The Muddy Guide: What’s On 22- 29 July
Jousting or free comedy? Mermaid marching or edgy theatre? A spot of harp over dinner or flamingo croquet? whatever floats your boat you’ll find plenty of ideas here in this week’s Muddy Guide.
International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week, Arundel Castle, 26 – 31 July
The world’s longest international jousting competition, returns to Arundel Castle this month.Knights from home and abroad will compete for glory, both on horseback and in thrilling hand to hand combat contests, with France fielding the event’s first woman jouster this year. There will also be have-a-go archery for the over-eights, craft displays and other entertainment. Adult tickets are £23 and children’s £11 which also includes entry to the castle and its 40 acres of grounds.
Edinburgh preview double bills, The Old Market, Hove, 25 & 26 July
TOM continues its run of free Edinburgh Festival preview shows in its bar with a double bill on 25 July from comedians Mat Ewins and Holly Burns. Mat describes his show as ‘stand-up, character comedy, sketch and shambles’, while in I am special Holly’s wonders why the life that’s due to her is eluding her. The day after, it’s the turn of Paul Jones in Nerdfather, his multi-media show about parenting for geeks and Penelope Solomon in the intriguingly titled I was a Penis at the Royal Festival Hall in which she describes the highs and lows of her other life and an actor. It’s best to register online to guarantee entry.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Tate Modern, London, until 30 Oct
American icon Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and the New Mexico desert. Her work is rarely seen in the UK but now’s your chance. This exhibition opened recently and runs until the end of Oct. Tate entry is free but adult tickets for the exhibition cost £17.20. Check out the new Tate extension while you’re there.
South Downs Poetry Festival, various Sussex/Hants locations, 16-24 July
The South Downs poetry festival continues, with bicycle touring poets stopping in at bookshops and pubs as part of a packed programme of events. This week’s fun includes a family poetry event in Queen Elizabeth Country park on 22 Jul.
Leefest, near Tunbridge Wells, 28 July – 30 July
Imaginary kaleidoscopic realm, The Neverland, has been created for this festival, comprising three main stages, or ‘tribes’ each with a different theme and musical feel (pop, ambient or pumping beats). Lianne La Havas, fresh from supporting Coldplay on tour, is the Saturday night headliner.
March of the Mermaids, From Hove Lawns. 23 July
Raise awareness of marine conservation and ignore the fact real Merpeople don’t have legs when you March like a Mermaid on this fun and free family day out. Dress as a mermaid, merman, pirate or deep-sea creature and progress from the Peace Statue on Hove Lawns to Marine Parade.
Harp Recital and evening meal, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, 22 July
Feel like a soothing, heavenly start to your weekend? Sussex harpist Alexandra King will be strumming the strings at the Ropetackle while you tuck into a summer buffet from Shoreham’s Lesley’s Kitchen. The music will span folk, classical, modern and jazz and Lesley’s brother will accompany her for some of her set. It all starts 7.00pm and tickets including food cost £25.
Stunning the Punters, The Hawth Studio, Crawley, 27 July
Actor George Dillon reprises his solo debut show after 26 years in this triple bill of characters. As well as the title story by Glaswegian writer Robert Sproat and Dillon’s own adaptation of The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky, he also performs Master of Café Society by Steven Berkoff. Berkoff’s own description of Dillon calls him: “The best example of someone to watch how to perform… I was most proud of my written work when I saw him.” Tickets cost £10.
Alice in Wonderland Croquet, Preston Manor, Brighton, 23 July – 4 Sept
It’s croquet, but not as you know it, with flamingos for mallets and playing cards for hoops, just as Alice would have liked it. Whack a few balls in a whacky manner in the wonderful walled grounds of this lovely house. A one-hour slot is £10. On most days until 4 Sept.
Hairy Maclary & Friends, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 28 July
‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’ Music, singing, characters includuing Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum combine in this family show with features several favourite Hairy Maclary stories. Adults tickets are £10, Children’s £9.
Peter James, Crime Novelist, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, 27 July
Peter and ex-Chief Superintendent for Brighton & Hove Graham Bartlett team up to reveal the true crime stories behind the Roy Grace series. In Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton, readers learn of the cases that inspired some of the most gripping stories in crime fiction. The event includes a Q&A and signing of James’s new book on the topic. Tickets are £12.