Things to do in Sussex - March 2014

Sussex Life March 2014 front covers

Sussex Life March 2014 front covers - Credit: Archant

A selection of events around Sussex this month

1 March-5 May

Seven Sisters Sheep Centre

East Dean, Nr Eastbourne

10.30am-5pm. Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre. Nestled in the foot of the South Downs and housed in a classic example of a 17th Century Sussex flint barn, this traditional and authentic family run working farm is home to the world’s largest private collection of sheep breeds. Watch the lambs being born, bottle feed the orphans, meet the other farmyard favourites, enjoy a tractor ride, bring a picnic or enjoy delicious homemade cakes and snacks in the Tea Room.

Night lambing experience from 10-12pm Thursday to Sunday - must be booked in advance. Tickets: Adults £6, Concessions £5.50, Children £5 and Family Ticket £21.

Bookings tel: 01323 423207 or visit


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10-15 March

Black Coffee

7.45pm. Robert Powell is the new Poirot. A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot. In the first play ever written by Agatha Christie, we are introduced to a character that went onto become one of the most famous detectives of all time. Wed and Sat Matinee 2.30pm. Tickets: £14.50-£22.00.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000


11 March

LPO Chamber Concert

Music@Ardingly Concert Series

Ardingly College Chapel

7.30pm. Some of the finest performers of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ardingly College’s musical partners, will present a programme of chamber music including works by Haydn and Webern as well as Brahms’s great Piano Quintet. Tickets £16, Concessions £13. For tickets tel: 01444 893271, email: or book online

Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly.


12-13 March

Romeo & Juliet

Box Clever Theatre

This innovative production intertwines Shakespeare’s text with contemporary language to allow literature’s most famous lovers to speak directly to a 21st century audience. Eloquently communicating to young people and seasoned audiences alike, it sets the universal themes of love and hate, youth and age, passion and responsibility against a soundtrack provided by a live DJ set from Virgil Howe. Michael Wicherek’s adaptation breathes vivid life into the heat and colour of Verona and the star-crossed lovers fighting against fate. Times vary. Tickets: £12.

Corn Exchange, Brighton: 01273 709709


12-16 March

Peter Pan on Ice

The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars brings a new adaptation of this famous fantasy adventure by J.M. Barrie. Wendy, Michael and John are visited in the nursery by Peter Pan himself, who teaches them to fly with the help of Tinker Bell, and takes them on a magical journey to Never Land. This spectacular adaptation is packed with all your favourite characters including Tiger Lily, Mr Smee and the vengeful Captain Hook whose appetite for revenge is perfectly recreated on ice. Times vary. Tickets: £13.50-£25.50.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000


19 March

The Sleeping Beauty - Live from the Royal Opera House

7.15pm. The perfect marriage of Marius Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music, The Sleeping Beauty is a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage and is The Royal Ballet’s signature work. Tickets: 16.50.

Connaught Cinema, Worthing: 01903 206206


20 March

Tom Wrigglesworth - Utterly at Odds with the Universe

8pm. Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. Yorkshire man, Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle and Time Out Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth returns with an exquisite new show.

Expect elegant flourishes of language, twisted logic and whimsical storytelling courtesy of one of the finest and most original comics in the UK. Tickets: £13.

Studio Theatre, Brighton: 01273 709709


21 March

Trudy Kerr and her Quintet

Frant Church, High Street, Frant

8pm. Music in Frant presents brilliant jazz vocalist Trudy Kerr celebrating the music of jazz greats Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Trudy will feature many well-known and much-loved songs. Tickets £12, available from Frant Stores or tel: Paul Barber 01892 750665 or David Cragg 01892 750845.


28 March

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

7.30pm. Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been re-creating the glories of music from the 20s and 30s. Featuring timeless American songbook classics and tributes to the great British dance bands. Tickets: £19.50, U16s half price.

White Rock Theatre, Hastings: 01424 462288


29-30 March

Chocolate Festival

Corn Exchange, Brighton

10am-6pm. Returning for a sixth year, the Chocolate Festival champions the most exciting chocolate innovations from around the world. This is an unparalleled opportunity to taste, test and experience delights from award-winning names and local companies. Featuring tasting sessions, cookery demonstrations, Chocolate Market, Easter Zone, Brownie Trail and the chance to relax in the Chocolate Lounge or indulge in a Chocolate Spa. Tickets from £5. Book at


30 March

Mother’s Day; Kent & East Sussex Railway

A special Mother’s Day treat can be booked for Saturday 30 March on the Kent & East Sussex Railway where the whole family can enjoy the service and style from a more gentle time; a time when opulent surroundings and attentive staff made our railways the envy of the world.

Mums will love either of the two options that are being offered this year. Choose from a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch or a delicious cream tea accompanied by a selection of cakes with both options being served with tea or coffee. These delicious treats are available in any combination and on either the 1.15pm or 3.30pm departures from Tenterden or the 2.15pm or 4.30pm departures from Bodiam. The inclusive cost is £22.50 for Mum and normal fares and catering prices apply to accompanying passengers.

Normal railway prices: Child 3-15 £11, Adult £16, Family £45. Pre-booking essential, tel: 01580 765155.


30 March

Mothering Sunday at the Weald & Downland Museum

The perfect way to celebrate this special day, which also marks the start of the season at the museum. Enjoy the spring weather with discounted entry for all, plus a complimentary traditional posy for mothers and grandmothers.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester: 01243 811363