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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!

ON STAGE

Dita Von Teese, Brighton Dome, 20-21 March

Dita Von Teese

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

Here they go again! Mama Mia comes to Eastbourne

An hour & a half late, Devonshire Theatre, Eastbourne, 7-12 March & Theatre Royal, Brighton 21-26 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.

Forest Bathing, 19 March (other dates available), Wakehurst, Haywards Heath & Sheffield Park Garden, 26 March

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

Cheesey does it at Wiston Estate

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)

The Old Ship’s cellars

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

See for miles and miles at Roger Daltrey’s lake

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

Tatty Devine

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)

Paper-view with Stephanie Smart’s amazing creations

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

Model in ready-to-wear, having fun at the end of the fashion shoot, Louvre, Paris, c1955 © Marilyn Stafford

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

Come and see many personal items and gowns from one of Ditchling’s most famous residents. 

KIDS

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.

COMEDY

You’ll not be short of laughs in Sussex this month, with the best live comedy coming to the county.

Katherine Ryan

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

MUSIC

Whatever your musical taste we’ve got it covered in Sussex this month.

Wolf Alice, De La Warr Bexhill, 5 March

So hip it hurts: Wolf Alice, Photo credit: Laura-Allard-Fleischl

Sophie Ellis Bextor, De La Warr, Bexhill, 8 & 17 March

Sam Fender, Brighton Centre, 30 March

Sam Fender

James Arthur, Brighton Centre, 12 March

Texas, Brighton Centre, 11 March

Sharleen Spitari’s Texas coming to Brighton in March

Stereophonics, Brighton Centre, 26 March

De La Soul, Chalk, 21 March (rescheduled show)

Toyah, Trading Boundaries 25 March, & Hastings St Mary in the Castle, 12 March

Punk Princess Toyah can be seen at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Green and in Hastings

Soul II Soul, Pavilion, Worthing ,13 March

For more fun for the year ahead see our updated 2022 culture planner here.

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