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Thurs 3 Oct - Fri 11 Oct

Octoberbest, Brighton & Hove, Fri 4 – Sun 20 Oct


Bargain feasting alert! 25 of Brighton and Hove’s top eateries are involved in this year’s Octoberbest, offering special £20 menus and deals until the end of the month. They include independent favourites like 64 Degrees, The Coal Shed, Cin Cin, Murmur, Plateau, Bincho Yakitori and Lucky Khao plus Brighton Food Tours. We’re out of the blocks already on this one. Get booking yourself! 

National Grandparents Day, Fishers Farm Park Sat 5 oct Sun 6 Oct

Grab a granny.. because grandparents get in for £5 to Fisher’s Farm Park on Sat 5 oct and Sun 6 Oct to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day.

Cuckfield Book Festival, Thurs 3 to Sun 6 Oct

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There’s plenty of literary-themed action going on in Cuckfield including a supper with Robin Ince, a pub quiz, a garden tour of Borde Hill, afternoon tea at Ockenden Manor with Greta Scacchi and a crime writing workshop. Plus, of course, many book sessions with authors.

Frisky and Mannish: Poplab, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 4 Oct

In this feel-good comedy music show Frisky and Mannish perform ‘scientific’ pop-song mash-ups, not least intersecting Ed Sheeran with multiple other musical genres. It’s the sort of thing that’s been done often before but never as well – these guys can seriously sing. I caught the show at Edinburgh Fringe where it got a standing ovation. A great way to kick off your weekend. £16.50 for adults, limited youth tickets for £5.

Milos: The Voice of the Guitar, The Capitol, Horsham, Sat 5 Oct

Classical BRIT award-winning guitarist Miloš Karadaglic is coming to the Capitol as part of the Horsham Year of Culture. He will be joined by members of the 12 Ensemble playing a diverse programme, from Latin American music to baroque, Bach to the Beatles. Classical has never looked so hot. Tickets are from £36.

Tom Gates, Live on Stage, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Wed 2 to Sat 5 Oct 

The books are best sellers and now our hero is on stage in an adventure about his efforts to climb out of trouble and make the school trip. I caught it earlier in the year and it’s a really inventive production with Tom’s famous doodles appearing cleverly across the background. Tickets are from £19.50.

Battle Festival of Arts and Music, Battle, throughout Oct

Festival events this year in the historic town are as diverse as Laurel and Hardy and Wizard of Oz screenings, talks on restoring meadows and conspiracy theories, ceramics and classical music – including a family-friendly Carnival of the Animals with crafts and a concert.

Macbeth, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sat 21 Sept – Sat 26 Oct

Chichester’s bold new Macbeth

TV’s John Simm and Dervla Kirwan, who also have plenty of stage experience between them, star in a modern take on the juiciest of Shakespeare’s tragedies – Macbeth, at Chichester Festival Theatre. It’s an innovative staging with projections and a glass stage. Read the Muddy review. Tickets are from £10. Look out too for shows coming up at a new spiegeltent at the theatre in October.

Live at The Hawth, The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 4 Oct

Crawley is holding its first Live at The Hawth comedy night in early Oct with comic ventriloquist Nina Conti, improvised hip-hop artist Abandonman, Adam Hess, Angela Barnes and Colin Hoult as Anna Mann in the impressive line-up. Tickets are £27.50. Get booking!

Live at Brighton Dome, Brighton, Sat 5 Oct

Different day, and a shuffle in the acts. Nina Conti is back heading up a line up that also features Lou Sanders, Jessica Fostekew and Glenn Moore. Bag a front row seat if you want to be part of the proceedings, particularly when Conti is on stage. £20

Oktoberfest, Fontwell Park, Fri 4 and Sat 5 Oct 

Oktoberfest is back with a bang at Fontwell with first class races across the two days, a Bier Tent with traditional Bavarian beers, food and entertainment. After the races catch  DJ & Saxophone live on stage on the Friday and a Madness tribute band on the Sat. Under 18s go free and there’s a free shuttle bus from Barnham station.

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.

Autumn and Countryside Show, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct

Think your dog has the waggiest tail? Get it along to the fun dog show at Weald & Downland (£1 on top of entry). It’s part of a harvest event with traditional working demonstrations and a horticultural show with a vintage slant – think heavy horse displays, ploughing by old fashioned tractors and steam-powered threshing, plus craft demos. History in action.

ALICE – Wonderland Through The Looking Glass, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 8 Oct

Alice has now grown up and the Looking Glass is a portal to our world, which the Red Queen has crossed into and opened a casino featuring an Army of Cards. Chantry Dance Company brings its new ballet production to The Capitol, created by the choreographers of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny and featuring Britain’s Got Talent star Shannon Parker. Ages 7+ £15.

Viennoiserie/ chocolate/ sourdough masterclasses, The Artisan Bakehouse, near Steyning, 8/16/18 & 19 Oct

Inspired by Bake Off? Here’s your chance to brush up on your skills with masterclasses at Artisan Bakehouse. On 8 Oct there’s Introduction to Viennoiserie; on 16 Oct there’s a Chocolate Masterclass then there’s savoury action on 18 and 19 Oct with the two-day Serious about Sourdough. Plus, book ahead for festive events.

First Annual John Brookes Lecture: The Garden in Setting with Andy Sturgeon, Denmans Garden, Fontwell,  Fri 11 Oct

Andy Sturgeon knows a thing or two about creating amazing gardens. As one of the UK’s top garden designers, he has won no fewer than eight Chelsea Flower Show gold medals and has three times been awarded ‘Best in Show’.  Join him to pick up top tips when he speaks at the recently restored Denmans, at Fontwell on 11 Oct for  the first of what will be an annual John Brookes Lecture in celebration of the legacy of the late garden designer who created Denmans as it looks today. Andy will cover the importance of linking your garden to the landscape, architecture, and other surrounding features. £12 in advance, £15 on the door. The talk starts 19.00 with the garden open till dusk.

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt, (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor), Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Fri 11 – Sat 12 Oct     

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 but beware – he tends to sell out fast. Tickets are £26. His new Twas the Nightshift before Xmas show is also coming up at Brighton Dome on 13 Dec (£32).

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