What’s on this weekend in Sussex

Early morning runner, Brighton sea front by David Hallett (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0

Early morning runner, Brighton sea front by David Hallett (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0) via flic.kr/p/pUpXpS. Text added with canva.com. - Credit: Archant

Some of the best things to do in Sussex this weekend (15, 16, 17 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and days out

Details of events correct at time of publishing.

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo - Until Friday 15 November

Chichester Festival Theatre

Based on Michael Morpurgo's bestselling novel, which won the Smarties Prize and the Writers' Guild Award, this new stage adaptation is written by Chichester Festival Theatre's writer-in-residence Anna Ledwich and directed by Dale Rooks whose many Chichester productions include The Midnight Gang (2018) and Running Wild (2015). It tells the story of a young boy called Bertie who is sent away from his family in Africa and his beloved best friend a white lion he rescued as a cub, and struggles to adjust to his new life in grey England. Extra dates have been added due to the popular demand of this show.


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Gin and Jazz Evening - Friday 15 November

Bolney Wine Estate

Start your weekend with a gin and tonic in hand, taking in the breathtaking views of the vineyard and enjoying live music from a very talented jazz trio featuring Josephine Warren. The café will also be offering a selection of delicious small plates to enjoy throughout the night. One single gin and tonic will be included in the ticket price. Small plates will be available to order at an additional cost. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets £16 (over 18s only) avaliable online.


Alexander Armstrong: All Mouth and Some Trousers - Friday 15 November

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

In his revealing new one-man show, All Mouth and Some Trousers, Alexander Armstrong will be baring all. Expect candid stories, laughter, music and some relief that 'baring all' is just a figurative expression. A brand new and "deliciously irreverent" account of a career that has taken him from Armstrong & Miller to presenting, documentary-making, singing and - ultimately - taking his rightful place as the voice of Toilet Duck and Hey Duggee. Tickets from £29.50.


Winter Exhibition - Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November

The House at Hill Lane, Barnham

Return of the annual exhibition of Sussex-based artists and designers showing their work in an award-winning eco house. Exhibitors include textile artist Polly Meynell, ceramicist Fanny Peppercorn, furniture-maker Edward Johnson and more.


A Christmas Affair - Sunday 17 November

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Leonardslee Gardens champions handmade and small independent businesses, and each of the exhibitors is hand-picked to showcase their inspirational products.


The #homes4homeless Anniversary Gala - Sunday 17 November

Glyndebourne Opera House

This year Homelink is celebrating 20 years of helping people into housing and to mark this birthday and to show support for the charity's vital work in the community Glyndebourne Opera House has offered its world-class venue for a Homelink 20th Anniversary Gala Concert. The event will be a huge celebration of Sussex talent involving soloists, groups, choirs and dance from classical to contemporary. Acts will represent all ages and social backgrounds, from Glyndebourne greats to upcoming young performers. The gala will be also attended by a number of high-profile guest presenters who each have a personal connection with Sussex including Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan, Zoe Lyons, Katie Derham, Toby Stephens, Sophie Okonedo and Simon Fanshawe. Tickets range from £30-70.


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