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Top 10 things to do this week | June 14 – 22

1 Event. Mustering for War. This event at Arundel Castle will transport visitors back to the start of the Cousins War, a turbulent and often forgotten era in the Middle Ages, with thrilling 12th century combat, replica weapons, costumes and craft. Men-at-arms and archers will demonstrate the intense combat training of Norman soldiers on the castle grounds. Children and parents alike will delight in the opportunity to explore the tented encampment, wield replica 12th century weapons and try on military and civilian garments of the time period. Entry tickets for the event on Saturday, June 22, 10am-4.30pm, are adult £13, child £11, family £51. For information, visit: www.arundelcastle.org or call 01903 882173.

 

2 Comedy. An Evening of Eric & Ern. Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens will take you back to a world of sunshine and laughter, in this fantastic comical homage. Crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches by Morecambe and Wise, it hits all the right notes. This wonderful show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings. Ian and Jonty met at drama school in 1983 and their shared love of the iconic Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise led to award-winning shows and television appearances as their heroes. Tickets for the 7.30pm show at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre in Marine Parade BN11 3PX are available from £12.50. Call 01903 206206 or visit: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

 

3 Music. Simply Dan. Simply Dan was created by like-minded musicians who wanted to authentically present the kaleidoscopic sounds of Steely Dan. The 11-piece band focus on producing the complex harmonies and intricate rhythms of Donald Fagen and his band. Founded by Mark Roadnight (lead singer, guitar), Russ Parker (guitar), Roger Evans (keys), Mark Claydon (drums) and David McLeod (bass), the players are all experienced world class musicians who have toured, gigged and written songs all over the world. Simply Dan use a four-piece horn section to add to the already rich harmonies and sound. With two soulful backing vocalists, this Steely Dan tribute band aim to do justice to one of the world’s most interesting and challenging groups ever recorded. The venue is the Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP on Saturday June 15, 8pm. Tickets are £18 in advance from www.wegottickets.com or £22 on the door.

 

4 Event. Singleton Fete. A traditional village fete, open to all, will be held on Saturday June 22, at Singleton Cricket Club, Sheepwash Meadow PO18 0HA. Attractions will include a barbecue from opening at 1.30pm, cream teas, fun dog show (entry on the day) and agility display, giant bouncy castle and slide, and races and games for all ages. All the usual stalls which will be set up will be grand draw, home-made cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, and good as new clothing and jewellery. Entry is £1 for adults and parking is available.

 

5 Comedy. Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg. Actor, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth gives two performances at Havant of his new show, Break a Leg. They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth’s case, it’s tears of laughter as the author, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping. It’s at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in East Street PO9 1BS on Saturday, June 15, at 7.30pm and Sunday, June 16, at 5pm. Tickets at £21 are online at: www.thespring.co.uk or call 023 9247 2700.

 

6 Art. Oxmarket Gallery. Both adults and children are involved in the two exhibitions running at Chichester’s Oxmarket Gallery at St Andrew’s Court, off East Street (PO1 1YH) from June 18-30. Chichester Arts Society members have contributed original art offering a wonderful range of works including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and beautiful cards for that special occasion. The Bowdleflode Project is a creative project to broaden the education of children. Inspired by The Bowdleflode Stories, written by Neil Lawson Baker, children have been invited to create and describe their very own fantasy animal. Both exhibitions are open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. Free entry. For further information, call 01243 779103.

 

7 Event. Roll Up Roll Up! The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre’s free, family summer spectacular is back and is heading to Emsworth Recreation Ground this year on Sunday, June 23. Featuring live performances, workshops and music, Roll Up Roll Up! is a circus-themed festival suitable for the whole family. Highlights include performances by The Band at the End of the World, an anarchic brass band musical clown show and Pif Paf’s famous travelling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle. Travelling Light Circus will also be bringing their magical Pendulum Wave Machine, which captivates all who watch its mechanical movements. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore, play and discover a wonderful collection of interactive toys. The event is open 11am-4.30pm.

 

8 Theatre. A Witty Tribute to NF Simpson. Chichester Community Theatre’s popular free pop-up theatre performances will be returning as part of the Festival of Chichester 2019. To celebrate the centenary of the birth of ‘comic genius’, Norman Frederick Simpson, Roger Redfarn has selected three of his short plays – ‘Gladly Otherwise’, ‘Oh’ and ‘One Blast and Have Done’. No booking is required, people can just turn up and admission is free. Performances are: June 15, St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, PO19 1UU at 11am; June 22, Pallant House Gallery Garden, East Pallant, PO19 1TJ at 11am; June 29, at the Studio at New Park Centre, New Park Road, PO19 7XY at 11am; July 6, at Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ at 2pm

 

9 Event. Dads can do it. Enjoy a fun-packed weekend at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, where dads can experience activities such as pottery, driving a steam locomotive, and bus conducting. For dads of all ages – dads visit for free with a full paying child – so bring the whole family for a fun day out to on Sunday, June 16, 10am-4.30pm. The museum is at New Barn Road, Amberley, near Arundel, BN18 9LT. Visit www.amberleymuseum.co.uk or call 01798 831370.

 

10 Theatre. The Stationmaster. The University of Chichester’s Musical Theatre Performance Company are proud to present the highly anticipated world premiere of Susannah Pearse and Tim Connor’s new musical. The Stationmaster. The Lake District, 1955. Railway stationmaster, Thomas Price, is the pillar of the local community. But one day he forgets to set a crucial signal and a train crash occurs down the line. Thomas chooses to cover up his part in the tragedy and is believed innocent by his community. But, as his lies begin to catch up with him, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to protect his good name.The Stationmaster is in The Assembly Theatre, University of Chichester, Bognor Regis campus, PO21 1HR on June 20 and 21, at 7.30pm and June 22 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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