Events and things to do in Sussex - February 2016
PUBLISHED: 16:59 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:01 01 February 2016
Our guide to the best events in and around Sussex. Edited by Erica Gilbert
Books for the Boys - now until 28 February
11.30am-3.30pm. Exploring boyhood during the earliest years of the 20th century and the cultural environment that shaped a generation. The exhibition celebrates the Golden Age of books for children in the late Victorian and Edwardian era, when young readers were introduced to classics like The Jungle Book and The Wind in the Willows. Visitors can also discover what older children read, including tales of real-life heroes, early spy novels, and popular classics such as Scouting for Boys.
This new exhibition will be in lieu of normal house presentation, whilst the house is closed for conservation. Normal admission prices.
Single Spies - 4-13 February
Chichester Festival Theatre
Alan Bennett’s award-winning double-bill explores our fascination with Russian spies and royalty. With forgery, fraud and hilarious blunders, Single Spies gives us a glimpse into a life full of espionage, secret identities and even an interrogation by the Queen. Starring Nicholas Farrell, Belinda Lang and David Robb. Tickets from £14.
Hastings Fat Tuesday - 5-9 February
Always with music at its heart, Fat Tuesday features events for all ages and is a celebration of the Hastings and St Leonards live music scene. Raising money for local charities, the event has now grown into a fully-fledged five-day music festival, featuring pop-up performances at venues across the Old Town, a New Orleans-style umbrella parade and a massive Mardi Gras party. There’s live music across many genres from rock to folk to traditional jazz.
Heroes and Aliens - 6 February
The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709
7.30pm. Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and boldly go where no orchestra has gone before in a fantastic blockbuster concert featuring music from some of the most iconic and successful space movies of all time, including Apollo 13, Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Avatar and War of the Worlds...plus many more. Tickets: £10-£27.50, children £1.
King Charles III - 8-13 February
Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650
7.45pm. The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, this new play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. Starring Robert Powell. Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £15-£39.50.
Pancakes Al Fresco - 9 February
The National Trust, Woolbeding Countryside, Woolbeding
5-6pm. Tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley lies the picturesque Woolbeding estate. Cook your own mouthwatering pancakes over an open campfire in the woods, as the sun sets. All ingredients supplied, so just bring a healthy appetite! Tickets £3, booking essential on 01730 816638. Meet at Bramblings Yard, between Woolbeding and Redford, just below the Stedham turning. Postcode: GU29 0QA.
Valentine’s Weekend at Wakehurst Place - 14 February
There are plenty of romantic spots hidden amongst the abundant richness of Wakehurst’s stunning gardens, trees, hills and lakes that are perfect for visiting this Valentine’s Day.
Visitors to the Wakehurst estate in Ardingly, Haywards Heath, will not only be strolling past a visual feast of plants in flower at the time, including camellia, witch hazels, snowdrops, winter heathers and Himalayan daphne, but will also be wooed by their sweet scents.
If all this romantic walking and talking leaves you swooning and you need some refreshment, then visit the Stables Restaurant where in addition to the normal culinary delights, you can enjoy some heart-shaped biscuits and a ‘love drink’ made with seasoned fruits. Normal entrance fees apply.
Worthing Symphony Orchestra - 14 February
Assembly Hall, Worthing: 01903 206206
2.45pm. Love is in the air as Worthing welcomes back sensational cellist Leonard Elschenbroich performing Walton’s cello concerto, a work inspired by Walton’s love for his wife Susana.
The theme of love continues with Puccini’s first great operatic success Manon Lescaut. The concert also features a rarely performed work by British female composer Doreen Carwithen, whose Overture O.D.T.A.A. premiered in Covent Garden in 1947, and concludes with Stravinsky’s first great ballet masterpiece The Firebird Suite – currently one of the BBC’s Ten Pieces for Primary Children. Tickets: £18, £24, students and under 16s £6.
Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie – 15 February
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill: 01424 229111
11am. The caravan of curiosities and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain, amuse and beguile you.
From the acclaimed creators of Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Trench, and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Les Enfants Terribles tour with the silliest, funniest and most entertaining family shows to date – suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Tickets: £8.75-£10.50.
