What's on magazine february 2014

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WHAT’S ON February 2014



Julia Bradbury Exclusive

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What’s On February 2014 Until Sat. 1st March. - Candide

At the Meniere Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU. Leonard Bernstein’s joyous musical comedy. A whirlwind adventure that seeks to prove ‘life is happiness indeed’. 0207 3781713.

Sat. 1st Feb. - Henrietta The Hippos Fun House

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 10.30am. Join the Royal Hippodrome’s mascot, Henrietta Hippo in her funhouse with the funhouse gang for games, music, dancing and much more. £4 if pre booked. 01323 412000.

Sat. 1st Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

On the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 1st & 2nd Feb. - Diesel Train Service

At the Bluebell Railway. This service will only operate between Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead. 01825 720800.

Sat. 1st Feb. - Robertsbridge Village Market

At the Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge. 10am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 1st Feb. Chris Wood and special Guest Grace Petrie

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At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Chris writes traditional songs with heart and soul and is joined by Grace whose passionate and politically aware songs have been applauded by the likes of Billy Bragg. Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 1st - 11th Feb. - Taylor Swift

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Appearing on 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 11th February. Seven-time Grammy award winner Taylor Swift brings her blockbuster show The Red Tour to The O2. 0844 8560202.

Sat. 1st Feb. - Great Lantern Workshop

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 10.30am - 4pm. looking for children aged 10 – 18 years to make a giant lantern for a parade on Saturday 8 Feb – 4.30pm. kayleigh.minihane@tunbridgewells.gov.uk


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February 2014 House and Home P.2 - 15

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Health, Fitness & Beauty P.16 & 17 Rye Scallop Feature P.18 - 21 Travel P.21 - 29 Julia Bradbury Interview P.22 - 25 Fashion, Leisure and Gifts P.28 - 31 Food and Drink P.32 - 39 Garden Services P.40 - 43 Cirque Du Soleil P.15

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Listed Property Show P.32

Wedding Services P.48 Pet Services P.49 Wildlife P.50 & 51 Dinghy Show P.31

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Until Sun. 16th Feb. - Cirque de Soleil Quidam

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. A dazzling show with astonishing acrobats, awe inspiring aerial acts. Unique lighting and elaborate set design. 0207 589 8212. Quidam celebrates the nameless passerby, the person living lost amidst the crowd in an all-too-anonymous society. Quidam (pronounced key-dam) is a story of the one who cries out, sings, and dreams within us all. A tribute to those faceless strangers we all are to one another, evoking the joys and sorrows of everyday life. See page 15.

Sun. 2nd Feb. - Bolshoi; Lost Illusions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. (3 hours). Live transmission from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet. 01892 678678.

Sun. 2nd Feb. - The Counsellor (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Cert. 18. Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy have joined forces in this gripping thriller, which stars Michael Fassbender, Penlope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. 01892 678678.

Sun. 2nd - 4th Feb. - London Edge (Trade)

Sat. 1st Feb. - Gravity (Cert. 12A)

At Olympia National Hall, London. This is the perfect trade show for retailers looking for unapologetic, distinctive statement fashion, footwear and accessories. www.londonedge.com

Sat. 1st Feb. - Colin Fry

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Tickets £19.90 to £26.40. The award-winning production Let’s Hang On takes you on a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. 0844 871 7677.

Sun. 2nd Feb. - Lets Hang On

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Two stricken astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) are cast adrift in space; their shuttle is holed and useless, its interior full of floating corpses, and Houston steadfastly refuses to copy. 01892 678678.

Sun. 2nd Feb. - Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra - Lara Melda

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. 01424 462288.

Sat. 1st Feb. - Russell Kane

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. The Jedward-haired, award-winning Russell Kane is the same, and he returns with a new, blisteringly big-small show. A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff ’ The Evening Standard . Tickets £17.50. 01892 530613.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. Tickets: £13, £16, £19 & £22. MacCunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood. Chopin - Piano Concerto No 1. Bruckner - Symphony No 4 ‘Romantic’. 01892 530613.

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Sun. 2nd Feb. - Chinese New Year 2014

At Earls Court 2, London. This is the place for corporate travel buyers and bookers to meet over 200 suppliers, from global brands to exciting new start-ups, and discover the newest travel, accommodation, technology and traveller service solutions. www.businesstravelshow.com

Come and welcome the Chinese ‘Year of the Horse’. The biggest celebrations outside of Asia. The fun starts at 10am with parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue. There’ll be floats, Chinese lion and dragon teams and more. There’ll also be free performances from noon with music, acrobatics, martial arts, magic and more. Trafalgar Square’s programme will kick off with the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, plus a host of visiting artists from China. www.thelondonchinatown.org.uk

Tues. 4th Feb. - Paul Carrack

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £29.50, £39.50 first four rows. Christened as ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’ in a recent BBC4 documentary, internationally respected British singer-songwriter, Paul Carrack, the voice of pop classics such as How Long, Tempted, The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and many more. 01892 530613.

Mon. 3rd - 8th Feb. - Thriller Live

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Direct from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 5th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Performance times vary. 0844 871 7677.

Tues. 4th Feb. - La Boheme

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Featuring the celebrated Chisinau National Opera & Philharmonic Orchestra with international soloists. Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features lavish sets and costumes. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a colourful carnival scene, gypsy dancers, a local brass band, real snow effects and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance. £21 to £23. 01323 412000.

Mon. 3rd Feb. (and 25th) - Wildlife Walks

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. 10.15am. Join the Wildlife Warden for a fascinating morning walk around the estate with the chance to ask questions and see the castle’s wildlife in it’s natural habitat. We recommend bringing binoculars if you have them. Cost is included in normal entry. 01622 765400.

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Tues. 4th Feb. - Saving Mr Banks (Cinema).

Thurs. 6th Feb. - Carmen

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 11am, 2pm and 8pm. 1961, and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) launches a final attempt to persuade author P. L. Travers (a magical Emma Thompson) to sign over the screening rights to Mary Poppins. 01892 678678.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7,.30pm. Tickets: £33, £31. Concessions £2 off. Russian State Ballet and Opera House PresentsBizet: Carmen Performed to a Large Live Orchestra. After sold out performance of Swan Lake last season, the same producers brings to you a world class opera, Carmen. www.amande-concerts.co.uk 01892 530613.

Tues. 4th Feb. Sheffield Park Opens Early for Photographers

Thurs. 6th Feb. - The Upstairs Tour

At Sheffield Park and Garden, near Uckfield from 9am. A special early opening for photographic opportunities.

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Find out more about the State & Battlement Bedrooms at Leeds Castle, which are not open to the public. See the rooms preferred by King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson during their stays. £5 per person (price is in addition to entry fee). Tours start at 11.30am and last one hour and must be pre-booked online. Key to the Castle tickets are also required. www.leeds-castle.com

Wed. 5th Feb. - West End Trip - Les Miserables

Leaving from the White Rock Theat, Hastings at 4.30pm. 01424 462288..

