What’s on this December in Sussex
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Rounding up the best things to do in Sussex over the Christmas season
UNTIL 23 FEBRUARY
RADICAL WOMEN: JESSICA DISMORR AND HER CONTEMPORARIES
Pallant House, Chichester
This fascinating exhibition traces the alliances and connections among the women artists of the early 20th century, with a focus on the pioneering work of Jessica Dismorr. She was at the forefront of the avant-garde movement in Britain, and was involved in everything from the Rhythm Group of the late 1910s through to post-war figuration and the abstraction of the 1930s. She has since fallen into unjust obscurity, but her story is now being told once more.
1 December - 5 January
- 1 Win a luxury break at The Draycott Hotel in Chelsea
- 2 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 3 One Suffolk beach given Blue Flag status for 2021
- 4 Where to go wild swimming in the Cotswolds
- 5 Win £500 of Gallox fashionwear
- 6 Meet the new Devon stars of Channel 4 series
- 7 Win £500 of English wine from Lyme Bay Winery
- 8 Nigel Haworth to return to The Three Fishes in Mitton
- 9 10 places to visit in South Derbyshire
- 10 Win a picnic hamper from Booths
Living Silver - Contemporary Silver for the Home
Augustus Brandt, Petworth
An exhibition dedicated to revealing the highly creative and technically skilled work of British silversmiths today, in partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS). Limited edition silver Christmas tree decorations available to buy from the Augustus Brandt retail outlet.
14 DECEMBER - 10 MAY
BRINK: CAROLINE LUCAS CURATES THE TOWNER COLLECTION
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Caroline Lucas, the renowned politician, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner, is curating her first exhibition for a major UK gallery. Her choices will reflect and resonate with her passions and interests - including her love of Sussex.
Free entry. www.townereastbourne.org.uk
MUSIC & THEATRE
COMEDY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Langham Brewery, Lodsworth
Hot on the heels of a sell-out show in the summer, this hugely popular comedy is returning to Langham Brewery for a side-splitting Christmas show - there will be world-class comedy, fire-cooked pizzas and ciabattas, as well as specialist craft brews, wines, gins and proseccos.
Tickets: £9.50 for early bird or £11 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.10pm. www.discoverpetworth.uk1 December
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by the talented Natalie Murray-Beale, the Brighton Philharmonic will be performing an exciting series of Sunday afternoon concerts that is something of a departure from previous seasons. This performance includes perennial favourites Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Haydn's Farewell Symphony.
Tickets available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office.
Wivelsfield Parish Church
The ancient Saxon church is the perfect setting for this down-to-earth portrayal of the historic events surrounding the birth of Christ. Not suitable for children younger than 12 years old.
Tickets: £10 per person
Chichester Festival Theatre
The Cathedral Choir, directed by Charles Harrison, will perform alongside The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, directed by Captain Andy Gregory RM, for a Christmas concert to remember; expect all the traditional carols alongside some exciting new arrangements, with some Christmas cracker jokes thrown in for good measure.
Tickets: from £10. www.cft.org.uk
Chichester Festival Theatre
Follow the story of Mouse, who meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the spirited Snake - will the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? This production is suitable for children aged three and up, and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all.
Tickets: £15. www.cft.org.uk
MUSICAL MATINEE CLUB: WHITE CHRISTMAS
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill The start of a new season of regular screenings at De La Warr Pavilion, which have been specifically designed for people who may benefit from a more informal environment, especially those living with dementia and disabilities.
Tickets: £3.50, including tea and biscuits. The screening will begin at 1.30pm. www.dlwp.com
Slade White Rock Theatre, Hastings
Performing as part of their Rockin' Home for Christmas Tour Slade will be heading to White Rock Theatre this month to get us all in the festive spirit.
Tickets from £26.95
Theatre Royal Brighton
This touching, funny and unique adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's classic book promises to be packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Watch as Freckle Productions recount the heart-warming tale of Stick Man's eventful morning jog, and his journey back to the family tree.
Tickets: from £17.15. Performance times vary. www.atgtickets.com
The Wizard of Oz
Attenborough Centre, Brighton
Dorothy and her dog Toto get transported to the wonderful world of Oz, where they learn that the only way to get back home is to visit the great and powerful Wizard. A show not to miss, packed with toe-tapping musical numbers and comic routines, now with gorgeous new sets and sumptuous costumes.
