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Mon 9 - Sun 15 Mar

Jane Eyre, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Tues 10 – Wed 11 Mar

Gothic masterpiece Jane Eyre, arguably one of the greatest works of English fiction, is back on stage in Sussex. This spring the innovative Blackeyed Theatre company will be performing the rise of the spirited orphan to adulthood and her relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Expect passion, brooding and for dark secrets to be revealed. Recommended for ages 11+

World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, various, Mon 9 – Thu 12 Mar

If you love a pub quiz, here’s one with a cause. The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz was set up in 2016 and this year it’s teamed up with Action Against Hunger. All proceeds from this fun brain-stretcher will be donated to Sussex Homeless Support. Plenty of pubs around Sussex will take part including The Lion and Lobster in Brighton and the Bulls Head, Goring by Sea or search the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz website for your local.

Seafood Dinner, The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, Wed 11 Mar

The Cat Inn knows a thing or too about great food – it is even Michelin Bib Gourmand listed. So book ahead for its special four course seafood dinner coming up in March. £75.00 inclusive of wines. There will also be a Vegan Tasting menu on Wed 22 April.

Plant pot painting at Lucy and Yak, Brighton, Thu Mar 12

Cult Milk, a female-driven art community in Brighton, will lead this fun and relaxed workshop where – apparently – anything goes. You heard it here first. Indie designers Lucy and Yak, they of the iconic dungarees beloved by most of Instagram, will host this evening in which you’ll be let loose with a teracotta plant pot and a lot of paint, glitter and pom-poms. A great way to meet like-minded people and enjoy some arty fun.

Adventure Uncovered Film Festival, PLATF9RM, Hove, Thu Mar 12

An evening of powerful and purpose-driven adventure films that really make a difference. The Adventure Uncovered Film Festival celebrates films with social or environmental narratives, that focus on diversity and critical, but less-known, issues that face people and the environment. Outdoorsy types who love travel, adventure and the environment will not want to miss this. There’s also a workshop on how to make simple adventure films on your phone. Tickets from £18. 

Chocolate masterclasses with Noble & Stace, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Fri 13 Mar

Learning never tasted so good! Discover all kinds of delicious chocolatey magic including how to make ganache, pipe and hand-roll truffles and temper chocolate at masterclasses with Muddy awards finalists Noble & Stace. Classes feature a two-course lunch and wine and will be held at the usual venue of the Artisan Bakehouse, Steyning. If you’re tempted (who wouldn’t be?!) read Muddy’s review here. There’s also dates later on in the month.

Turin Brakes Acoustic, The Factory Live, Worthing, Fri Mar 13

Muddy fell in love with Turin Brakes at university in the (very, very late) 90s when The Optimist EP swept the charts. At this stripped-back, acoustic tour the four-piece will perform their seven top 40 singles along with other hits from their six top 40 albums over their 20-year career, which makes us feel very old. Sources on the ground who have attended previous dates say this is indie music at its finest.

Kiri Pritchard-McClean, The Old Market, Hove, Sat 14 Mar

The multi-award-winning comedian and star of Have I Got News for You, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and more returns to The Old Market for Reigning Women season. Entitled Empathy Pains, her show explores why we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness, like being the first to pull away from a handshake. Her investigation takes some – unusual – turns and has given her officially the worst search history on the internet – is it possible she’s made the unspeakable, hilarious? Or is she just headed for a police cell? Tickets are selling like hot cakes so get in quick for this, it sounds absolutely unmissable.

Stories & Draw-Along with Alice McKinley, The Steyning Bookshop, Sat 14 Mar

This is a lovely little event for your tinies – suitable for those aged four to nine. Up and coming illustrator Alice McKinley will read her cute and funny picture book Nine Lives Newton, ahead of its publication this month. Newton the dog thinks he has nine lives and can do all his favourite things – but what if he’s not quite as invincible as he thinks? After the reading Alice will lead a fun draw-along session for budding artists.

St Patrick’s Raceday, Fontwell Park, Sat 14 Mar

Horse racing has a strong and active Irish heritage and community so what better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than at Fontwell Park? Alongside the seven thrilling races on the card, there’ll be an Irish band on hand and a free pint of Guinness – should you want one – with advance tickets. And rugby fans can also catch the final of the Six Nations on the big screen at the dedicated Rugby Village tent. A great day out in beautiful surroundings, for sports fans and families.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Beethoven, The Hawth, Crawley, Sat 14 Mar

To celebrate 250 years since the birth of the orchestral genius and composer, The Hawth welcomes the RPO and multi-award winning pianist Elizabeth Sombart for a very special evening. Sombart is famed for her understanding of and connection with Beethoven’s music so this should be a beautifully spirited, joyful and passionate performance of a series of works, concluding with the lively and charming Overture to Beethoven’s Fidelio. A must for classical musos and anybody wanting to introduce children to one of the greatest composers the world has known.

Richard Stott, Right Hand Man, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton, Sat 14 Mar

Hull comedian Richard was born with Poland Syndrome, making him in his own words ‘lopsided with a misshapen hand and missing pectoral muscles’. Following life-changing surgery he now has toes for fingers on his left hand. This show is billed as a fast-paced romp through the taboos of being different and having to roll with the hand life dealt him. At Edinburgh Fringe, he was voted second in the top ten jokes of the entire festival. This is Richard’s debut tour and should be a moving and inspiring barrel of laughs.

Menopause the Musical 2, Cruising Through the Menopause, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sat 14 Mar

Is it our hormones or is it hot in here? This sounds hilarious, a sequel to the original smash-hit show and reuniting audience favourites Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) with new girls Nicole Barber-Lane (Hollyoaks) and Niki French (Eurovision). Join these intrepid midlifers as they hot-flush, mood-swing, memory-lapse and weight-gain their way through a journey of self-discover, love and friendship.

Restfest Women’s Wellness Festival, Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel, Sun 15 Mar

And breathe! Restfest, a one-day wellness festival, returns for 2020. From yoga flow to crafts, wellness and a pop-up sanctuary and spa, the day is designed to fill you with joy, inspiration, rest and empowerment. Muddy’s highlight will be Worthing-based yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner Anja Brierley Lange’s guided session.

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