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16 - 22 Mar

Wild, Sussex Film Society, Brighton, Mon 16 Mar

This screening of Cheryl Strayed’s unforgettable memoir Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, will raise money for The Children’s Society. Wild tells the story of Cheryl’s 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey she embarked upon after the death of her mother and end of her marriage. What began as the most impulsive decision of her life, ended up both healing her and launching her into the public eye. Starts at 7pm.

Evolution, Acosta Danza, Brighton Dome, 17 & 18 Mar

International ballet star Carlos Acosta brings his Cuban dance company to Brighton after a hugely successful debut in 2017. This new programme, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, features four separate works and the fourth, Rooster, will see Acosta himself join the stage to perform a finale set to a soundtrack by none other than The Rolling Stones. Expect the vibrant Cuban culture to shine through all four pieces, which feature world-class contemporary choreography and span genres ranging from rumba to rock n roll.

Classes at The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, 17/17/24 Mar

Learn the art of baking with a March masterclass at the award-winning Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst, near Steyning. On 17 Mar there’s a fun day of Irish baking in honour of St Patrick’s Day with internationally renowned baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou who’ll help you create soda breads, potato farls and more. On 18 Mar Emmanuel will run an introduction to sourdough and slow fermentation with a chance to master this challenging but delicious type of bread. And on 24 Mar it’s Mediterranean breads, with a day-long workshop making a range of flat and hearth breads.

Sea Swimming and Wellbeing with Lindsey Cole, West Blatchington Windmill, Hove, Wed 18 Mar

Join wild swimmer and adventurer Lindsey Cole for a fundraising evening hosted by local swimming group The Seabirds. Last year, along with 1,000 other outdoor swimmers, Lindsey swam the length and breadth of the UK. The year before, she swam 120 miles as ‘the urban mermaid’ – tail included – in the River Thames as part of a plastic awareness campaign. She’s also cycled the length of Africa to watch the World Cup and retraced an incredible journey along Australia. Find out what her next adventure will be at this event.

Historic gin tasting, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fri 20 Mar

An evening sampling the distillers that paved the way for the gin revolution. At this special event, part of the theatre’s Taste season and hosted by caterers Caper & Berry, you’ll sample three different gins, along with mixers, and there’ll be mezze sharing boards and charcuterie available to mop it all up.

Historic Life Weekend, Weald & Downland Living Museum, 21/22 Mar

A new series for 2020, the Historic Life weekends at the Weald & Downland will focus on the stories and angles behind the museum’s collections. Each will feature talks from experts, demonstrations and displays, great for kids to bring history to life. This weekend will look at baking, and while you’re there, check out the new working bakehouse and 17th century on-site watermill.

Millinery workshop, Fri 20 Mar, Denmans Gardens, Fontwell

Independent internationally-known milliner Isabella Josie will lead a series of millinery and hat workshops at Denmans this season. Learn how to create your own gorgeous head adornments, from hats to fascinators and decorative brooches. The workshops are all £45 and materials are included. The first, on 20 Mar, will introduce you to fascinator headbands, this season’s must-have, and you’ll make your own designer headpiece with beautiful trimmings. The perfect creative activity with friends, or even a Mother’s Day treat.

Petal & Bird Pop-up at HSBC Chichester, Fri 20 Mar

Muddy award finalist Petal & Bird will be popping up at HSBC Chichester with a collection of gorgeous handmade paper flowers, plus paper flower kits and workshop gift vouchers. The perfect last-minute gift for Mother’s Day.

Practical permaculture gardening, Stanmer Park, Brighton, Sat 21 Mar

Permaculture is a fascinating design concept that centres around sustainable ‘forest gardens’ using natural and organic methods to grow crops and flowers. If you’ve heard of it and want to know more, including no-dig methods and other sustainable gardening practices, this course from the Brighton Permaculture Trust sounds like a great introduction. You’ll also learn composting, chemical-free pest control, rainwater harvesting, soil fertility and much more.

Mother’s Day weekend at Leonardslee, Horsham, 21/22 Mar

To celebrate Mothering Sunday, Leonardslee is putting on a series of floral crafts workshops. On Saturday there’s three chances to try out hand-tied floral bouquets (£50) and on Sunday, Amanda Jane Flowers will host a seasonal floral hat box workshop (£50). Mums get free entry to Leonardslee on Mother’s Day itself. And don’t forget the gorgeous afternoon tea, running from Wed Mar 18 to Sun Mar 22.

Mother’s Day Prosecco cream teas, Bateman’s at Burwash/Bodiam Castle, 21/22 Mar

Whether you’re treating your own mother or dropping heavy hints to the fam, you’ll want to check out the Prosecco cream teas at Bateman’s and Bodiam Castle for Mother’s Day weekend. Book ahead to be sure of your spot in the vintage tea rooms and work up an appetite with a walk around the grounds too.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Herstmonceux Castle, 21/22 Mar

Afternoon tea at an actual castle? Mum’s worth it – heck, you’re worth it. Another delicious-sounding offering at this stunning castle complete with 300 acres of themed gardens, woodland, parkland and fields. Expect to be dazzled by daffodils and other cheery spring blooms.

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