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Timbertech Southern Ltd - The Decking Specialists


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What’s On August 2019

Contents House and Home Rye Leisure Food & Drink Serpentine Gallery Summer Party Garden Services Health and Beauty Wedding Services Nursing & Care Animal & Pet Services

Monday 29th July - 3rd August - Stones In His Pockets

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. Mon - Sat at 19:45. Thurs and Sat at 14:30 Often hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty, this wonderful comedy has won numerous awards. Stones in his Pockets ran for four years in the West End and has delighted audiences around the world. 0844 871 7615

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Tuesday 30th July - 4th August The Importance Of Being Earnest

Outdoor production at Battle Abbey performed by The Battle Abbey Players. £10.

Tuesday 30th July - 4th August - Le Vent du Nord

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 8pm. Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music performing original songs inspired from their tradition – a truly fabulous sound! 01892 678678.

Thursday 1st - 2nd August - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Bowler Crab presents this classic, magical comedy with an all-new cast and production design. Shakespeare’s mostperformed comedy, “The Dream” is a fairytale with song, dance and interactive humour. £15.00 01424 423221

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Thursday 1st August -1st September - Maize Maze

PO Box 76, BATTLE, E. Sussex, TN33 0WA. Tel. 01424 870363

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG. 11am6pm. Step into the shoes of a great explorer and circumnavigate the Penshurst Place Maize Maze, collecting clues and stamps as you go! Tel: 01892 870307

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Thursday 1st August -1st September - Summer Sundays

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG. 11am-6pm. Country Companions Falconry Shows: 11am – 5pm. Children’s Crafts: 11am – 4pm. Garden Pantomime Shows: 1pm – 3pm. Settle into summer with the whole family with wonderful Summer Sunday events! There are garden pantomimes to laugh out loud at, crafts to create, and falconry to be fascinated by. Tel: 01892 870307

Until 30th Aug 2019 Adventure Boyz (Cinema)

At Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE. Almost entirely shot in local locations surrounding Eastbourne and the Sussex downs, Hailsham Pavilion has this film exclusively ahead of it’s official release. Directed by multi award Winning Director Howard J Ford, Adventure Boyz, is a family movie that excites, inspires with thrills, spills and laughs along the way...... hailshampavilion. See page 25.

Friday 2nd August - Bee Gees Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Bee Gees tribute band Stayin Alive UK recreate the most accurate portrayal of the Brothers Gibb, covering hits from all the decades. Their uncanny resemblance has to be seen to be believed! Doors and bar open at 7:00pm, Show start at 8:00pm. 01323 410611.

Friday 2nd Aug. - Forever Man: The Genius of Eric Clapton

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. £17.50. an exciting, high-energy show that celebrates the music and life of one of the most important and influential musicians in rock history, Eric Clapton CBE. Performed by some of the UK’s foremost theatre musicians 01323 802020.


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Friday 2nd Aug. - Matthews Southern Comfort

At The Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham. 8pm. £20. Remembering Woodstock and So Much More. 01323 841414.

Friday 2nd Aug. - Totally Tina

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. Voted the UK’s official No 1 Tina Turner tribute for the past six years by the Agents Association of Great Britain, Totally Tina is a spectacular, energetic recreation and probably the closest thing you’ll get to a live Tina Turner concert! 01424 62288

Friday 2nd Aug. - 21st Sept. - Evita

At The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NU. Dividing the Argentinian people with her patriotic speeches, her ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ as the world’s first major political celebrity. With a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical.

Friday 2nd – 4th August The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

At Michelham Priory and Gardens, Upper Dicker, BN27 3QS 10.30 – 5.00. Designer makers exhibit in the Elizabethan barn and in marquees. Craft demonstrations too.

Sat. 3rd Aug. - Northern Soul Night

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. Stefan Taylor and The Signatures are the UK’s leading Northern Soul Band. T 01323 410611.


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Sat. 3rd & 4th August - Model Railways Plus including BUS EVENT (Sunday Only)

At Tinkers Park is on the A272, Hadlow Down, East Sussex TN22 4HS. 20 layouts, 14 of which have not been shown with us before, will be exhibited in three halls. Wannabe train drivers are welcome to have a go at Aldingbourne Central’s layout. Outside, visitors can ride behind a full size steam traction engine, on our narrow gauge line featuring steam and diesel hauled trains and our miniature passenger carrying train. for full details.

Sat 3rd August – Art & Craft Fair

Bexhill Artists’ Workspace. An opportunity not to be missed to peruse art and many beautifully designed, hand crafted items. At St Barnabus Church, Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. From 10.30am – 3.30pm. Free Entry. Visit

Sat. 3rd & 4th August - Castle Canines

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Pets as Therapy Dogs, Guide Dog puppies, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Army dogs, Labrador Rescue, huskies from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association and the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team. Newfoundland Dogs in Action rescue demo. 01732 865224.

many upgrade and repair options to choose from including skylights, side windows, fibreglass repairs including shower trays, solar panels, on board WiFi, air conditioning, servicing and more. Simply give us a call or drop us an email to discuss your requirements and we can discuss together how to make your camper your dream again. Our latest project is this stunning VW T4 conversion which has just been completed and is now up for sale. Please see our website or contact us for more information.


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Sat. 3rd August - Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr

Sunday 4th August - Ride London - Surrey 100

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. A Youth Theatre Production. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm & 7.00pm. 01892 678678.

With a route made famous by the world’s best professional cyclists at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s beautiful countryside. 5.30am5.00pm.

A week of exciting events from Pram Racing to Treasure Trails, Open Houses to Walking Tours, Art Shows to Historical Talks, Live Music, Street Parties, all culminating in a Grand Carnival Procession. Old Town Carnival Week started in 1968, gradually increasing in popularity until the present day. Organised by volunteers and supporting numerous local charities, Hastings Old Town Carnival week has become a fun week for visitor and locals alike.

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 5.30pm. Live Transmission. Mozart’s most magical comedy of The Magic Flute returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade. 01892 678678.

Sunday 4th August Glyndebourne: The Magic Flute – Live

Sat. 3rd - 11th August - Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Sunday 4th August Hooes Old Motor Club Vintage Car Show

At Hooe Recreation Ground, Between Pevensey & Ninfield on the B2095, E. Sussex TN33 9HU 50th VINTAGE CAR SHOW AND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE. From 10am - 5pm. Supporting local charities. Free Car Parks, Refreshments, Lady & Vechicle Competition, Parades, Arena Events, Hooe Village Silver Band (12pm1pm). Entrance fee: Adults £5 (incl. programme) Children under 16 free. General enquiries to: John Bishop Sec: 01323 843202 or 01323 840346

Monday 5th (and 19th) August - Open Stage Night

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. open our stage to local talent for the very first time! Grab yourself a drink at the bar and support some of our very own rising stars — variety is the spice of life, after all, and you never know, you might just catch the next big star playing their first ever gig. 01323 410611.

Monday 5th August - Pseudo

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. £10. An exudoquisite delve into the world of the mysterious. For one night only, the former Game of Thrones star turned psychological illusionist, Sam Coleman uses psychology, suggestion and devilish ploys to create the illusion of extraordinary supernatural abilities in this one-off theatrical masterpiece. 01424 423221.

Monday 5th - 6th August - Tabby McTat

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. “Very funny. A lovely heartwarming story that I would recommend to all” - Mini Travellers. Mon at 13:30 and 16:00. Tue at 10:30 and 13:30 0844 871 7615.

Tuesday 6th August Tales from St. Leonards

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Written and directed by Paul Francis Saunders. A dark thriller with a final chill… Five souls tell thier story of life unaware each has had an impact on the other. 01424 423221


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Tuesday 6th August - Kids Disco Party Night

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 01323 410611. A treat for the Summer Holidays. Tuesday evenings during the summer holidays it’s party time! Join the party with DJ Oli, playing music from the charts, plus some family favourites, the kids won’t want the school holidays to end. FREE Face Paint Available. Times. Doors open at 7:00pm, Concerts start at 7:30pm. Concerts finish at approximately 8:30pm

Tuesday 6th August - ROH Live: Romeo and Juliet

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission. Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. 01892 678678.

Tuesday 6th - 10th August - Calendar Girls - The Musical

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 01323 412000. Calendar Girls - The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary women who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End now comes to Congress Theatre, Eastbourne! Evenings 7.30pm. Wed, Thur, Sat 2.30pm. From £19.50.

Tuesday 6th - 10th August - Great British Beer Festival

At Olympia Grand, London. This year the Great British Beer Festival takes you on a journey from the smallest seed to the perfect pint. Experience the natural magic of grain to glass, while enjoying live music, fabulous food and more. Living up to its reputation as ‘Britain’s ultimate beer festival,’ The Great British Beer Festival will showcase hundreds of real ales, international beers, ciders and perries all under our iconic roof. For those of you who are looking for a little break from all things beer; there will also be wine, gin and coffee on offer.

