What’s On this weekend in Sussex
Fri 14 Feb - Sun 16 Feb
Valentine’s Dinner, Bodiam Castle, Fri 14 Feb – Sat 15 Feb
Enjoy a glass of bubbly and an exclusive after-hours tour of floodlit Bodiam Castle followed by a candlelit three course dinner in the Wharf Tea Room. Beats your average restaurant V-day date, eh? Tickets are £48.
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Near Horsham, Fri 14 Feb – Sun 16 Feb
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by indulging in afternoon tea at Leonardslee Mansion House. Be tempted by sweet and savoury delights created by Michelin starred executive chef Jean Delport and his team. Afternoon tea is served between 13.00 and 16.00. Book a slot ahead. £40 per person (£50 with wine) including entry to Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens.
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.
Casablanca, Duke of York’s cinema, Brighton, Sunday 16 Feb
Nicely timed on the nearest weekend to Valentine’s Day, watch Casablanca back on the big screen at Brighton’s Duke of York’s cinema as part of its latest Vintage Sundays season. If you don’t you’ll regret it…
Brighton Film Club: Love, The Rose Hill, Sun 16 Feb
If you’re after something less mainstream than Casablanca try this offering from the Brighton Film Club instead. This love-themed edition will showcase a selection of award-winning short films from around the world, all themed around love and heartbreak. Tissues at the ready!
Life drawing at The Feminist Bookshop, Brighton, Sun 16 Feb
Join artist and life model Bella Franks at The Feminist Bookshop for this workshop, which is suitable for all levels of ability. Life drawing is the traditional practice of learning to draw from observing the human form through a range of mediums. Hot drinks and basic materials supplied, more established artists are welcome to bring their own.
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.
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.
Worthing Ice Rink , Steyne Gardens, Worthing, until 23 Feb
Worthing’s rink is in a giant marque with regular sessions for over-fours, while toddlers can get on the ice in special quieter weekday slots. There are children’s skating courses and private lessons by arrangement. You can warm up with hot drinks and snacks in the café and even use the venue to host a children’s party.