What’s On this week in Sussex
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.