Events and things to do in Sussex - March 2016

PUBLISHED: 12:55 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 26 February 2016

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Our guide to the best events in and around Sussex, edited by Erica Gilbert

Outdoor Adventures for Kids

With the advent of spring, Sussex Wildlife Trust is planning lots of events across the county for children of all ages. For younger children, come along to Nature Tots to enjoy mornings of woodland wonder with bushcraft activities, stories, games and exploring. Weekly groups run from March to December each year and are suitable for accompanied children aged three to five.

For older children there are family fun days and outdoor clubs for the Easter Holidays starting from 30 March, with exciting activities such as minibeast hunting, pond dipping and shelter building in the woods followed by hot chocolate around the campfire. Children attending holiday clubs do not need to be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential, for further information on locations, prices and dates please call 01273 497561 or visit the website.

Gangsta Granny - 2-6 March

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650

Birmingham Stage Company brings to the stage this wonderful new production based on the book by David Walliams. Times vary. Tickets £21.90.

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre - 5 March-2 May

East Dean, Nr Eastbourne

10.30am-5pm. Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre. See the sheep and their lambs (tame enough to touch and feed) in a time-honoured farming environment. Watch the lambs being born, bottle feed the orphans, meet the other farmyard favourites and enjoy a tractor ride. Night lambing experience from 10-12pm, Thursday to Sunday (must be booked in advance, please see website for further details). Admission £6, concessions £5.50, children £5, family of four £21.

01323 423207;

Amberley Museum - Throughout March

Amberley, Near Arundel

• 6 March Mums Can Do: hands on activities and experiences for mums.

• 11-13 March Sussex Spring Ale Showcase: a brand new beer festival featuring a select range of Sussex ales and ciders.

• 20 March Wheelwrights Day: discover this fascinating craft.

• 25-30 March Easter Trails: answer the clues and follow the Easter Bunny Trail.

• 28 March Museum Working Day: see the museum come alive with a working woodyard and many crafts to discover and watch in action.

Moscow State Circus - 7 March

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636

7pm. Loveable buffoon Professor Wacko and his crazy sidekick Natalia Mezentceva invite the audience to a wondrous enchanted garden. Featuring flying, backflipping, juggling, wire walking and roller-skating performers. Tickets £26.50, child £22.50, family of four £86

Mother’s Day with the National Trust - 6 March

National Trust tearooms and restaurants will be cooking up delicious delights so why not treat mum to a sumptuous afternoon tea featuring traditional favourites such as homemade scones, or take her out for lunch? Top off your day with a stroll around the blooming gardens, full of spring colour.

• Bateman’s Mothering Sunday Tea 3pm-4.30pm

• Birling Gap Mother’s Day Bubbly Breakfast 10am-12 noon

• Bodiam Castle Afternoon Tea 12.30pm and 2.30pm

• Sheffield Park and Garden Afternoon Tea and Guided Tour 12 noon-2pm

• Standen Tea and Cake offer 10am-5pm

Mothering Sunday - 6 March

Weald & Downland Museum

10.30am-4.00pm. Celebrate Mothering Sunday and the start of spring at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Mothering Sunday is a fantastic time to visit the museum, with newborn lambs and spring buds bursting into life as visitors enjoy the South Downs in springtime. Visitors can explore historic buildings, see brewing and baking in the authentic Tudor kitchen, listen to period music, meet the Shire horses and traditional breed farm animals. Freshly prepared simnel cake, which would have been traditionally baked for Mothering Sunday as a mid-Lent treat, will be found in 1890s Whittaker’s Cottages from Ashtead.

See How They Run - 9-12 March

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex

7.30pm. Be a fly on the wall at the Rev Toop’s vicarage for an evening of delightful nonsense and mistaken identities with Southwick Players’ production of See How They Run in March.

It’s a case of Noel Coward meets Dad’s Army in this break-neck farce written by Philip King in 1943 - a play that is as fresh and funny now as the day it was written. Tickets: £11 all performances. Box Office 01273 597094 or book online

Ludovico Einaudi - 11-12 March

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709

7.30pm. Ludovico Einaudi has quietly become one of the most successful musicians in the world. His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music tops the charts in the UK and Europe, and he was BAFTA-nominated for his score of This is England ‘86.

His music has been described as minimalist, alt-classical, ambient and contemporary, but it defies easy classification. Tickets £31.50, £41, £46.50.

Pooches on the Prom - 13 March

11am. The Martlets’ annual sponsored dog walk, from Hove Lawns Café to Brighton Pier and back. All the sponsorship raised from Pooches on the Prom goes towards patient care at the Martlets Hospice. Walk starts and finishes at the Hove Lawns Café.

