The Muddy Guide: What’s On 7 – 13 April
Constable, coffee, cake, crafts for kids and several things to book ahead to take you through the coming days. For a fuller list of school holiday ideas see my Bumper Easter What’s On.
Constable and Brighton, Brighton Museum, Sat 8 April – 8 Oct
John Constable and his family stayed in Brighton 1824-1828 during which time the great artist repeatedly walked along the coast and up into the Downs. This new exhibition will follow Constable’s walking and painting sequences, illustrating the sketches and paintings he produced as he explored the local landscape. It will explore the impact and influence of that work and bring the sketches, drawings and paintings back to Brighton for the first time.There’s a special talk on the subject on 13 April. It’s free with museum entry.
The Best Thing, Connaught Studio, Worthing, Thurs 13 April
No it’s not a masked armed robbery, it’s a touring play from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company (how many full mask companies do you think there are? The mind boggles). Step into the the wordless world – yes, no dialogue – of Vamos Theatre for this bittersweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution is a rocky path to tread. It’s all set in the Swinging 60s and the performance sounds intriguingly cartoonish. Tickets are £18.50.
London Coffee Festival Fri 7 – Sun 9 April, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Need pepping up? Here’s a stellar way to get your coffee fix. Browse more than 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls run by expert baristas, roasters and chefs and take home produce from across the globe. Take part in brewing masterclasses, a Latte Art Live competition and watch some of the best coffee connoisseurs compete for the prestigious crown of Coffee Master. It all takes places at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, so you can also indulge in a curry after (plus, take my tip and bring home a stack of authentic bagels for the freezer). Tickets are £14.50.
Kids’ Cookery Workshops, Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green, Thurs 6, Mon 10 & Wed 12 April
Eggs to Apples – Muddy Awards 2016 winner of Best Farm Shop – is hosting Kids’ Cookery Workshops over the holidays led by local author and illustrator of Cook and Educate, Briony Russell and Jo Ansell. Combining cooking and crafting, children will learn about nesting birds as they make choclate nests then create and decorate recipe cards. There are only six spaces per session so be quick. The workshops run 10.00am – 12.00pm and are £20 each. Book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Eggs to Apples is also holding a BBQ on Easter Saturday noon to 2.00pm, with fish and sausages and burgers with free range meat.
Asian Vegetarian Feast Night, Limes of Lindfield, Thurs 13 April
If you’re vegetarian and tired of the inevitable goats cheese tart served up in less adventurous venues, get down to Limes of Lindfield where there’s a vegetarian feast on the second Thursday of each month. There’ usually time no less than 11 Asian-inspired dishes and the menu’s more than vegetarian – it’s vegan and gluten-free. Tickets for £35 including vegan wine matched to the dishes. I took my veggie other half along the other month and we were impressed. See my review here.
Hey Clay! DC2, Eastbourne, Sat 8 April
New Eastbourne art project The Devonshire Collective has fun mug-making workshops on this Easter at its DC2 Seaside Road studios. They’re suitable for adults and over 8s and cost just £5 per person including the firing and glazing of your mug. There are three hour-long time slots to choose from. Meanwhile, regular evening AudioActive sessions continue, encouraging young people in rap, lyric writing and music production. The next block runs weekly 3 May to 24 May. See my recent feature on the Devonshire Collective here.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Wed 12 and Thurs 13 April
Direct from a West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… Tickets are £12.59. It’s aimed at ages 3+ See a trailer on the link.
Rendez-Vouz 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Greenwich, Thurs 13 to Sun 16 April
When I lived near Greenwich I remember going down to watch the tail ships sail past and waiting in vain for them to appear as some joker had changed the route at the last minute. It’s a lot better organised these days and visitors will be able to see the ships from special festival villages with entertainment and food at Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich and the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich between 13 and 16 April. The ships will also be sailing up and down the Thames between Woolwich and Tower Bridge. Want to get on board to find out how it felt to navigate the great oceans? Tickets are available for daytime, evening and fireworks cruises. While you’re in Greenwich pop in free to see the spectacular painted ceiling in the Royal Naval College – you can climb right up close to it while it’s being restored.
DROP OFF! Natural tie-dye T-shirts/Easter eggs & felted chicks, Ditchling Museum, Thurs 6 & 13 April
There’s crafty fun at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft on two consecutive Thursdays. On 6 April kids can create beautiful tie-dyed T-shirts with plants from the garden and waste from the kitchen. They’ll learn to produce tie-dye patterns and take home a cool, planet-friendly garment. The workshop costs £20, runs 11.oo am – 4.00pm and is aimed at ages 7 + They’ll need to bring a packed lunch but you effectively get five hours child care! For the same price and age group, between 11.00 and 3.00pm on 13 April, they can use onion skins, beetroot and the like to naturally die eggs and also learn how to make cute felted chicks out of wool.
Alice in Wonderland, Regis Centre, Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis, Mon 10 April
A ‘spectacularly bonkers’ take on the Alice story is promised by Immersion Theatre who are presenting this larger-than-life musical version brimming with nonsensical fun that should have youngsters grinning like Cheshire cats. You’ll be able to meet the characters after the show and kids are invited to come dressed as their favourite. It’s aimed at ages 4+ and tickets are £12 each (£10 concessions) or £40 for a family.
Harlem Globetrotters, Brighton Centre Sat 15 April
I remember being wowed by these guys as a kid. OK not these actual guys, but their predecessors. If you haven’t seen them before then expect a really fun family show with incredible basketball handling wizardry and trick shots – they broke seven Guinness World Records last year – plus plenty of comedy and audience interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Tickets are from, £19.50 there’s also a Magic Pass upgrade where you meet the team and try some fun on court before the show.
NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Thurs 20 April, various Sussex cinemas
Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s situation comedy, broadcast live from London’s Old Vic. I’ve see many versions of Hamlet over the years and even took the lead in Stoppard’s 15 minute Hamlet (OK it was in the school drama studio when I was 17) but somehow I’ve never got around to seeing this famous comic spin off – until now. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play which sees hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Hamlet they become increasingly out of their depth. Stick your postcode in the website to find your nearest screening.
Sister Act Live Choir, Central Hall Westminster, London, Fri 21, Sat 22 and Fri 28 – Sat 29 April
OK this one ‘aint cheap but it sounds a lot of fun. Part film, part gig, Sister Act Live Choir returns with an immersive screening of the musical comedy classic. Sing along with fellow fans as the film is played on a huge screen accompanied by the Uplifted Voices gospel choir of over 30 singers and a band performing hit songs from the film soundtrack. Tickets are from £35.