Events and things to do in Sussex - January 2015

PUBLISHED: 14:58 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:58 06 January 2015

The Brighton Centre's Holiday on Ice

The Brighton Centre's Holiday on Ice


Some of the latest events to enjoy across Sussex

3-10 January - Dick Whittington

The Southwick Players

The evil and devious King Rat causes havoc and mayhem as he battles against Dick Whittington in this ‘rags to riches’ pantomime by The Southwick Players.

With all your favourite pantomime characters including a larger than life Dame, the Good Fairy, a nautical comedy duo in the guise of Captain Cockle and his first mate, the useless Mr Mussel, you will be transported from the streets of London to the Harem of the Sultan of Morocco who lives in terror after being invaded by a plague of rats. Can Dick Whittington, with the help of his magical cat Tommy, save the day and make his fortune so he can marry the girl he loves?

Matinee performances on Sat 3/Sun 4/and Sat 10 at 2.30pm. Evening performances (3-10 January) all start at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8-£13. For tickets tel: 01273 597094 or book online:

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex.


6-11 January - Holiday on Ice: Platinum

Platinum is a tribute to 70 years of Holiday on Ice. Popular elements and surprising moments come together on the ice for an incomparable show experience, which will enchant audiences of all ages. Times vary. Tickets: £15-£90.

Brighton Centre, Brighton: 0844 847 1515


8 January - Circus of Horrors

The Night of the Zombie

7.30pm. The latest incarnation The Night of the Zombie is set in 2020, a decrepit and corpse ridden London, plagued by a swamp of Zombies. Sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, gyrating and fire limboing acrobats and much more. Tickets: £19.90-£29.90.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7677


16-24 January - Hamlet

7.45pm. Arguably the creative and artistic pinnacle of Shakespeare’s unrivalled body of work, this abridged version concentrates the action on the two families at the heart of the drama. Sun Matinee 18 January, 2.30pm. No evening performances on Sun/Mon evenings. Tickets: £9, final Fri/Sat £10, first Fri/Sat £8.

New Venture Theatre, Brighton: 01273 746118


17 January - Withering Looks

Peopled with many of the characters we know and love, Withering Looks takes a satirical look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters. It has won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award and the Critics Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. Tickets: £16.50

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


17 January - Parent and Child Bushcraft Day

Sussex Wildlife Trust

10am-2pm. An exciting opportunity for parents and older children to learn bushcraft and survival skills whilst sharing in the joy of a winter woodland with Sussex Wildlife Trust. Outdoor activities at Woods Mill near Henfield will include fire lighting using natural materials, shelter building, crafting objects from freshly cut wood to take home, whittling, wildlife ID and tracking skills.

Please bring a packed lunch, a delicious vegetarian stew will be cooked over the campfire and hot drinks will be provided. No previous experience or skill is required. The whole session will be held outside unless the weather is extreme.

Cost for SWT members: Child £10, Adult £2.50. Non-members Child £15, Adult £5.00. Suitable for children aged 9 years and over, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Online booking essential, visit: or tel: 01273 497561 for further information.


18 January - Heath Quartet: Wolf Italian Serenade

Bartók String Quartet No. 1 Op. 7

Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 Op. 131

11am. Brighton Dome’s Coffee Concerts series in association with Strings Attached. Tickets: £18.50.

Corn Exchange, Brighton: 01273 709709


19-24 January - To Kill a Mockingbird

Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prizewinning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.

This utterly enchanting and enthralling production from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre captures the warmth and poignancy of this best-loved classic with genuine heart and emotional depth. Tickets: £12-£32.

Festival Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312


22 January - Nyman’s Introduction to Gardening monthly series

January - Winter Colour

1-2pm. Join this free, informal garden series with the Garden Rangers. Discover hints and tips each month that you can apply at home. Suitable for novices and Nymans enthusiasts. Booking essential. For more Information: Administrator tel: 01444 405250,


23 January - Sussex Bird Safari

9.30am-4pm. Join Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Bird Safari to Medmerry, a new wetland reserve between Selsey and Bracklesham Bay, which is already making a name as an excellent location for wildfowl and waders. Mike Russell will lead a day’s exploration around the reserve which by this time of year should be partly flooded, encouraging in many birds for the winter such as curlew, oystercatcher, redshank, lapwing and Brent geese. Cost for SWT members: £30, non-members £42. Online booking essential. For further information tel: 01273 497561 or visit


24 January - Down to Earth: An evening with Monty Don

7.30pm. Monty Don is a renowned gardening writer and BBC television presenter and the nation’s favourite and most respected gardener.

Hear him speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens behind the scenes when filming and how understanding and working with nature enriches and empowers us all. Tickets: £18.

The Capitol, Horsham: 01403 750220


24-25 January - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

To take part, people are asked to spend just one hour at any time over the birdwatch weekend noting the highest number of each bird seen in their gardens or local outside space. They then have to submit their results to the RSPB before 13 February, either online at or in the post.

This year, participants are being asked again to log some of the other wildlife they see in their gardens to help build an overall picture of how important our gardens are for giving wildlife a home.

Participants don’t have to see and count these other species during their Big Garden Birdwatch hour, just fill in the form to tell the RSPB whether they see them regularly or in fact have ever seen them in their gardens, at any time of year.


27 January - A Night to Remember: Brendan Cole

7.30pm. Brendan, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, will host throughout as he leads his cast on a journey of music and dance in a spectacular night of theatrical entertainment. Tickets: £37.50.

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636


Now until 18 January - The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion’s Eastern Lawns in Brighton

The 800-square metre rink has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area, penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult. Ice skating tickets cost from £10 for adults (aged 12 and over) and £7 for juniors (children under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am-10.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (10am-11am daily) offers children under 5yrs the chance to skate for free when accompanied onto the ice by an adult paying full price. For more information and tickets visit:


28 January - Rose Wind Trio: Music@Ardingly Concert Series

Ardingly College

7.30pm. The Rose Trio is emerging as one of Britain’s finest wind ensembles; talented sisters Suzanne, Rebecca and Tamsin Thorn made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2011. At Ardingly they will be joined by pianist Vicky Yannoula and the concert will include Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and Poulenc’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon. Tickets £16, Concessions £13; Contact

or tel: 01444 893230 or book online

Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.


30 January-7 February - Arcadia: Tom Stoppard

7.45pm. In a stately home in 19th Century rural Derbyshire, secret desires and professional rivalries take hold of the residents of Sidley Park as Thomasina, a talented pupil, makes a startling discovery well ahead of her time, whilst in the present day academics Hannah and Bernard attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story. Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £10.50-£30.00.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7677


31 January - The Sooty Show

11am and 2.30pm. Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nation’s favourite bear will be Sweep, Soo and Sooty’s TV Partner Richard Cadell - who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief!

Special guest stars include legendary Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake. There’s also a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show. Tickets: £14, Family ticket: £42.

White Rock Theatre, Hastings: 01424 462288


31 January-1 February - Ross Noble: Tangentleman

The master surrealist uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery, which is sure to have audiences in fits of laughter. Suitable for ages 15yrs plus. Tickets: £26.

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709



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