What’s On this weekend Fri 21- Sun 23 Jul

Fri 21- Sun 23 Jul

Authentic curry masterclass, Chapel Barn, Bolney, Sun 23 July

Come along to Chapel Barn this Sunday to learn how to cook authentic Indian recipes in a class run by Vaishali Kapoor using  the freshest ingredients. Whilst your curry is cooking there will be a tasting of Bedlam Brewery Beers. Then, you can tuck into your creation along with Indian snacks. The bar will also be open. The afternoon is suitable for all ages, with children and dogs  welcome. Tickets for the masterclass are £17.58.


Roaring Twenties festival, Bexhill-on-sea, Sat 22 July

I love a bit of Deco style and you can revel in it at Bexhill’s famous Roaring 20s festival. A retro fun fair and market, music, air display and more add to the atmosphere and at 1pm there will be an attempt at the World Record for the largest and Charleston dance! There isn’t actually prohibition, don’t worry, but stuntmen will be creating punch ups from the speakeasy era! Vintage vehicles will be parading the seafornt, and As Bexhill was home to the UK’s first motor racing circuit that includes stars like Michael Schumacher’s iconic 1992 Benetton F1 racing car!


Cinema on the Pier, Hastings, 20 – 22 July

Another beachside screen and this one is actually on Hastings’ lovely restored pier. The big screen is popping up this weekend for Jurassic Park, Quadrophenia and Grease (consecutively, not as some weird mash -up) from Thurs 20 to Sat 22 Jul. Various seating upgrades are available including a deckchair with fish and chips and – get this –  a perch inside a Mini or BMW convertable!


Ska Toons, The Brunswick, Hove, Fri 21 Jul

I’ve a friend of a friend in this band so have seen them several times and it’s always a good night that gets people dancing. Ska music with a large band including horn section and vocals, in a great venue – the Brunswick pub in Hove which has a decent dedicated gig room. It starts at £8 and tickets are a fiver in advance or £7 on the door.


The Wheel House, Broadwater Green ,Worthing, Sat 22 July, FREE

As part of Worthing’s brilliant Summer of Circus, free, family-friendly show The Wheel House is being performed outdoors, combining acrobatics with a clever rolling theatre set. It’s a post-apocolyptic love story with the performance taking place inside and outside the wheel with the audience walking alongside. It will be at Broadwater Green on Sat 22 July for two afternoon performances. See my full round-up of outdoor theatre across Sussex this summer here.


Creepy Crawlies Weekend, Drusillas Park, Sat 22 – Sun 23 July

Slither, slide and creep down to Drusillas Park and meet some amazing mini monsters. The Discovery Centre, open between 11.00am and 4.00pm, will be swarming with weird insects, slimy molluscs and scary spiders and experts from the British Tarantula Society will be available to answer your questions (in my case, “how far can I get away from you and how quickly?!”) A fun day out for the less faint-hearted!


Petworth Summer Festival, Wed 12 – Sat 29 July

Petworth festival is in full swing, with a series of venues from pubs to churches to colleges to galleries. Classical music is to the fore and in addition, The Emperor’s New Clothes is being performed in Bignor Park this Sun 23 July (no actual nudity we’re assured); the Jay Rayner Quartet will be performing ‘songs of food and agony’ on Wed 26 Jul and comedy duo The Kagools will be appearing on Fri 28 Jul.


Romeo & Juliet, Open Air Theatre, Leeds Castle, Kent, Sat 22 Jul

Leeds Castle’s wonderful timetable of open-air theatre and cinema has kicked off and includes on Sat 22 July Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed in the romantic setting of the Pavilion Lawn with the castle as a backdrop. See my full round-up of outdoor theatre in Sussex and nearby here.


An Evening with an Immigrant, Sun 23 Jul, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

 Part poetry, part anecdote, both ridiculous and poignant, this one man show will recount Inua Ellams’ culture-straddling life. Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in Nigeria, Inua moved to England in the Nineties, aged 12. He spent time too in Ireland, before returning to London to work as a writer and graphic designer and becoming an award-winning poet and playwright. Tickets cost £12.


Alfriston summer music festival, Tues 18 – Sun 23 Jul

Alfriston’s two churches are hosting classic music concerts from quartets, cellists, pianists, violinists and more. Some events are ticketed, some are free. Want an extra treat? Included in the ticket price of each evening concert is a pre-concert G&T.


The Tiger That Came To Tea, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 21 – Sun 23 July

Everyone’s favourite tea-guzzling tiger is back. Direct from a West End season this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… It’s aimed at ages 3+  and there are two performances each day. Tickets are £14.



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