1 Event. Lights switch-on. Bognor Regis’s new Christmas light display, provided by Bognor Regis Town Council, will be switched on at 5.30pm on November 23, as part of a day of activities in the town. Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the railway station, plus Christmas art workshops at the theatre, street performers, entertainers and funfair rides will be throughout the town.
2 Event. Christmas Fayre. With four days of traditional festive stalls and entertainment, visitors to the popular fair at Stansted House, near Rowlands Castle, are sure to get into the spirit of the season from November 21-24. The Saturday and Sunday offer shopping, food and lunchtime entertainment between 10am and 4pm. Adult tickets at £8 can be pre-booked at: stanstedpark.co.uk
3 Theatre. Flora the Red Menace. A 19-year old Liza Minnelli made her debut in the title role when it was first staged and she became the youngest person to have won a Tony. In the 1930s, Flora Meszaros, is a plucky New York fashion illustrator ready to change the world. Performances by the University of Chichester Triple Threat Company, at the Alexandra Theatre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, are on November 21-23, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Adult tickets are £14. Call 01243 861010.
4 Music. The Rolling Tones. Satisfaction is guaranteed as The Rolling Tones return by popular demand to Chichester Assembly Room on November 16. Doors open at 7pm – tickets are available by phone or in person from The Novium in Tower Street, Chichester, call 01243 816525 or online from: wegottickets.com
5 Music. Old Skool Charity Night. Do you miss your raving days? The Waverley on Bognor Regis’ Marine Parade will host vinyl classics from Acid House to putting a smile on a child’s face for life. The DJs will be playing for free and The Waverley will be making a donation to Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – a charity funding life-changing cleft palette and lip operations for children in the Philippines. There is a recommended donation of £3 on the door.
6 Event. Christmas Market. Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at Weald and Downland Living Museum. The bustling Christmas Market sees more than 150 stands – selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more – ‘pop up’ in the museum’s collection of rescued historic buildings and houses. The event is open at the Singleton site from November 22-24, 10.30am-4pm. The £8 adult entry price includes all the museum buildings, children are free. Visit: wealddown.co.uk
7 Workshop. Wild Woodland Crafts for Adults. If you’d like to make your own Christmas decorations or learn about textile techniques such as weaving, dyeing and felting, regular workshops are being organised by Street Country at the Games Room at Copthorne Caravan Park, Rose Green Road, Rose Green PO21 3ER. The sessions, which cost £10, are running on Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm until December 11. Visit: street-country.com for details.
8 Talk. Medmerry – A Record of Coastal Change and Marine Exploitation. Project manager of Archaeology South-East, Jon Sygrave, will give a free talk at The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, about the evidence of coastal change and how it affected the human population living beside it over the last 6,000 years. Places for the event, on November 21, 6.30pm, must be booked by calling 01243 816525.
9 Event. Ecoswap Christmas Fair. A range of environmentally conscious stallholders will help you to stock up on those Christmas gifts or a few treats for yourself on November 17, from 10am to 4pm, to Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road PO21 4NJ.
10 Music. Operatic afternoon. Selsey Town Hall is the venue for a celebration of singers Isobel Baillie and Kathleen Ferrie in words and music on November 17, 3pm. Tickets at £10 are available from Highhouse Insurance, 101 High Street, and The Crab Pot, 145 High Street, both in Selsey.
11 Event. Christmas at the Museum. Bognor Regis Museum will be festooned with old fashioned Christmas decorations. Look in its Woolies window to see what your parents and grandparents were buying at this time of year, listen to Bing Crosby singing White Christmas in the Wireless Room, meet Father Christmas (1pm-3pm), try your hand at nut-cracking. Cafe with home-made cakes, lucky dip, old fashioned toys and vintage Christmas decorations for sale. The event, on November 23 and 24, is at 25-27 West Street, from 10am-4pm.
12 Music. Maroon Town. Nine-piece south London band Maroon Town head for Chidham Village Hall on November 23 with their unique musical mix which has seen them perform all over the world, record five albums, and have chart success. Tickets for their 8pm show are available from Bookends, High Street, Emsworth, and online at: wegottickets.com
13 Music. Soul Night. Resident DJs Dennis Hyde and Keith Robinson will be playing classic Northern soul, Motown memories, sixties and seventies soul and R&B at Bognor Town Football Club’s Seasons venue at Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 2TY on November 16, from 7.30pm-12.15am. Entry is £6 and there is free on-site parking.
14 Family fun. James Campbell. Hold onto your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who actually invented Comedy 4 Kids. Suitable for children aged six and older, the event is in the Speigeltent, next to Chichester Festival Theatre, with which it is linked. Tickets for the show on November 16, at 3pm, are £12 with concessions at £5.
15 Event. Christmas Fayre. Funds raised in Walberton will go towards the charitable work of The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, which supports families of children with life-threatening or terminal illness. Among attractions at 3 William Booker Yard, The Street BN18 0PF will be a fabulous tombola, best-selling cookery books, Snowdrop merchandise, ceramics by artist Clare Arent and Christmas cards. Between 10.30am and 12.30pm, on November 21, home-made cakes and Edgcumbes coffee will also be available and a lucky raffle winner will go home with a stunning frosted Christmas cake.
16 Music. Mountain Music. Join award-winning Little Bulb Theatre as they weave a tapestry both historical and fantastical in an evening of story and song. It’s at Graffham Empire Hall, between Chichester and Petworth, on November 22, 8pm. Tickets at £15 are available from: empirehall.org.uk
17 Event. Christmas Fair. Bognor Regis Spiritualist Centre, at 7 Sudley Road (PO21 1EJ), will host a fair with a wide range of stalls, including crystals, books, tombola, raffle, cakes and refreshments. There will also be mediumship demonstrations, private readings, spiritual healing and talks. The fair runs from 10am-4pm on November 16.
18 Music. Autumn Choral Extravaganza. Fernhurst Choral Society will present Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle and popular opera choruses by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Purcell and Donizetti on November 23, 7.30pm, at St Mary’s Church, Petworth, GU28 0AE. Adult tickets are £15 but under-18s and students are free. Visit fernhurstchoralsociety.org.uk/events/ or call 01730 815708.
19 Event. Artisan Market. This market is the seasonal event linked to the regular crafts fair held at Bognor Regis Methodist Church. Visitors to the venue at Waterloo Square, opposite Queensway, will find it packed to the rafters with lots of amazing handmade creations, chocolates, olives and lots, lots more. There is free entry from 10am-5pm on November 23 when other pre-Christmas attractions will fill the town centre with fun.
20 Music. All Blues. Bar-rocking blues from a four-piece who, between them, have more than 100 years’ experience on the pub and club circuit in the south of England. Take your dancing shoes along to the Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester, on November 23, where the show starts at 7.30pm. Support will come from The Danielle Morgan Band.