watch a giant skate slalom and a roller derby. There’s plenty more to entertain all ages, sporty or otherwise with a music stage, children’s go-karting, inflatible football, bouncy castle, bungee trampolines and a funfair plus vintage campervans lined up along the promenade.

Worthing Pride, Beach House Grounds and other locations, Sat 13 July 

Worthing is turning rainbow coloured this weekend as Pride hits town. The parade starts at noon from Burlington Hotel, ending an hour later at Splashpoint Rocks, then The Main Event takes place between 13.00 and 22.00 in the Beach House Grounds. It’s hosted by entertainer and ‘gender discombobulater’ Spice and headlined by tribute act Magic Queen with drag and music acts and DJ sets. Tickets for the Main Event are £4.50 in advance, £5 on the day subject to availability.

Twelfth Night/Tons of Money, West Dean Gardens, Chichester, dates until 13 July

West Dean’s pretty Pergola Open Air Theatre has been running two alfresco productions as part of the Festival of Chichester. Still to come are performances of Twelfth Night on 11 and 13 July, while on 12 July is Tons of Money – a farce adapted by Alan Ayckbourn, in which a hard-up inventor pretends to be his cousin to escape his creditors. See the full Muddy Outdoor Theatre guide here.

Pirate Day, Hastings, Sun 14 July

Arr, me hearties, Hastings Pirate Day is back. The event draws hundreds of thousands of pirates and this year it’s trying for another entry in the Guinness Book of Records with an attempt to attempt to build the largest human image of a boat. There will be a procession through the Old Town  and more pirate-themed activities throughout Hastings.

Norman Knights Tournament, Arundel Castle, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

Picture by Goldfish Photographic

Arundel Castle will revisit its early history on the weekend of 13-14 July as the action-packed Norman Knights Tournament returns. This family-friendly event will include a storyteller, falconry, medieval crafts and have-a-go activities alongside weapons training and tournaments between archers and knights. Free with admission.

Moonfest, South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, Sat 13 – Wed 31 July

Chichester’s planetarium is celebrating the moon landing anniversary with ‘Moonfest’. It incorporates two telescope Observation Evenings on Sat 13 and Sun 14, films about the space race on Wed 17 and about Apollo 11 on Fri 19, Sat 20 and Wed 24 July. There are also Family Fun days with plenty of hands on activities coming up on Sat 20, Sun 21 Sat 27 and Sun 28 and several other family-friendly planetarium shows.

Indiana Jones Trilogy, Worthing Theatres, Sat 13 July

Need a bit of respite from the sun? How about gorging on Harrison Ford in an Indiana Jones Trilogy?  That’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade back to back (I’m sure they’ll let you out between for a wee and a drink without a giant bolder following you). Tickets are £16.50 (£15 for under 14s) and they’re rated 12A.

Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 15 July to Sat 20 July

Think you could manage to see Dirty Dancing One more time? Of course you could. The stage musical version, lift, watermelon and all is coming to Eastbourne for a week. WE saw the show at Brighton last year and it was brilliantly true to the film. Tickets are from £19.

Oklahoma! Chichester Festival Theatre, Mon 15 July – 7 Sept

Chichester Festival Theatre’s big summer musical Oklahoma! launches on 15 July starring Josie Lawrence, Les Misérables alumni Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke. Yee-ha! Tickets are from £10.

Stopgap Dance: A Space In Gravity, The Capitol, Horsham on Tues 16 July

A unique triple bill of dance work which takes you on gripping journey of human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability and supports disabled artists. Featuring the acclaimed dance film Artificial Things; high energy duet The Journey Between, with immersive digital projection by artists from Carousel; and Space in Gravity with students from Collyers College A Level Dance programme and local community group The Butterfly Project. Tickets are £10.

Astronomy and dining experience, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Tues 16 July 

Up for a magical night? On the 16th July, join a special astronomy and dining experience at Rathfinny Wine Estate to witness a partial lunar eclipse. The planets Jupiter and Saturn should also be visible and the astronomer guided session will be complemented by wine on arrival and a three-course set menu at the Flint Barns.