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Wednesday 7th August - Real Deal

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 01424 423221. 8.30pm. Off West End Awards’ Most Promising New Playwright 2018 performs her new dark comedy. Anna works for Kapow Kids Parties and Events. She spends her days pandering to parents and fantasising about how violently her housemates might die. Anna is not living her best life. Until she meets Justine. Justine is the real deal.

Wednesday 7th August 1812 Fireworks and Proms Concert

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. truly iconic tradition that is celebrated every Wednesday evening, consisting of a culmination of concert music ending triumphantly with traditional proms favorites and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by a spectacular Firework display. 01323 410611.

Wednesday 7th August - Park Safari

At St John’s Recreation Ground, Beltring Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UA Back due to popular demand, Dr Ian Beavis (nature expert) will be leading the bug-hunting Park Safaris throughout the school summer holidays. An expert on the natural world and an approachable guide, Dr Beavis will be leading fun, lively and informative trails across the parks of Tunbridge Wells. (Also 14th & 21st Aug. Free, but booking required due to limited spaces on each event. 01892 530613.

Wednesday 7th August - Alice In Wonderland (open-air)

Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG. 18:30 - 20:20. Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family. Tickets available online and from the property. 01580 762334.

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Wednesday 7th August - Blokes What I Have Known

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7pm. £10. A comedy by Kate Moira Spencer. Sue sits in the bar of a local hotel awaiting the arrival of yet another male conquest for a hopeful dirty weekend. Passing boredom, Sue ear-holes those too close to ignore her with amusingly disastrous tales of some of the blokes what she has known. Playwright and author Spencer’s comedy successfully toured New Zealand before bringing it home to England. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 8th August - Robertsbridge Jazz Club: Trombonanza - Mike Hext, Andy Wood, Richard Edwards

At Robertsbridge Village Hall, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets are £10 on the door or in advance from Judges Bakery, Robertsbridge. Information at 01580 880274 or facebook.

Thurs. 8th - 10th August - Floral Art & Design Show

At The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. Competitive classes, sales areas, demonstrations, hands on workshops, and some amazing spectacular fresh floral creations. Available for everyone to enjoy. Wednesday preview 7.45pm - 9.45pm Thursday 9.00am - 9.00pm. Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm. Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm. Ticket Prices: £10.00 - £20.00.

Thurs. 8th - 13th August - Circus Berlin

At Glyne Gap Field, Bexhill Road, TN40 2JS. From amazing high wire walkers to rola balancing on a motorbike. From super fast Las Vegas quick change to the death defying Globe of Death. Clown Angelo, will guide you through this super show which also includes Beautiful Aerialists, whirl wind jugglers, a laser man sending laser beams from his fingers and the sensational wheel of death, rotating into the roof of the Big Top. An amazing array of acts twisting an age-old tradition for a modern family audience. 2 for 1 deal, any seat any day. Call the box office in advance 07494774008 and quote ‘BERLIN241’ to receive the deal.

Thurs. 8th August - Big Band and Swing Sound

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. The Big Band & Swing Sound. With The Central Band Of The Royal British Legion Our Big Band evenings are performed by some of our best local Big Bands and Military Bands. The unique Big Band Sound comes to life with numerous hits from the memorable era. Times: Doors and bar open at 7:30pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm 01323 410611.

Thurs. 8th August - Playing Beethoven

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 8.30pm. Mike Hatchard doesn’t just play the music of Beethoven, he becomes Beethoven. Assuming the role of the great man towards the end of his life, he looks back on the highs and lows; the first real ‘star’ of music who dared be uncompromising and driven by his own agenda. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 8th August - Who Killed Cornelius Cardew?

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7pm. £10. 7.00pm IN THE ART GALLERY. Cornelius Cardew was one of the most important English composers of the 1960s avant-garde era. He is known for his intricate graphic scores, many of which qualify as artworks in their own right. Amusia Productions tells Cardew’s life story through electroacoustic performances of his seminal works with accompanying projections of his scores. The audience can interact with the music via installations based on Cardew’s designs. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 8th August - Mary Poppin’s Day

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 11am. Have a practically perfect adventure in and around Theatre Royal Brighton! Explore backstage and take part in Mary Poppins themed arts and crafts activities, play on the stage and try out some Chimney Sweep moves, venture under the stage for some stories and games and take a spoonful of sugar with your picnic lunch in the Theatre! A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day for 7-11 year olds – ticket price includes a picnic lunch. 0844 871 7615

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Friday 9th - 11th August - Summer In The City

At Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, London. E16 1XL. Summer in the City is the UK’s largest and longest-running Online Video Festival. The event is for everyone with an interest in online video, whether they be creators, viewers, or industry professionals looking to gain more of an insight into the YouTube community. Since its inception in 2009, Summer in the City has allowed attendees to make lasting connections with one another, whilst also providing opportunity to learn and be entertained through the event’s discussion panels, workshops and live performances.

Friday 9th August - Kiss Off / Proxy

Friday 9th - 11th August - Craft Beer Festival

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF. over 80 breweries from the UK around the world and with close to 500 different beers on tap across the weekend, 2019’s London festival is set to be the biggest celebration of modern beer to date. Expect delicious food from top London restaurants. Last year we were joined by Luca, Pitt Cue and Bun House to name a few. 2019’s food offering will be bigger and better! DJ sets from some international top acts. Last year, we saw Huey Morgan, Two Door Cinema and Hercules and Love Affair spin some top tunes, and you can expect a similar top line-up for this year’s festival!

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm £10. Two short plays by Fringe Director Heather Alexander and produced by Emul8 Theatre Company. 01424 423221

Friday 9th August - Ungrateful Dad

At The East Hastings Sea Angling Association. Opp The Lifeboat, Hastings. See page 5 for details.

Friday 9th August - The Sound of The 80s with The Zoots

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. It’s the eighties show you Just Can’t Get Enough of and greed is good! The Zoots will keep you Hungry Like The Wolf, as they play the floorfillers, party anthems, classic pop and power ballads that were Top Of The Pops, from the acts that mattered – Wham, The Jam, Queen, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Madness, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more. 01323 410611.

Friday 9th - 11th August - Firle Vintage Fair

At Firle Park, Nr Lewes BN8 6LP. A unique three day experience. For more information and pre booked tickets visit see page 9 for details.

Friday 9th August - The last Goddess

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 9pm. Edda has managed the Swedish manor house, Tanner-vi, for 25 years. Tradition, rumour and Nordic myths have always been associated with the dynasty. Its men are known for violence and heavy drinking, while Tanner-vi women have found the strength to survive and protect their families. Ragnar, a childhood companion, arrives. £10. 01424 423221.

Friday 9th August - Steam Hauled Real Ale Trains

At The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE. With some of the finest micro-brewery real ales, normally including one from each of our neighbours the Old Dairy Brewery and the Rother Valley Brewing Company, our Real Ale Trains are an evening to remember! The train of 1950’s era corridor carriages, which includes wheelchair user access in ‘Petros’, will be ready for boarding at Tenterden town Station from 6.30pm. Departing at 7.00pm, your choice of meal is served as the train travels to Bodiam. 01580 765155

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Ripley Forge and Fireplaces Ltd, a family run business , has been part of the Robertsbridge community for over 70 years. They have an extensive showroom where you can see a vast range of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multifuel stoves. Their extensive yard and showroom houses a multitude of firebacks, baskets and dogs, as well as a plethora of fireplace accessories and unusual gifts. They offer free out of hours site surveys and installation carried out by Hetas registered experienced fitters. Gates, fencing, general ironwork made to your specification. Ripleys are experienced and skilled Blacksmiths who can offer a bespoke service whether you are looking for fireplace accessories, gates, fencing, traditional ironwork, garden furniture, a barbecue or an unusual garden sculpture, they can manufacture it for you. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm, go and have a look, they are more than just a specialist fireplace shop.

Paul Sedgwick is a Battle based stained glass designer and maker. Apart from making windows, he also restores and repairs them. He also makes mirrors , cabinets and illuminated retro signs at his workshop. He loves putting back proper leaded glass in old front doors, the difference it makes to a house is amazing. A little Victorian terrace is much prettier with the right door and hopefully sash windows. Prices are reasonable too, starting from a few hundred pounds. And if you don’t have a period door, he can source that for you as well.

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Friday 9th August - Willow Weaving Course

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. 01732 865224. 10:30am - 3:00pm. If you’ve got a passion for crafting and want to take your hobby to the next level, a willow weaving course is the perfect way to hone and grow your crafting expertise.

Saturday 10th & 11th August - Rural Times Past

At Pestalozzi , Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. 10th & 11th of August, open 10am-5pm each day. Fun Dog Show, Ferret Racing, Birds of Prey, Country Craft demonstrations, Pole Climbing, full-size and scale Traction

Friday 9th & 10th August - Sweeney Todd School Edition

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Performed by a talented cast of young people by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe 01892 678678.

Friday 9th August - Salt-N-Pepa

At The indigo at the O2, Docklands, London. Doors 7pm. They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-N-Pepa. 0844 856 0202.

