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Top 10 things to do this week | June 21 – 28

1 Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea. The summer season at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre continues with Terence Rattigan’s searing play, set in 1951, which takes place over the course of one day, in one room, and offers a devastating examination of the adverse forces of love and solitude. Rattigan based the play in part on the tragic outcome of his own clandestine love affair and created one of the 20th century’s finest leading roles for a woman. It stars Nancy Carroll and Hadley Fraser, until July 27. Tickets at: www.cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.

 

2 Music, Ruby & The Revelators and WKNJ. Two contrasting acts on successive days are playing at The Chichester Inn, 38 West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP as part of the Festival of Chichester today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Popular city-based blues singer Ruby will be with her band from 8pm tonight then, at the same time, Who Killed Nancy Johnson are headliners for an evening of punk rock. Support is The Punk Stains and Jay Groovara Band. Entry on both nights costs £10 with advance tickets from: www.eventbrite.com

 

3 Event, Midsummer & Plant Lore. A special interest weekend at midsummer at the Weald and Downland Living Museum offers talks and tours through its six historic gardens and displays to explore traditional ideas and uses around different herbs and plants. Visitors can find out about plant-lore and what was particularly prized in lower status households through the ages. Heritage seeds and herbs will be on sale in the museum shop during the event on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

 

4 Event, Roll up, Roll Up!. Sunday, June 23 – 11am – 4.30pm. The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre’s free, family summer spectacular is back and is heading to Emsworth. Featuring live performances, workshops and music, Roll Up Roll Up! is a circus-themed festival that is suitable for the whole family. Roll Up Roll Up! is a wonderfully whimsical, circus extravaganza with a twist. It is not your traditional trip to the big top but will be steampunk-inspired and full of mesmerising mechanical experiences that many people won’t have seen before. It will truly delight audiences of all ages! Emsworth Recreation Ground has limited parking available so families are encouraged to use public transport or travel by bicycle or foot where possible. www.thespring.co.uk

 

5 Music, Wish We Were Pink Floyd. Relive the psychedelic era of the sixties and seventies as Wish We Were Pink Floyd return to Chichester Assembly Room in North Street with their magical laser show on Saturday, June 22. There will be an array of Pink Floyd music with great guitar riffs and a fine tribute to the song-writing talent of such an iconic band. The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 online from www.wegottickets.com by calling 01243 816525 or in person from The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester.

 

6 Event, Emergency Services Weekend. Amberley Museum, New Barn Road, Amberley, BN18 9LT. Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 10am–4.30pm. Watch the fire engines go at Amberley Museum in this weekend celebration of emergency services past and present. With a display of vintage and modern fire engines at the museum, along with demonstrations from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue service, and other emergency service vehicles on display around the site. www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

 

7 Talk, Festival of Learning – Holistic Self care. Chichester College, Westgate Fields, Chichester PO19 1SB. Monday, June 24, 2pm-3pm. A free talk at Chichester college as part of the Festival of Learning, organised by Dawn Gracie. This talk is presented by Ros Thompson, who has been practising as an holistic therapist, practicing reflexology, Indian head massage, Reiki and Bach Flower Remedies for the last 20 years, as well as working within the business world as an office management executive. Anxiety and stress sadly seem to be a large part of this world nowadays and during this talk Ros explains some methods, tips and pointers that can help life seem much brighter and easier, even in the darkest of times and ways that you can help yourself. You must book in advance: hilary.lewis@chichester.ac.uk or 01243 786321.

 

8 Sport, Boxgrove 5K Trail Run. Saturday, June 22 – 12.30pm-2pm. A charming 5k trail run around Boxgrove and the Tinwood vineyards. Suitable for serious, family, team and younger runners alike. The Boxgrove Run is organised by local volunteers to raise funds for local causes, guiding participants around its beautiful Priory and ruins and the quarry woods. This year, the event is supporting Boxgrove CEP School, which is raising £160,000 to build a much needed school hall. www.boxgroverun.co.uk

 

9 Comedy, Laughing MacGeorge. The six weeks of pre-Edinburgh Fringe comedians at The George, Felpham, continues tonight, Friday, June 21, with Harun Musho’d at 8pm followed by Andrew White at 9.30pm. Next Friday, June 28, the acts are Dom Mackie, whose set is titled Poor Life Choices, then The Monks, Kevin Moore and Yazz Fetto who say they are the only Christian comedy sketch gorup in the UK. Each evening’s entry is £8.

 

10 Music, Midsummer Celtic Harp Concert. Internationally-renowned harpist Harriet Earis, from Wales, will be performing a spell-binding concert of jigs, reels and airs as well as some early medieval Welsh harp music and a taste of 6th-9th century poetry at Butser Ancient Farm, near Clanfield, on Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 from the website at: www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

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