1 Event Ladies Evening. It’s the most stylish event in the racecourse’s calendar, Ladies Evening is back at Fontwell Park on Thursday August 22. Visitors should dress to impress to be in with a chance to win the Best Dressed competition, judged and presented by Love Island 2019 Contestant Amy Hart, for the chance to win prizes worth a total of £1,000. Free glitter artists will be on hand to glam your look for the evening and a vintage Airstream photobooth to capture your best pose. Finishing off the night will be Spirit FM’s Back to the 80’s DJ set, with some surprise guests, so you party after the sun goes down.
2 Event Summer Fayre. The green at Felpham Beach Estate, off Limmer Lane, will be the venue for the long-established family event. Highlights will include a dog show, children’s sports events, stalls, cakes, barbecue and teas – something for everyone. Live music will set a lively atmosphere for visitors who can browse stalls including horticultural items, produce, tombola, a human fruit machine, giant raffle, bric-a-brac, books, toys and other quality goods. Entry will be free from noon on Saturday, August 24. A mini sports day for children will be held from 1pm with traditional races, including egg and spoon, three-legged and wheelbarrow. Information about the free fun dog show, which starts at 1.45pm, is available by calling 01243 864019. All are welcome at the fayre, which is organised by Felpham Beach Estate.
3 Events Ageless. Community activities are continuing at Chichester Festival Theatre with a CFT Buddies meet and greet event at the Minerva Bar today (Friday) at noon. This is free, as is a backstage tour of the theatre for people with visual impairments at 4pm. A tour is available for everyone from 10am tomorrow (Saturday) at a cost of £5. The festival theatre’s foyer is the setting for Mind, Body, Sing Yer Heart Out at 1pm. This is a free opportunity to enjoy the fun and health-giving properties of group singing. Come and sing chants, shanties, riffs and familiar tunes in a relaxed and friendly environment. Open to all, no experience needed. This is a is dementia-friendly event.
4 Art Frances Knight. Contemporary landscape artist Frances Knight will open her studio for a summer exhibition of local landscapes and seascapes as part of the Arundel Gallery Trail from August 17 to 26, ‘Into the Light’ . The exhibition explores the effects of light, colour and structure in the landscape, and visitors will be able to view her latest paintings and chat to Frances about her work and process. She also will be hosting a special Poetry, Paintings & Prosecco Evening with the South Downs Poetry Festival on Friday August 23. Visitors can enjoy live poetry readings and music among her latest exhibition of original oil paintings. The evening will start at 7pm with a welcome drink, and the opportunity for a chat and a browse around her exhibition before the live performances at 7.30pm. Claire Best will headline the poetry performances, and Mike Carey will provide the music. Tickets cost £11.50 and are available by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org The exhibition is at Top Floor Studio, The Victoria Institute, 10 Tarrant Street, Arundel, BN18 9DG, noon-5.30pm on weekends and Bank Holiday Monday, 2-5.30pm on weekdays. Free entry.
5 Talk Virginia McKenna. The actress, who found fame in films in the 1950s and 1960s, including A Town Like Alice, Carve her Name with Pride and Born Free but who also had a disntinguished later career as a wildlife campaigner, will be guest of Chichester Literary Society. Virginia, who was married to fellow actor and conservationist Bill Travers, will be at Boxgrove Village Hall (PO18 0EE) on Wednesday, August 21, at 2pm. Visitors are welcome to join the society’s members at their monthly meetings where refreshments are available. Entry is £8 and doors open at 1.30pm. For further information, visit the website at: chichesterliterarysociety.org or call 01243 536273..
6 Theatre The Secret Garden. The classic children’s story by Frances Hodgson Burnett will be brought to life by Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the walled garden of Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle. The audience is invited to join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner. As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? Performances go ahead in all but the worst weather. Bring rugs or low back seating for the outdoor performance on Friday, August 23, at 7pm, with doors open at 6pm. Tickets can be bought online at: seetickets.com at £17.60 for adults, £12.10 for children and £49.22 for a family of four.
7 Music Trojan Sound System. London-based Trojan Sound System are an institution in Sound System culture. A legendary team of selecta (Daddy Ad) and vocalists, they relentlessly tour the globe, representing the seminal reggae and ska record label. With MCs Supa4 Creation, Chucky Bantan and Jah Buck plus special guests The Reggae Doctors they play St Paul’s in Chapel Road, Worthing, on Friday August 23, 8pm-1am. Transcending age, race and political barriers, Trojan Sound System play music that satisfies the purest of vinyl collectors, while at the same time, introducing a new generation to the roots of Jamaican music and Bass Culture.Tickets, at £15 in advance, can be booked by calling 0871 220 0260, they will be £17 on the door.
8 Theatre Crossing Lines. Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present the world premiere of Anna Ledwich’s Crossing Lines, a promenade production around central Chichester, directed by Daniel Hill. The story links events from 1914, 1939 and 2019 across time and across technologies as history haunts the present and the city’s young race to escape the dark forces poised to destroy the country they know. Using audio technology and live action, this promenade performance through the streets of Chichester asks: can an individual alter history by changing the channel? Tickets at £20 for adults, with accompanying children, aged seven-16 at £10, from the festival theatre box office. Performances, which start on the Cathedral Green at 7.30pm. are from August 17-24.
9 Music Selsey Festival. Selsey Folk and Music Club presents Laura Thain with its monthly session becoming part of the town’s festival. Laura will be singing in the second half of the evening on Wednesday, August 21, at The Selsey Club in Coxes Road. From 7.30pm, the first half will comprise club performers. Entry is £4 on the door. A bar and raffle are available. Also in the festival next week, Selsey Town Hall will be the venue for the summer exhibition of arts and craft, organised by Arts Dream Selsey. Exhibits will include paintings, glass, textiles, jewellery and a wide range of creative craft. Entry is free for the event which runs from Thursday, August 22 ro Monday, August 26, opening at 10am. For details, visit the website at: selseyfestival.wixsite.com
10 Theatre Look Up. An exciting, playful and energetic mix of circus, puppetry and theatre, Look Up is a celebration of what we can see if we step outside of our everyday lives, and embrace the world around us. The show takes place outside Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on a self-supported custom-made aerial rig and explores the relationship between circus performer, puppet and audience. This fantastic family show will be at Marine Parade BN11 3PX on Saturday August 17, at 11am and 2pm. Look Up follows Robyn, a child puppet, who is fearless, playful and not interested in phones or work, but instead has a curiosity with birds and flying. Created by Hikapee, a circus theatre company, tickets for Look Up are £6.50 and are avialable from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk