Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 56

The Book Lovers’ Supper Club Tue 4th February 2014 The Barn, Ditchling We’ve arrived in winter but no need to be glum or stay at home peering out into the gloaming. There is an astonishingly diverse amount of events out there to keep you entertained throughout the chilly season. Of course this season spans Christmas which is most importantly for kids so I’ve included a selection of family friendly options to keep the children amused and entranced. I’ll be back in spring. Justin £20 The Book Lovers’ Supper Club was set up in 2012 by journalist Melanie Whitehouse to combine a love of food and a passion for books in a beautiful vintage setting. For £20, guests get a tapas-style supper and a free glass of wine followed by a talk and reading from two well-known authors. ‘Our guests on Tuesday 4th February are William Nicholson (co-writer of the script for the film Gladiator) and his wife Virginia,’ says Melanie. ‘William will be talking about his gripping new novel, Reckless, which follows the lives of two young people in the aftermath of World War II. Virginia will be discussing her non-fiction title, Millions Like Us, which tracks the lives of women between 1941 and 1951.’ The Nutcracker Constable at Petworth Sat 28th December 11th -14th January 2014 Brighton Dome Petworth House  £10 - £19.50 £12 I think that The Nutcracker is the ideal way to introduce children to the ballet. Heavenly and intensely magical it is taking a step alongside Clara into an enchanting adventure through the fantastical Land of Sweets. Ballet Theatre UK – renowned for their fresh approach to ballet - will surely be flooded with the energy of innovation, exploring Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable musical score. However this is a festive treat for audiences of all ages and includes the famous The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Snowflakes so take the whole family along. I’m warning you though: with only two performances on one day tickets will disappear fast. Pinocchio Sun 28th DecemberThur 2nd January 2014 The Old Market £8 adults and £6 kids Scamp Theatre and Indefinite Article grace Brighton with their magical rendition of Pinocchio. Previously performed at The National Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith, it’s a brilliant post-Christmas afternoon option for the kids and one all the family will enjoy. Puppetry and illusions all set to original music; this highly commended play will keep the seasonal magic stretching that lovely little bit longer. 54 Following the sell-out success of their Turner’s Sussex exhibition earlier this year, Petworth House are holding a major follow-up show for 2014. This will feature some 40 outstanding watercolours and drawings by John Constable. These were executed mainly during Constable’s two visits to Petworth House in 1834. Principally owned by the V&A and the British Museum, these important works have never before been exhibited as a group. Visitors will be able to see two of the principal showrooms in Petworth House – famously described by Constable as the ‘house of art’. Also open will be the Old Library, not normally accessible to visitors, where major artists of the early 19th century, such as Constable and Turner, were encouraged to study and work. Booking essential to ensure you don’t miss this. John Constable (1776-1837) Petworth Church and Windmill, with Petworth House beyond,1834 © Trustees of the British Museum