40+ great things to do in Sussex this March!
Spring's coming and we're out of hibernation with a whopping 40 kickass events from burlesque with Dita Von Teese to Brit winners Wolf Alice live. Let's get our sparkle on!
Dita Von Teese, Brighton Dome, 20-21 March
The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, returns with the most lavish touring burlesque show in history with her all-new revue, Glamonatrix.
Guilty Feminist Live, Brighton, 5 March (then touring)
Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, is part comedy, part deep-dive discussion and part activism. Hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring a different array of world class guests each night. Read our interview with Deborah.
The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, Capitol, Horsham, dates through March & April
Mama Mia, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 1-12 March
Olivier Award winners Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee star in this devastatingly funny portrait of a couple whose five minutes of candid conversation launches an outpouring of emotions, home truths, wine, nibbles and anarchy.
We are nature, Ray Mears Live, Worthing Assembly Hall, 17 March, & Capitol, Horsham 31 March
Recognised worldwide as an authority on bush craft and survival, Ray acquired his unique skills through his work in some of the world’s most uninhabitable and harshest environments. Read our Muddy interview here.
War of the Worlds, Brighton Centre, 27 March
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the classic reaches Sussex this month starring Steps’ Claire Richards making her debut as Beth, the Parson’s Wife alongside Blue’s Duncan James.
Chris Packham Pictures From The Edge Of The World, Eastbourne Hippodrome, 17 March
TV presenter, naturalist, conservationist, and now an award-winning photographer Chris Packham’s show is designed for impact. Challenging conventional ideas about where beauty is found, what good photography and art are.
WELLBEING & WORKSHOPS
Calligraphy Workshop, Stanmer Tea Rooms, Stanmer Park, 18 March
One of Muddy’s fave haunts for tea and cake is hosting this workshop devised by Kirsten Burke, founder and creative director of The Modern Calligraphy Company. Learn how to write beautifully with these fun classes.
Based on the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing allows you to slow down as you immerse yourself in the forest environment. Swedish teacher and workshop leader Helena Skoog will show you how to use all your senses to connect with your surroundings, drawing on the power of nature to relieve tension, relax and nourish your sense of wellbeing.
John Thompson art workshop, Seascape Sparkle, 24-26 March, Nymans
Artist in residence John will provide everything you need to create a beautiful piece of artwork in acrylic paints, inspired by nature. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits will be provided.
Sip & Paint, Rockwater, Hove, 16 March
Wine in one hand, paintbrush in the other! The perfect art masterclass with artist Maureen Wells. Theme for March is Flamingos.
Rise Yoga Workshop, Cowdray Hall, Easebourne, 6 March
Sunday morning mini-retreat includes 90 minute uplifting and relaxing Yoga and meditation session, a healing sound bath with Tibetan Singing Bowls followed by a nutritious homemade breakfast.
FOOD & DRINK
Chalk & Cheese Dinner, Wiston Wine Estate, 25 March
Enjoy a special dinner at new restaurant Chalk, where you will explore the wonderful diversity of local cheeses through canapés and a four course menu.
Ghost Walk & Cellar Dining at The Old Ship, 4 March, (also 1 April)
Get spooked with tales from Brighton’s alongside a slap-up meal in the atmospheric cellars.
Tastings at Lakedown Brewing Co, East Sussex, from 1 March
This family-run, indie microbrewery and taproom in rural East Sussex, creates modern and traditional beers in can, bottle, keg and cask. The rustic taproom, is nestled by the scenic lakes that Roger Daltrey of The Who built in the 1980s as a peaceful oasis to escape the mania of touring. (above).
ART & CULTURE
Saving Standen, Standen House, 5 March- 15 May
An exhibition to celebrate 50 years since Standen became part of the National Trust, focusing on the story of how this beautiful example of an Arts & Crafts house was saved for future generations.
Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 5 March – 4 September
Celebrate the fun, quirky and anarchic British jeweller Brand Tatty Devine with this free exhibition.
The Regency Wardrobe, The Royal Pavilion (March – September) & Worthing Museum (16th April – 7th August)
Brighton based decorative artist, Stephanie Smart has used enormous skill to recreate the lavish costumes of the Regency period – not from silk or cotton but are instead out of eco-friendly paper!
Marilyn Stafford: A Life in Photography, Brighton Museum, until 8 May
This retrospective exhibition of US born Sussex-based photographer, Marilyn Stafford encompasses the most comprehensive display of the photographer’s work to date. Works come from an international archive spanning four decades and include celebrity portraits, fashion shoots, street photography, humanitarian stories and newspaper reportage.
Dame Vera Lynn; An Extraordinary Life, Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, until 18 April
Stomp Workshops, The Old Market, Hove, various dates
Get them stamping their feet in the right way at a Stomp workshop. Adults can do it too!
Family Telescope Clinic, Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux , 13 March (other dates and events available)
Star buffs will love the events on offer at this amazing observatory. Ideal for rainy days.
Billionaire Boy, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 24-7 March
From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes this amazing West End production of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy!
Eastbourne Family Roller Disco, 3pm Saturdays, (other dates/times available)
Get the kids spinning around safely with this enclosed roller disco – adult and kids sessions available.
You’ll not be short of laughs in Sussex this month, with the best live comedy coming to the county.
Katherine Ryan, White Rock, Hastings, 24 March
Tim Vine as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hawth Crawley, 2 March
John Bishop, Brighton Centre, 16-17 March
Jack Dee, Brighton Dome, 4 March
Romesh Ranganathan, Eastbourne Congress Theatre, 25-26 March
Dara ‘O Briain, De La Warr, Bexhill, 10 March
Whatever your musical taste we’ve got it covered in Sussex this month.
Wolf Alice, De La Warr Bexhill, 5 March
Sophie Ellis Bextor, De La Warr, Bexhill, 8 & 17 March
Sam Fender, Brighton Centre, 30 March
James Arthur, Brighton Centre, 12 March
Texas, Brighton Centre, 11 March
Stereophonics, Brighton Centre, 26 March
De La Soul, Chalk, 21 March (rescheduled show)
Soul II Soul, Pavilion, Worthing ,13 March
For more fun for the year ahead see our updated 2022 culture planner here.