Saturday 10th August - Hall of Fame Black Tie & Ball Gown Dinner Awards

At The indigo at the O2, Docklands, London. Doors 6pm. Featuring live in Concert as part of her 40th anniversary celebrations Mrs Carrol Thompson performing the entire “Hopelessly in Love” album backed by Full Orchestra & double bass led band. Joining her as special guest duet partners will be direct from the USA Melissa Morgan, Grammy winner Junior Giscombe, Jazz Legend Cleveland Watkiss MBE , & Chanteuse Terri Walker. 0844 856 0202.

Engines and Construction Corner. Along with the usual displays of vintage commercial vehicles, military vehicles, classic cars, vintage tractors working the land, horticultural equipment, stationary engines, collections, trade stands and craft marquee. Adults £6 Children 5-14yrs £1 Info Gill 01424 223572/

Saturday 10th August - Spoken Word

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7pm. £10. An evening of theatre and storytelling by leading poets responding to a theme of social justice across class, disability, race, age and background: The Naked Punk Part One: Raw and Uncovered. In collaboration with Hastings Litfest 01424 423221

Saturday 10th August Trapdoor Theatre School: The Wizard of Oz

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF A whole musical in a week! Full staging, lighting and costume – directed, learnt and choreographed in 5 days. 01323 802020.

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Rye Arts Festival 2019


ye Arts Festival has announced an exciting menu of world-class artistes, performers and talkers who have been signed up to entertain audiences between 1428 September this year. Let’s take literature first. Saturday 14th September marks an inaugural cRYmE Day! This will be a whole day, festival within a festival and will be a great opportunity to meet, listen to and eat with four well-known crime writers - Simon Brett, Martin Edwards, William Shaw and Lynne Truss – and to find out tricks of the trade and what makes them tick. Lord Owen – the former British Foreign Secretary David Owen – will be coming to Rye at 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 September to talk about his new book ‘Hubris - The Road to Donald Trump’. And on Monday 23rd March, also at 7pm, Sir Max Hastings will be dropping into town to

Bumper Blyton

deliver a talk based on his latest book - a new history of the Dambusters Raid in 1943. Some top classical music concerts have been announced. On Saturday 14th September a concert by the leading violinist Tasmin Little accompanied by Martin Roscoe on piano will be special, as Tasmin is soon to retires from the concert stage so Rye is extremely lucky to have secured her for this year. Tasmin’s ‘swan song’ is not to be missed. And neither is the return to Rye of the baritone Roderick Williams, who will be singing songs from the Schwanengesang cycle by Franz Schubert. Williams will be accompanied on Friday 27th September by pianist Iain Burnside. The contemporary music features two of the UK’s best folk duos. The Carthys are possibly the nearest thing to British Folk royalty! Whilst Martin Carthy has appeared at Rye Arts Festival with his wife Norma Waterson and Eliza has played there with her own band (both some years ago), this time they play the Festival as a duo for the first time. The gig will be at 8pm on

Eliza & Martin Carthy

Roderick Williams

Saturday 21st September. Nancy Kerr with James Fagan have been showered with awards that match their undoubted talent. They have twice taken home the coveted ‘Best Duo’ title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. So, their gig on Saturday 14th September will be a great chance to see another of the UK’s finest duos in the folk scene. The Festival’s drama programme includes the riotous Enid Blyton parody improv show ‘Bumper Blyton’ where you will be in danger of splitting your shorts laughing at 4pm on Sunday 15th September. This is Enid Blyton for grown-ups and will be a riotous parody, chock full of innuendo and lashings of puns, as the cast invent an hilarious, improvised adventure inspired by audience suggestions. Tickets (with discounts of 10% for Members and 15% for Benefactors on unlimited purchases) for around 50 events are on sale now - online on or rting 01797 224442.

Tasmin Little

David Owen

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RYE ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday 10th August - Dubs at DLWP

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. All “Dubbers” – VW Camper and classic/custom VW car owners – are invited to head down to the De La Warr Pavilion for a family- friendly day of music and fun and a chance to show off their VWs to a big crowd. 01424 229111.

Saturday 10th & 11th August Cade Street Potter Demonstration

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. 11.45-12.15 and 14.30-15.00. Melvin Smith will be presenting his collection of old hop picking tools in the Great Barn and will be talking on the subject of ” 19th Century Hop Picking at Great Dixter “. 01797 252878

Saturday 10th & 11th August - Steam Through The Ages

At The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, E. Sussex TN22 3QL. Dance to the music of time gone by, witness the arrival of Queen Victoria and her Royal Guard, be entertained by ‘Crazee Hazee’, and laugh along to Punch & Judy shows at Sheffield Park. Catch the train to Horsted Keynes for an array of military displays, vehicles and music. Then, evacuate to Kingscote for an ice cream, vintage cars, and to let off steam in the play park. 01825 720 800

Saturday 10th August - Adele Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. The UK’s No.1 Adele Tribute Show, as performed by Home-town Glory , generates energy and excitement everywhere she performs. Every audience member is left wanting more and having to remind themselves that it isn’t the real deal. 01323 410611.

Sunday 11th August Barby Keel’s Animal Sanctuary Summer Fete

At Pipzedene, Freezeland Lane, Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 5JD. 01424 222032Ad. £2.00 Children Free. Free Parking via Watermill Lane. Open 12.00pm - 5.00pm. GRAND RAFFLE WITH £100 1st PRIZE. MANY STALLS INCLUDING PLANTS, BRIC-ABRAC, PRODUCE, TOYS ETC. Barbecue & Cafe. PICK UP A BARGAIN IN OUR ANTIQUE SHOP. REFRESHMENTS & ICES AVAILABLE. Games for all the family and much more, a great day out for the whole family. FREE MINIBUSES From Sidley Car Park, Bexhill Town Square, Little Common Roundabout & Train Station from 11.30am continuously.

Rye Health Store has been serving the community since 1982, providing quality organic wholefoods, supplements and natural beauty products. Now under new management by a trained herbalist, we are always happy to offer friendly, professional advise and ensure you have the right product for your needs. We now have an extensive range of plastic free products and refills available and have extended the range to include packaging-free wholefoods.


aves Estates an Independent forward looking business based on traditional values, we always strive to be at the forefront of the property market. Together with our attention to detail and conscientious attitude we have the experience, resources and skills to deliver the kind of services that all of our clients require. Free valuations and advice. Available 7 days a week. Call today 01797 330 197.

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elcome to Antique and vintage rugs and carpets. Our main goal is to always achieve a high level of customer satisfaction with the rugs, carpets and services that we provide. We sell all sorts of Oriental rugs from Early Persian nomadic to Caucasian from Chinese to Afghan and many in between. Our stock is constantly changing and all the items we sell have been professionally washed , repaired if and where necessary, and finally moth-proofed. Our items range in date from the late C19th to the 1980’s but all are hand knotted, individual and consequently each one is unique. We offer a complete professional repair and washing service and are happy to give advice when required.

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JC Leisure

JC Leisure was established in 1997 and for many years they were based in the Strand Garage in Winchelsea. Finally in 2017 they took the decision to move lock, stock and barrel to the much larger Lifestyle Park, just along the road in Rye Harbour. Here they can display a full range of new and used motorhomes, and they also have a great selection of Caravans. They can now offer their customers, not only a huge car park, but a large storage yard and also Motorhome Hire. Dave and Eileen Waller and Lance Collins have many years experience in the industry and have formed a great team around them. They are very proud to be agents for both Autotrail, Dethleffs, Globecar, Tribute, RollerTeam, Sunlight and Swift Motorhomes as well as Hymer and Compass Caravans. Their workshops were awarded NCC Approved Workshop Status in 2014.

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Sunday 11th August - Garden Full of Cultural Delights, and the Mayor’s community picnic

Tues. 13th August - Backstage World

At Burton St Leonard’s Gardens, Maze Hill,, St Leonard’s on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BA. 1pm-5pm, Great performers, delicious food, tea, coffee, cake, soft drinks, live music, childrens activities, stalls and raffle.

Sunday 11th August André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance?

Tues. 13th August - Soil From The Ground Up Course

At The Trinity Theatre, Church St, Tunbridge Wells. 3pm. Summer nights are made for dancing and this is a party you do not want to miss! Prepare to be swept off your feet by this magical celebration of dance on the big screen in the comfort of your local cinema. 01892 678678.

Mon. 12th August - The Pirates Of Penzance

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. With Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society A swashbuckling G&S favourite, performed as a condensed concert version. Featuring well-loved classics including ‘Poor Wand’ring One’, ‘I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General’ and ‘When the Foemen Bears His Steel’. 01323 410611.

Mon. 12th - 16th August - Sussex Rocks Summer School

At Willingdon Community College. Sussex

Rocks offers a week long Summer School from 12 - 16 August 2019 and various workshops throughout the other school holidays. We have activities and classes for students of all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced from the age of 8 to 18. We cover most styles of music and encourage students to work together in small groups, bands or as duos playing whatever genre of music they choose. 01323 487780

Tues. 13th - 17th August - Annie

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 10.30am & 1.30pm. 8 – 12 year olds and accompanying adults get the opportunity to go behind the scenes in this exciting workshop with our technical team. Discover the basics of theatre lighting and sound, what happens backstage before and during a show and how our flying system works. 0844 871 7615

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Starring Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan. The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre for one-week only direct from London’s West End. Eves 7.30pm. Wed, Thurs and Sat Mats 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. During this one day course on soil led by a RHS tutor, you will be investigating the texture, structure and pH of soil. You will learn how to deal with difficult soil conditions, plus receive information on compost and composting. 10:30am – 3:00pm. Price: £75pp (includes lunch) 01732 865224.

