The Muddy Guide: What’s On 23 Jun – 1 Jul
Not got Glastonbury tickets? Pah, keep out of the mud and choose from your pick of Sussex festivals with beer, fish, cars and joy among the themes and most with musical accompaniment. There’s plenty more besides including upcoming theatre and a book ahead tip for the school holidays.
Crawley Folk and Beer Festival, The Hawth, 24-26 June
Over 16 hours of music are promised across four stages at this festival at The Hawth. There will also be stalls, activities for children and over 50 ales and cider to choose from and food to mop it all up. Admission is free and there’s a chance to camp for just £10 if you really want to get into the festival groove.
Hastings Midsummer Fish Festival, Stade Open Space, 25 & 26 June
Something fishy’s going on in Hastings – the Midsummer Fish Festival that is, with plenty of chances to try seafood dishes and learn to cook them yourself. The excellent Classroom on the Coast where I had a lesson with my nephews (review coming soon) will be among those teaching. There will also be plenty of family-friendly music and other entertainment plus craft activities. On top of that, a wine and beer festival runs alongside so, hey, you don’t even need to like fish! Entrance is free and if you’re not local it sounds like a great reason for a day trip.
JOY boutique summer festival, Convent Field, Lewes, June 25 & 26
There’ll be street stalls, pop ups, a chance to make wildflower wreaths, cocktails, foraged food, a DJ and plenty for children at this good-natured summer festival in Lewes. What’s more, the nice organisers are giving Muddy readers a discount if you book ahead. Buy one £10 Muddy Stilettos JOY ticket and you’ll get entry for two for either Saturday or Sunday plus a Neon Lei to get you in the festival spirit and a festival guide (gate price for the package £10 each). Simply enter MUDDY in the promotional code box at foodrockssouth.co.uk to purchase your ticket. Under 10s go free.
Festival of Chichester until 17 July
The festival is already underway with music spanning classical, jazz, blues, folk, rock, pop and world plus theatre, book events, talks and poetry, exhibitions, walks, tours, cinema and open days. Catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Pergola open air theatre 27 Jun – 9 Jul (from £8) or Brahms at Lunchtime at St John’s Chapel on 24 and 25 June (from £15) and much much more.
Hickstead Derby, All England Jumping Course, Hickstead 22-26 June
Hickstead is known as the home of British showjumping and and this coming week you can catch horses going through their paces at the Equestrian.com Derby. There are lead up events daily, with the derby itself on Sunday 26 June. There’s also a photography competition running at the course for professionals, amateurs and under-18s, with tickets for events next year the prize.
Goodwood Festival of Speed, near Chichester, 23-26 July
My husband got an invite to this and I’m staying home like Cinderella – bah. The weekend is sold out but if you’re quick you can get a general admission ticket for Friday 24 (adults £55, 13-21s £27.50) and watch a range of cars new and old taking on the site’s famous hillclimb.
Brighton Big Screen – until 10 July
Brighton Big Screen is back at the beach at Madeira Drive with plenty to entice you from Euros football matches to chick-flicks to family favourites. This year Ibis (that handy hotel near the station) is offering the ‘SweetBed VIP Experience’ at certain screenings – book a bed with a prime view to lounge on while you wallow in your fave movie (or nod off while your other half’s glued to the Euros if footie’s not your thing). Grease and Priscilla are on 24 June, The Blues Bothers, Pretty Woman and The Hunger Games 28, 29 and 30 June respectively, Dirty Dancing on 1 July, Minions 2 July and there are a handful of tickets left for Star Wars: The Force Awakens the same night. Crowd-pleasing movies, matches and the Wimbledon Men’s Final continue until 10 July. Tickets start from £3 and its £40 for a bed for up to two.
After Miss Julie, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 4-9 July
Strindberg’s classic 1888 play Miss Julie about a damaging flirtation between a member of the aristocracy and one of her father’s servants was one of my A level set texts. Now the action has been brought forward to the post war election night of 1945 with a summer ball as the backdrop and Helen George of Call the Midwife and Strictly fame in the title role. An erotic psychological thriller is promised and I know from Amber over at Muddy Surrey who’s already seen it that it’s a great production. Book now, or, if you’re wavering, check out my review after I’ve seen the opening night.
Gardening Skills and Scent Workshop, Plumpton, 15 July
Workshops with boutique perfumery AS Apocathary sell out super quick but there’s still space on this one in combination with Inviting Spaces garden design. You’ll learn summer garden maintenance and how to take cuttings, plus forage for wildflowers to make a skin balm. Better still, there’ll be tea and cake. The workshop runs 10.30 am – 1.00pm. Tickets are £85.
Kids’ activities, Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, various dates July and Aug
If you have children enthused by Tim Peake’s recent space mission you’re going to want to book ahead for some great goings on in the summer holidays at the Observatory Science Centre. There are experiments involving sound and light and ‘cool chemistry’ and make and take projects like the ‘Rocketry’ half day workshop on Aug 9 where youngsters will learn more about astronauts’ lives on the International Space Station and get to create their own water rockets. The various workshops are aimed at either 6-9 year-olds or 10-13 year olds.