10 things to do in Sussex in November 2021

Walk your pooch for charity at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Walk your pooch for charity at Goodwood Motor Circuit - Credit: Alex Benwell

From festive fun to stunning exhibitions, here are some of the top activities and events in Sussex this November...

As well as being a successful actress, Rebecca Grant is also a marvellous artist, and is exhibiting at the Brett Gallery

As well as being a successful actress, Rebecca Grant is also a marvellous artist, and is exhibiting at the Brett Gallery - Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Rebecca Grant: Set Sail collection, Brett Gallery, Midhurst, GU29 9NF
When: From November 1
How much: Free entry
Artist (and actress) Rebecca Grant is setting sail to Midhurst to showcase her paintings of boats inspired by her French grandfather Raymond De Longueuil, a famous artist in the south of France who had a passion for boats, yachts, docks and horizons. In her collection, Rebecca uses mixed media acrylic, coloured ink, gold leaf and coloured pencil to make her pieces ship shape.

Charity dog walk, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, PO18 0PH
When: November 7
How much: Suggested £10 per dog
Pooch pals, round up your pets and head to Goodwood for a stroll around the circuit. The circuit has hosted racing superstars including Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and now owners and their families can take their pets on the historic 2.4-mile track, in aid of the estate’s chosen charity Canine Partners UK. Many charities have struggled in the past year, so going out, stretching your legs and spending time with your pup is an especially lovely way to show your support.  

Juliet & Romeo, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, GU28 0AG
When: November 12
How much: £10-£16.50
Have you ever wondered what would have happened to our favourite lovelorn pair if they hadn’t died their tragic death? It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding; they grew up and lived happily ever after… well they lived at least. Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, and they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves. Directed by Olivier Award nominated Ben Duke, Juliet & Romeo takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.

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Lord God, The Lantern Theatre, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1PF
When: November 12-14 and November 19-21
How much: £14, £11 concessions, £45 (2 adults, 2 children under 16)
When the Lord God is persuaded by His retainer and chief-cook-and-bottle-washer Gabriel to take an incognito holiday in a Devonshire seaside hotel, he looks forward to relaxing. But the presence of campaigning atheist Professor 'Minty' Tweddle and her fiancé upsets his plans and leads to all manner of supernatural scrapes. This fun comedy musical takes a timely look at morality, faith, and why sometimes it is best not to take things too seriously. Expect a night of witty lyrics, toe-tapping tunes and thoughtful frivolity.

Watch the madness unfold of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Theatre Royal in Brighton

Watch the madness unfold of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Theatre Royal in Brighton - Credit: Robert Day

The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Brighton, BN1 1SD
When: November 15-20
How much: £13-£38.50
It’s human nature to enjoy watching disasters unfold, and you can see exactly that at The Play That Goes Wrong. Watch the group muddle through with hands over your eyes as problem after problem arises while they try to put on a murder mystery performance. The award-winning play has toured the world and now has its own spin-off BBC show, so if you think you can handle the chaos, go and see for yourself what the fuss is about.

Andy Kirkpatrick: Mind Your Head, The Capitol, Horsham, RH12 1RG
When: November 16
How much: £18.50
If you wish you’d jetted off to exotic places this year, climber and comedian Andy Kirkpatrick may make you think otherwise. His enthralling stories of his gruelling journeys are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat – from -50 to 50+˚C, gun battles in Nairobi, deportation, battles with baboons, elephants and bears, as well as climbing big walls and mountains.

Elf, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, BN21 4JR
When: November 18-21
How much: £14.50-£37.50
You’d be a cotton-headed ninny muggins to miss this entertaining theatre show of the classic Christmas film. The heart-warming tale sees Buddy the Elf leaving Santa at the North Pole to seek out his father in New York, with plenty of mischief and mayhem along the way. It’s a great way to get into the festive spirit and is good clean fun for the youngsters.

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Friends of Sussex Hospices annual gift fair, South of England Showground, Ardingly, RH17 6TH
When: November 24
How much: Free entry
Get ahead of your Christmas shopping while supporting local businesses and a brilliant local charity too. More than 45 different stalls will be open for business, so you’re sure to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. There’s also a delicious café on site so you can wrap up your day with a hot drink and a snack. Just be sure to bring cash as some stalls won’t be taking cards.

Liberating Landscapes, Kevis House Gallery, Petworth, GU28 0AG
When: Until December 23
How much: Free entry
See works inspired by Sussex and designed by Sussex artists at this exhibition that brings scenery to the forefront of the conversation. Artists exhibiting include Gary Cook, Michèle Griffiths, Victoria Orr Ewing, Naomi Rae and Tuëma Pattie. There will also be new ceramics from Topsy Jewell, Nicola Martin and Emily-Kriste Wilcox.

John Hitchens, Loch Torridon, 1971 oil on canvas

John Hitchens, Loch Torridon, 1971 oil on canvas - Credit: John Hitchens

Autumn Exhibition: paintings and sculptures, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, RH20 1JX
When: Until December 24
How much: Free entry
Take in the beautiful strokes and shapes that weave their way through the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery and garden in this must see exhibition. Immerse yourself in works by over 30 artists and sculptors feature, including new work from Jemma Powell, Sarah Bowman, Diana Tonnison, and more. Keep an eye out for John Hitchens’ Scottish works, painted between 1969 and 1975 on annual family holidays to North Uist and the West Highlands – they’re a real highlight of the show.