Wed. 14th August - Rhs Summer Tree Identification Course

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. During this one day tree identification course led by a RHS tutor, you will be using stems, flowers, leaf arrangement, bark, growth habits and form of trees as an aid to identify specific genera of evergreen trees and deciduous trees. Using the wonderful specimens around Hever as examples this workshop is focused on trees, but shrubs and herbaceous plants will feature. 10:30am – 3:00pm. Price: £75pp (includes lunch) 01732 865224.

Wed. 14th & 15th August - An Evening with Lord Astor

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. This spectacular evening will provide a fascinating insight into Lord Astor’s time at Hever Castle and the unique experience of life on the Hever Castle Estate, detailing how the Castle was used and developed, sharing memories and fun anecdotes, an insight into the famous guests that visited the Castle and stories of some of the events that were hosted on the Estate. 01732 861800.

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Wed. 14th August - Park Safari

At St John’s Recreation Ground, Beltring Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UA Back due to popular demand, Dr Ian Beavis (nature expert) will be leading the bug-hunting Park Safaris throughout the school summer holidays. An expert on the natural world and an approachable guide, Dr Beavis will be leading fun, lively and informative trails across the parks of Tunbridge Wells. (Also 21st Aug). Free, but booking required due to limited spaces on each event. 01892 530613.

Thursday 15th - 18th August - Airbourne Eastbourne International Airshow

At Eastbourne Seafront & Western Lawns. Eyes turn to the skies for the 27th year of Eastbournes International Airshow between 15-18 August 2019! The incredible four day airshow on Eastbourne’s stunning seafront takes place from 10am each day, featuring some of the best RAF and international flying display teams! The packed flying programme usually starts at about 12:00pm each day and ends around 5pm. However just because the flying finishes at around 5pm, don’t leave the show then as there is still lots to see and do in the military trade exhibitions and FREE film screenings each day! For daily flight times, please purchase an Airbourne Programme.

Thursday 15th - 18th August - Airshow Seats

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 01323 410611. Reserve your place and avoid the crowds. It’s a great place to relax, chat and enjoy the flying displays. Seating area exclusive to ticket holders, three areas to choose from. Excellent, uninterrupted views across the flying display line. Come and go as you please knowing you will have a seat to come back to. Seats are available from 11:00am to 5:30pm.

Thursday 15th August - Sense and Sensibility

At Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe Rd, Tenterden TN30 7NG 6.30-8.50pm. Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles. This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak. Tickets available online and from the property 01580 762334.

Thursday 15th - 17th August - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm Sat. Mat. 2.30pm. Following the spectacular success of Oliver! in 2017, and Grease in 2018 which both received outstanding reviews, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is our 17th Summer Youth Project and is directed for the third year running by “serial Hastings panto legend” Ben Watson. 01424 62288

Friday 16th August Little Mix Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to the UK’s finest girl-band with breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK. This is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and it’s suitable for all ages! 01323 410611.

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‘From Hollywood to Hailsham!’


family movie, shot right here in local locations by awardwinning director Howard J Ford who’s previous film, released by Hollywood Studio Sony Pictures, beat multi Oscar nominated ‘Carol’ and Sean Penn’s ‘The Gunman’ to the title of Best Independent Film of 2016 at the National Film Awards! His latest film Adventure Boyz (Rated PG), is all about getting us off devices and out there having real-life adventures and features numerous local locations including Herstmonceux Castle, Arlington Speedway Stadium, Eastbourne College and many recognisable landmarks and surrounding downs. The film has already enjoyed a hugely successful screening at the Cannes Film Festival and will now be screening every Friday morning at The Hailsham Pavilion Cinema. Starring Harry Potter’s infamous ‘Death Eater’ as a villain, Howard also cast his own children as the Adventure Boyz themselves plus hundreds of locals as ‘Supporting Artists’, it’s fast garnering a reputation as ‘The Goonies’ meets ‘Home Alone’ and a celebration of the local area, so we highly recommended this oneoff opportunity to see it on the big screen! Book now at: Adventure-Boyz/ (Friday 26th July - 30th August, 11am starts, £7.50 adults, £6.00 Children). Adventure awaits...

Friday 16th August - Hits of Motown with Roy G Hemmings

alongside Jinx Monsoon, Farrah Moan as well as YouTube sensation Biblegirl.

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. £24. Original Drifters member Roy G Hemming’s brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic Labels Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic, in one action packed Show. 01323 802020.

Sat. 17th & 18th August DragWorld UK

At Olympia, London. Last year, DragWorld UK hosted more than 20 queens, including fan favourites from throughout Europe and the US. There were special appearances from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Sat. 17th August - Take That Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Take That Experience show gives you the very latest Take That favourites as well as all the classic songs from the past including Back For Good, Relight My Fire, Could It Be Magic, Patience, Shine, Rule The World, Up All Night, Greatest Day and The Flood. 01323 410611.

Sat. 17th August - Back to Bacharach

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 8pm. Critically acclaimed Back to Bacharach with their West End cast and the amazing musicianship of the Magic Moments Orchestra are proud to present The Very Best of Burt Bacharach celebrating “The Hitmaker” behind one of the greatest American songbooks of the 20th Century.

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Sat. 17th August - Peppa Pig: My First Concert

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 12 noon, 2pm & 4pm. a fun, interactive introduction to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older. 01892 530613.

Sat. 17th - 18th August - Truckfest

At The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY. There will be entertainment and attractions to suit every taste including fairground rides and Main Arena action. World famous Monster Trucks and stunt driver will thrill crowds with their daring tricks and not forgetting special celebrity guests! 01622 872068.

See page 30 for main ad and Ticket Offer. Sat. 17th August - Bexhill Record Fair

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. From 10am. Free entry with 1000s of records for sale including many rarities and bargains. DJs throughout the day.

Sat. 17th August - Chris Anderson Swing Tribute

At The East Hastings Sea Angling Association. Opp The Lifeboat, Hastings. See page 5 for details.

Sat. 17th August - Rye & District Country Show

At ELM Tree Farm, Icklesham TN36 4BH. On the A259. 9.30am - 4pm. Horse Show, Dog Show, Donkey Show, Classic Car Show, Country Fair with stalls and attreations. Army parachute display.

Sat. 17th & 19th August - Ariana Grande Plus Special Guests Ella Mai & Social House

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Part of her Sweetener World Tour. 0844 856 0202.

Sunday 18th August - Bus Rally

At The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE. Tenterden Town Station will be the setting for a rally featuring more than a dozen vintage vehicles, offering free rides to a number of local destinations. 01580 765155.

Sunday 18th August - Luther

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. £25.50. Many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band. 01323 802020.

Sunday 18th August Aloha from Hawaii starring Gordon Hendricks

At The indigo at the O2, Docklands, London. 7pm. Gordon Hendricks as ELVIS Presents The Spirit of ALOHA from HAWAII in Concert. 0844 856 0202.

The Observatory Science Centre Activities during the school summer holidays Daily and regular activities: During the school summer holidays, in addition to the interactive hands-on exhibits, there will be daily telescope tours and our spectacular ‘Einstein 100’ science show (times may vary) plus our popular Eco Zone. All of these are included in your admission price. We will also have regular planetarium shows throughout the summer for which there is a small additional charge. Children’s workshops (BOOKING ESENTIAL) Our half and full day children’s workshops offer a wide range of activities that are both fun and educational. For more information, please visit the website.

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Celebrate the Spectacular Magic of the Past England’s Medieval Festival is a one-of-a-kind, three day immersive experience held at the stunning location of Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. Many of the 15,000 visitors return year after year now bringing their own children to experience this unique blend of history and fun. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why grandparents, couples and even the pet dog love the festival; and why many now choose to stay and camp all weekend. As well as the amazing atmosphere, visitors enjoy thrilling Jousting, spectacular battles, grand parades, falconry, archery or a wander through the medieval shopping market and the living history villages. Meet traditional crafts people, and take part in workshops like blacksmithing, arrow making, brass-rubbing, chain mailing and mead making. The Buxom Wench, Knight’s and Jester’s Taverns serve up traditional ale and brilliant entertainment; and there is an array of fantastic food including Hog roast & BBQ turkey legs. A full line-up of traditional and modern music from renowned folk musicians in the evenings, is joined by theatrical performances and the hilarious Theatre in the Mud. Kids Kingdom is a world of mini medieval fun, with shows and workshops alongside the Robin Hood Adventure Forest area, Witches Circle and Princess/Warrior schools. All set within the beautiful castle grounds, the festival offers a fantastic day out or a unique camping weekend. (24, 25 & 26 August Bank weekend).

