The Muddy Guide: What’s On 17 – 23 Feb

Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.

Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun

Peter Grimes’s Apprentice by Sidney Nola, Tate

This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials. Focussing on the artist’s time living and working in Britain, it brings together works with recurring themes such as Australian history and literature, mythology and the tragic hero/anti-hero. Paintings of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the unfortunate explorers Burke and Wills are being shown alongside Nolan’s sets and costumes from the 1962 Royal Ballet production of The Rite of Spring.

Northanger Abbey, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 20 – Wed 22 Feb

Catherine Morland loves a good Gothic novel and the more ‘horrid’ it is the better. Her over-active imagination gets the better of her however when she’s invited to Northanger Abbey, home of her love interest Henry. Will he forgive her indiscretions and will she learn to ditch her scheming new ‘friends’? This adaptation of the classic Austin satire about social climbing, snobbery and literature is on in Eastbourne for three days only. Tickets are from £16.

Half Term kite-making workshops, Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb

Drop in to one of the workshops, running daily from Mon 13 to Fri 17 Feb, 11.00am-12.00pm to make a  kite to fly in the parkland or to take home. Afterwards head out into Ringwood Toll to climb a tree, make a trail out of sticks or create some wild art. Workshops are £3 including materials.

Danny Baker: Cradle to the Stage,  Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Thurs 23 Feb 

If you saw the excellent series Cradle to Grave (pictured) based on Danny Baker’s childhood and starring Peter Kay as his Del Boy-like father you will realise that the star of Radio, TV and err the Daz doorstep challenge has quite a yarn to tell. On this tour he promises ‘an anecdotal back catalogue, games involving sausages and an impressive six octave range.’ Some of that might be true. Tickets are £21.50

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Tue 14 – Sat 18 Feb

I never officially learned the words to all the songs from Joseph but somehow I picked them up by osmosis from one school production or another. The child-friendly musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his jealous brothers is in Hastings over half term. So, you’ve another chance to see a Pharaoh chanelling Elvis and a new opportunity to see X-Factor winner Joe McElderry donning the technicolour dreamcoat. Tickets are from £20.

Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet, various cinemas, 21 Feb 

This fresh new look at one of the world’s most popular artists uses his own words from over 2,500 letters. Narrated by Henry Goodman and directed by award-winning Phil Grabsky, I, Claude Monet reveals more about the man who gave birth to Impressionism and became perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. His humour, depression, loneliness, love of gardening and of life are revealed from the exact European locations where he painted. The screening is at several cinemas in and near Sussex, including at Crawley, Horsham, Chichester, Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells.

Chinese New Year Extravaganza, The Capitol, Horsham, 22 Feb

There will be lion dancing, kung fu demonstrations, plate spinning, acrobatic and more as the Year of the Rooster in welcomed in in style in Horsham. The Chinese New Year Extravaganza features a team of performers showcasing varied performing arts, even contortion. Tickets are £18.50


The First Hippo on the Moon, Connaught Theatre, Worthing , Fri 17 to Sun 19 


Eastbourne had the world premiere of the stage show of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon – a space race story with large puppets and songs and plenty of poo jokes. Now it’s back in Sussex again, in Worthing. It’s brought to life by Les Petits Theatre Company, with the help of creative peeps from Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and War Horse and is suitable for children three up.  See my review here.  (It will also be on in Brighton in July). It’s on at child-friendly times and tickets are  £16, or £58 for a family of four.

South Downs Dark Skies festival, various locations, 10 – 26 Feb

I flagged this star-gazing festival up lat week and it’s still continuing with a chance to peek through some of the largest working telescopes in the country at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux on Fri 17 Feb, then on Sat 18 Feb a day of family activities with a show at South Down’s Planetarium in Chichester then an evening of astronomy talks and gazing with a Dark Skies ranger at Midhurst Rother College. Check out the calendar for the full line up.

SK Shlomo, The Old Market, Hove, 17 Feb 

Beatboxer extraordinaire SK Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. He’s since won global acclaim and worked with the likes of Bjork, Damon Albarn, Basement Jaxx​ and​ The Specials​. I’ve seen him perform and he’s really impressive. Go yourself, or take kids along – Shlomo is putting on two shows slanted to different audiences. On the evening Feb 17 you can book to see an evening show #New Rules yourself, or take children along for the Beatbox Adventure for Kids at 3.00pm when he’ll get them involved and teach them some tricks. Tickets are £8 for the afternoon show, £12.50 for the evening.

Rye Scallop Week, Sat 18 – Sun 26 Feb

Rye Scallop week continues with tastings, cookery demos, live bands and more and of course wonderful local scallops on the menu in participating restaurants including Webbes, the Mermaid Inn and Old World Wines.



Pudding Club, Pavilion Cafe Bar, Worthing, Fri 24 Feb

Sweet tooth? Peddlers of temptation Vice Puddings are starting a new Pudding Club at the Pavilion Cafe Bar in Worthing. Enjoy a meze starter followed by FOUR courses of decadent desserts. There’s also live musical entertainment from ‘Singing Chef’, Johnny Zero. Desserts on offer include pineapple and ginger upside down cake with pineapple sorbet, griddled pineapple, chilli & lime syrup; lemon posset with fruits of the forest, chantilly cream and shortbread biscuits; and steamed sponge pudding with crème anglaise. The night cost £26.50 – extra if you need someone to roll you home.

Oscars Special Film Quiz,  Picturehouse, Uckfield, Sun 26 Feb

Book a table for the Picturehouse Uckfield’s first film quiz of the year – suitably Oscars themed. It’s £1 a person and you can field a team of up to six people. Oscar-inspired food will be available, which has got me wondering just what that would be? Popcorn perhaps? As for the answers, surely several will be La La Land?

Kaiser Chiefs, Brighton Centre, 28 Feb 

Indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs be headlining V Festival but you can catch them first in Brighton on a tour to support their new album Stay Together which includes Parachute and Hole in my Soul …but surely with old faves like Ruby and I Predict a Riot thrown in. Tickets are from £21.75.

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