Wed 5th Feb. - Rye Farmers Market

At Strand Quay, Rye every Wednesday from 10am - 12 noon.

Wed. 5th Feb. An Afternoon with Roy and Debbie Hudd

Thurs. 6th Feb. - Philomena (12A)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. The film is a bittersweet comedy, a compelling narrative of human love and loss, and a heart-breaking story that ultimately celebrates life. Nominated for 4 British Independent Film Awards; Best British Independent Film, Best Actress for Judi Dench, Best Actor for Steve Coogan, Best Screenplay for Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. £5.00. 01424 229111.

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. Come and join Roy Hudd and his special guest for an afternoon of anecdotes, secret name dropping, fun and wonderful memories from a man whose career has spanned 55 years in TV, radio and Theatre. 01323 412000.

Wed 5th Feb. - Fill the Void

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells (Cinema). 8pm. Cert U. In Hebrew with English subtitles (original title Lemale Et Ha’halal) Director: Rama Burshtein. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 6th - 9th Feb. Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show

At Earls Court One, London. Whether you want to kayak across the majestic Li River in amongst Guilin’s unique karst mountains, observe a leopard and her cubs whilst on safari in the Serengeti, soak up the sun on the white beaches of St Lucia or snorkel along the glimmering Great Barrier Reef, there really is something for everyone at Destinations. www.destinationsshow.com/london See page 22 - 27.

Wed 5th Feb. - Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £27.50. The Zombies, Animals and Friends, The Yarbirds, Spencer Davis, Maggie Bell. With this amazing line-up that had 37 hit records in the UK charts for over 300 weeks, you are guaranteed an unforgettable night.

Thurs. 6th Feb. - Rolvenden Farmers Market

Thurs. 6th Feb. - David O’Doherty (Comedy)

Every Thursday at St. Mary’s Church, 10am - 12 noon.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The recipient of the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award and inventor of the last remaining swimming stroke, The Squid (on back, feet first), has written a new comedy show with both talking and songs. No Scrubs. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 6th Feb. - Top of the World

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. £18.50. Karen Carpenter Tribute Act. 01424 462288.

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Fri. 7th Feb. - Leave Hitler to Me Lad

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7pm. family musical - Book by Haley Cox and Music by Ben Pringle. Duck Egg Theatre Company. Brian’s Dad is a war hero and he’s coming home any day! 01892 678678.

Fri. 7th - 9th Feb. - Wedding Fair

Sat. 8th Feb. - Philomena (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Dame Judi Dench is on award-worthy form in this warm, thought-provoking drama about an elderly Irish woman who vows to find her son fifty years after giving him up for adoption. 01892 678678.

Sat. 8th Feb. The All New Chicago Blues Brothers Review

At Glow Bluewater, Upper Hall. Fri. 5pm - 8.30pm. Sat. and Sun. 10am 5pm. 150 suppliers. www.theweddingfayres.com/bluewater

Fri. 7th Feb. - Stone Cross Community Market

Held every Friday from 10am - 12 noon except Bank Holidays. In St. Lukes Centre, Stone Cross, BN24 5BB. A varied selection of stalls, food, plants, jewellery, crafts, gifts etc. Cafe on site. 07902 222149.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Comedy Club

At the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. Doors 8:00pm Comedy 9:00pm Suitable for ages 17 and over. Ticket Prices: £10. Compere: Martin Coyote. 01323 412000.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Stargazing Evening

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham with the Eastbourne Astronomical Society. 6pm - 8pm. Adults £2.50. Children free. Telescopes on the Barn Terrace. Static display, talk, cafe and childrens activities. 01323 844224.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Hellfire Comedy Night

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. 01424 462288.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Art Exhibition

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. Fridays 10am - 12.30pm. Saturdays 10am - 4pm continues until 29th March. Free entry. Work by local artist Valerie McClean.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Bexhill Farmers Market

At Devonshire Square, Bexhill on Sea. Every Friday at 8.30am - 2pm.

Fri. 7th Feb. - Brede Farmers Market

Sat. 8th Feb. 23rd April Jerwood Collection Revealed

At the Jerwood Gallery, Stade Open Space, Hastings seafront. 20th and 21st Century British art exploring the history and personal stories of the collections development.

Sat. 8th Feb. - An Evening With Aggers

At Battle Memorial Hall, High Street, Battle at 7pm. Join BBC’s Test Match Special Commentator Jonathan Agnew who will be talking about his life in cricket and tales from beyond the boundary. Tickets £21 with proceeds donated to St. Michael’s Hospice. 0845 680 8906.

Sat. 8th & 9th Feb. - Strictly Come Dancing Live

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Saturday 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Sunday 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Starring a selection of dancing celebrities from the recent television show, which is due to start soon, it will also feature a panel of judges marking their performances. Glitz, glamour and breathtaking choreography 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Steve Hewlett and Friends

At Brede Village Hall every Friday from 10am - 12 noon.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Live Music - Emperor the Stag

At the Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. The show brings you the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies, plus other classic Blues, Funk, Motown and Soul tunes in a unique style that captures the sound, energy and persona that propelled the original Blues Brothers into the phenomenon that still thrills audiences throughout the world today. £21. 01323 412000.

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne at 7.45pm. Playing tracks from their debut album. Tickets £4.00 in advance. £5.00 on the door. 0845 680 1926 or from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre or on line at www.undergroundtheatre.org.uk

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Eastbourne’s very own Steve Hewlett, fresh from his stunning appearance on Britains Got Talent, now embarks on a major theatre tour with his hilarious friends. 01323 412000.

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Sat. 8th & 9th Feb. - Longbow Archery

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, Ashford, Kent. Experience archery in the beautiful grounds of Goddinton House with the fraternity of St. George Archers. www. longbow-archers.com/reservations.html

Sat. 8th Feb. - Breakfast at Trinity’s

At the Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells. from 10.30am. Enjoy a breakfast with free entertainment. Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou are a husband and wife duo. This November they released their third album in consecutive years. 01892 678678.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Headcorn Farmers Market

At the New Village Hall, Headcorn from 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Winter Lantern Parade

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Annual Tunbridge Wells Winter Lantern Parade 2014. Make lanterns, flags and musical shakers ready to join in the parade later in the day. 10am – 10.30am: Flag and shakers workshop for children aged 3-6yrs. 11am – 11.30am: Flag and lantern workshop for children aged 7-10 yrs. To book a space on either workshop please email kayleigh.minihane@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Sat. 8th & Sun. 9th Feb. - Peppa Pigs Big Splash Chimneys (Individual fires & stoves) have been supplying and fitting stove and fire place equipment for over 40 years. During this time they have built up a wealth of experience in all aspects of the heating industry, from the building or modification of fireplaces to the lining or building of chimneys and fitting of stoves. In addition they specialise in the supply and fitting of range cookers fuelled by wood, m/f, oil, or gas. With their wealth of experience and expertise you would expect a good and professional job with a minimum of fuss and this is what you get. The advice they give is always straightforward, practical and most importantly, dependable.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 1pm and 4pm Sat. 10am and 1pm Sun. 01892 530613.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

At Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells outside the Town Hall from 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 8th & 9th Feb. - Kids for a Quid

At the Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead Stations.