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A Celebration of Land and Sea is a FREE event at Sovereign Harbour over the August Bank Holiday weekend

overeign Harbour Yacht Club at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour is, once again, pleased to be able to present their third annual Celebration of Land and Sea event. Starting on the evening of Friday 23rd August with one of the UK’s leading David Bowie tribute acts, this FREE family event boasts a brand new, all-weather Entertainments Marquee, BBQ Area and Bar and a host of local car, motorbike, motor-home and boat dealers displaying over 80 of their very latest models. The event is held over the four days of the August bank holiday weekend and is run for charity with a percentage of the proceeds going to help the local Eastbourne lifeboat.

There is a wide-ranging live music schedule with great local bands, musicians and DJ’s playing under-cover every day, so a perfect place to grab a drink and chill-out with some live and local talent! The What’s-On schedule on the website also shows a local art show, children’s face-painting and a Meet and Greet a Greyhound event on the Monday. Visitors to the event will also be able to try their hand at dinghy sailing in the harbour and will be able to watch the on-sea racing regatta from the nearby beaches. The event is FREE for ALL visitors with plenty of on-site free parking and this year, the new

all-weather marquee means that no live music performances will need to be cancelled due to the ‘summer’ weather! So, if you fancy a FREE family event over the Bank Holiday then check-out the SHYC website at: www.shyc. for the full What’s-On schedule and make a date to celebrate all aspects of the land and the sea at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. A Celebration of Land and Sea starts on Friday evening on the 23rd and runs until Monday 26th August. The event opens at 10.00am daily. Please see website for more details.

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Truckfest South East returns to the Hop

Farm in 2019 on August 17th & 18th! Expect monster truck action, stunt shows, family fun and hundreds of trucks on show! Plus much more! WE have two family tickets to giveaway to this fabulous event just email your contact details with the subject ‘Truckfest’ to info@ for your chance to win. The lucky winners will be contacted with the good news.

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Monday 19th - 23rd August 1066 Youth Theatre – HOLLOW

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. £5. The acclaimed 1066 Youth Theatre Creative returns to the Stables with a powerful performance designed to showcase outstanding drama, physical theatre and expert storytelling. 01424 423221

Wed. 21st - 24th August - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance as it flies into Brighton.

Wed. 21st August - Photography Course

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Subjects covered during the day include: camera controls and menus, photographic filters, creative use of shutter speed and aperture, white balance, exposure modes, exposure histogram, composition and use of light and colour. 10:30am – 3:00pm. Price: £100pp 01732 865224.

Thurs. 22nd - 31st August The Night Watch

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Set in London in the 1940s, we follow the lives and loves of people recovering from the chaos of war. A story of everyday heroism takes us from a dazed and shattered post-war Britain back into the heart of the Blitz, towards the secrets that are hidden there. Eves 7.45pm. Wed & Sat Mats 2.30pm. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 22nd August - That’ll Be The Day

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. £29.75. This very special edition of the show presents the most popularly requested songs, impressions and comic sketches from over 33 years of touring! Featuring smash hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s. 01892 530613.

Rural Past Times is back again on our usual site, Pestalozzi , Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. 10th & 11th of August, open 10am-5pm each day. This year we have a Fun Dog Show, Ferret Racing, Birds of Prey, Country Craft demonstrations, Pole Climbing, full-size and scale Traction Engines and Construction Corner. Along with our usual displays of vintage commercial vehicles, military vehicles, classic cars, vintage tractors working the land, horticultural equipment, stationary engines, collections, trade stands and craft marquee. We also provide free pitches for local charities, come and meet Kent Greyhound Rescue who are one of the charities entered this year. New this year, on Sunday, we will have Sam Taylor Photography, your children can have their picture taken on a vintage tractor. Also new both days, balloon modelling for the kids. With tractor and trailer rides, a larger variety of food stands, bar and live music. Or bring a picnic and eat it enjoying the views from the top of the site. All profits donated to local charities. In 2018 we helped Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, SERV Sussex (Blood Runners) Cancer Research UK, Ronald McDonald House, Brighton, Chapel on the Hill, Sedlescombe, Hastings Street Pastors, Robertsbridge United Jnrs, and Sedlescombe Youth Club. Adults £6 Children 5-14yrs £1 Info Gill 01424 223572/ - 31 -

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t 1st Choice Inflatables you can choose from over 300 different Bouncy Castles, Inflatables & Games which we have been supplying to private homes, schools, village fetes and businesses throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London since 1997. Our ever expanding range all come with fully compliant safety test certificates and we carry a ÂŁ10 million Public Liability Insurance cover. We aim to bring to the hire sector the very highest

standards in service, equipment and value. We also have fantastic deals on large packages and corporate events. We pride ourselves on our professional approach to all our clients and we are always looking for new products as we want to keep providing you with great quality fun activities. There has never been a better time to start planning your Fun-Day!

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Family Fun this summer at Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds

Creative Midweek Mini Breaks for Women Slipper Camps® is the perfect choice of mini-break, in order to escape the everyday and do something just for you. Take time out to rediscover inner confidence and creativity and feel motivated to try new things! Enjoy an uplifting, ladies only get-away with like-minded women, within a boutique country house hotel in the historic and picturesque town of Tenterden in the heart of Kent. Experience a unique 2, 3 or 4-night break and participate in creative and varied workshops, learn new skills, enjoy country walks and visit places of interest, before returning home feeling inspired and refreshed. Slipper Camps offer full-board packages throughout the year, run during the week, and are based at the boutique and privatelyowned Little Silver Country Hotel. Although there is no such thing as a typical day, the daily Slipper Camps schedule is well structured with breakfast taking place at approx. 8.30am and the first of the day’s activities, usually an expert guided workshop either at the hotel or nearby, commencing at 9.30am until around noon. The afternoon’s activity commences around 2pm which could be either another expert guided workshop or perhaps a picturesque country walk or a visit to a place of interest in either Kent or nearby East Sussex,

Famous for its majestic 15th Century brick castle and beautiful gardens, the Herstmonceux estate is also a great destination for families this summer. There are over 300 acres of woodland to explore that include a large tree swing, wildlife explorer trail, Magic Garden and woodland play area. There is also croquet on the garden lawns plus our new rope maze. Picnic in the grounds or have lunch in our Chestnuts Tea Room which offers children’s lunch boxes. Joint tickets enabling you to also visit The Observatory Science Centre can be purchased on arrival.

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Thurs. 22nd August Anything For Love: The Meat Loaf Story

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £29.50. Steve Steinman, now in his 27th year of performing Meat Loaf’s incredible back catalogue, brings you his brand-new production featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s Grammy Award winning song and No 1 hit the world over I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That). 01323 412000.

Friday 23rd August - OMD Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. Manoeuvres are the UK’s premier tribute to OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark one of the most influential and original bands to emerge from the early days of synth pop in the late 1970’s. 01323 410611.

Friday 23rd August - T-Rextasy

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. £26.50. T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family. 01323 412000.

Friday 23rd August - Be Bop A Lula

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. . . 01424 62288.


o see the very best of locally made design work come to Pashley Manor Gardens, where members of the Sussex Guild will be exhibiting their exquisite crafts in a large marquee in front of the Elizabethan manor house this August Bank Holiday Weekend. You will see spectacular examples of a variety of crafts, including ceramics, creative textiles, furniture, glass, jewellery, printmaking and woodwork. Come to meet the designer makers, buy or commission an individual piece. The special admission price of £9.50 includes entry to the delightful gardens and exciting craft show. For more information about the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Pashley Manor Gardens and other events visit the Guild Shop, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP Tel: 01273 479565. www.thesussexguild. For more information about Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE See:

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Battle Scarecrow Festival Until 4th August

The theme of the 11th annual Scarecrow Competition is SHOWTIME! The world of theatre and musicals. Follow the scarecrow trail around town then cast your vote for your favourite scarecrow.

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Beer and Beast Festival 24th &25th August 2.30-9.30 Come and join us at The Eight Bells in Hawkhurst for our very first ‘beer and beast’ festival being held over the bank holiday weekend in August…

Lots of wonderful Live Music

A huge selection of local ales to try A chance to meet the local brewers producing wonderful beer in our area.

Hog Roast & BBQ. The Eight Bells, The Moor, Hawkhurst, TN18 4NX, www., 01580 389039

Friday 23rd August - The Importance of Being Earnest

At Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe Rd, Tenterden TN30 7NG. 7.30pm. Performed by just 3 actors, this “Trivial Comedy for Serious People” is a fast-paced, one-act adaptation that will truly demonstrate “the truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Back by popular demand after their sellout show at the Barn last year. 01580 762334.

Friday 23rd August - Fabaret

At The White Rock Theatre, (Sussex Studio) White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7pm. an evening of fabulous entertainment, raising money for a fabulous local charity. The show will feature Musical theatre, Jazz, Drag and more, from local and national acts. There will also be a luxury raffle compiled of products and services produced locally. 01424 62288

Friday 23rd & 24th August - Children’s Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

At Leeds Castle, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RG. Imagination runs wild in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family. Gates open at 5pm with access to the event lawn from 5.30pm and the play begins at 6pm and finishes at approximately 8pm, with a 20 minutes interval. You’d be mad to miss it! 01622 765400.

