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The Muddy Guide: What’s On June 10 – 16

A chance to show off this summer with a BBQ masterclass, plus comedy, festivals – of words and music – and a streetless street party. It’s all in this week’s Muddy Guide.

Blues on The Farm, Pump Bottom Farm, Chichester 16-19 June

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Celebrating 25 years of being ‘a little piece of the Mississippi Delta on the Chichester Plain’ Blues on the Farm is back with a host of international acts. Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker, Ian Siegal and Stevie Nimmo are among big name performers plus bands like The Bushman Brothers, Idlewood and New York’s Hitman Blues Band. Go glamping, or get a day or evening ticket. All Day tickets costs from £15 for children, £36 for adults.

Sarah Millican, Brighton Dome June 16 – 17 (and Crawley and Worthing in Sept)

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She emerged as a comic only in 2008 and since then, Millican’s rise to fame has been spectacular. Outsider is her fourth national tour and you can expect whimsy coupled with cutting Geordie wit. If you miss her in Brighton, she’ll be coming south again in the autumn, appearing at The Hawth in Crawley on 13 September and in Worthing the night after.

Wild Life Festival, Brighton City Airport, Shoreham 11 and 12 June


Disclosure and Rudimental headline this festival, which made its very successful debut in 2015. As well as the main stage, there are four others plus all manner of things that mean this gathering is a mini-Glastonbury. A shuttle service will operate from Brighton’s Preston Park and Worthing station to the festival site at Shoreham.

BBQ Masterclass, the Leconfield, Petworth, 15 June


Join head chef Paul Welburn for a masterclass in BBQ cookery as he demonstrates a variety of tips and shares a few secrets for cooking al fresco. The class includes a two-course lunch and glass of wine on arrival and let me tell you, the food here’s great. (see my review). It’s a midday start and the cost is £40 per person.

Worthing WOW festival, Worthing, until 12 June


WOW stands for World of Words and you can expect workshops and performance aimed at both adults and children. Coming up among free film events on 10 June is a free night of silent cinema in the Nissen Hut at Shoreham Fort (not sure how that fits in with words but just go with it) when 1920s film A Lowland Cinderella will be screened – a movie actually filmed nearby at Shoreham Studio. There’s also a how to write a short play workshop on 11 June.

Ockendon Manor’s Queen’s birthday street party, Ridgeview Estate, June 12


Hang on, hasn’t the queen just had a birthday? Anyway Ockendon Manor is using the occasion as an excuse for a ‘street’ party with long communal tables brimming with flowers and bunting set amid the Ridgeview Estate’s vines. Sounds lovely before we even get onto the food which will be three courses prepared by the head chef of Ockendon Manor’s Michelin starred restaurant no less. Tickets are £125 which includes matching sparklng wines. It starts at 12.30pm and this one’s adults only.

Edinburgh Bound, The Hawth, Crawley, 15 & 16, June


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The Hawth has two double bills coming up with comics previewing their Edinburgh shows. Jack Barry (probably the only stand up on the circuit with a degree in Chinese) and Julian Deane are on 15 June then Ahir Shar and Gareth Richards (who has toured with Frank Skinner) are up on 16 June. Tickets are £7.50 per night.

Digging up the Dirt: Understanding Capability Brown’s Petworth, 16 June

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Celebrated landscape gardener Capability Brown dammed rivers, built hills and used all manner of tricks to perform cosmetic surgery on some famous gardens. National Trust archaeologist Tom Dommett will tell how three years of historical research and archaeological investigation have the incredible scale of how Brown changed the landscape at Petworth. The talk runs on the morning of June 16 and costs £15, including coffee. Booking is essential on 0844 249 1895.



Kaz Hawkins Band: ‘Feelin Good’ Album Release, Worthing, 29 June

Photo by Bernie McAllister

Multi-award winning and rather retro-cool looking Northern Irish blues singer, Kaz Hawkins is playing a couple of dates in Sussex this month. Her Horsham spot on 11 June has already sold out so get a ticket now for her at Worthing Pier Club on the 29 June (£17.60).

Minature Hurdle Making workshop, Great Dixter House & Gardens , 27 June


Got a dad who’s a bit handy? How about this for an unusual Fathers’ Day present? There’s a hurdle-making workshop at Great Dixter (no, not the Sally Gunnel kind of hurdle, these are traditional gate shaped structures that make nice plant supports) with a chance to use a cleaving brake and a shaving horse (of course I know what they are). It costs £100, which includes homemade refreshments, a ‘hearty’ lunch and two of your own hurdles to take home.



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