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Things to do in Sussex this April

PUBLISHED: 10:42 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 29 March 2018

Derren Brown (Photo by Mark Douet)

Derren Brown (Photo by Mark Douet)

Photo by Mark Douet

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month


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Through the Eyes of a Child - 1 April - 12 May

Green Tree Gallery, Borde Hill Garden

See the world through the eyes of a child and rediscover the wonder and beauty at Green Tree Gallery’s latest exhibition, celebrating their year-long support of children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House. Open 10.30am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.


Art for All - 5 April - 29 April

Devonshire Collective Gallery at DC1 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL

An exhibition of rare Guinness Lithographs at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Collective offers a snapshot of working-class life in post-war Britain.


In Focus - 7 April - 14 April

The Assembly Room, Chichester

Pop along to The Focus Group’s annual exhibition, featuring the photographic work of Sussex’s local members. Set up in 2006, the group provides a platform for like-minded photographers in the south to get together, collaborate and exhibit their work. Open 9am-4.30pm, except Sunday.


Chalkpit - 14-15 April

Glynde Place

Glynde artist-in-residence Jacky Misson is documenting an oral history of the chalk pit behind Mill Lane, or “Teddy Street”, from those that remember when it was still working.


Paul Feiler: One Hundred Years - 21 April - 8 July

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

Fascinated by the architecture of space and the ambiguities of visual experience, Paul Feiler was one of the foremost figures of the modern art movement. This retrospective will showcase work from throughout his career, exploring the inspirations he took from landscapes on the south coast.


Gilbert and George - 28 April - 2 September

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery will host work by Turner Prize-winning partnership Gilbert and George, who have worked and shared their lives together for the past 50 years. The exhibition is part of ARTIST ROOMS, a touring collection of more than 1,600 works by 40 major artists, and will showcase their playful and ambiguous work exploring sex, faith and identity. Tickets: adults £5.20, free for those aged 13-25.


In Print - 29 April

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling

Graphics and illustration students from the University of Brighton will be showcasing their skills on the new Farley proofing press. Pop along to see the press in action and even have a go yourself. Drop-in from 11am-4pm. Free.


Weaving Willow - 29 April

Architectural Plants, Pulborough

Spend a day with local basketmaker Judith Needham and learn all you need to know to weave your very own chicken. The workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced weavers alike. £75 per person, including both lunch and refreshments.


Going Digital - 29 April

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Learn how to use your camera to capture the magic of spring without switching to auto. Practise your close-ups, portraits and landscapes in the beautiful grounds which include 17 acres of formal gardens. From 10.30am-4pm, £75 for a day-long course.



Thoroughly Modern Millie - 3 April - 7 April

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Starring Hayley Tamaddon, this Broadway hit comes to the Sussex stage, delivering a brilliant evening of madcap merriment, based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Julie Andrews. Featuring spectacular dance routines and great songs, it is a hilarious musical comedy which takes you right back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when a flapper named Millie Dillmount bobs her hair, raises her hemline and rewrites the rules of love. Tickets: from £25.


Composers of Sussex - 3 April

Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Internationally renowned violinist Madeleine Mitchell plays music by 3 Sussex composers: Howard Blake OBE, John Ireland and Martin Butler at Brighton’s Chapel Royal at 1.10pm.


Swan Lake - 5 April

White Rock Theatre, Hastings

The Vienna Festival Ballet will perform one of the most popular ballets in the world, bringing the love story to life with lavish costumes, stunning scenery and Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. Tickets: £23.


The Professor of Pop - 6 April

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Paul Gambaccini will grace the stage to reveal the inside story of his dazzling career. Together with clips of the great artists he has known, he will explain what it was like to experience the phenomena of Elvis Presley as a child, the Beatles as a teenager and his long-serving career from writing for Rolling Stone magazine to his regular spots on the airwaves for the BBC.

Begins at 7.30pm. Tickets: £24.50.


The Best of Derren Brown - 10 April – 14 April

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Straight from the West End, the multi award-winning master of mind control will return to amaze and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show. Bringing together some of his favourite work, it will be a jaw-dropping chance to see him perform live on stage. Suitable for those aged 12 and over. Evening performance 7.45pm, with a matinee on 14 April at 2.30pm. Tickets: from £23.


Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em - 17-21 April

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Joe Pasquale stars as the loveable and accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first-ever stage adaptation of this classic TV comedy. With Sarah Earnshaw and Susie Blake also taking to the stage, it will be a show to remember inspired by the catchphrases and hilarious physical comedy of the original sitcom.

7.45pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday, at 2.30pm. Tickets: from £20.50.


Live and Let Fry - 18 April

Goodwood House, Chichester

Sit down to a delicious three-course meal and immerse yourself in the madcap world of James Bond, featuring clichéd scenes adored by millions of fans. Theatre mixed with comedy will come to life before your eyes as scenarios from the films unfold from the bar and play out during the course of your meal. Tickets: £75 per person, to include welcome drink, canapés and a three-course dinner.


Borrowed Places - 19 April

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands, will return to her roots in a one-woman tour. Inspired by the natural world around her, and with just her bass and guitar for company, she will take her audience on a journey to explore the very soul of the land. Begins at 8pm. Tickets: £14.


