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What’s On this weekend in Sussex

Fri 1 Oct - Sun 3 Nov

Looking for more family-friendly action? Check out our Half Term Guide.

Museums at Night, Batemans, Burwash, Thu 31 Oct

Museums at Night isn’t only about kids’ sleepovers. Enjoy a two course dinner in the Mulberry Tearoom and an exclusive after hours tour of Bateman’s house and collection, plus a presentation by the house’s former owner Rudyard Kipling himself brought to you by the actor Geoff Hutchinson. £50.

nationaltrust.org.uk

The Haunted Ballroom, The Old Market, Hove, Thurs 31 Oct and Fri 1 Nov

TOM and Black Cat Cabaret have teamed up to put on an immersive Halloween cabaret extravaganza covering different rooms.  The evening will be headlined by cult Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit Tankus the Henge and feature aerialist and contortionist Samantha Smith, fire-breathing from Chrisalys, a mirror-dancing gothic burlesque show with The Creepy Twins and live opera from Lili La Scala. It will be hosted by the ‘dark prince of the London Cabaret scene’, Dusty Limits. We caught Black Cat’s Valentine’s night at TOM and it was great. Dress code: Regency splendor / gothic horror / morbid glamour encouraged. Tickets range from £19 to £25, 18+ only.

theoldmarket.com

St Michael’s Hospice Glitter Ball, Bannatynes Hotel, Hastings, Fri 1 Nov

After the success of last year’s Black and White Charity Ball, St Michael’s Hospice returns with the theme of all things glitter and they are inviting you to get your glam on, and dress in your best sparkly outfits for the occasion. Tickets are £45 per person, each table seats 10 people, and including a welcome drink, three course meal, and live entertainment.

stmichaelshospice.com/charityball

Avenue Q, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 

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 £25, ages 14+ See the Muddy review.

Eastbournetheatres.co.uk

Halloween pumpkin carving, Saddlescombe Farm, near Devil’s Dyke, Fri 25 Oct/Sat 2 Nov

Choose your own pumpkin and transform it into your own scary creation, then make a Halloween animal mask in sessions 10.00am to noon on Sat 27 Oct. £12 per adult, £6 per child.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Space Flight Fireworks Night, Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fontwell, near Arundel, Sat 2 Nov

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Fontwell Park is well known in Sussex for its annual themed firework display. This year it’s all about space flight. As well as a spacious regular viewing area there’s also a Premier Lounge balcony option which means you get a table for the evening and a warm buffet with the likes of chilli and sausage and mash. Advance tickets are £10 adults, £6 children, (£27 and £17 for the Premier Lounge option). Planning a group outing? Ask about upgrading to a private suite!

fontwellpark.co.uk

Time and Time Again, The Rialto, Brighton/ The Hawth, Crawley/ Matthews Yard, Croydon/ The Capitol, Horsham, 3/5/8/9 Nov

See six mini plays back-to-back in one evening – like a mini fringe festival in one sitting. This event showcases new writing from five Sussex and Surrey writers, on the theme of past, present and future, staged by the Pitchy Breath Theatre Company. The writers (all women) won a competition for plays of up to 25 minutes that was run as part of Horsham Year of Culture. Subjects include a couple writing their wedding speeches, the coming back together of four estranged friends and deliberations on taking back an ex.It’s on Brighton on 3 Nov, Crawley on the 5th, Croydon the 8th and Horsham the 9th.

pitchybreath.co.uk

Austentatious, Brighton Dome, Sun 3 Nov

Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy, Mansfield Shark… all lost, err, masterpieces previously suggested by the audience and brought to life as improvised comedy plays in the style of Jane Austen novels. I’ve seen the Austentatious team three times (last year with vampires in the mix). They’re talented quick-witted performers and the anachronistic jokes and send ups of the Austen convention are brilliant. The show sells out at Edinburgh Fringe each year and had a recent Radio 4 series. Catch it while it’s back in Brighton. Tickets £19.