Tickets from £10
TWAS THE NIGHTSHIFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Following on from the stellar success of This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay is bringing the stories of the 1.4 million NHS staff who are working over the festive period to the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, with highlights from the book alongside new content and his award-winning stand-up comedy.
Tickets: £32, which includes a hardback copy of the book. Performances at 5.30pm and 8pm. www.brightondome.org
VINTAGE GALA SCREENING: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Dress to impress and be ready to walk the red carpet at this sparkling event, with a glass of mulled wine and a box of luxury popcorn brought to your seat on arrival. The 1947 film follows the story of an elderly man who has been institutionalised as insane and a young lawyer's bid to save him.
Tickets: £10 for adults, £9.50 for senior citizens, £9 for children and students or £15 for VIP balcony seats. Doors open at 8pm. www.domecinema.co.uk
THE SNOWMAN AND PADDINGTON BEAR'S FIRST CONCERT
This musical extravaganza brings together a match made in heaven, recounting the story of Peru's most famous bear as he attends his first ever concert, before moving on to the much-loved animated film of Raymond Briggs' picture book which will be shown on a big screen. Walking in the Air will be sung live, and both pieces will be accompanied by live orchestra.
Tickets: from £10 for under 16s. Performances at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. www.brightondome.org
THE CATHEDRAL CAROL SERVICE
If you're looking to get into the festive spirit, this should be a definite date for the diary - all are welcome to this very special Christmassy service at Chichester Cathedral, with lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Free to attend. It will begin at 6pm on the Thursday and Friday, and 3pm on the Saturday. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
OUT & ABOUT
30 NOVEMBER-24 DECEMBER
Kent and East Sussex Railway
Your experience will start and end at Tenterden Station, with a beautiful Victorian carousel offering unlimited rides for younger and older visitors alike; you'll then be taken on a journey that lasts for just over one hour, complete with complimentary refreshments and Christmas gifts delivered by hand by Santa and his trusty elves.
Ticket prices vary. www.kesr.org.uk
30 NOVEMBER-1 DECEMBER
SUSSEX GUILD CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW
See the very best of designer crafts at the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DT on Nov 30 and Dec 1, 10:00 - 17:00. Café and free parking. Admission: £3, students and children free.
Weald & Downland Living Museum
A magical occasion for all the family, the event is based on an ancient custom that celebrates the importance of trees and takes place during National Tree Week. Visitors can enjoy making a headdress from greenery, turning jam jars into lanterns and joining a procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns. As dusk falls, everyone joins in with dressing the aspen trees while traditional song and dancing takes place. Warming refreshments will be available including mulled apple juice and spiced biscuits. www.wealddown.co.uk
Enjoy a journey through the Sussex countryside in all its winter splendour on the Bluebell Railway. Santa and his elves will be on board with a present and chocolate treat for all the children (he won't forget the grown-ups, there's a mince pie for them!). Sit back and enjoy the trip to Horsted Keynes station where you will find a Victorian fairground and a Christmas pantry serving drinks and festive snacks. Trains depart from Sheffield Park Station or East Grinstead station. Pre-booking is essential.
Prices vary according to date.
Standen: marvel at the festive contemporary art structure that is the winter tree at Standen.
Uppark: explore a Georgian Christmas with the house dressed for a masked ball, including paper creations by artist Denise Watson.
Sheffield Park: Christmas concerts on 15 and 22 December.
Nymans: Flights of Fancy - the Wondrous World of Quentin Blake.
Alfriston Clergy House: see the medieval house decorated for Christmas.
Petworth House: see the house dressed for a 19th century Christmas.
ARUNDEL BY CANDLELIGHT
The historic town of Arundel will become a winter wonderland this month, with beautifully decorated real Christmas trees and twinkling white lights adorning the shops, restaurants, pubs and many private homes to create a stunning Christmas scene. The Christmas market features high-quality stallholders, with an array of festive treats on offer such as roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and hog roasts.
Taking place from midday to 7pm. www.arundelbycandlelight.co.uk
12-15 and 19-22 December
Enjoy the spectacular Christmas illuminations and trail through the beautiful woods and lakes at Leonardslee Gardens. Featuring enchanting light displays, music and theatrical performances, and large-scale projections onto Leonardslee House.
Leonardslee Illuminated is suitable for everyone, including children of all ages - anyone who would like a healthy dose of Christmas cheer and wonderment!
House and Park entry: £15 adults and £7.50 for children over three, and need to be pre-booked online, with start times available from 4.30-7.30pm.