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What’s on this week in Sussex

Your curated guide to the week in Sussex, including stargazing, comedy, Shakespeare with a difference, walking, foodie fun and more. Mon 21 - Sun 27 Sept.

Seann Walsh, Mon Sept 21, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton

The comic talent just keeps coming to The Warren, as one of the few venues able to still operate its definitely getting it’s fair share. This Monday it’s the turn of local lad Seann Walsh, billed as ‘charming and a motor-mouth – a frighteningly precocious talent’. He’s done the usual panel-show circuit and Live at the Apollo among others, now see him on Brighton beach. Support from Stephen Grant.

Much Ado About Falstaff, Wed Sept 23, Brighton Open Air Theatre

A new play about one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comic creations, rogue, philanderer and glutton Sir John Falstaff. Enjoy this frivolous comedy and find out all the answers to the questions Shakespeare never asked – along with more insults than ever previously thrown on a theatrical stage – at Brighton Open Air Theatre.

Stargazing at Denman’s Garden, Thu Sept 24, Fontwell

Join local astronomer Dr John Mason from the South Downs Planetarium for this evening event at Denman’s Garden. Dr Mason will bring telescopes and be on hand to answer questions and share his wealth of knowledge. Planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will all come out to play, along with the moon of course. Refreshments including Galaxy and Milky Way bars will be available too. Book on 01243 278950 or email with your phone number to secure your space. Bring warm clothes and a torch.

Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt, Fri Sep 25, The Warren Outdoors, Brighton

You’ve read the Sunday Times bestseller, now see the show live. Comedy writer Kay shares entries from his diary during his former career as a junior doctor in this evening of stand-up and music, which sold out at Edinburgh Fringe for four years consecutively and has had multiple West End runs. The Warren’s outdoor season is drawing to a close (sob!) – what a way to bow out, though.

Floral hat box workshop, Sat Sep 26, Leonardslee Gardens and Lake

Relax and enjoy this gorgeous workshop with Amanda Jane Flowers in which you’ll learn to use seasonal blooms to make your very own hat box. A great way to learn a new skill, and the hat boxes make perfect gifts or just keep yours yourself! Choose from 9am, 12.30pm or 3pm time slots.

Steyning Food & Drink Festival, until Fri 2 Oct, various dates and venues

Four weeks of foodie events, offers and competitions roll on in Steyning this 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.

Eastbourne Walking Festival, until 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.

Sculpture trail at Amberley Museum, until 7 Nov, Amberley

Amberley Museum, Sussex school holidays

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.

John Brockliss Exhibition, until Jan 2021, 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.

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