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The post’s top 20 things to do | October 8 – 15

1 Event. A Century in Music, Prose and Poetry. Celebrity guests, including actors James Bolam, Susan Jameson and Christopher Timothy, will read poetry and prose as part of this event marking the centenary of Care for Veterans being held in the Baron’s Hall at Arundel Castle on November 9. Public tickets are available at £50 each by calling 01903 218444.

 

2 Event. Bavarian Oompah Evening. Dig out your dirndls and lederhosen, Bognor Regis Lions Club is organising a Bavarian evening, complete with a five-piece band, which has played on television’s Alan Titchmarsh Show. Tickets are £20 and must be pre-booked before the event at the Rowland Rank Centre, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, on November 16, from 7pm. Call Simon Knight on 01243 264718.

 

3 Comedy. Chichester Speigeltent. The city’s extra performance space in Oaklands Park has four nights of comedy performances, starting with Enter the Dragons, a riotous, surreal odyssey which explodes the myths about getting older, on November 11 and 12. For details and bookings, visit: chichesterspeigeltent.com or call the box office on 01243 781312.

 

4 Music. Open mic. The Claremont in Scott Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1UH, is hosting an open mic night with Sedge and Jon on November 10, 8pm-10pm. Basic equipment is provided but musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments and gear, bearing in mind the longer it takes to set up, the less time people have to play. Usually, acts have 15 minutes / three songs minimum per set. All singers and other performers welcome.

 

5 Theatre. The Snow Queen. When her friend Kay is stolen by the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Gerda must find the strength and courage to travel across the lands to save him. Performances by thisismytheatre.com are at Chichester’s Guildhall in Priory Park on November 16 and St Wilfrid’s Chapel, Church Norton, Selsey, on November 24, both start at 3pm. Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £5 for children.

 

6 Theatre. Curtains. University of Chichester Triple Threat Company present a hilarious murder-mystery whodunnit, Curtains, a musical send-up of murder mystery plots, set in 1950s Boston. The company returns to the Alexandra Theatre, in Belmont Street, from November 14-16 with evening and matinee shows. Tickets are £14 for adults, £8 for students from the box office on 01243 861010.

 

7 Event. Cycle Goodwood. Goodwood’s iconic motor circuit invites members of the public to get active with the launch of an exciting cycling initiative on November 10. Confident riders can join on Tuesday evenings, 5.30pm-7.30pm, and every other Sunday morning, 8am-noon, across the winter months, while families are welcome on Sunday afternoons to go round the 2.4-mile circuit as many times as they wish. Tuesday sessions are £10 per person as are Sundays for adults with £5 tickets for 13 to17-year-olds. They can be paid for on the day or in advance at: goodwood.com

 

8 Music. Richard Smith. West Sussex Guitar Club is once again delighted to host a return performance by the eclectic flat and finger picking guitarist, Richard Smith. This will be held at the Regis School of Music at 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1ER, on November 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or call 01243 866462 /266017. Non-members of the club pay £15, full-time students half price and under-18s free.

 

9 Music. Frederick Stocken. A prize-winning organist and composer, Frederick Stocken, will perform at Chichester Cathedral on November 12 at its latest lunchtime recital. Admission to the cathedral is free and concert-goers are free to come and go between 1.10pm and 2pm. Coffee is available and lunch may be eaten.

 

10Event. Halloween Party. The annual BBC Children In Need appeal will benefit from funds raised at this party being held at Seasons, Bognor Regis Town Football Club, Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 2TY on November 10. Entry to the event costs £5 and everyone is asked to arrive for this family event, between 1pm and 5pm, in fancy dress. It is being organised by staff of Boots Opticians and Boots and will include a raffle,tombola and much more fun.