Sat. 8th Feb. - The Bon Jovi Experience

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. “The Bon Jovi Experience” is an outstanding tribute to Bon Jovi. They are the only Bon Jovi tribute band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself! Tickets £16.50 and £17.50. 01424 462288.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Stonegate Farmers Market

At the Village Hall, Stonegate from 10am - 12 noon.

Sat. 8th Feb. - Hailsham Farmers Market

At the cattle market site, Market Street, Hailsham from 9am - 12.30pm.

Sun. 9th Feb. - Antiques and Pop Up Vintage Fair

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. With capacity for over 600 dealers, handling a vast range of products, including porcelain and china, furniture and objet d’art, medals, toys and many, many more items. The fair is also choc-a-bloc full of handpicked, quality, vintage traders who offer a wide range of genuine vintage goods. From ladies & menswear, both designer and affordable, to a stunning array of vintage jewellery, fashion accessories, haberdashery, retro furnishings, homeware, vintage posters, antique maps, collectables, curiosities and more. http://popupvintagefairs.co.uk/

Sun. 9th Feb. - Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble Concert

At Vinehall School Theatre, Robertsbridge. Works by Mozart. Ravel, Bach, Saint-Saens etc. Tickets and details on 01580 883092.

Sun. 9th Feb. - Kill Your Darlings

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm and 8pm. Daniel Radcliffe comes of age with a defining performance as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg. Cert. 15. 01892 678678.

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Woodstock Fires are now stocking The NEW ESSE EL 13AMP electric range cooker. It features an ideal combination of iconic style and energy-efficient performance. Electric range cookers from ESSE combine beautiful, traditional design with modern controllability. The EL13 has two ovens, a grill, cast iron hotplate, induction zone and plate warming cupboard. It can be used in a ‘slumber’ setting to provide swift heat up times or simply used as an on/off appliance, and each cooking area is independently controlled. With its (patent pending) energy-efficient design, the EL 13AMP compares favourably to other appliances. You can simply plug it into two 13amp sockets.

Sun. 9th Feb. King Midas & other Greek Myths

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2.30pm. Can Dionysus save Midas from himself? Follow the story of Midas and his Golden Touch from wishful thinking to gilt-edged guilt. Audience participation a-plenty in this and a few other original adaptations of ancient myths. Ages 4+. 01892 678678.

Sun. 9th - 11th Feb. - Pure London (Trade)

At Oympia Grand Hall, London. Pure London is the most comprehensive womenswear event in the UK, showcasing footwear, accessories and ready to wear collections from over 1,000 mid to high-end brands and designers. Over 300 new brands from across the world are added to the show each season. Held in line with the global fashion calendar, Pure is expected to attract 10,000 buyers this season alone. www.purelondon.com

Sun. 9th Feb. - Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 2.45pm. Barry Wordsworth conductor. William Dutton from the Yehudi Menuhin School Violin. Prokofiev Classical Symphony. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Haydn Symphony No. 104 (London). Haydn’s London Symphony is at the pinnacle of the Classical Symphony style. Having just conducted a Haydn symphony over one hundred years later, Prokofiev loosely emulated the style in his First Symphony written as the Russian Revolution was ending. Tickets £10 to £33. 01273 709709.

Mon. 10th Feb. - Hedge Laying Course

At Sissinghurst Castle Garden, near Cranbrook from 9.30am. Tickets £45. Learn the art of hedge laying with this hands on course led by our ranger team. Refreshments provided throughout the day. Booking Essential 08442491895.

Mon. 10th Feb. - An Audience with Nigel Farage

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £21.50 With UKIP riding high in the polls, Nigel Farage is asserting that his party will change the face of British politics. In an age of colourless bureaucrats, he is a politician who is now impossible to ignore, provoking controversy and admiration. 01892 530613.

Tues. 11th Feb. - Morning Photography

At Sheffield Park and Gardens from 9am. Catch the gardens early for great photographic opportunities. Special opening.

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Tues. 11th Feb. - I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Join Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. £23.50, £25.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 11th Feb. - Marius (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 11am, 2pm and 8pm. French actor and director Daniel Auteuil’s passion for the works of Marcel Pagnol now sees him tackling the Marseille-born master’s acclaimed Marius/ Fanny/Csar trilogy. Set and shot in Marseille’s historic Old Port, the story revolves around ageing bar-owner Csar (Auteuil), his itchy-footed seafaring son Marius, and the beautiful young Fanny. ‘Marius’ is the first instalment. 01892 678678.

Tues. 11th - 15th Feb. Derren Brown: Infamous

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Tickets £39.90 - £48.90. The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the stage in 2013 with his new one-man show Derren Brown: Infamous. The show promises to demonstrate once again why Derren is one of the world’s most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control. 0844 871 7677.

Tues. 11th Feb. - Eastbourne’s Tea Dance

At Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 2pm - 5pm. £5.00.

Tues. 11th Feb. - Parkland Walks

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. A guided walk around the magnificent Castle parkland highlighting unusual wildlife en route. Meet at 11.30am outside the Castle Shop. Please ensure you have suitable footwear and clothing. Not suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with walking difficulties. This walk is included with your Key to the Castle ticket.

12th Feb. Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Turner, who was chosen as the first act for the opening ceremony at last year’s London Olympics, will be playing at The O2 with his band The Sleeping Souls. 0844 856 0202.

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Trim Feet Podiatry offer complete professional treatment, offering appointment times to suit everyone. Feet are one of the most active parts in the human body, they go everywhere with you and take part in everything from shopping to sporting activities, therefore at Trim Feet Podiatry we believe that your foot care should not only be seen as a treatment but a lifestyle choice, maintaining general foot health and preventing future mobility and joint problems.

Wed. 12th Feb. - ROH Cinema: Don Giovanni

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 6.45pm. Live transmission from the Royal Opera House, London. Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy Don Giovanni offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. 01892 67678.

Wed. 12th Feb. The History of King’s Brothers & Potts Limited

A talk by Graham King at Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road, Hastings at 7.30pm. £1.00. 07709 235308.

Wed. 12th - 15th Feb. - Birdsong

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat Mats. 2.30pm. Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. Set in pre-war France. “It left me choked up and blinking back the tears at the end.” **** The Daily Telegraph. 01323 412000.