The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia
Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650
The Snow Maiden: 15 February, 7.30pm | Sleeping Beauty: 16 February, 2.30pm and 7.30pm | Swan Lake: 17 February, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Matinees £18.40-£34.40, evenings £24.90-£44.40
Half-term Family Activities - 15-19 February
Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, near Chichester
Put on your winter woolies and wellies, and warm up with a week of creative activities and countryside skills, including outdoor trails, arts and crafts to inspire all of the family. Activities include lino printing, weaving, badge making and winter scavenger hunt.
Explore the museum’s historic buildings and see how the watermill works. Feed the hungry ducks on the millpond and look out for the Shire horses, cattle and farm animals.
Most activities are under cover and will run from 11am-3pm. Regular admission charges apply and the museum will open at 10.30am and close at 4pm.
Feed the Birds - 16 February
Sussex Wildlife Trust
10am-12pm. Drop in to the Sussex Wildlife Trust free event at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to make tasty treats and feeders to take home for your garden birds.
This family event is suitable for accompanied children of all ages. For further information please call 01273 497561 or visit the website.
Dinosaur Zoo - 16-20 February
Festival Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312
Now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to life as you’ve never seen them before.
From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, marvel and interact with extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. Age range: three years plus. Tickets from £12.50.
Undersea Explorers at Brighton Swimming Centre - 18 February
Sussex Wildlife Trust
10.45-11.45am or 11.45am-12.45pm. Children aged seven-11 years are invited to come along to Brighton Swimming Centre for a snorkelling experience with a difference, as Sussex Wildlife Trust fill the pool with life-like marine plants and animals to swim between, including starfish, crabs and jellyfish. Learn basic snorkel skills and find out about local marine life through games and fun activities.
All children must be accompanied by an adult who must remain poolside or in the viewing gallery during the session. Meet at Brighton Swimming Centre, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5JJ. Booking is essential. For further information and prices please call 01273 497561 or visit the website.
The Chicago Blues Brothers - 19 February
The Capitol, Horsham: 01403 750220
The Chicago Blues Brothers return with their brand new action-packed show. Celebrating more than 30 years of the Blues Brothers phenomenon, this non-stop show is packed with over two hours of the very best Blues, Motown and Soul music. Tickets: £23.
Brighton Modelworld 2016 - 19-21 February
Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Brighton
10am-5pm. Modelworld is a unique exhibition showcasing models of all types from around the country. This family event will feature startling performances twice daily from the massive Titan the Robot to the smallest model railway layout, which fits inside a briefcase, and lots of hands-on activities for children of all ages. There will also be displays of model railways, cars, aeroplanes, Daleks and Dr Who exhibits, dolls’ houses and more. Tickets: family £26, adult £9.50, senior £7.50, child £5.50.
Rye Bay Scallop Week - 20-28 February
Rye Bay Scallop Week in Rye, East Sussex
offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in seafood delights. Local restaurants will be showcasing an array of different scallop dishes. There will also be scallop events including tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations, live music and more.
Snowdrops at Nymans
The National Trust, Handcross, West Sussex
Nymans in Handcross is famed for its amazing collection of rare and important plants and the bulb meadow in the walled garden is full of snowdrops and early narcissus. By Valentine’s Day over 150 different types of plant are flowering, with snowdrops offering cool contrasts to the fiery orange of witch hazel. Snowdrops flower in the top garden too, and you’ll spot other spring flowers such as crocuses along your way. Nymans has a proud gardening history, with only four head gardeners since 1890. The extensive gardens are carefully designed and cultivated to create a garden lover’s paradise.
Otava Yo - 21 February
Studio Theatre, Brighton: 01273 709709
7.30pm. Steaming out of St Petersburg in white vests, peasant dress, ushankas on their heads with their earflaps akimbo, Otava Yo bring the abandoned traditions of Russian folksong to the 21st century. They offer a glimpse into life in an old Russian village, replete with romance, melancholy and merrymaking, a fierce sense of pride and a good dose of surreal humour. With lyrical gusil, global guitar, wailing bagpipes, expert fiddle-scraping, pumping bass and pounding drum, their songs of rural passions, heroic sailors, goats and pancakes are delivered with casual wit and playful imagination. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions).
The Last Tango - 22-27 February
The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace - 7.30pm. Strictly’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever show. Wednesday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £40.