What’s On this week in Sussex
Mon 17 Feb - Sun 23 Feb
Thriller Live, The Hawth, Crawley 17 – 22 Feb
The long running West End show is on tour and dropping into Crawley with more than two hours of Michael Jackson hits and dances covering pop, rock, soul and disco. Tickets from £25.50. It’s also coming to Portsmouth in June.
The Addams Family, The Old Market, Hove, Tues 18 – Sun 23 Feb
Doo-doo do do! Click! Click! Look who’d moved into the neighbourhood! From the writers of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, and performed by BTG Youth, this comic musical adaptation of everyone’s favourite Gothic family will feature a live orchestra.
Princess and knight children’s nature trail, Bodiam Castle, Mon 17 – Sun 23 Feb
Treasured Objects at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, near Chichester, 17-21 Feb
Ready to get crafty? Activities here run from 11am – 3pm daily throughout half term, this year with the theme of ‘Treasured Objects’. Kids can make picture frames and badges as well as play with traditional toys and follow a trail around the museum. Most activities are included in the admission price with optional donations welcome. Also worth a look if you’re visiting is the annual People’s Show exhibition which features items from visitors’ personal collections. This year the museum is celebrating its 50th birthday so it should be a biggie.
The Ship’s first Supper Club, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Thurs 20 Feb
Head Chef Neil will be preparing and cooking three courses from the Ship restaurant’s new menu at the table, along with plenty of chef banter (think Saturday Kitchen). Enjoy three courses and a glass of wine for £27.50 plus get the recipes to take home! See our recent Muddy review of the restaurant here.
Fairport Convention at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, Thurs 20 Feb
English folk rockers Fairport Convention formed way back in 1967 and are still recording and touring today and have launched several influential musicians over the years. Catch them at the De la Warr this Feb.
Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, Komedia, Brighton, Fri 21 Feb
Psst here’s something for kids that adults can also enjoy – I know, I’ve seen the show myself. Beatboxer extraordinaire SK Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. In this show he gets children involved and teaches them some tricks. I took my nephews the other year and they produced their own impromptu mini iPhone beatbox video afterwards. Tickets are £10 adults, £8 children.
Little Street, Rudgwick and Chichester
Little ones growing up too fast? Give them a peek into life as a working adult with a trip to Little Street, the indoor play town where kids can explore a medical centre, supermarket, construction site, school and theatre. There are also toy vehicles in abundance to manoeuvre around the roads of Little Street. They’ll be taking their driving tests in no time!
Create & Grow, Squires Garden Centre, Washington Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb
Yet more half term fun, this time at Squires Garden Centre. Little ones can paint a ceramic bird feeder (£4.95) and complete free fun activities including a spring flower maze and a spring hunt around the centre, and you can stock up on garden essentials, coffee and cake! There’s also pottery painting at Mambo Jambo’s onsite – call the centre on 01903 893 353 to book ahead as it gets busy during school holidays.
Josie Long: Tender, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Sat 22 Feb
A confident, very likeable comedian, Josie Long has been around a while but this is her first new show in five years. It’s a tale of new motherhood that in the wrong hands could be a self-indulgent yawn-fest, as she’s well aware (“I believe I may be the only woman this has ever happened to…”) but she does a cracking set which veers through trying to urgently get an expensive chicken cooked while in labour to her concerns about climate change. I saw it at Edinburgh Fringe last year and it was a hugely enjoyable show.
The National Spirit Hurdle, Fontwell Park Racecourse, Sun 23 Feb
Full disclosure, I love horse racing and nothing beats the thrill of the early races of the jumps season, as Cheltenham hopefuls begin their campaigns. If that sounds like Greek to you, there’s still loads to love about a day out at Fontwell from the picturesque South Downs location, great action and fantastic on-course food and drink. This eight-race meeting features the Spirit Hurdle, a showcase for some of the best horses and jockeys out there.
South Downs Dark Skies festival, various locations, 7 – 23 Feb
Wrap up warm and get out for this annual celebration of the South Downs being designated a dark sky site. There are several guided stargazing events and tie-in activities, many of them free or low cost at locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire.
Out Of This World storytelling, crafts and magic Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, 15 – 23 Feb
For half term there’ll be a series of special space-themed events for kids including storytelling sessions in Fishers Barn Theatre, crafts, daily magic show and family disco. If that isn’t enough to keep the little blighters entertained then you’ll also get all the usual farm activities thrown in with your ticket including tractor rides, tree climbing and animals.
Brighton Science Festival, various venues, Sat 15 – 23 Feb
This February half term will be the 15th instalment of Brighton Science Festival which aims to get tweens excited about science. Across the festival there’ll be heaps of family-friendly makes, workshops and brilliant (and gross) experiments, generally at low cost.
The Grand Brighton Half Marathon, Brighton, Sun 23 Feb
The Brighton Half Marathon celebrates its 30 year anniversary this year. Even if you’re not taking part in the 13.1 mile run around the flat seafront course this event is always a great day out with an incredible atmosphere. There are youth races, wheelchair races and relays on the day, and for the big event itself, runners will be led out by a Penny Farthing parade.
Wellness Trail, Nymans, near Haywards Heath, Sat 1 Feb onwards
In our increasingly busy and connected lives, it’s more important than ever to take time out to just be in the moment with nature. From now into spring National Trust site Nymans has signposts around the garden with inspiring words in suitable places for reflection. You can also join guided ‘forest bathing’ wellness walks. It’s part of a focus on wellbeing this year to tie in with the ongoing exhibition of Quentin Blake drawings as the artist also works with hospitals.
National Trust snowdrop spots, Nymans, Sheffield Park and Petworth Park
There’s still time to see these cheery sentinels of spring brightening up the winter landscape, before they’re gone for the year. Nymans, Sheffield Park and Petworth are among the best spots to catch them.