What’s On this week in Sussex
No plans? Muddy's weekly what's on guide is back, baby, with theatre, cinema, art exhibitions, drive-in and more to keep you entertained.
Our pick of the big-screen action
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, Mon 20 July, Dome Cinema, Worthing
The fifth in the Harry Potter series is packed full of spells, secrets and Sirius Black. Harry’s return to Hogwarts doesn’t quite go to plan – when does it ever? Those still adamant Harry Potter is a kid’s series won’t be claiming so after this instalment.
Dunkirk, Tues 21 July, The Capitol, Horsham
After all, we’ve all shown a fair bit of Dunkirk spirit these last few months. This tearjerker follows the fortunes of the hundreds of Allied soldiers surrounded by enemy forces on the beach, their backs to the sea. It won three Oscars and it stars Tom Hardy, in case that’s, you know, of interest at all.
Trolls, World Tour, until Thur 23 July, Dome Cinema, Worthing
Awwww. The Happiest Movie Ever is a big fuzzy feelgood romp packed full of catchy tunes, and starring none other than Justin Timberlake. A treat for the whole family.
Downton Abbey, from Fri 24 July, The Capitol, Horsham
Fun fact, Downton was the most nominated non-US TV show in the history of the Emmys. Over six seasons it scooped an absolute trophy cabinet of awards, so if you haven’t seen it then head to the big screen to find out what all the fuss was about.
Summer exhibition at Shoreham Art Gallery, until July 31
This year would have seen the 10th anniversary of the Adur Art Trail. Instead an exhibition will be held at Shoreham Art Gallery throughout July, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, jewellery and much more by local artists. All the work is inspired by the surrounding area, from the rolling hills of the South Downs to the coast. A different artist will feature each day and work will be available to buy.
Antiques & Collectors Market, Tue 21 & Wed 22 July, South of England Showground, Ardingly
The biggest and best antique collectors fair comes to the South of England Showground in Ardingly for an open-air extravaganza! If you’re a fan of vintage furniture, heirlooms and collectables this is for you, organisers are known as the best in their field in the UK so expect upmarket vintage and one-of-a-kind gems. Ardingly is a massive venue so there’ll be plenty of space for social distancing.
Catch the big screen action in the socially distanced comfort of your own car. This week, Loxwood Drive-In Movies is showing family faves the Lego Batman Movie, Beauty & The Beast and Cars, along with romcom Notting Hill. Meanwhile over at Goodwood, Secret Cinema is showing Mary Poppins Returns, Star Wars: A New Hope, Cars and Fight Club. Dusk & Duchy Drive-In are showing RUSH at Wiston House, Steyning on Sun July 26.
BOAT Unlocked, Sat 25 July, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road, Brighton
A celebration by local artists to mark Brighton Open Air Theatre re-opening after lockdown. Music, dance and heaps of fun. Then on Sunday, catch Mr Dilly’s Treasure Island Show, packed with music, comedy and mayhem for all the family.
Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures, from July 25, Brighton
This immersive indoor theatrical experience, described as Crystal Maze meets I’m A Celeb, opens again on July 25. Groups are challenged to help the great adventurer Phileas Fogg travel the world, solving challenges and puzzles along the way. Experience amazing locations like an Egyptian tomb and Tulsan diamond mine – from Brighton! Groups will be kept separate for now, all FAQs on the website and book online.
Tickets to National Trust venues are selling like hot cakes, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some, all of these make a great day out.
Bodiam Castle, Bodiam
Although the magnificent 14th century castle itself is closed, you can still visit the grounds which have plenty of space for little ones to run themselves ragged – and plenty to look at too as the castle sits surrounded by its own moat. The car park and toilets are open, as is the Castle cafe for takeaway food and drink. Book your visit online.
The gardens and estate of Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean house are open to visitors and takeaway food and drink is available from the Mulberry Cafe. The house itself is still closed. Make sure you book ahead online – members still go free but you do need to book.
Nymans, near Haywards Heath
Another one for garden open, buildings closed! The lovely intimate gardens and woodlands around this romantic house and ruins are open daily, and as with all NT sites, you’ll need to book ahead online first.
Petworth House and Park, Petworth
Petworth House and Pleasure Garden is open – book in advance, you know the drill here. The magnificent Petworth Park with its famed deer is also open and if you’re parking in the North Car Park for the park only, you don’t have to book. There’s acres of space in the park and a range of habitats from woodland to heath to explore, not to mention the herds of deer, so youngsters will be well entertained.
PICK YOUR OWN
Oast Farm, Buxted (near Uckfield)
Stock up on cherries, plums, blackcurrants, redcurrants, blackberries and more at Oast Farm – ring ahead, so they know you’re coming and to check what’s available. While you’re there, head to the farm shop or grab a drink and a snack from the cafe.
Sharnfold Farm, Eastbourne
Roll up for blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants – do check the website or call ahead to find out what’s in season.
Roundstone Farm, Angmering
There’s a huge selection of fruit and veg at this highly-rated PYO just off the A259. You can probably still get the last of the strawberries, but even if you’re too late for those there’s heaps of berries, currants and rhubarb plus loads of veg too. Follow the FB page for regular updates on crops.