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Rye Scallop Festival The 12th annual Rye Bay Scallops Week takes place 15 - 23 February 2014

Celebrate the Scallop! If you’ve never watched a scallop race then you could be in for a real treat as the ancient Cinque Ports town of Rye, East Sussex heads towards its 11th Rye Bay Scallop week. The hilarious What a Load of Scallops race sees teams running around the town with barrow loads of shells, competing for the acclaimed Scallop Trophy. This is just one of the dozens of quirky events organised to celebrate the delicious shellfish for which Rye is justifiably renowned.

A host of scallop-themed events are planned for the festival which runs from 15th to 23rd February 2014. Details of cookery schools, shucking demonstrations, tastings, quizzes and themed music nights are all featured on the website. Many thousands of scallops will be served in the restaurants of Rye during the festival in a variety of exciting ways. Webbe’s seared scallops with caramelised apple, black pudding and cider sauce is a great favourite and international themed scallop dishes will feature at The Ship Inn’s, Scallops of the World Unite evening. The famous Mermaid Inn is featuring butter-poached, smoked and pan-fried scallop dishes on its menu, whilst Simply Italian promises a scallop themed risotto. Webbe’s at the Fish Cafe will be running its popular Scallop School where you can learn to prepare and then devour six scrumptious courses including dishes such as carpaccio of scallop and scallop cerviche. A fun night of Scallop Bingo will be on offer at the cosy Standard Inn during the Rye Bay Scallop Week and there will also be a fun Scallop Quiz for seafood aficionados and anyone else keen to test their shellfish and general knowledge. Once, medieval Rye reserved its wonderful fresh mackerel, sole and whiting for the King and the royal court but now its domestic fishing fleet at Simmons Quay at the easterly entrance to the town is proud to land fish daily for Rye and its visitors. Scallops are one of the main “catches” at this time of year and the season is short but they are at their absolute succulent best in February. Celebrate the scallop by visiting Rye during the festival and try them for yourself. Please see http://scallop.org.uk

The Rye Bakery is a family run business and has been established for over 100 years. The present owner has been running The Rye Bakery for nearly 25 years. The bakery has a staff of 44 and make regular wholesale deliveries to over 90 regular customers. Trade enquiries are always welcome. Please call in to The Rye Bakery where you will find only the finest Artisan breads and pastries made everyday as well as coffee, tea and sandwiches to eat in or takeaway.

Wed. 12th Feb. - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tribute band. Having performed 500 major concert shows to over a half a million fans around the world they return to the UK to present a spectacular new stage production celebrating the music of the legendary rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac. Tickets £22.50 to £32.50. 01892 530613.

Wed. 12th Feb. - Time to Dance

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 6.30pm. Time to Dance festival 2014, produced by E Youth Dance Company in conjunction with Hastings and Rother School Games Partnership. £5.00. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 13th - 15th Feb. - Hastings Contemporary Youth Dance Co. presents Beyond Words

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. An evening of innovative original contemporary dance. 01424 423221.

Thurs. 13th Feb. Charity Concert Headlined by LAWSON

At the Indigo2, Docklands, London. Lawson have had a whirlwind year as their debut album Chapman Square was released in October 2012 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart. To date the band has also achieved five top 20 hit singles. 7pm 0844 8560202.

Thurs. 13th Feb. - Open Stage Night

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. Hosted by musical duo R ‘n’ R, aka, Richard Walder and Ron Turner. All talent welcome. Musical or otherwise. Free entry. Open from 7pm.

Thurs. 13th Feb. - Barb Junger

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Hard Rain (the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Mesmerising The New York Times. 01892 678678.

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Events During Rye Bay Scallop Week 15th - 23rd February 2014 • Win a Mini for the Weekend Throughout Rye Bay Scallop Week • Brede Farmers’ Market Friday 14th and 21st February 2014, 10am - 12pm • The Mercurials @ The Queen’s Head Friday 14th February 2014, 8:30pm

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• The Big Blue Band @ Ypres Castle Inn Friday 14th February 2014, 9:30pm • Scallop Demo and Luncheon at Webbe’s Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd February 2014, 11:30am - 3pm • Scallop Tasting @ Simply Italian Saturday 15th February 2014, from 12:30pm • Scallops on Stage @ The Ship Inn Saturday 15th and 22nd February 2014, from 6:30pm • Talisman @ The Queen’s Head Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:30pm • 1066 Rockitmen @ The Pipemakers Arms Saturday 15th February 2014, 9pm • Scallops and Sabrage @ The Rye Lodge Sunday 16th and 23rd February 2014, Midday • Tour of the Ancient Port Sunday 16th February 2014, midday • Tener Duede @ Ypres Castle Inn Sunday 16th February 2014, 7pm • Webbe’s Scallop School Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Monday 24th February 2014, 9:15am - 3:30pm • Rye Farmers’ Market Wednesday 19th February 2014, 10am - 12pm • Fisherman’s Scallop Taster @ Rye Farmers’ Market Wednesday 19th February 2014, 10am - 12pm • Penguin @ The Queen’s Head Thursday 20th February 2014, 8:30pm • Modern Day Music Hall with the Rye Wurlitzer Friday 21st February 2014, 6:45pm • The Fabulous Red Diesel @ Ypres Castle Inn Friday 21st February 2014, 7pm - 9pm

Lorrimer Photographic is run by a very enthusiastic and friendly professional photographer, trained in wedding photography and with 15 years experience in this type of photography. Our aim is to provide a friendly and efficient, high quality service that caters to each couple’s individual needs and tastes. Your wedding photographs are the main memento after the day is over and we discuss and agree in detail each couples requirements before their big day. This is to ensure that the images that we capture on the wedding day are exactly to the couples requirements. We can also help with the planning of the wedding day and will often visit the wedding and reception venues with the couple before hand. Lorrimer Photographic carry full professional insurance for wedding photography.

