20 events and things to do in Sussex - March 2015


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A selection of things to do across Sussex throughout March

3 March - The Stranglers

7pm. One of the great stories of the punk generation, The Stranglers are a pivotal band from those inspirational times. Tickets: £24.50.

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709


3-7 March - Jeeves and Wooster: in Perfect Nonsense

7.30pm. When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever-dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters. Starring Robert Webb as Bertie Wooster. Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £14-£35.

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Festival Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312


5-8 March - Snow White on Ice: Russian Ice Stars

The original story of an enchanted mirror, a beautiful girl, the ultimate Prince Charming and a shiny red apple comes to life on ice, with ballet, gymnastics and aerial acrobatics to create a breathtaking and mesmerising experience. Times vary. Tickets: £13.50-£25.50, concessions available.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000


10-14 March - A Mad World My Masters

7.30pm. English Touring Theatre presents the Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton.

London’s Soho, 1956. Here, glamour rubs up against filth, and it likes it! The posh mix with musicians, whores and racketeers; virginity is “no city trade”, and the dashingly cash-strapped bachelor Richard Follywit, has to live on his wits in pursuit of quick cash and a good time. Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £10-£29.50.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7677


12 March - Phoenix Dance Theatre

7.30pm. Phoenix Dance Theatre presents an exhilarating mixed programme, featuring a double bill by Christopher Bruce CBE, one of the most influential figures in world of dance. Tickets: £14.50, concessions available.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


13 March - A Beginners Guide to Raptors

10am-4pm. Visit the best site in the county to see raptors with Mike Russell, Sussex Wildlife Trust Senior Wildlife Advisor and Sussex Life columnist as your guide. The day begins with a fascinating illustrated talk about the behaviour, biology and habitats of birds of prey, focussed on the raptors seen in Sussex. After a packed lunch you will visit The Burgh on the Duke of Norfolk’s Estate in Burpham near Arundel.

Mike says: “If we are lucky we should see a variety of magnificent Sussex raptors, perhaps kestrel (below), sparrowhawk, peregrine, harrier, buzzard, or red kite soaring overhead. As an added bonus, there may be farmland birds such as corn bunting, skylark and grey partridge, and this is also a hotspot for brown hares.” No previous knowledge of raptors is needed, just a general interest in birds. Online booking is essential.

For further information, 01273 497561; www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson


14-15 March - WhaleFest

Brighton Centre

WhaleFest is the world’s biggest whale and dolphin festival. At WhaleFest, whales and dolphins are given a more powerful voice! At WhaleFest, people are encouraged to learn about marine mammals and watch them in the wild rather than in captivity. WhaleFest is a family event; highlights include virtual whale watching, shark zones, great music, celebrity speeches, educational workshops and many more exciting and fun activities. Be amazed, informed, entertained, inspired and come together to be an army of ambassadors to defend marine life and our oceans.

Tickets: Adult £14, Children £3.50. For more information and tickets go to www.whale-fest.com


15 March - Mother’s Day with the National Trust

This year, give your mother a day out at a beautiful National Trust garden in Sussex. Enjoy spring colour and scent in abundance, delicious lunch and tea-time treats, and outdoor trails for children. Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath: 01444 405250. Petworth House and Park: 01798 342207. Uppark House and Garden, near Petersfield: 01730 825415.

For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk


15 March - Mothering Sunday

Enjoy the spring weather with discounted entry for all, plus a complimentary traditional posy for mothers and grandmothers.

Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester: 01243 811348


17 March - Gould Piano Trio: Music@Ardingly Concert Series

7.30pm. For over twenty years the Gould Piano Trio has remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene, and at Ardingly their performance will include two great works, Brahms’ Piano Trio No 3 in C minor and Tchaikovsky’s epic Piano Trio. Tickets £16, Concessions £13; Contact music@ardingly.com tel: 01444 893230 or go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicatardingly

Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath


20 March - Fascinating Aïda: Charm Offensive

7.30pm. Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman celebrate 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with a brand new show.

Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continues to grow old disgracefully! Tickets: £23.

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636


20 March - Henning Wehn

8pm. After more than a decade in Britain, the German Comedy Ambassador has “groan” to like puns...although he still couldn’t eat a whole one.

As Henning’s assimilation is not yet complete he hasn’t lost his sense of Westphalian wonderment at the foibles of British society. Ages 16 yrs plus. Tickets: £16.

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


21 March - Jekyll and Hyde: Sell A Door Theatre

7.30pm. Robert Louis Stevenson’s cult classic Jekyll and Hyde is reinterpreted in this modern adaptation set in an alternative London of the future, written by Jo Clifford and multi award-winning touring company, Sell a Door.

A devoted man of science, Dr Henry Jekyll is a high-profile cancer specialist, determined to find the chemical breakthrough that will solve mankind’s most challenging medical uncertainties. Instead, Jekyll’s controversial research leads him to accidentally unleash his ultimate inner demon, the infamous Mr Hyde. Suitable 14 yrs plus. Tickets: £15.

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636


23-28 March - Blood Brothers

7.30pm. Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. West End star and multi-platinum selling artist Marti Pellow returns to the role of the Narrator and the critically acclaimed Maureen Nolan reprises her role as the tragic Mrs Johnstone in this smash hit musical. Thur and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £17-£29.

White Rock Theatre, Hastings: 01424 462288


25-28 March - Rooster: Rambert Dance Company

7.30pm. With the rock ‘n’ roll swagger of the Rolling Stones, Rambert’s dancers strut back into town to thrill audiences in Rooster, Christopher Bruce’s iconic celebration of the swinging sixties.

One of Rambert’s all-time best loved works, Rooster returns to the Theatre Royal Brighton accompanied by two brand new creations, demonstrating the range and brilliance of Britain’s national dance company. Thur Matinee 1.30pm. Tickets: £10-£29.50.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7677


26-28 March - The Tiger who came to Tea

The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...expect to be surprised! For children 3 yrs plus. Times vary. Tickets £11.

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636


27 March - Pasha Kovalev: Life Through Dance

7.30pm. An amazing new show starring Pasha and his sensational dancers, which will transport you to the world of Ballroom and Latin Dance with all its glitter and sequins.

Life Through Dance is a non-stop action and sparkle-packed journey through life and love, expressed through the language of dance. The production features breathtaking choreography, sensational music and amazing costumes in a fun and exciting family show. Tickets: £24.

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


31 March - Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year. Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day. For more information go to www.drusillas.co.uk

Drusillas Park, Alfriston: 01323 874100


Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, East Dean, Eastbourne

Dates for lambing this year: 7 March to 4 May. Night Lambing experience 12 March to 2 May.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, a unique attraction packed full of quintessential English charm. This traditional and authentic family-run working farm is home to the world’s largest private collection of sheep breeds. 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 and meet the other farmyard favourites. Night lambing experience 10-12pm Thursday to Sunday (must be booked in advance). Tickets: Adults £6, Concessions £5.50, Children £5, Family £21. Night lambing £25 each (two people or more). Four people or an exclusive evening: £100

01323 423207; www.sheepcentre.co.uk


Wild Woodies Spring Holiday Clubs

Sussex Wildlife Trust is running spring holiday clubs for children at various locations across the county from 30 March until 8 April. Parents can drop off their children aged 6-11 years for a supervised session to enjoy a range of exciting games and activities. Choose your Easter holiday fun from: egg rolling, egg hunting and woodland crafts; Minibeast Mahem with pond dipping and bug hunting; spring seed planting, or join the bushcraft den-making challenge.

Clubs will run at Woods Mill, Henfield; Seven Sisters Country Park, Eastbourne; Chesworth Farm, Horsham; Swallowtail Hill Farm, Beckley; and Stanmer Park, Brighton. Booking is essential.

For further information on prices, dates and locations tel: 01273 497561 or go to www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson



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