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Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August - FLORAL FANTASY

Little Common Village Flower Club is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a Flower Festival in aid of local charities at St Martha’s Church, 77 Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill, TN39 4SL (Saturday and Monday 10.00am4.00 pm, Sunday 25th 11.00 am-4.00 pm). Entry £2.00, under 12’s free. Contact: 07990 970177

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August Englands Medieval Festival

At Herstmonceux Castle, Nr Hailsham, East Sussex. the most authentic, one-of-a-kind medieval themed festival in Great Britain, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacle of medieval times. Enjoy the thrill of Knights Jousting; Twice daily Battle and Siege of the Castle; magnificent Grand Parades; highly-skilled Falconry displays; Hundreds of Craftsmen and Traders; a Kid’s Kingdom; Crafts & Games areas; Workshops & Demonstrations; Minstrels, Magicians; Jesters; Hog Roasts and even a hilarious Mud Show! See page 28.

Saturday 24th August – Lipstick On Your Collar

Friday 23rd - 26th August - A Celebration Of Land and Sea

At Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour A festival of cars, boats and FREE family entertainment - all 4 days - all welcome. See page 29 for details.

Saturday 24th - 26th August Brede Flower Festival

At St. George’s Church, Brede. Saturday 24th August from 10am to 5 pm Sunday 25th from 11 am to 5 pm and Monday 26th from 10 am to 5 pm, Refreshments, Stalls, Grand Draw, Visits up the Tower. Free parking. See main advertisement on page 29.

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 7.30pm. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s! 01424 62288

Saturday 24th August – Mad Professor Presents Roots Daughters Sister Aisha, Sandra Cross

At The White Rock Theatre, Sussex Studio, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 9pm-2am. Live Dub from the UK finest Dub Master - support from Earl Gateshead, Dan Wiltshire and Mighty Sounds.

Saturday 24th August – Show-Tunes By The Sea

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF Sit back and listen to some of your old favourite show tunes and be introduced to some new exciting ones that are set to light up the West End stage in the coming months. 01323 802020. Continued P.50

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The Summer Party Presented by Serpentine Galleries & Chanel All Pictures by What’s On Magazine


osted by Michael R. Bloomberg, Hans Ulrich Obrist, CHANEL and Sir David Adjaye, The Summer Party, the Serpentine’s celebrated annual fundraiser, took place in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery. The Party celebrated a summer of exhibitions by pioneering artists at the Serpentine, with both Faith Ringgold and Luchita Hurtado, alongside the inauguration of Junya Ishigami’s architecture Pavilion. The Serpentine Galleries and CHANEL partnered for the third consecutive year to create a truly immersive party experience, with visuals and interactive installations by Es Devlin, JR and Google, amongst others. Bringing together guests from the worlds of art, architecture, design, fashion, music and film to raise funds for the Galleries’ world-renowned

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architecture, exhibitions and live events programme. Es Devlin’s rotating stage sculpture played host to a DJ set by Grammy award winning producer Mura Masa, followed by a live performance from Olly Alexander of Years & Years. Google Arts & Culture, another long time collaborator of the Serpentine Galleries, will bring AR photography to this year’s party. Guests will be able to create collages using the app Weird Cuts, created by artists Molmol Kuo and Zach Lieberman with support from Google Arts & Culture. The collages will become part of an eclectic live artwork displayed throughout the evening. JR premiered his latest installation ‘I in Eye’, 2019, a monumental immersive installation of an eye. Resembling a 2-d

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print of an eye, as guests approached the work they realised they could enter it through the pupil and had the opportunity to take a picture of themselves within the eye with their mobile phones. Catering was provided by Cellar Society, while Coco’s Restaurant offered guests a seated dining experience, serving up Stone Bass with grilled artichoke and nettle risotto. Coco’s bar served up Casamigos Margaritas, Slingsby gin cocktails and Whispering Angel alongside shaved Zucchini, lemon ricotta ravioli and chargrilled beef fillet small plates. Guests were also treated to Taiwanese steamed buns provided by BAO London, kimchi and Mexicanstyle plant based bowls from Notting Hill’s Farmacy and Japanese mochi from Little Moons.

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erpentine Galleries Bridging two sites and multiple worlds in London’s Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine is an open landscape for art and ideas. Building on a half century of programming excellence and attracting up to 1.2 million visitors in any one year to its internationally acclaimed exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes, the Serpentine continues to evolve and respond to a changing world, offering a platform for experimentation, forging connections across disciplines and bringing a global audience closer to art and artists. Summer at the Serpentine 2019 The Serpentine Pavilion 2019 will once again be a platform for COS x Serpentine Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual programme of experimental and interdisciplinary evenings that takes place on selected Fridays. Practitioners in the fields of art, architecture, music, film, theory and dance have been commissioned to create new, site-specific works in response to Ishigami’s design, offering unique ways of experiencing architecture and performance. Recipes for Change on selected lunchtimes, invites community groups, artists, activists, writers and architects to form connections through food inspired by the ideas behind the Pavilion design. The Architecture Family Pack and Programme, sponsored by COS, will give children and their families the chance to explore the Serpentine Pavilion from playful and original perspectives. This year, alongside the Pavilion, the Serpentine presents Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s The Deep Listener, an augmented reality installation that immerses visitors within the complex ecosystems that circulate around the Serpentine Galleries park setting. Kudsk Steensen was selected from over 350 entrants as the first Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission, a global open call for new forms of architecture in the field of advanced technologies. Serpentine Augmented Architecture in collaboration with Google Arts Culture and Sir David Adjaye OBE. Eleanor Tomlinson

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Garden Services Saturday 24th - 26th August – Cheese & Wine Weekend

At Planters Farm Shop – North of Hurst Green on A21 – TN19 7QS Local, Lyme Bay and Fine Italian Wines to Try, Local and English Cheeses to Try. See page 41.

Saturday 24th – ELO Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. 01323 410611. The ELO Encounter recreate the sound of the Electric Light Orchestra, a symphonic force majeure and unique fusion of driving rock and classical strings.

Saturday 24th – 26th August - Notting Hill Carnival

At Notting Hill, London, W11. The festival is filled with free open-air performances and always joined by a massive parade with live and recorded music, dancers and performers. Follow the event on: Twitter: @NHCarnivalLDN Instagram: nhcarnivalldn FB: NHCarnivalLDN

Saturday 24th & 25th August Proms Spectacular & ABBA Revival

At Hole Park, Rolvenden. Gates open 4.30pm. See page 7.

Saturday 24th - 26th - Bexhill Art Society Annual Exhibition and Sale of Members Paintings

At The De La Warr Pavillion Studio. 11am-5pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun & Mon. See page 33.

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Saturday 24th - 26th - 4th Annual Westfield Beer Festival

At The New Inn, Main Rd, Westfield. Beer, Gin, Rum and Pimms Tent. Live music every day. See page 38 for details.

Ash Dieback – it’s time to start looking up!

Saturday 24th - 26th August - Festival Of Transport

At Broad Farm, Hellingly, E. Sussex BN27 4DS. 10am-5pm all 3 days. Steam Engines, commercial and military, motor cycles, cars, buses & tractors, models & bygones. Trade stands & auto jumble. Beer / catering tent. See page 27 for full details.

As Ash dieback (caused by a fungus known as Hymenoscyphus fraxineus), sweeps across the Southern Counties, Danson Tree Care, is urging people to pay close attention to their ash trees. This chronic disease can be identified by looking out for signs of deterioration in the tree in the form of leaf loss, lesions appearing on the bark and stem and perennial cankers. “Ash dieback is terribly sad. Previously beautiful, healthy trees can become very dangerous. However, if spotted and dealt with promptly, an emergency tree removal can be prevented.” Commented, Nick Danson, Owner of Danson Tree Care Ltd.

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Saturday 24th - 26th August Military Odyssey

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. Celebrating its 19th show, Military Odyssey is back, with groups covering a vast period of global history, including Romans, Vikings, Medieval,

show. Regardless of your historical knowledge, there is bound to be something for you. Gates open 9.30am (Pre paid tickets 9am) - 5.30pm Arena events commence 10am.

Saturday 24th August Beyond The Barricade

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. £26.00. Celebrating a fantastic 20 years touring in 2019, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending or course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. 01323 412000.

Napoleonic, the American Civil War, the Wild West, World Wars I & II, Vietnam right up to the present day. Over 4,000 re-enactors and living history enthusiasts will be in attendance as well as over 250 stalls, Military Odyssey is the world’s largest multi-period re-enactment

Battle Trees Improving the view of your garden is, undoubtedly, one of the pleasures of enjoying your outdoor living space. We provide professional, reliable and cost effective tree care and garden maintenance solutions to suit all budgets. Previous work includes complex tree

Saturday 24th August - Dreamboys

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 01892 530613. 7.30pm. The Dreamboys, the

surgery and landscape garden site clearance. With over 15 years tree surgery experience, our knowledge of tree surgery and management is second to none. Working with residential and commercial clients in the local area, we are committed to ensuring our customers trees are managed responsibly and

UK’s most famous girls night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2019.