One Small Step For Man, The Kennels, Goodwood, Tues 16 July


50 years ago to the day three brave men set out on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Astrophysicist Dr John Mason from Chichester Observatory (who we know is a fantastically enthusiastic talker) will be sharing some intergalactic insight while you tuck into a three-course dinner then, if skies are clear, explore the moon through telescopes outside. £75 per person including welcome drink.



Petworth Festival, various venues, Tues 16 July – Sat 3 Aug

With nearly 50 events over a fortnight the festival spans classical, jazz, world music, comedy and theatre. Highlights include comedian Julian Clary (Fri 26 July) and, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Fly Me to the Moon (Sat 20 July) with Stephen Hawking’s daughter, author and presenter Lucy Hawking, soprano and actor Sarah Gabriel and composer and music director Joseph Atkins.
Hair, The Musical, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 8 – Sat 13 July
Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair about a grop of new York hippes, bursts into Brighton full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell out London run. There Grammy Award-winning score features hits like Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In. Tickets from £15.90.

Polo at Cowdray, West Sussex, until Sun 22 Sept



The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free for all. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.

Love Island The Experience, Fri 19 – Mon 29 July
Love Island fan? Luna – the guys behind Brighton’s beach cinema, are also bringing us Love Island The Experience this July 19 – 29 with themed photo ops and cocktails, outdoor screenings of the live action and guest appearances from departing islanders. It will all be happening on a site beside the Palace Pier. Tickets from £14.50 with upgrade options including a VIP beach hut with drinks.
Noble & Stace chocolate workshops, Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, 31 July and later dates
Fancy a day off to make chocolate? Er, yes! Treat yourself, or someone else, to a morning creating fresh cream truffles, creme caramel truffles and solid chocolate tablettes with Sussex experts and recent Muddy Awards finalists Noble & Stace. In classes with a maximum of 8 people, learn how to make ganache fillings, pipe and hand roll truffles and how to temper and decorate chocolate. The fun takes place in the brand new Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, it costs £85 and you’ll go home with 20 fresh cream truffles, 20 espresso truffles and 3 tablettes made by your own hands! It’s a fun morning – look out for the Muddy review!


Doves/Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Brighton Racecourse, Fri 26/Sat 27 July



Some great gigs coming up this month at Brighton Racecourse – on Fri 26 July it’s festival favourites Doves (£41.25) with Feeder, The Coral and The Twang, then on Sat 27 July there are still tickets to see Sussex’s own multi award-winner Rag ’n’ Bone Man (from £46.75) with support from Maverick Sabre and Ida Vallens. Wanna ticket? Of course – you’re only human.



Ladies’ Evening with a DJ set from Gok Wan, Lingfield Park, Surrey, Sat 27 July


This one’s all about the ladies’ – but don’t be shy guys, it’s also a great day for you to be at the races! The ever-popular Best Dressed competition takes place with fashion expert Gok Wan making the winner’s presentation. And there are some great prizes up for grabs – including a seven-day holiday, tix to see Jess Glynne and a spa day. Afterwards Gok will take to the decks for a DJ set. Gates open at 3.30pm, and racing starts at 5.30.


 Bread and pastry-making workshops, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, various July dates
Artisan bakehouse
Fancy yourself as a master baker? There are more tasty workshops coming up for July at the Artisan Bakehouse. On 12 July during Glorious Grains, learn to work with wholemeal, malthouse and rye and meet a local farmer. On 13 and 23 July there’s a one day introduction to sourdough and slow fermentation. Then on 22 July and over two days on 30 – 31 July are Vienoissiere and Enriched Doughs classes in which you’ll learn to make croissants, pain au chocolate & brioche (breakfast just got better!) Look out too for a Yoga, Fitness & Wellbeing retreat coming up 2nd Aug.
Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, 31 July to 18 Aug
Luna Beach Cinema
Luna Beach Cinema will be back from 31 July to 18 Aug to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier, this time straddling Pride and the school holidays. Included in the line up are recent big hitters such as A Star is Born, Green Book, Disney’s Dumbo and Aladdin, plus retro classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. There will even be a sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody and a special National Theatre Live screening of One Man, Two Guvnors. You’ll also get an opportunity to binge on the original Star Wars trilogy. Tickets from 12.50 – or upgrade to a premium deckchair or a VIP beach hut with butler service!

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