• Scallop Bash @ Landgate Bistro Friday 21st February 2014, 7pm • Ryesingers Gilbert and Sullivan Concert Saturday 22nd February 2014, 7:30pm • What a Load of Scallops Sunday 23rd February 2014, 10am • The Desert Turkeys @ Ypres Castle Inn Sunday 23rd February 2014, 7pm

See http://scallop.org.uk

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Australia – A Magical Land ‘Down Under’ With winter upon us, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip ‘Down Under’ with Southern Cross Travel. Australia is a dream destination for many, and with the exchange rate moving in our favour, a holiday in Australia offers great value for money and memories to last a lifetime. For a 3 week holiday, the ‘Aussie Specialists’ at Southern Cross Travel recommend starting on the West Coast in Perth, exploring Rottnest Island and its unique marsupial Quokkas, and driving south to Margaret River. You may like to head north to Ningaloo Reef to see the Whale Sharks, or board the iconic Indian Pacific train, crossing the Nullarbor Plain in style from your luxurious cabin. Break your journey in the garden city of Adelaide, and explore Kangaroo Island – the perfect opportunity to view Australia’s native wildlife in its natural habitat. Continue along the coast, stopping at Mount Gambier and the stunning Blue Lake, and onto quaint Robe and Port Fairy, before joining the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. Spend a few nights exploring the coast and photographing the scenery before arriving in beautiful Melbourne. A vibrant, artistic city set on the river, Melbourne is the perfect spot for a few nights rest whilst exploring St. Kilda beach, visiting the Dandenong Ranges and travelling in style on the city’s historic trams. From here, you may like to fly over to Tasmania, or fly up to Sydney to spend 5 nights enjoying the city and its wonderful views. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in a show at the Opera House and visit Sydney’s many bays and beaches by ferry. From Sydney, travel north to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Kuranda Railway, and the Daintree Rainforest. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the Indigenous culture of Australia, head inland to the Red Centre, enjoying time in Alice

Thurs. 13th - 16th Feb. - The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, is the UK’s largest exhibition for adventurous people. Whether you’re interested in walking, hiking, climbing, camping, photography, cycling, mountain biking, watersports, travel or anything else outdoors - you’ll have a fantastic day out at the show. http://telegraphoutdoorshow.co.uk

Thurs. 13th - 16th Feb. - The London Bike Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The London Bike Show is the UK’s largest cycling exhibition and in 2013 attracted over 38,000 visitors. Whether road cycling, mountain biking, BMX, cycle cross, a family cycle at the weekend or commuting to work is your thing. http://www.thelondonbikeshow.co.uk

Thurs. 13th - 16th Feb. - Triathlon Plus Show

Springs and camping out under the starts at Uluru (Ayers Rock) before flying home to reflect on your wonderful holiday. As specialists in tailor-made holidays, Southern Cross Travel will create a bespoke travel itinerary to suit you. All our staff have lived and worked in Australia, and with over 36 years experience of sending customers ‘Down Under’, the travel experts at Southern Cross Travel are THE specialists for your next holiday! Call 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) or 01797 229200 (Rye) or email Australia@southerncrosstravel.co.uk to make an appointment and discuss your holiday today!

Fri. 14th Feb. - Woodland Walk

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. One of the Leeds Castle Grounds team will take you on a delightful walk around our woodlands. Find out about the history of the woodland, its development since the 1930’s and how we maintain this beautiful part of the estate. The walk starts at 11.30am at the Main Entrance and is included with your Key to the Castle ticket. Please note that the walk is weather permitting.

Fri. 14th & 15th Feb. - The Franchise Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Ever Dreamt of owning your own business? Franchising is a tried and tested method of working for yourself, but not by yourself. Featuring an unprecedented seminar schedule to inform and educate anyone buying, starting and expanding a franchise. www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk

Fri. 14th - 16th Feb. The London Motorcycle Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victorida Dock, London. The Triathlon Plus Show will provide you with everything you need from the world’s of swimming, cycling & running. Not only for experienced triathletes, the show will also be a fantastic experience for individuals looking to undertake their first triathlon. http://triathlonplusshow.co.uk

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. A multistage, multi-event and multi star-studded show that promises to pack the entire world of motorcycling into one massive weekend. The ticket price of just £16 gets you ALL the action, shopping and a chance to see the latest, greatest and hottest new metal for 2014. www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Recorded at the Gielgud Theatre, London and presented on the Big Screen. 01892 678678.

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. 8pm. The Steve Fishwick Osian Roberts International Sextet. Tickets £12. Box Office 0845 680 1926.

At the Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close. A talk by the well known author and lecturer Geoff Hutchinson at 7.15pm. Entry £1.00. Visitors very welcome. (Little Common Horticultural Society).

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra. Enjoy the ultimate romantic war-time drama. 01424 229111.

Fri. 14th Feb. - Private Lives

Fri. 14th Feb. A Benedictine Monk from Bygone Ages

Fri. 14th Feb. - Jazz Night

Fri. 14th Feb. - From Here to Eternity

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Julia Bradbury Dr Julia Bradbury is a television presenter specialising in documentaries and consumer affairs. She is most recognised for co-presenting the BBC’s Countryfile with Matt Baker. Since 2013, Julia has co-presented the BBC One show Fightback Britain with Adrian Simpson, the ITV show Mystery Map with Ben Shephard and the BBC One show Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 with Matt Allwright. JULIA was born in Dublin to a Greek mother and a Derbyshire born father. The family moved back to the UK in the early 70’s and settled in Rutland (the smallest county in Britain). Business interests of both parents also took them to Sheffield where Julia went to school. She took part in the Crucible Theatre’s stage production of Peter Pan, starring Joanne Whalley and Paula Wilcox where she donned a fishtail and got afternoons off school playing a mermaid – Julia’s first professional engagement. After leaving school she moved to London to live with her sister Gina and after a short spell of working in the family fashion business, she followed her dream of working in television. Supporting Julia is Team Bradbury, mum Chrissi, dad Michael and sister Gina. Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. Having taken the helm on BBC One’s rural

affairs show Countryfile alongside Matt Baker in 2009, the show’s ratings have soared to over 8 million viewers. Countryfile reports on rural and environmental issues throughout the UK. Julia is also an accomplished awards host. Julia and Matt Baker extended their partnership beyond Countryfile and fronted BBC1’s Secret Britain, in which the pair explored the hidden corners of the UK in search of the best the countryside has to offer – from deserted beaches to tumbling waterfalls. The show was a huge success, regularly drawing in over 6 million viewers. In December 2010, Julia presented One Born Every Christmas, a live five-part Channel 4 series that provided an intimate and moving look into the maternity unit of the Princes Anne Hospital in Southampton.

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n 2009, Julia supported the Children in Need charity appeal when she participated, alongside Matt, in a unique globetrotting experience, Around the World in 80 Days. The six part series saw six celebrity pairings embark on a mammoth quest to travel around the world in relay race fashion – Julia undertook the Asian leg, travelling through Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. Her efforts for Children in Need raised over £15,000. Julia’s reputation as the face of the outdoors began when she fronted Wainwright Walks, a stunning BBC Four series shot in the Lake District. The programme saw Julia re-tread the footsteps of legendary fell-walker Alfred Wainwright, and has to date spawned three series. Julia has also filmed two additional sets of hiking exploits, in Germany and South Africa respectively. In Climb Britain for BBC1, Julia faced her fears and managed to successfully climb to the top of The Old Man of Stoer – a 60 meter high sea stack that surges from the sea alongside the cliffs in Lochinver, Sutherland. Julia had never rock climbed before and regards this as one of her most frightening challenges.

