1 Theatre. The Lovely Bones. The international best-selling novel by Alice Sebold has been adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery, who has previously adapted a number of works for Chichester Festival Theatre, where the drama will be performed from November 26-30. Tickets priced from £10 – £35 are available online at: cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.
2 Music. The Big Band at Christmas. Hosted by the Regis Centre, the show promises all your favourite Christmas songs given the dynamic big band treatment – from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole. Tickets at £17.50 are available from the box office in Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, in person, by calling 01243 861010 or online at: alexandratheatre.co.uk for the show on November 24, 7.30pm.
3 Poetry. Richard Hawtree. Heading the bill at Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre, Chichester, November 27, is Surrey-based published poet Richard Hawtree, who has lectured at the University of Surrey and will be treating audiences to poems from his first collection. Entry to the event in the venue’s Jubilee Hall, in New Park Road, is £4 on the door. For information, visit: chichesterpoetry.simplesite.com or call 07813 244731.
4 Event. Ice skating on the Prom. The Bognor Regis Ice Rink is back for 2019, bigger and better on a traditional-style rectangular 30m x 20m rink space where the whole family can enjoy skating every day, 10am-9pm, until January 5. In addition to the rink, there are Arctic Jump trampolines, children’s rides, Christmas market huts, a German-style swing grill and a bar. Tickets are available on arrival but online booking is advised at: iceskatingontheprom.co.uk
5 Music. A Christmas Spectacular. Led by students from the University of Chichester, members of Chichester Rotaract Club are presenting a free concert of festive musical treats, ranging from carols to more popular musical items. The concert, at The Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, is on November 28, at 7.30pm. There is no need to book and donations are requested in aid of the club’s charitable aims.
6 Event. Christmas Fayre. Come and support the volunteers who look after Aldwick’s Duck pond at this event which will feature a tombola, raffle, seasonal plants and fruit, cakes, gifts, books, white elephant stall and refreshments. Aldwick Preservation Society is hosting the event at Willowhale Community Centre, 90 Pryors Lane, Rose Green, Bognor Regis PO21 4JF on November 30, 10am to noon. Admission is by donation.
7 Event. Yum Foodie Saturday. A celebration of food, a place to gather, eat and chat about all things scrummy. Find innovative and creative food producers, chefs and makers who want to tickle those tastebuds with what they are passionate about. Join the event at Drapers Yard, 16 The Hornet, Chichester, on November 23, from 10am–4pm.
8 Music. B.E.L.L.A. A personal tribute to three iconic jazz and blues artists: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse. This sophisticated evening of live entertainment at The Waverley at Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, is on November 23, from 8pm. Tickets at £10 can be booked through the venue’s website.
9 Theatre. Oh Yes Oh No – Louise Orwin. The Showroom at Chichester University’s Chichester campus is the venue for a surreal trip through female sexuality and violence, uncovering the power of asking for what you want. The show is on November 28, 7.30pm. Tickets, at £12, are available from: theshowroomchichester.co.uk
10 Music. Percival Elliott. Join Percival Elliott at The Hothampton Arms, London Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PR for a night of music, entertainment and merriment as they celebrate the release of their new 10-inch vinyl. Support from Bella Estelle. Free entry on November 22, 7pm-11.30pm.
11 Event. Selsey Christmas Lights Switch-On. Selsey Town Council’s Lantern Parade will be at the centre of this years’ Christmas celebrations on November 30. Children can collect their free lantern bag from 4.30pm at St Peter’s Church. The parade leaves at 5pm, led by the local coastguard crew and the Lions Club Santa sleigh. Celebrations will continue throughout the evening with shops staying open late, the switch-on of the tree lights and Selsey Community Choir leading carols.
12 Event. Christmas Fayre. Step into a world of festive delights at Arundel Museum’s Christmas fayre in the inspiring surroundings of the museum in Mill Road and find unique gifts made by local artisans for family and friends. You can also enjoy a delicious cake or two, available in the museum cafe area. The event is on November 23, from 10.30am-4pm.
13 Music. Grayshott Folk Club. On November 29, at Grayshott Village Hall (GU26 6TZ), two new acts will be introduced to club audiences. The first is an Irish/Celtic trio, cua, whose reputation for wonderful live performances precedes them. She is a real prospect for the future. Tickets at £15 from Des O Byrne on 01428 607096 or visit: grayshottfolkclub.co.uk
14 Music. Christmas Concert with Stile Antico. St Nicholas Church, Arundel, is the venue for an evening of glorious Tudor period Advent music by one of the world’s finest ensembles. Tickets for the concert on November 30 are priced from £25 – £50 and include a champagne interval. They are in aid of the Friends of Sussex Hospices and are available from: stileantico.co.uk
15 Art. Oxmarket Centre of Arts. The next series of exhibitions at the centre in St Andrew’s Court, off East Street, Chichester PO1 1YH, until December 1, feature a range of artists. Creative Coverage Winter Exhibition features paintings including those by Ingrid Skoglund, Danny Mooney, Jennifer Wright, Lisa Bartlett, Lin Knott, Miranda Pender and Suzie Hall’s ceramics. Nancy Goodens, ‘Sea Glass’ comprises a series of seascapes in fused glass. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. Free admission. Further information on 01243 779103.
16 Event. Glitter Ball. Care for Veterans charity is hosting a glittering evening of dinner and dancing at Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, BN18 0SY on November 23, 6.30pm-midnight. Tickets are £59 each (includes welcome drink, three-course dinner, a half bottle of wine per person and entertainment) and can be booked by contacting Christine on 01903 218444 or email: email@example.com
17 Film. Wild Rose. Glasgow grit meets Nashville swagger for a funny and touching musical drama for the latest Slindon Film Night, on November 26, at 7.30pm. Starring Jessie Buckley as Rose Lynn singing with passion, Julie Walters as her mother, Sophie Okonedo her champion, the benevolent Susannah, and Jamie Sives as Sam. Ticket sales will benefit the venue, Coronation Hall BN18. Call 01243 814735 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book seats at £5 or pay at the door.
18 Event. St Richard’s Christmas Fair. Lots of traditional favourites are in store for visitors to Mosse Memorial Hall, St Richard’s Way, Aldwick, on November 30. School choirs will add to the festive atmosphere while shoppers can browse stalls including cakes, home produce, toys, jewellery and toiletries, bric-a-brac, books, sweets, games, tombolas and a grand raffle. Father Christmas will be in attendance and refreshments will be available throughout the event, from 10am-2pm.
19 Talk. Lubrication in Moderation. A talk with a topical slant for the festive season will be given by Dr David Muggleton in the latest of the programme of evening talks and film shows held at West Sussex Record Office. The illustrated talk’s sub-title is ‘On the trail of Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers in West Sussex’. Booking in advance is essential for the event, at 3 Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DD, on November 26, at 7pm. Tickets are £8 and include light refreshments. Call 01243 753602 for details.
20 Theatre. Here Endeth the First Lesson. The Bury Players are back with a new production, a one-act satire by Stewart Auty. The new Vicar of St Wenceslas soon realises one member, Mr Cooper, is at odds with everybody else about almost everything. Performances are at Bury Village Hall, RH20 1PA on November 28, 29 and 30, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 by calling 01798 667150 or from Castle Chocolates (Arundel) and Coldwaltham PO.