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Top 20 things to do this week | 27th Sept – 4th Oct

1 Event. Autumn & Countryside Show. All the sights, smells and sounds of the season will be on show at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, when it hosts the popular family event which includes traditional working demonstrations, a horticultural show and a fun dog show. On both Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, vintage tractors will be working, plus steam threshing, falconry, gun dogs, craft stands and local produce, among other attractions. Usual entry fees apply and include access to the whole museum site. Visit:


2 Music. Albert Lee. Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, double Grammy Award winner Albert Lee is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice. Audience members at Bognor Regis’ Alexandra Theatre on Monday, September 30, will be able to appreciate the wide-ranging talents of this singer-songwriter who has appeared and recorded with many of the best known artists in the music industry. Tickets for the 7.30pm concert are available at the Belmont Street venue, by calling 01243 861010 or visit:


3 Event. Oktoberfest. One of Fontwell’s favourite two-day festivals returns for its fifth consecutive year on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, with first class horse racing from noon. A free shuttle bus operates from Barnham station. For ticket prices and full details, visit:


4 Event. Emsworth Beer and Wine Festival. In the absence of Emsworth Food Fortnight this year, the town’s fourth beer and wine festival is offering 30 ales and 30 wines in the atmospheric Assembly Room at Emsworth Community Centre from Friday, September 27, to Sunday, September 29. Tickets are £11 for each session from Bookends, High Street, Emsworth, the participating wine merchants, Emsworth Community Centre, and


5 Ballet. Snow White. Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production. Two performances, at 2pm and 5.30pm, are at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis, on Saturday, October 5. Full price tickets are £22, £13 for dance schools. Call 01243 861010 for details.


6 Music. Paul Higgs Quartet. Trumpeter Paul Higgs presents a musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats – Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Miles Davis, among others. He is joined at Chichester Jazz Club, Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY on Friday, September 27, by Gabriel Keen (piano), Jerome Davies (bass) and George Double (drums), 7.45pm. Members £8, non-members £15.


7 Film. The Greatest Showman & Bohemian Rhapsody. Parents of Pupils at Bishop Tufnell Primary School (PoP@BT) in Felpham will be welcoming residents to join them for an open-air showing of the popular film starring Hugh Jackman on Saturday, September 28, at 1.30pm. At 7pm, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody will be shown. Tickets are £7.50 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 4-16 and under-fours are free. Tcikets from the school office by email at: or


8 Event. Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Members of the public are invited to visit Northgate car park, Chichester, at 12.30pm on Sunday, September 29, in support of this annual charity event in aid of prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. Entry is free, refreshments are available, and the Tail-Lights Blues Band will be playing.


9 Music. Stringfever. Composed of three brothers and a cousin, this internationally acclaimed quartet has performed more than 1,000 shows in 33 countries. Tickets for their performance at the Alexandra Theatre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, on Friday, October 4, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20.50.


10 Event. Summer Late. This summer, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is being taken over. The last of the series, on Thursday, October 3, 6pm-10pm, involves the University of Chichester as its creative partner. Entry is free and visitors can expect music, performances, talks, screenings, activities and workshops, and, of course, plenty of food and drink. There is a charge of £5.50 to view the Ivon Hitchens: Space through Colour exhibition.


11 Talk. The Beatles. Edward Lerner will tell the story of this iconic band. It is organised in support of Arundel Museum and will be held on its premises at Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA on Wednesday, October 2, at 7.30pm. Entry for Arundel Museum Society members is £6 and non-members can pay £8.


12 Comedy. Laughing George Comedy Club. Back after their Edinburgh Festival break, organisers of the club based at Felpham’s George Inn (PO22 7PL), have lined up four comedians and MC Eamon Goodfellow to tickle your funny bones on Friday, October 4, for just £10 a ticket. Tickets for the show, which starts at 8pm, are likely to sell out so book early at:


13Event. UK Harvest. Drapers Yard market & studios, 16 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7JG is the venue for a showcase by this Chichester-based charity which creates delicious dishes from surplus fresh produce on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 11am-3pm.


14 Music. James Hype – live. Hype is the UK’s undisputed breakout DJ/artist, according to bookers at Sheiks nightclub on Bognor Regis Pier where he will be appearing on Saturday, September 28, from 10pm. Early bird tickets are £10 with limited on the door admission at £15. Visit:


15Event. Macmillan Coffee Morning. Although the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan cancer charity is on Friday, September 27, supporters are invited to host an event on any other date to suit themselves and that’s what a group of friends on Chichester’s Parklands estate are doing. They will be holding a coffee morning on Monday, September 30, from 10am-12.30pm at Lighthouse fish and chip shop, 1 The Ridgeway, Chichester PO19 3LA.


16Events. Scooters and Land Rovers. Amberley Museum and heritage centre is celebrating two contrasting types of motorised vehicles this weekend. The open air museum will be re-creating the era of the Mods when scooter enthusiasts bring their gleaming machines to the site on Saturday, September 28, to share their passion with fellow fans and visitors. The following day, Sunday, September 29, a wide range of classic Land Rovers will fill the display area, exhibiting from across the series, some original and some unique in design. On both days, the museum will be open from 10am-4.30pm while standard entry fees include admission to all exhibit buildings.


17 Theatre. Silas Marner. The story is of a poor weaver wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, who becomes a doomed miser and recluse, until he is forced to take in a young orphan girl. Their mutual friendship leads to joy, love and his redemption. This great Victorian epic novel is thrillingly and theatrically brought to the stage in the bicentenary year of author George Eliot’s birth by the acclaimed Conn Artists Theatre Company at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, with performances today, Friday, September 27 at 2pm and 7.30pm and tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, at 7.30pm. Visit:


18 Talk. From Swords to Ploughshares: Conflict and Climate, Peace and Prosperity. Hear from global advocacy and influencing director at Tearfund Dr Ruth Valerio for more on this important topic at Vicar’s Hall, Chichester Cathedral PO19 1PX, on Tuesday, October 1, 6.30pm. This talk is free to enter but booking is essential through the Cathedral Shop or online at:


19Event. Wordfest. Shoreham’s ninth Wordfest, titled ‘Shaping the Future’, will be exploring everything from artificial intelligence and space travel, to climate change and re-wilding. Star speakers will include: broadcaster and author John Humphries; Poet Laureate Simon Armitage; conservationist and journalist Stanley Johnson; author Lynne Truss and journalist Polly Toynbee. The festival opens on September 27. For the full programme of events, visit:


20 Music. The Odora Trio. Comprising violinist Sophie Hinson, Songeun Choi on piano and cellist Harriet Butterworth, the trio, formed in 2016 at The Royal Academy of Music will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 21 in C major and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major Op. 70, No. 1 in D ‘Ghost’. The concert at Chichester Cathedral on Tuesday, October 1 is free but there is a retiring collection. Audience members are welcome to eat lunch during the performance, which starts at 1.10pm and lasts 50 minutes.

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