Additional TV ventures include BBC Three’s Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, already in its fourth series - exploring how our meat makes its way from field to fork; from rearing to the often stomach churning slaughter. Julia’s impressive back catalogue of presenting posts includes a five year stint on consumer affairs programme Watchdog, a posting to Los Angeles as Hollywood correspondent for GMTV, hosting the launch of Channel 5 in 1997, before going on to present Exclusive! for Five, as well as a decade of travel journalism presenting Wish You Were Here for ITV1 and more recently the Rough Guide for Channel 5. Outside of her presenting duties, Julia’s culinary expertise was put to the test with an appearance on Channel 4’s cult hit Come Dine With Me, in which she went head-to-head with Edwina Currie, Christopher Biggins and Philip Olivier. She also sang alongside legend Tony Christie in BBC One’s Just The Two of Us reached the quarter-finals of the second series, and is the current President of The Ramblers Association. What’s On Magazine spoke exclusively to Julia prior to her appearance at this years Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show which opens at Earls Court, London from 06-09 February 2014. www.destinationsshow.com/london Julia, can you tell us about one of your favourite destinations and why you like it so much? I am really in love with South Africa. I have an uncle who lives there and I made friends with a bunch of South African’s when they all lived in London about 15 years ago. I am really lucky that they now live all over the country so I get to whale watch along the garden route in Hermanus, mess around on the beach in Plettenberg Bay and stay in the bush in Limpopo to the north of the country. South Africa has such a wonderful vibe, the pinkest sunsets in the world and a ‘sundowner’ is an essential part of the day. Don’t get me started on the ‘fat cakes’! What style of holiday do most find yourself revisiting and why? In the past few years I’ve hiked across Iceland, in pursuit of the Big E (Eyafjallajokull) volcano, lived with the black bears in Minnesota, encountered Grey Whales along the Baja California peninsula, and travelled up and down the UK camping, exploring and boating. Work is pretty full on, so I enjoy a beach holiday when I’m on down time because it’s an opportunity to switch off for once! That said, on our recent New Year holiday in the Caribbean, we island-hopped by boat and plane, kayaked and I tried a bit of ‘stand-bathing’ on the paddle board. We were in St Lucia and spent a night in the amazing Ladera hotel which is the only hotel I know with rooms overlooking 2 volcanic plugs called Le Pitons and the rooms are ‘open’. You sleep in an open air 3 walled room overlooking this amazing view. It’s located in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit, and ‘drive through’ the volcano as well as taking a sulphur bath at its base. What was your first great travel experience? I went to stay in Greece for six weeks with my cousin Rachel in a little village near Athens, staying at my Yi’s (grandmother) house. We got into all sorts of teenage trouble on the nearby beaches and then travelled to Thessaloniki on the train to find more trouble. I’d like to say we were on an educational tour of historical Greece...but we stumbled across a lot of boys.

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Who/what inspired you to travel? My Father, he opened my eyes to the adventures that could be had walking when I was just six years old in the Peak District. Do you forward plan what you will do or just ‘go with the flow’ when you get there? I have a bit of a check list but it depends on how tired preholiday I am. I don’t want to have a big hit list of things to do if I’m knackered and don’t feel like moving otherwise I feel like a failure! What do you think the UK has to offer that other countries can’t? The UK offers variety and splendor. For such a small country, the UK has some truly diverse and amazing landscapes; from historic London, to the Scottish highlands, the Norfolk fens and rugged welsh coastline. What, do you think, is the most impressive / useful phrase you know in a foreign language? ‘Ek smaak jou stukkend’ - I love you to bits in Afrikaans. It is such a direct language. What is your worst habit as a traveler? Time keeping I think. I seem to always leave things to the last minute including catching trains and planes... And overpacking. Have you had any holiday nightmares you could tell us about? There is a whole list really, from being stranded at a beach on Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands, to getting lost on the way back from the bush in South Africa, running red lights on the outskirts of Johannesburg, leaving behind our bags and filming kit on the run-way in the Caribbean, running into a rhino in the Kruger National Park and vomit on the plane from Jakarta.... What will you be talking about at DESTINATIONS? I will be talking all about my various travel experiences and sharing my best travel stories. How did your book series Wainwright walks begin and do you have more of those or any others coming out in 2014? Long story but it basically came about after a long chat with a commissioner at the BBC and because of my passion for exploring and hiking. What was your most embarrassing experience? I was at a press launch once, and the actress Jenny Agutter arrived. I hadn’t had a chance to research her, so I asked if she would ever consider moving to LA to further her career. At which point she told me she’d been living there for the last ten years. She was okay about it, but I just wanted the ground to swallow me up. What else can we see you in this year? An exciting new series exploring and celebrating the greatness of Britain, its countryside and its architecture, from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace to the Jurassic Coast...

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UK’s Biggest Travel Show Brings the World to London Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show comes to Earls Court 6 – 9 February 2014

an intimate setting. The headliners for 2014 span travel, TV, wildlife, international politics, science, history and photography.

Featuring celebrities, world food tastings, a free travel clinic and 300+ exhibitors

• Author and TV presenter Simon Reeve will be speaking every day at the Destinations Show. Talk times will be published in January 2014. • Award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East Editor, will be speaking at Destinations on Saturday 8 February on the World Entertainment Stage. • TV presenter, globetrotter and known to many as “the face of the outdoors”, Julia Bradbury, will be speaking at Destinations on Sunday 9th February on the World Entertainment Stage. • Award-winning wildlife photographer and guide Paul Goldstein will be speaking every day at the Destinations Show. Talk times will be published in January 2014. • Steve Davey is a photographer and internationally bestselling writer based in London. He is offering expert tuition as part of the show’s Travel Photography Seminars.

Back for the 20th year with a celebrity line up of travel experts including Jeremy Bowen, Julia Bradbury and Simon Reeve. Plus more than 500 brands, performers, expert speakers and food from around the world to make the show the best source of inspiration for passionate travellers in 2014. A number of firsts make 2014 special for The Times presents Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show: • A NEW partnership with MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad), means show visitors can enjoy a free, personalised consultation with expert nurses on what vaccinations they’ll need for their next journey. To receive immunisations and anti-malarials at the show, pre-book an appointment on www. destinationsshow.com from December 2013. • Bringing a touch of luxury, the NEW No.1 Lounge Experience (E190), from No1Traveller.com, will offer complimentary spa treatments and refreshments while visitors contemplate their next adventure and take a moment to relax. Plus, book in to one of their award-winning airport lounges at exclusive discounted prices. • Visitors can get a flavour for different cultures and countries at Taste the World where complimentary samples of world food and drink are available throughout the day. However, if you fancy delicacies including mopane worms, the Extreme Taste Zone is for you - a NEW Taste Zone serving some especially exotic and unusual food and drink samples!