 

11 Music. Totally Blondie. Re- live the seventies and eighties as much-acclaimed Totally Blondie hit town on November 15 at Chichester Assembly Room in North Street (PO19 1LQ) . The stunning lookalike vocalist Aurora is reminiscent of Debbie Harry in her prime and the audience can expect to hear all the greatest hits from Denis, Denis to Heart of Glass and Atomic. Doors open at 7pm for a 7 30pm start. Tickets are selling fast and are available from The Novium, in Tower Street, Chichester, in person, by calling 01243 816525 or online at wegottickets.com priced at £20

 

12Comedy. Having it Off@The Hoff. Dave Thompson has performed his stand-up comedy act in 41 countries. Known for his zany style, he’s written material for many famous names and among his film and TV appearances, he’s best known as the actor inside the Tinky Winky costume in the ‘Teletubbies’. Also performing at The Hothampton Arms, 49-51 London Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PR, will be Ben Robson, Riggs, Ben McLaughlin, Dan Churchley with MC Glenn West. The evening, on November 14, is from 8pm-11pm, costs £6 with tickets from eventbrite.com

 

13Music.Iron Tyger. Best known for their powerful renditions of eighties’ classics, Iron Tyger will perform a full spectrum of awesome stadium anthems, rock classics, power ballads and pop pleasers. Doors open at 8pm on November 9 at The Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP. Tickets are £10 on the door or in advance from Time Machine Records, The Almshouse Arcade, The Hornet, Chichester, PO19 7JL or call the venue on 01243 783185.

 

14 Music. Jesus Jones. Jesus Jones formed at the end of 1988, and quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting and innovative acts of their time. They were one of the first bands to successfully blend rock and dance music, using samples and beats over catchy, commercial pop songs. And now Mike Edwards, Jerry De Borg, Alan Doughty, Iain Baker and Simon ‘Gen’ Matthews are back with a show at central Worthing venue St Paul’s on November 8. Tickets for the 7.30pm gig are £20.50 on the door.

 

15Theatre. Prism. Following a sell-out run at London’s Hampstead Theatre, Prism is the astonishing true story of the man who spent his life making Hollywood’s greatest divas look beautiful. Robert Lindsay plays the double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, who has retired to a Buckinghamshire village, surrounded by memorabilia of his days on famous film sets – and his secret liaisons with famous women. Tara Fitzgerald also stars in this delightfully witty and poignant play. Prism is at Chichester Festival Theatre on November 8 and 9. Visit: cft.org.uk

 

16Event. Early Bird Christmas Fayre. The venue for the regular artisan market in central Bognor Regis, the town’s Methodist Church in Waterloo Square (PO21 1ST), opposite Queensway, will host some different stalls on November 7 when church members will organise an all-day fair. They are offering lots of stalls, many with a festive theme, for shoppers and browsers from 10am, and coffee will be available.

 

17 Theatre. Wifi Wars. Team captain/narrator of Dara Ó Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Steve McNeil hosts, using WiFi Wars’ world record-breaking interactive tech. Bring a charged smartphone to play along and compete against the whole audience to win the show. Chichester’s Speigeltent next to Chichester Festival Theatre is the place for the action on November 13 and 14 at 7pm. Suitable for ages 14-plus. Adult tickets are £12 with concessions at £8. Call the festival theatre box office on 01243 781312 or visit: chichesterspeigeltent.com

 

18 Music. Jam session. Every year on the second Sunday in January, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, known in Poland as WOSP, raises money to buy medical equipment for Polish children’s hospitals and to help fund that event a Polish and international jam session will be held at The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis PO21 2QA. Musician Piotrek Szczodry will be heading the performers on November 15, 7.30pm-11pm.

 

19Music. A Night at the Musicals. Hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans abound as Olivier Award-winning Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene Jonny Woo drag you through the back catalogue of fabulous musicals, from Gypsy to Grease, Annie and The Lion King. A raucous night of ballsy ballads, delightful duets and slaughtered show tunes; a tortured loved letter to the glorious genre of musical theatre. There are two late-night performances, on November 15 and 16, 9.30pm, at the Chichester Speigeltent. Tickets are £18, available at: chichesterspeigeltent.com

 

20 Event. Winter Wellness Weekend. Try free taster sessions on mindfulness, yoga and more to stay healthy and stress-free this winter. Sir Peter Scott started the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in part to help enhance people’s lives by being close to nature. You can exercise your body and soul along the pathways and secret spots around the beautiful wetlands reserve, too. No booking needed on November 16 and 17. Entry included as part of usual admission to WWT, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB from 9.30am-4.30pm.

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