What’s on in September in Sussex
Your curated guide to September in Sussex featuring live music, top-flight comedy, outdoor theatre, workshops, festivals and much more!
The Flower Garden at Gravetye Online Masterclass, Wed 2 Sept
Luxe country house Gravetye Manor’s head gardener Tom will be joining leading horticultural mag Gardens Illustrated for this special event. The gardens at Gravetye are historically some of the UK’s most important and were designed by former owner and legendary garden designer William Robinson. Tom will discuss how to create a flower garden, what to plant for seasonal shows, and much more.
Women Writing Women, Chichester Festival Theatre online, Thu 3 Sept
To mark what would have been the press night of The Long Song, a new stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, Chichester author Kate Mosse will host an online panel discussion about the legacy of Levy. Distinguished literary guests Guardian theatre critic Arifa Akbar, Costa First Novel Award winner Sara Collins and award-winning playwright Ade Solanke will discuss race and gender in Levy’s and their own writer, and the influence of Black female writers in contemporary theatre and literature. This is sure to be thought-provoking and a timely and much-needed conversation, and there’ll be a chance for audience questions. Tickets £5.
Komedia Presents Krater Comedy Club, Sat 5 Sept, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton
Brighton’s best-loved comedy club hits the beach! Resident MC Steven Grant will welcome a range of top-calibre comedy guests including ‘king of political comedy’ (The Guardian) Andy Parsons and fellow panel-show fave Seann Walsh.
Historic Living Weekend: Weald & Downland Museum at 50, Sept 5-6, Singleton, nr Chichester
Half a century ago the Weald & Downland Museum officially opened to the public, with the conservation of and sharing information about historic buildings at the top of its agenda. The museum has inspired many – including bestselling children’s author Cressida Cowell – to explore the history and heritage of the area. This weekend will incorporate a series of demonstrations and displays linked to building conservation and expert members of the team will be on hand to share their wisdom. On Saturday there’s also a socially distanced picnic accompanied by live music to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary, with tickets for social bubbles still remaining if you’re quick!
Live music from Just Floyd, Fri 4 & Sat 5 Sept and G2, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Sept, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green
Said to be the most authentic Pink Floyd tribute out there (side note, Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour lives right here in Sussex doncha know) Just Floyd will perform not one but two classic albums, on Friday and Saturday night. Expect film, lasers and a light show, and the performance will be amplified through state-of-the-art headsets giving you absolute volume control – if you so desire, you can turn it all the way up to 11 without bothering the neighbours. Trading Boundaries have hit upon an intriguing social-distancing friendly format, complete with festival-style food and bar. Later on in the month, catch Genesis tribute G2, another legendary band with Sussex links, in the same outdoor format.
John Brockliss Exhibition, 5 Sept onwards, West Pier Centre, Brighton
Running until January, this solo photography exhibition features work in colour and monochrome capturing the marine landscape, from the wild Scottish Atlantic coast to right here in Sussex. This exhibition, entitled Shoreline, features more than 30 original prints.
Steyning Food & Drink Festival, Sat 5 Sept – Fri 2 Oct, various dates and venues
Four weeks of foodie events, offers and competitions kicks off in Steyning this Saturday in a celebration of local artisan produce. The packed programme includes farmers’ markets, chocolate tasting, apple juicing, stargazing, open breweries, walks and cream teas at The Artisan Bakehouse and much more. Many events are free, but all require registration and tickets to enable social distancing.
Sara Pascoe, Mon Sept 14, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton
And now for something very special! Muddy’s a huge Sara Pascoe fan, and can’t wait to check out this new show all about how the comedienne and bestselling author found the love of her life – her dog. Oh yeah and she got married too. Catch her in action on Brighton beach, expect musings on femininity, sex, money and power, and much more.
Eastbourne Walking Festival, 18-27 Sept, Eastbourne
This ten-day celebration of the great outdoors has something for everybody, whether that’s a guided walk as part of a group or a self-paced stroll (see routes here). There’ll also be talks and fringe events. But mainly, put one foot in front of the other and see the best of East Sussex countryside, from the rolling hills to the dramatic chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters and the imposing Beachy Head. Muddy’s pick is the Mindful Walking event run by Kirsty Peckham from The Coach By The Sea.
The Country Brocante Open-air Harvest Fair, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Sept, Loxwood Meadows
Well, this sounds utterly gorgeous. Wander through Loxwood Meadows browsing stalls from merchants and makers, and take in talks and demos in the ancient woodlands. Founder Lucy Haywood, owner of The Country Brocante Store in Midhurst and author of Country Brocante Style, started out running fairs in local village halls, these days her events are hosted in luxury country manors and venues. Expect top quality artisan interiors, beautiful antiques and delicious food.
Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, various Sept dates, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton
What happens when you chuck a drunken cast member in with the finest classically-trained performers for a one-hour Shakespeare play? Find out at this intriguing and deeply profane sounding comedy at The Warren, running through September on Brighton seafront. Muddy has to admit, this one sounds too good to miss, if only to find out what actually happens when a cast member, chosen entirely at random, is given four hours before each show in which to get almightily tanked. Let’s face it, if there’s one thing the Bard’s classic comedy of errors needs to sort out the mess created by four young lovers and the mischievous Puck it’s a dishevelled drunk. It’s a multi-award-winning, sell-out smash hit too, so expect to be very, very entertained.
Notflix, various Sept dates, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton
This lot, an all-female lineup and live band, are billed as ‘The Spice Girls of improv’. Musical suggestions from the audience are improvised alongside a live band in a big, glittery stiletto of uncynical joy. This show has raked in the awards and sold out over the country, including at the all-important Edinburgh Fringe. High quality, highly silly entertainment on Brighton beach.
Garden Concerts, Glyndbourne, various September dates
The gardens at Glyndebourne make a magical setting for outdoor concerts, based on works by Mozart including Don Giovanni, as well as Jonathan Dove’s Le nozze di Figaro-inspired suite Figures in the Garden which was composed originally for Glyndebourne’s gardens. The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment is conducted by Aidan Oliver.
Sculpture trail at Amberley Museum, until 7 Nov, Amberley
Here’s a chance to see Amberley Museum’s first sculpture exhibition – which opened just weeks before lockdown. Fortunately it’s been extended to early November so there’s plenty of time to admire the collection of 36 sculptures throughout the 36-acre site of this former quarry, now a heritage-steeped museum. All the work has been created by artists across the South and there’s a downloadable map of the trail here.
Workshops at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, various Sept dates, near Horsham
Learn how to make gorgeous hand-tied bouquets with Amanda Jane Flowers at a workshop on Sept 6, alternatively on Sept 26 Amanda will be running a floral hat box workshop. Perfect calming activities after something of a hectic summer.