For keen photographers there are Travel Photography Seminars. Covering topics including ‘Introduction to photography’ to the more advanced ‘Seeing pictures & composition, these half-day seminars are a must for those looking to take pictures they can be proud of. Places are £55 each and include show admission. Advance day tickets cost just £11 in advance and kids go free (aged 12 and under). Tickets can be booked online at http://www. destinationsshow.com or on 0871 230 7141 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras). Visitors can also follow show news on Twitter at @DestinationShow www.destinationsshow.com/london

Simon Reeve

• And don’t miss Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine’s ‘Across the Planet’ 40th anniversary feature. Travel around the world in 100s of spectacular photos as Lonely Planet recreates the journey that led to the founding of the publisher 40 years ago - from London to Sydney via Europe, Asia and the wilds of Papua New Guinea. Visitors can also benefit from exclusive 40th anniversary special offers on the stand.


ther key features of the show include the Meet the Experts Theatres which will play host to travel personalities, celebrities and experts offering advice and information in

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Improving your travel photography Steve Davey, host of Destinations half-day Travel Photography Seminars, shares with you some expert advice on improving your travel photography. There have four different photography seminars available at the show, each priced at £55, and cover the following topics: - Introduction to photography - Making Travel Photography Pay - Advanced DSLR Skills - Seeing Pictures & Composition The most effective piece of camera equipment that you can take with you on your travels is your mind! If you want to take great travel pictures on your travels, you have to think! Snap away with little or not thought or creativity, and you will be lucky to come back with anything other than simple record shots. The first thing you need to do is simply to be interested. Interested in the world. Interested in people. Interested in new things, old thing, things that work and things that don’t. Ask your self the simple question: what is it about your subject that makes you want to photograph it. Once you work out your motivation, this will help you know how to take your photograph. Think about what you want to have in the picture and how different things work together. One of the most powerful things that you

can do with your photography is to control your background. Whether you are shooting a portrait or an object, experiment with altering your angle to have a different background. Choose something that is significant to your subject in some way, and says something about it. When you are taking photographs, try to get in close to the action. If you use a wideangle lens, and get in close, you can shoot dynamic images. This will also have the advantage that it will be hard for anyone else to get in your way! Being close to the action will not just lead to more interesting images, it will also give you a more intimate and engaged experience. If you can’t get close to the action then try to get up high. I am not talking about smoking suspicious chillums with Indian sadhus, but look for a high vantage point to shoot down on your subject. This unique viewpoint can almost always create an interesting shot. It is also a great way to accentuate crowds and get a great overview of a city or festival. Travelling with a camera can actually enhance your travel experience, helping you to get far more out of your trip. It will give you the perfect excuse to walk up to interesting people and talk to them.

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Fashion, Leisure & Gifts

There’s nothing like a spot of colour to brighten your mood & put a spring in your step & HALO’S new season collection certainly delivers! Whether you like bright vibrant shades of lime, pink & cobalt blue or more muted shades of stone, grey & navy, you will be spoilt for choice. Textured knits, stripes and Moroccan style prints feature strongly this Spring, all of which work perfectly with jeans which tend to be a staple item this time of year. As ever the friendly staff at HALO are on hand to help & often encourage customers to try a style or colour they hadn’t considered, usually with great results. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a fashion rut & a new season is the perfect time to try out a different look. With VALENTINES DAY this month HALO is full of gorgeous gifts ranging from delicious smelling bath treats through to really unusual & affordable jewellery. The stunning new dresses from “PAPER DOLL” & “LITTLE MISTRESS” are just perfect if you are lucky enough to be going out on a romantic date. Don’t forget HALO offer a wish list service for Valentines Day & Birthdays as well as Christmas!

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Benjamin Brown Vintage adore vintage clothing offering you exquisite styles to stand out from the crowd. A vintage garment offers timeless appeal and a level of craftsmanship which is rarely found in affordable contemporary clothing. If you cannot find an original vintage dress in your size, Benjamin Brown Vintage can create vintage reproductions based on the best designs of the past. Where possible we try to use vintage fabrics, combined with sewing techniques and hand finishing to make our garments as authentic as possible. And each one is handmade in the UK with love… exclusively for you!

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Bowler Crab Productions bursts into 2014 with three new Shakespearean performances at Half House Farm! Fri. 14th Feb. - Sissinghurst Farmers Market

At Sissinghurst Castle near Cranbrook from 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Fri. 14th Feb. - Late Night Jazz

At the Royal Albert Hall, (Elgar Room) from 9.45pm. A special Valentine’s Day Jazz Night with incredible jazz, food and drink.

Fri. 14th Feb. - Killer Queen

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £19. Killer Queen have been performing their tribute to Queen’s concert since 1993. Their expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned Killer Queen the title of Queen tribute royalty. 01892 530613.

Fri. 14th Feb. How To Make A Killing in Bollywood

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. Before he makes the family chippy his life’s career, Raza Khan wants one last shot to make it as an actor. How to do this? Well, for starters, leave Scotland behind for the bright lights of Bollywood. Step two: get rich and famous. 7.30pm. £15. 01323 412000.

Sat. 15th Feb. - Birds of Richmond Park Course

At Richmond Park (Pembrook Lodge) 10am. Includes a 30 minute talk indoors with tea and coffee followed by a two hour walk around the park. £6.00. 0208 940 9114. Booking essential.

Sat. 15th Feb. - February Fit Mix

At Helenswood Sport Centre, The Ridge, Hastings from 9.30am. A day designed for you to have a taste of new activities and to start getting fit this New Year! Take part in an hour long, taster session to really understand what that particular activity is all about - how it works for you and your needs. It is a great chance to meet likeminded people who are thinking of joining or meet those who are already regulars in that activity. 1 Session - £5, 2 Session’s - £8, Unlimited Sessions for - £15 contact Karen or Wendy on 01424 456396.

Join us in April for William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy as Romeo & Juliet fight against their families in the name of love. Romeo & Juliet will be performed Friday 18th - Saturday 19th & Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th April at Half House Farm; doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. What better way to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday (23rd April) than to come and see one of his most renowned plays? Or why not present your Valentine with tickets for the perfect romantic evening? In June, Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night hits our stage as disguised genders, mistaken identities and pranks involving yellow stockings purge a plot of hilarious consequences. Twelfth Night will be performed in June at Half House Farm with evening performances on: Saturday 21st, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Friday 27th & Saturday 28th (grounds open 6.30pm, show starts at 7.30pm) with a matinee performance on Sunday 22nd at 3pm (grounds open 2pm). Finally August will feature the rarely performed play Measure For Measure, Shakespeare’s tradgi-comedy which questions the face of society with explosive consequences. Measure For Measure will be performed in August at Half House Farm with evening performances on: Saturday 23rd, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th & Saturday 30th (grounds open 6pm, show starts at 7pm) with a matinee performance on Sunday 24th at 3pm (grounds open 2pm). Tickets for all three productions are £12.50 each with concessions available or you can now purchase a Season Pass for just £30! Tickets & Passes will be available online from 3rd Feb at www. bowler-crab.com!”