Registration £5 per pooch, register online or for more information contact Clem Hunnisett, email: or call 01273 718 780.

Circus of Horrors 21st Anniversary Tour - 14 March

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650

7.45pm. The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shocks, all interwoven with bizarre circus acts performed by an almighty cast and the devil-driven rock ‘n’ roll of Dr Haze and The Interceptors from Hell. Tickets £20.40-£30.90.

Toast - 14-19 March

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206

7.30pm. Richard Bean’s brilliantly observed drama stars the Olivier Award-winning actor Matthew Kelly. Suitable for ages 14 years and over. Wednesday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £21.50-£26.50, students £12.50.

Yves Lambert Trio - 16 March

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham: 01273 464440

8pm. Yves Lambert, well known for his charisma and generosity on stage, is considered a reference point when it comes to Quebecois folk music. Lambert was a founding member and pillar of the group La Bottine Souriante from 1976 to 2002, and for the past 30 years has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place it deserves beyond the Quebec and Canadian borders. Tickets £16.

Rambert - 16-19 March

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650

7.30pm. Love, desire and betrayal are the ingredients of the shocking true story that inspired Picasso’s masterpiece, The Three Dancers. Now Rambert springs Picasso’s painting from the canvas to the stage, bringing to life his vivid Cubist imagery to create a portrait of doomed passion. Thursday matinee 1.30pm. Tickets £13.90-£35.40.

The Earth Laughs in Flowers - 18 March

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

7.30pm. Celebrate the beginning of spring with a joyful evening of words and music with mezzo-soprano Pippa Dames-Longworth and Nicholas Bosworth at the piano. Enjoy pieces by Handel, Fauré, Bizet, Gilbert and Sullivan, Ivor Novello, Joyce Grenfell and Rudyard Kipling, all in the perfect setting of the Music Room.

Admission £32.50, Members £28.50. Book in advance. For tickets tel: 03000 290902 

Travels With My Aunt - 22-26 March

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000

7.45pm. Four actors will take on more than 20 characters in this hilarious, madcap dash around the world with Henry Pulling.

He is a retired suburban bank manager with a penchant for dahlias. He meets his eccentric Aunt Augusta at what he supposes to be his mother’s funeral. She persuades him to abandon his dahlias and travel with her to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul and Paraguay.

Through Aunt Augusta, a veteran of hotel bedrooms and shady associates, Henry joins a shifty twilight society of pot-smoking hippies, war criminals, men from the CIA and hardcore art smugglers. To his aunt’s great delight, he finds himself coming alive as he puts his former dull and predictable life behind him. Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm. Tickets £15.50-£21.50, students and under 16s £9, under 25s £10.

The Herbal Bed - 22-26 March

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650

7.45pm. Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is an emotional thriller recounting the public trial of Shakespeare’s daughter. Accused of adultery with her neighbour, Susanna and her husband fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny as they sue her accuser for slander.

A powerful exposé of the contradiction between human desire and social convention that seeks to repress it, Peter Whelan’s moving and uplifting play provides a beautiful evocation of life in Shakespearean England. Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£33.50.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

This year, the National Trust in Sussex is inviting families to join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to unleash their inner explorer. Adventurous quests are taking place across the county, from spring woodlands and historic houses to picturesque South Downs landscapes.

What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end of each completed hunt, and every Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will help support special places looked after by the National Trust for future generations to explore.

To find a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt near you, visit

Easter at The Weald & Downland Museum - 25, 27, 28 March

10.30am-4pm. Visitors to the museum can step back in time and experience the Tudor (and traditional) Easter celebrations of ordinary folk. The Bayleaf farmstead with its adjoining Winkhurst Tudor kitchen offers an impressive backdrop to the Easter activities. The long-established Good Friday Bake in the Tudor kitchen will begin the weekend’s celebrations, with the firing-up of the bread oven.

The museum’s fun-packed Easter schedule offers activities for the whole family to enjoy: Easter cooking in the Tudor kitchen, egg painting, bonnet making and a traditional bonnet parade on Easter Monday.

The Gruffalo - 30 March

Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex

Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo! Come to Drusillas Park and see the mystical monster who lives in the deep dark wood. The fearsome favourite will be meeting brave visitors in the Events Arena at intervals throughout the day.

01323 874100;

Dinosaurs and Dragons - 30 March and 6 April

Brighton Museum

11am-3pm. Explore dragon myths and stories in this Easter holiday family fun session and get close to amazing fossils and skeletons from the museum’s collections. Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free.

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