Saturday 24th - 26th August Teddy Bears Picnic

At The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, E. Sussex TN22 3QL. Our Teddy Bears Picnic is the ideal bank holiday day out – with bear hunts, games, prizes and fun for all the family. And there’s free travel for all children who bring their favourite teddy! You can pre-order your picnic and collect from the Bessemer Arms Restaurant at Sheffield Park costs TBC, or bring your own. With our all-day train ticket, you can hop on and off the steam train as much as you like. We have picnic areas at: • Sheffield Park along the river side • Horsted Keynes overlooking the station • Kingscote in our tranquil paddock with children’s play area. Each of these stations host a refreshment outlet and there will be napkins on offer. 01825 720 800

safely. We take great pride in getting the job done whilst preserving the health and well being of the trees and their surrounding environment. We appraise every Tree on its own merit and base our pruning recommendations based upon the tree’s condition, the tree type, the tree size, and of course our clients requirement.

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Sunday 25th August FINA-ALI with Ali Baba + Special Guests

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6pm. Ali Baba, full name Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor and most notably the unofficial ‘Godfather’ of comedy in Nigeria. He has been a professional stand up comedian for the past 30 years and has in the last few years received several awards, including Comedian of the Decade at the National Daily Awards 2009. 0844 856 0202.

Sunday 25th August - Michael Buble Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne.8pm. with Kevin Hill Jnr This show pays tribute to Canadian crooning legend Michael Bublé. With the Bublé songs, the Bublé suit and a voice to die for, Mycool Bublé will put on a show never to be forgotten. 01323 410611.

Sunday 25th August - Roni Size Exclusive Influences set. All day beach - side party

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 2 – 11pm. Age restriction: Recommended age 18+/U14’s accompanied/parental guidance advised. Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him. 01424 229111.

Sunday 25th - 26th August - Bushcraft Bank Holiday

Sunday 25th August - Len Phillips Big Band

At The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. £20. Tracing the history of Jazz from Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, we celebrate a century of Swing. From the golden age of Basie, Miller, Ellington, Goodman and Ted Heath, through to current artists Harry Connick Jr and Michael Bublé. We’ll pay tribute to legends Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald along the way. 01323 412000.

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG Tel: 01892 870307. 10.30am-6.00pm. Settle in beneath the yurt and learn invaluable skills to make your camping adventure truly magnificent! Whether it be how to cook campfire meals scrumptious enough to give the tin of beans a shove, how to whittle and build your own equipment, or even the best knots to use, the experts at Camp Wilderness will show you how!

Monday 26th August - Skunk Anansie

At Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE. 7pm. £30. Skunk Anansie were born radical and have stayed that way ever since. It’s there in their music, which slips effortlessly between the confrontational and the tender, the politically charged and the nakedly emotional, the upfront and attention-grabbing and the quiet and restrained. 01273 709709.

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arden Gems was originally formed 13 years ago as a plant nursery at Wakehams Farm in Fairlight. The plant nursery although now firmly established has limited expansion space, and with increased family involvement led to the opening of a new garden centre at Salts Farm, Rye in April this year. Many of the plants are sourced from local suppliers and they also grow their own at their Fairlight nursery. A local delivery

service is now available and a website for selling products online is part of future plans. Salts Farm also boasts several other businesses, including Salts Farm Shop & CafĂŠ which offers locally sourced produce, and Beryls CafĂŠ serving a variety of food & drink including the best all day breakfast in Rye. The site has ample free parking and is easily accessible from the A259 opposite the Camber turning.

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Monday 26th August - Bexhill 100 classic & custom car show

The Polegrove, Brockley road, Bexhill on sea, east sussex, TN393HA. 10:00 - 16:00. A display of over 500 cars, 40 trade stands & children’s fairground rides.

Monday 26th August RHS Pruning Techniques Course

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Beginning with a scientific approach by looking at stem and root structure this will build the foundations for skilled pruning. Tools, timing and techniques all feature, with specific attention paid to plants that require pruning during the summer months to enable everyone to practice the techniques of pruning. 10:30am – 3:00pm. Price: £75pp (includes lunch) 01732 865224.

Monday 26th August The Illegal Eagles

Monday 26th August Folk Dance Remixed

At The De La Warr Pavillion, on the terrace, Bexhill On Sea. An inclusive, accessible, funky and fabulously fun outdoor performance and workshop. Fusing iconic English dance with contemporary street styles creating a fresh mix of hip-hop beats and traditional folk tunes. FREE. 12.30 + 2.30pm Step Hop House. 1.00 + 3.00pm Street Dance the Maypole. 01424 229111.

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD. Described as ‘flawless’ by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity. 0844 856 0202.

Tuesday 27th August - Performance Summer School for Adults

will be explored and directed and will then be performed in a showcase at the end of the week. 01424 423221.

Tuesday 27th August Making Theatre 4 day Course

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD. 10 – 16 year olds will spend the week with West End and Broadway performers, exploring acting, writing, directing, singing and movement to create a unique piece of theatre. 0844 8717615.

Tuesday 27th August New Jersey Nights

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD. 7.30pm. Featuring four great singers, perfect harmonies, stylised costumes, a rockin’ live band and amazing dancers Jersey Nights delivers all of the Four Seasons hits, including: Sherry, Rag Doll, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Silence is Golden, Oh What a Night and many more. 0844 871 7615.

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August, 10am-4pm. Performance Friday 30 August at 7.30pm. £120 members · £140 non-members. This will involve a week of focused work, acting exercises and direction on your choice of material. This can include monologues/duologues/songs which

Tom’s Groundworks - It is all change in 2020 for septic tank regulations – not a topic at the top of your ‘must read’ list, but if you live in a rural property, it might need to be. There is new legislation which will be enforced by the Environment Agency from the 1st January 2020. You may need to swap your septic tank for a sewage treatment plant. Tom’s Groundworks are experienced at installing these and will provide you with a free written quote and talk you through the legislation. This

is a job that will not be best left until the winter months. You can find us on the My Builder website at who verify all our references and insurance cover. We have the experience of running large scale projects such as new builds and extensions down to retaining walls, patios, driveways and bespoke garden walls. We can carry out demolition work and have our own crusher to turn rubble into a useful aggregate for reuse on site or elsewhere.

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RHS Hampton Court 2019


he RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking delivered a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace in July. With an abundance of beautiful gardens and plants on display, the festival brought together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants alongside plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love. Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary offered a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria. Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden took you on a journey of the body, mind and soul. Medicinal planting reflected its transitions while herbal, aromatherapy and meditation workshops complemented the garden’s therapeutic qualities. This year’s Show Gardens also promoted the positive impact of plants. Teaming up with first time designer Aleksandra Bartczak, Crest Nicholson created a small public park dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing. The garden was divided into a community space and a contemplation area to encourage reflection and allow neighbours of all ages to come together.

Presenters Chris Packham and Micheala Strachan pose with garden designer Jo Thompson on the BBC Springwatch Garden

Duchess of Cambridge shows RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon and Sue Biggs RHS Director General, her “Back to nature garden”

Dancers perform on the “Thames Flourinshing Future Garden”

Actresses depicting Pagan white witches pose in the Naturecraft Garden

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HEALTH & BEAUTY A regular (55minute) Pilates class really benefits people who spend most of their day sitting. Think of it as a body M.O.T. The classes consist of gentle exercises done on a mat in either a sitting or lying down position. The main focus is an awareness of the spine, correct posture and breathing, core strength and flexibility. The outcome of this is a balanced body which is strong and supple, flat stomach, balanced legs and a strong back. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We run various classes through the summer, so if you have done Pilates before with us you can book in for our drop in summer classes. See our timetable on our website. Induction/Beginner Classes: Thursday 22nd August at 5.15pm Tuesday 3rd September at 9am & 7.30pm Meditation Class August 10th at 2pm We have a light & airy studio, several treatment rooms and a free car park.Please like us on www.facebook. com/TheBodyJunction to hear about our special offers and taster days. Call us for more info or visit our website

Wednesday 28th August - The Drifters

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 0844 871 7615. The Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades. If you love the classic 60’s sound, then The Drifters have a show for you! Full of their classic hits from the last six decades!!

Wednesday 28th & 29th August - The Big Bounce

At The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JX. 01424 62288. A giant inflatable activity playground and assault course. A variety of areas suitable for young children and more adventurous big kids too! Ideal for children aged 2 – 12. Book your place in advance as session numbers will be limited. Sessions will run in two hour time slots.

Thurs. 29th August - A Tribute to Jojo Siwa & Ariana Grande – The Bows & Bunny Ears Tour

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7pm. With replica costumes, amazing dance routines, and sensational vocals, this show has everyone singing and dancing from start to finish!

