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Autumn Collection Winter Collection Thu 6–Sun 9 September: Hastings and St Leonards Heritage Open Days Four days of free and accessible events celebrating our local heritage. Tours, walks, talks and events at Marine Court Building, St Leonards Parish Church, Sidney Little’s seafront and many venues: heritageopendays.org.uk 8–23 September: Coastal Currents 2012 The annual visual arts festival featuring open studios, exhibitions, performances and events: coastalcurrents.org.uk

Sakama Live Show Band

October is AfriKàBa, an annual festival of African & Caribbean heritage arts, featuring music, performance, family events, storytelling and discussions. Events at Mama Putts, 23 Kings Road and other local venues: afrikaba.co.uk

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Fri 21–Sun 23 September: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ presented by the Mercatoria Company. A strolling performance of Shakespeare’s play set in the enchanting St Leonards Garden, Maze Hill, enjoyable for all ages. Bring a picnic and arrive early: mercatoriacompany.co.uk

October–November: Brighton Photo Fringe, Hastings This biennial festival is a new and exciting extension of the main Brighton Photo Fringe with events at Hastings Arts Forum, Marina and nearby galleries, cafes and shops: photohubgroup.blogspot.com Saturday 20 October: Twelve Hour Concert at St Michael’s Hospice: stmichaelshospice.com Saturday 27 October: Halloween Pumpkin Trail St Michael’s Hospice: stmichaelshospice.com

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Fri 2 November: Bonfire Night at Markwick Gardens hot dogs, hot soup and a really hot bonfire, a perfect venue for families with small children: markwickgardens.org.uk Saturday 1 December: Battle Choral Society present Fauré’s Requiem and Gounod Messe Solennelle at St Johns the Evangelist, Pevensey Road: battlechoral.btck.co.uk Saturday 1 December: Christmas Fayre, St Michael’s Hospice, Upper Maze Hill: stmichaelshospice.com

6–18 December Christmas Craft Fair at Hastings Arts Forum Marina. A stunning Christmas event, beautiful gifts, brilliant ideas, all locally made, plus festive cheer aplenty: hastingsartsforum.co.uk December Santa-on-Sea: St Leonards independent shops present Christmas shopping special events: santaonsea.co.uk

Monday 31 December: Outrageous Decadence’s, not to missed New Year’s Eve Party at the Assembly Rooms, West Ascent: outrageousdecadence.co.uk OR… New Year’s Eve Gala Party at Azur at Marina Pavilion – azurmarinapavilion.com, the Ball at Royal Victoria Hotel or an Armenian style party night at Relax: caferelax.co.uk

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