Bill Bailey - 20 April

Brighton Centre, Brighton

Bill Bailey’s latest show details the past 20 years he’s spent as a travelling comedian. Tackling politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness, he uses his trademark intelligence, surreal tangents and musical virtuosity to perform a compendium of hilarious travellers’ tales. Begins promptly at 8pm. Tickets: from £30.65.


Shipley Arts Festival - 20 April - 5 October

The Shipley Arts Festival will return to the region as one of the UK’s most highly respected classical music festivals. In a variety of picturesque locations across the region, it will be an eclectic and inspired showcase of first-class musical talent. For more information and to see dates, times and prices, visit the website.


45 Minutes of Music - 25 April

The Meeting House, University of Sussex, Brighton

This fascinating and relaxed concert will feature music by Bach, Krebs and Mozart, performed by internationally acclaimed concert organist, D’Arcy Trinkwon. D’Arcy will explain the details and background of each piece, making it accessible to everyone, even those who are new to the instrument. Free.


Robin Ince - 26 April

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Star of The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince will return with his first solo show for three years. A night about love, death and art, he will explore why we believe what we believe. Tickets: £15.


2018 Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts - 28 April - 13 May

The 2018 Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts is to be held in the beautiful Sussex village of Mayfield between and this year is offering a sublime mix of music and the arts. In addition to the world class musical events which encompass genres from choral to ceilidh, the festival will include poetry, film, community theatre, wine tasting and an art trail.


Choral Evensong and Sunday Worship - 28-29 April

Lancing College Chapel

The BBC will return to Lancing College’s renowned Chapel to record and broadcast the Choral Evensong and Sunday Worship. This is very exciting and a testament to the wonderful College Choir and also the long-standing and respected traditions of worship at Lancing College Chapel.



Easter Egg Hunt - 30 March - 15 April

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

Suitable for children aged three to 12, this interactive trail will lead you in a loop around the lakes and garden, testing your knowledge of nature’s amazing survival techniques. Record your scores at each of the activity points on the trail and claim your Cadbury chocolate prize at the end! Tickets: £3.50 children.


Vintage Car Show - 1 April

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, New Barn Road

A wonderful display of vintage cars will return to Amberley Museum, telling the history of motoring from its beginnings right through to its heyday in the 1950s. Tickets: adults £12.50, children £7.


Comic Con - 7 April

The Grand, Brighton

Comic Con will come to Brighton Beach, showcasing a bumper line-up of celebrated film guests alongside some of the industry’s top publishers. A traders’ arcade will also feature the best retailers in the world of comics, books and art. Tickets: adults £14, children £7.


Bluebell Walk - 7 April - 13 May

Bates Green Farm will once again open its gates for the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, featuring seven interesting walks over its three working farms. Along with the spectacular sight of glorious bluebells, there will be the chance to meet some of the sheep, pigs and angora goats who make the farm their home. Open from 10am-5pm, daily. Adults £6, children £2.50.


Rockpool Ramble - 11 April

Pett Level Road, Hastings

Grab the kids and join Sussex Wildlife Trust at low tide to find out more about local marine life – but don’t forget to bring your wellies! Suitable for accompanied children aged four to 12. Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn. Tickets: adult £1, children £3.


Brighton Marathon - 13-15 April

One of the UK’s favourite running events, Brighton Marathon gets bigger and better every year. The route takes in the heart of the city and the spectacular seafront, taking in everything this vibrant city has to offer. It’s a packed weekend with the event village opening up on Brighton beach on the Friday, and the full 26.2 mile race day event taking place on Sunday.


Rural Life - 14-15 April

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton

Head to Weald and Downland Living Museum for the first in their series of Rural Life Weekends, exploring how people of the past would have lived. Demonstrations, short talks and informal chats will help you learn more about the land and how it would have been used by previous generations. The museum’s waterside café will also be open, along with plenty of places to enjoy a picnic. 10.30am-5.30pm.


Night at the Museum - 19 April

Brighton Toy Museum, Brighton

Join Professor Elemental and his friends as he takes you on a journey through the secret life of the museum, featuring strange stories, haunted playthings and a repertoire of peculiar songs. With a fully licensed bar, it is bound to be a night of playful merriment. Tickets: £10.


Farm Open Day - 22 April

Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex

Take a tour of Saddlescombe Farm and see its 17th century buildings, downs and impressive walled garden which were once owned by the Knights Templars. Displays and demonstrations will be on offer throughout the day, where you can learn more about traditional crafts. Try your hand at hurdle-making, learn more about traditional baking and even get a glimpse inside a carpenter’s workshop. Tickets: adults £5, children £2.


The Woolfs in Rodmell - 26 April

Monk’s House, East Sussex

Unlock the history of Rodmell with this guided tour, exploring the village as it was when the Woolfs first moved there in 1919. Tour runs from 2pm-3pm. Tickets: £2.50.


Tulip Tour - 24 and 26 April

Standen House and Garden, West Sussex

Join senior gardener Nick Delves for an exclusive tour of the garden and discover the fascinating variety of tulips on display. Climb the water tower to get an even better view, and find out all the hints and tips you need to create your own beautiful blooms. The tour on 24 April will run from 8.30am-10.30am, and the tour on 26 April will run from 5.30pm -7.30pm. Tickets: £14.



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