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Thurs. 29th August - Abba Mania

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 7.45pm. ABBA Mania is now accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 29th August - HMS Pinafore

At Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe Rd, Tenterden TN30 7NG. This is a tale of mismatched love across different social classes. Josephine is the captain’s daughter and has fallen for lowly sailor Ralph. Yet her father has other ideas. 01580 762334.

Friday 30th August - Neil Diamond Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. Singer and guitarist Bob Drury with his band as A Diamond Experience, described as the UK’s ‘Voice of Neil’, celebrates the life and work of this musical legend. Featuring iconic songs from a hit filled musical career. 01323 410611.

Friday 30th August - Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 7.45pm. Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael. 0844 871 7615.

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Town and Country Homecare Our aim is to help people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to asssist those who need help due to frailty, disability or illness to live as independently as possible with comfort and dignity. Between us we have a combined total of 80 years experience in the care industry and it is our mission to provide a high quality, reliable and responsive service tailored to the unique needs of each service user. Our Private Care Service is able to provide a package of care, tailored to suit an individuals exact needs. This could give you or your relative many more years of living at home, at a fraction of the cost of living in a care home. Our staff are all DBS checked, fully trained and can help with both Personal Care and/or Domestic Care. We welcome Service Users who are privately funding their care as well as Service users who receive a Direct Payment or use the Kent Card. Our “Private Care Service� business looks after more than 150 service users in their own homes, whilst continuing to provide seervices to both Kent and East Sussex County Councils. Call today and make your life just a little bit easier

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Friday 30th August - RHS Flower Pollination And Fertilisation Course

At Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. 10:30am - 3:00pm. £75pp (lunch included) Learn about hermaphrodites, monoecious and dioecious flowers, stigmas, styles, sepals and petals. 01732 865224.

Friday 30th August - 1st Sept One Love Festival

At The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6PY. One Love Festival


returns to The Hop Farm for 2019. With a laid back, chilled out vibe come and enjoy live music acts over the weekend. Reggae, dance, peace and love abound. Find out more here: 01622 872068.

Friday 30th August - 1st Sept Weald of Kent Country Craft Show

At Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG Tel: 01892 870307. 10.30am5.00pm. The Weald of Kent Country Craft Show is located in our parkland, outside of the main house and gardens. Visit www.thecraftshows. for more information and to pre-book your tickets. Returning to the Parkland for the popular Autumn Show, the September Weald of Kent Country Craft Show is a fantastic day out for all the family and features bundles of entertainment, workshops and music! For

lan Gannon and his family have been working in and around the funeral industry locally for some years. Alan saw an opportunity to start his own independent family run funeral directors in the local area, after seeing the amount of families who struggled to meet the ever rising costs of a funeral (currently averaging approximately £4469 in the South East). Alan says “ Its not about how much you spend on a funeral, its about the people who are involved” Alan prides himself on being the only person you will be dealing with at every stage of the arrangement, and contactable whenever you need him “Some families need more time than others, having my own funeral directors means I can give as much time, and care to each family as required” For Alan the importance of being able to deliver a funeral at an affordable cost without compromising on quality or professionalism is key “I have created a funeral package which is affordable to everyone, however if you wish to add to it you can”

those who are really organised, the show is also a great spot for early Christmas Shopping and inspiration!

Friday 30th August Steam Hauled Real Ale Trains

At The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE. With some of the finest micro-brewery real ales, normally including one from each of our neighbours the Old Dairy Brewery and the Rother Valley Brewing Company, our Real Ale Trains are an evening to remember! The train of 1950’s era corridor carriages, which includes wheelchair user access in ‘Petros’, will be ready for boarding at Tenterden town Station from 6.30pm. Departing at 7.00pm, your choice of meal is served as the train travels to Bodiam. 01580 765155

Alan Gannon & Sons also offer direct Cremations Direct cremations have always been around but are now increasing in popularity due to its simplicity and cost. This is aided with celebrities such as david bowie and author Anita Brooker opting for this. A direct cremation is where a deceased is transported from the mortuary directly to the crematorium within a few days following the death. It is a minimalist option, whereby there are no attendance, procession, or ceremony. A direct cremation should not be considered a ‘Cheap Funeral’, simply it removes the constraints and stress of making prompt formal decisions. This then allows families to arrange more fitting memorial service or reception at a time, and place more suited for all to attend, if desired. Alan Gannon & Sons believe in compassion, a personal service and putting families first. Alan says “I’m in a position of trust when families are at their most vulnerable. Something I hold with high regard, I cannot let them down”.

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Friday 30th August - 1st September Continental Circus Berlin

At The Kent Event Centre, Detling, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF. From the producers of the Moscow State Circus and Circus Extreme comes the incredible and jaw dropping Continental Circus Berlin. With an array of brilliant Circus acts, music & real youthful energy, enjoy an international Production packed full of comedy, foot-juggling, daredevils, magic & aerial acts, including the Motorbikes inside the Globe of Death!

Friday 30th August - 1st September - Meatopia

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF. Join top chefs from around the world for a weekend of meat, drink, fire and music. Now in its seventh year, Meatopia UK boasts a fully curated menu of exquisite, one-off dishes, all cooked over fire by some of the world’s most sought-after and critically acclaimed chefs. Meatopia 2019 will bring brand-new dining experiences and dedicated areas devoted to the importance the high quality, ethically sourced ingredients. Not just about the fantastic food, Meatopia 2019 will also feature an eclectic line-up of live music, headline DJs, informal workshops and live chef demos from the Cutting Room stage. This event is one for the epicurean calendar.

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Birds of a feather...


o there I was, in a rain forest off the west coast of Africa. The last thing I expected to see was a beautiful woman clad in a flimsy leather loin cloth holding a pint of Guinness. Well I didn’t ............... but I did see this cracking little Kingfisher. “Principe Malachite Kingfisher”

Allan ..... Feathers Wild Bird Care

Saturday 31st August - George Michael Tribute Show

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. Beyond Faith is a brilliant spectacle and journey through the Musical Legend’s hits. George Michael is portrayed by twice ‘National Tribute Award Winner’ and runner up ‘Best British Male’, Paul Grant-Reason. Together with his incredible band and backing singers, Paul’s talent, insight and attention to detail creates a show capturing George’s live work with the respect a dignity it truly deserves. 01323 410611.

Saturday 31st August - The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John

At The Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton. 7.458pm. charting the rise to fame of one of the biggest selling artiste of all time. Combining breath-tak ing vocal and piano per formances, flamboyant costumes, a dazzling light show all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals. 0844 871 7615.

Holistic Veterinary Care Are you looking for a more natural way to help your animal stay healthy, or get back to health? Vicky Payne is an experienced, qualified Veterinary Surgeon offering scientifically proven complementary therapies to all companion animals. Herbal medicines, acupuncture, diet, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and physical therapies are used to help your companion back to health. She will work with your Vet where conventional drugs are needed, finding her therapies often increase the effectiveness of conventional drugs, or limit their negative effects. Vicky is a COAPE trained behaviourist and is taking on cats and dogs with behaviour problems. Vicky offers home visits and holds regular clinic at Companion Care Eastbourne (01323 649315).

Saturday 31st August - An Evening with PPaul Gascoigne

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF 7.30pm. From £25. At this unforgettable evening, “Gazza” will talk about his career and life on and off the pitch. Don’t miss this great night of entertainment, hearing stories and tales from one of the UK’s most colourful, well-loved football legends. 01323 802020.

Saturday 31st August - Neil Diamond Tribute

At The East Hastings Sea Angling Association, (Opp The Lifeboat). See page 5 for details.

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ituated in Peasmarsh Village, close to the harbour town of Rye in East Sussex, Peasmarsh Place is the former Country House of the Devonport Family, and now provides a luxurious residential care setting for Older People who need care and support away from home. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with well maintained grounds, yet with today’s levels of internal style and decorating, the house is warm and inviting in appearance. Peasmarsh Place provides stunning views across the Sussex countryside. Afternoon tea is served in our lovely lounge and on the terrace; meals can be taken in our dining room or in your own room.

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Our highly trained and experienced carers, led by our expert care management team are on hand 24/7 to ensure that all of your personal care needs are met. Supplemented with input from the local district nurse team, you can be assured that you or your loved ones can live safely and happily with the specialist and caring help that you need.

We also offer Day Care services that ensure that families can leave their loved ones for short breaks, respite stays or single days, assured in the knowledge that all of their needs will be met by our team. We would be pleased to show you around our wonderful facilities - please contact us to arrange a suitable date and time.

Our Chef is experienced and applauded for her tasty and delicious meals, whilst our housekeeping team ensure that your home is cleaned to the highest standards. A range of social activities is available to ensure that both mind and body remain stimulated.

Telephone: 01797 230555 Web: Peasmarsh Place is Registered and Regulated by The Care Quality Commission and is rated as GOOD through a recent inspection process.

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What's On Magazine August 2019  

What's On in Kent and East Sussex plus major London exhibitions and trade fairs. Celebrity features, restaurant guide and social events.

What's On Magazine August 2019  

What's On in Kent and East Sussex plus major London exhibitions and trade fairs. Celebrity features, restaurant guide and social events.


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