brightondome.org

Amberley Steampunk Weekend, Amberley Museum, Sat 2 and Sun 3 Nov

Steampunk entertainment and retail therapy come to the suitable setting of a museum full of industrial heritage. Get amongst the creative costumes and watch entertainment from steampunk slanted music acts and ride the museum’s vintage train and bus. Adults £13.60, children(4-15) £7.30. Evening function (£15/£8) must be pre-booked.

amberleymuseum.co.uk

Tree and Wood and Halloween events, Leonardslee Gardens, near Horsham, various dates Wed 23 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

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Leonardslee Gardens is celebrating its first autumn since its reopening with foodie and forest events. Between Wed 23 Oct and Thurs 31 Oct, enjoy a Halloween take on the afternoon tea at Leonardslee House, with adults and children’s versions available. Between 24 Oct and 2 Nov join the immersive Tree and Wood experience in the forest accompanied by a montage of image, sound, light and song. Come the school holidays there’s family-friendly fun to be had with a Halloween skelehunt and a boo-stackle course.

leonardsleegardens.co.uk

Hands On half term, Brighton Science Festival, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, various Brighton venues

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This cracking festival of 40-plus events is back to save October half term, bringing science experts and educational entertainers to town. For 2019 there’ll be an escape room, a chance to set off rockets, cook up food and chemicals, meet snakes and bugs, watch space films, explore maths, challenge fake news, learn to knit – using your own body, investigate a crime scene and much, much more, including several ghoulish Halloween activities (you can even help make a bucket of blood – eughhh!)

brightonscience.com

Petworth Festival Literary Week, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov 

Prue Leith. Picture by Hettie McNeil

Petworth Festival’s Literary Week has expanded into a fortnight for 2019 and will be welcoming several household names, with Hugh Bonneville, James Naughtie, Prue Leith OBE, Jenni Murray, George Alagiah, David Suchet and Jenny Eclair all appearing. Talks, young people’s events, poetry and creative writing are part of the mix.

petworthfestival.org.uk

 

Outdoor cinema, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, 26 Oct/31 Oct

You can wrap up and see movies right into October at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress with spooktastic The Nightmare Before Christmas (26 Oct) and The Amityville Horror for (31 Oct) for Halloween.

eastbournebandstand.co.uk/redoubt

Shocktober Fest, Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley, selected dates until Sat Nov 2

If you like your Halloween thrills less pumpkins and cobwebs and more chainsaw massacre get along to the famous fright night theme-park/gig Shocktober Fest. There are various ticket levels, from £12 in advance. The popular X-Scream pass (£33 upwards), gives you access to each of the ten ‘haunts’ – called things like ‘twisted clowns’, creepy cottage’ and ‘the chop shop,’ along with street theatre, Circus of Horrors performances and the live music stages. The site also offers a rather less scary chance to pick your own pumpkins until Thurs 31 Oct and a Spookfest, with more child-friendly frights.

shocktoberfest.co.uk

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH 

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.

cft.org.uk

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.

Battlefestival.co.uk

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

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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!

octoberbest.co.uk 

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The Haunted Ballroom, The Old Market, Hove, Thurs 31 Oct and Fri 1 Nov

This looks a lot of fun. TOM and Black Cat Cabaret have teamed up to put on a Halloween cabaret extravaganza. The evening will be headlined by cult Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit Tankus the Henge and feature aerialist and contortionist Samantha Smith, fire-breathing from Chrisalys, a mirror-dancing gothic burlesque show with The Creepy Twins and live opera from Lili La Scala. It will be hosted by the ‘dark prince of the London Cabaret scene’, Dusty Limits. We caught Black Cat’s Valentine’s night at TOM and it was great. Dress code: Regency splendor / gothic horror / morbid glamour encouraged. Tickets range from £19 to £25, 18+ only.

theoldmarket.com

Avenue Q, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 

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 £25, ages 14+ See the Muddy review.

Eastbournetheatres.co.uk

 

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