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What’s On in Sussex in July

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Viggo Venn

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Date: 9 July
Location: The Hawth, Crawley
Last year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner and national treasure, Viggo Venn, will be coming to The Hawth with his brand-new show, “British Comedian.” After captivating the UK and judges alike, Viggo asks audiences to don their hi-vis vests once more as he tours the country. From balloons to clowning, Viggo has captured the nation’s hearts with his joyful and spirited performances, and his upcoming show promises to delight and inspire audiences night after night.

Jousting Tournament

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Dates: 30 July – 4 August
Location: Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle’s International Medieval Jousting Tournament returns this month. Held over six days, this year’s quest for the ultimate jousting champion comprises eight competitors divided into four teams. They will compete for individual honours and represent their countries: England, France, Portugal, and Australia. Battling it out to gain glory for their country and the title of individual champion, the jousters will also compete in the Skill at Arms competition and seek the much-sought-after chivalry award.

Pop-Up Art Exhibition

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Date: 10 July
Location: Fittleworth Village Hall
Our friends in The Arts Society of West Sussex have once again been working with most of the 22 invited schools from across the area to produce art in various forms that always surprise and amaze. Over four days, try to catch a show that includes exciting and original 2D and 3D artwork in any medium: ceramics, textiles, mixed media, prints, collages, sculptures, assemblages, and photography. Learn more at The Arts Society of West Sussex.

Henry Winkler

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Date: 2 July
Location: Brighton Dome
Fresh from touring to sell-out audiences in New Zealand and Australia, Henry Winkler is preparing to head to the UK this June. Join him as he shares life stories to celebrate 50 years of an incredible Hollywood career. Told he would never achieve, the Emmy-award-winning actor, bestselling author, director, and producer treads the boards with his heart-warming success story to celebrate his memoir, “Being Henry.”

Deadpool & Wolverine

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From: 25 July
Location: Odeon Brighton
While “The Marvels” credits scene kicked off the long-awaited cross-pollination of the MCU and X-Men worlds, “Deadpool & Wolverine” goes all-in, pairing Ryan Reynolds’ smartass sort-of-hero with Hugh Jackman’s rejuvenated Wolverine. Look out for Jennifer Garner as Elektra and watch this space to discover who The Crown’s Emma Corrin will play as the lead villain.


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Dates: 8 July – 7 September
Location: Chichester Festival Theatre
Get ready for a spectacular new production of Lionel Bart’s iconic musical “Oliver!”, premiering at Chichester Festival Theatre. The show has been reconceived by director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh and will transfer to London’s Gielgud Theatre from 14 December. The new production is designed by Lez Brotherston, Matthew Bourne’s long-time collaborator.

The Shape of Things

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Until: 20 October
Location: Pallant House Gallery
Pallant House Gallery will present the first major exhibition to consider the enduring theme of still life in British art. The exhibition will reveal how leading artists have used it to consider some of the most profound themes of human life. Almost 150 artworks by 100 artists will be on display.

Summer of Discovery

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Throughout July:
Location: Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral has unveiled its captivating summer 2024 programme, inviting visitors to discover this beautiful space and immerse themselves in nine centuries of rich history. The summer programme includes a diverse array of events and experiences suitable for all ages:

Outdoor Theatre Productions


  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle

Family-Friendly Creative Workshops


  • 27 July at 10am: Focus on the turbulent Tudor period and the creation of Lambert Barnard’s panel paintings. Participants will engage in fun arts and crafts inspired by this period.
  • 10 August at 10am: Families can become history detectives, exploring the damage inflicted upon the building during the Siege of Chichester amidst the English Civil War. Activities include taking brass rubbings and reimagining the lost treasures of the Cathedral.

Specialist Tours

The summer also sees the launch of a new self-guided tour for families. The free trial experience invites children to uncover hidden artefacts, relics, and artworks concealed within the ancient walls while learning more about the fascinating history and wonders of the Cathedral.

Enjoy a summer full of exciting events and discoveries in Sussex!

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Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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