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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 8 – 15 July

Vintage pampering to 3D printing, satire to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, some festivals both home and away even shepherding for kids. It’s all in this week’s Muddy Guide.

Red Carpet ‘Revival’ Event, Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, Midhurst, 8th July

CROP vintage-1353227_1280Get ready for Goodwood Revival, with a fabulous afternoon of all things vintage at the Spread Eagle Hotel on Friday 8th July from 2-4pm. There’ll be hands on hair, beauty and fashion demonstrations and advice plus a Spread Eagle vintage afternoon tea. Tickets are £20 per person, which includes a nail file and polish, entry into a prize draw and a complimentary gift bag. Call 01730 819829 to book

3D Printing for Beginners, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux July 9


Seen 3D printing on the telly but never in action? Well here’s your chance to have a go at the new technology and find out what to look for if you want to buy a printer with this capability. You don’t need an engineering background but you do need to bring your own laptop, with which you’ll get to produce your own 3D name tag. The workshop runs 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and costs £35 including a lunch of sandwiches and cake. The Observatory does heaps of good stuff for children but this one’s for the grown-ups. Booking is essential on 01323 832731.

Petworth Festival, 14-30 July

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A genre-straddling line-up includes music from opera and classical music to jazz and  Tibetan monks;  comedy including improv musicals from ’Showstoppers!’ ; Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary tributes and a performance of Roald Dahl’s Danny – Champion of the World (book ahead for this one on 17 Jul, it’s selling fast). Petworth House is among venues.

Priory Park Festival, Chichester 8,9, 10 July

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This music slanted long weekend forms part of the wider Festival of Chichester  with sets from the likes of Seeker, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Courtney Pine.  On 9 July at the Guildhall, music is interspersed with poetry and speakers – including Simon Fanshawe talking about LGBT rights, Esther Rantzen on 30 years of Childline and Glyn Jones, talking about his career  producing the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Eric Clapton. There are over 30 acts plus kids’ events, a wellness zone, artisans’ market and local food and drink.

Breakfast Shepherd Experience, Seven Sister Sheep Centre, East Dean, 11 July – 31 Aug


On weekends from July 11 and throughout the school holidays children (and adults) have the chance to help the shepherding team prepare for the day, with access to the sheep centre and a go at bottle feeding. The £25 price includes breakfast (for humans). Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Country Lifestyle Luxury Gift Fair, Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells,  14 Jul – 15 Jul

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Just over the border this luxury shopping experience is taking place for two days only at the suitably plush surrounds of  Victorian mansion Salomons Estate. Come and meet the boutique owners and artisan makers and if you’re quick you might even win  £50 of vouchers to spend at the fair through the website (the competition closes  midnight 10 July). The fair is open: 10.00am – 4.00pm and costs £4 per person (children free).

Borde Hill Garden, Children’s Summer Concert, 12 & 13 July


I wrote about Borde Hill’s sculpture trail last week and here’s another reason to visit. The Trio Aria musicans will be putting on a family-friendly evening of music including Disney favourites. Bring a picnic tea and an instrument – children can join in with a piece of music of their choice. Adults £10, children £5 (under 4s free). On July 14 meanwhile, there’s a performance of ‘1890s chat show’ Tea With Oscar Wilde. Tickets £10. Book ahead as marquee space is limited.

Live animal quiz night, Booth Museum, Brighton, 8 July


This isn’t a quiz where you win animals – unless you count handling a giant toad. The idea is you pop in for a drink after work, test your knowledge on items in the collection and get to handle some live specimens should you wish. This one’s for over 18s only, it runs 7.00pm – 10.00pm and there’s a cash bar. Tickets cost £8 and you should pre-book.

Tuppeny Barn Organics open day, Southbourne, near Chichester, 10 Jul


Not-for-profit fruit and veg enterprise Tuppenny Barn Organics is welcoming all for an open day with pick-your-own fruit, a plant sale, stalls from producers including Neals Yard Remedies, plus beekeeping talks, cream teas and free kids activities. Children will also be able to take a look at the wildlife pond and even meet alpacas. It starts at 2pm, adult entry £3, children free.

The Treason Show: Brexit edition, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, 15 July


The local political satire sketch group are putting on a special edition about Brexit so if you haven’t had your fill of  jokes and jibes about these turbulent political times this is the place to go. England’s performance in Euro 2016 is also lined up for a good, err kicking. Tickets are £14.

Latitude festival, Suffolk, 14 – 17 July


If you’re the spontaneous sort is seems you can still bag a ticket for Suffolk’s brilliant Latitude festival which mixes music with comedy and literary talks, dance and theatre. This year’s musical headliners are The Maccabees and New Order, while Bill Bailey is among comedians. It’s very family friendly (in fact a child towed in a wagon was the accessorise the year I went) with a kids’ area and activities, a family camping zone and an Inbetweener’s Stage for teens.

Wine tasting and tour, Bolney Wine Estate, near Haywards Heath, 15 July


Bolney Wine Estate was the setting for our recent Muddy Stilettos Awards drinks and now it is inviting Sussex residents for a tour and tasting of its award-winning wines to officially launch its new visitor centre. TV presenter and wine expert, Olly Smith will be doing the honours alongside Sam Linter – MD and chief wine maker for the Estate. It all takes place between noon and 5.00pm – just ring or email in advance to let them know you’re coming.


Preston Manor, Pagan Ceremony, 16 July


Experience a Pagan ceremony without having to do an overnighter at Stonehenge. Preston Park is hosting the event in its walled garden as part of its Witchcraft Live season. It’s billed as family-friendly, with a spell being created to aid health, prosperity and love – I’ll have some of that.


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