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Sat. 15th Feb. - Wow This Show is Magic

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 2.30pm. See two of the country’s foremost magicians in this newly created stage show for all the family. Doctor Bondini and JezO have been wowing the crowds with their incredible magic, comedy and audience participation for many years in their own shows and now they combine their talents into one amazing production. Tickets £12. 01424 462288.

Sat. 15th Feb. - London International Dive Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The biggest early-season event for scuba divers, the London International Dive Show (LIDS 2014) will feature two try-dive pools, free talks and other in-hall attractions aimed to entertain, inform and inspire experienced divers and newcomers alike. The Dive Shows also deliver an unrivalled programme of free presentations from the world’s top diving speakers. www.diveshows.co.uk

Sat. 15th Feb. Virginia Ironside – Growing Old Disgracefully

At the Underground Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Welcome to the Blue Rinse Mountains of Virginia; a hilarious journey through the joys of being a sexagenarian. According to this doyenne of Fleet Street; unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex, or even better no sex, are just a few of the reasons that your sixties are the best and funniest time of your life. Seats £16.50 and only from 01323 841414.

Sat. 15th - 23rd Feb. - Just Jesting at Half Time

At Leeds Castle and Gardens, near Maidstone, Kent. Local performer “The Crystal Wizard”, as seen on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘Take Me Out’, will be showcasing his circus skills and running fun ‘have a go’ sessions for children to try juggling, hula hoops, plate spinning, diablo and hat tricks. 01622 765400

Sat. 15th Feb. - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Let yourself go with Trinity’s regular Comedy Cafs, bringing you the best of live stand-up comedy. Have a laugh with big names and hot newcomers. Tables on the stage mean you can get upclose and personal to some of the very best acts on the circuit. 01892 678678.

Sat. 15th Feb. - Artist Talk

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Alison Turnbull will discuss ideas behind her new works with Philip Hoare, the author of seven works of non-fiction, including Leviathan or, The Whale, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize in 2009, and his most recent book, The Sea Inside. Free, but booking is essential. 01424 229111.

Sat. 15th - 23rd Feb. - Rye Bay Scallop Week

The picturesque East Sussex seaside town of Rye hosts this seven-day event every February - it’s mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some fo the best in the country. See page 18 - 21.

Sat. 15th & 16th Feb. Down Under Live/Canada Live

At the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington. Emigration expo features specialist exhibitors, experts on every aspect of the emigration process. If a job is what you are searching for, then you’ll find a host of opportunities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, including state sponsored jobs, and both skilled and trades positions. Talk to our recruitment team about finding your ideal job down under! Ticket Prices: £10 in advance, £15 on the door. Tickets available at www.downunderlive.co.uk/tickets.php Under 16’s go free.

Sat. 15th Feb. - Rose Pruning Workshop

At Goddinton House, Goddinton Lane, Ashford, TN23 3BP. Demonstrations of pruning techniques and hands on session covering your climbers, ramblers and shrub roses. 01233 643854.

Sat. 15th - 23rd Feb. - Lets Go Fly a Kite

At Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst, Kent. 10am - 4pm. £2 per kite. Make your very own kite and then head out on the estate to see how it flies.

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Food & Drink

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Sat. 15th Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

On the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm. Open air market on a totally pedestrian area.

Sat. 15th & 16th Feb. - The Listed Property Show

So True, So Delicious is an established Gluten Free Bakery who are now opening purpose built premises at the Britannia Enterprise Centre, Hastings:

Special Opening Offer - 10% discount on all products from 22nd to 28th February 2014

They offer a great selection of both sweet and savoury products, baked with passion and care using only the finest ingredients. In fact they are so delicious they are cakes for everyone not just those on restricted diets. It’s hard to believe the food from owner and chef Keye could be this tasty and still be wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy free but when you discover the hours of time Keye spends in perfecting and testing her recipes, it’s not hard to understand why. Local outlets already stocking or serving products from So True, So Delicious include Merriments, Hope Farm Cottage Farm Shop, Lime Cross Nursery and Seaford Health Food Store.

At Olympia Central, London. If you own, or are thinking of buying a listed building, your first port of call should be The Listed Property Show. The event includes architects, planners, window and door manufacturers, craftsman and “caring” builders as well as information about planning, the law, insurance, VAT, grants, mortgages, reclaimed materials and more. http://lpoc.co.uk/property-show

Sat. 15th Feb. - Keep It Cash

At the assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.50. Keep It Cash celebrate the music of singer, songwriter and author Johnny Cash, who died in 2003. With an inspired line-up of stellar musicians, the band recreate, note-perfect, the musical legacy of Johnny Cash complete with his iconic baritone voice.

Sun. 16th Feb. - Brighton Records & CD Fair

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 9.30am. £2. New and vintage items on all formats. Early entry £5 from 8.30am.

Sun. 16th Feb. - Valentine’s Jazz Breakfast

At St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings at 11am. £8. 01424 442601.

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Sun. 16th Feb. - Pianist Adrian Oldfield

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne at 2.45pm. Programme includes Bach, Brahms, Schumann and Kabalevsky. Tickets £9. 0845 680 1926.

Sun. 16th Feb. - Brian Sewell: The Outsider

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Hugely revered Art Critic for the Evening Standard for 20 years, Sewell talks with great courage, passion, and wit about everything from superb classic cars to the latest fashion in the Picasso/Matisse debate, his great love of the Art and Architecture of Turkey and the lack of Arts funding in the UK. With sharp wit, an unforgettably entertaining delivery, and a tendency to break every PC taboo, he’ll leave you with more than enough to think about. Tickets £12 to £14. 01892 678678.

Sun. 16th Feb. Roy Hudd: Variety Music Hall

Mon. 17th & 18th Feb. - Van Morrison

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 8pm. Van Morrison is a legendary artist with one of the most enduring and consistently impressive careers in musical history. His own distinctive blend of R&B, soul and Celtic influences has earned him many awards, including six Grammys, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a BRIT Award for outstanding contribution to British music. Fans old and new should not miss this opportunity to see him live. Tickets£46.50, £66.50, £76.50. 01273 709709.

Mon. 17th Feb. - The Romans in Sedlescombe

At the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 5pm. Tony Mansi presents, on behalf of The Bexhill Festival of Music, Variety Music Hall. Starring Roy Hudd, Julia Sutton, Peter John, Philip Day & Michael Pearse. Musical Director - Laurence Payne. £14 - £15 01424 229111.

Sun. 16th Feb. Stephen K Amos: The Spokesman

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton 7.30pm. Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Amos is hitting the road with a brand new show for 2013 and sharing with the UK the show which has been a smash hit success across Australia and New Zealand! Expect an evening of fun, warmth, big laughs and audience interaction from the master of feel-good comedy. Tickets £23.90 - £38.90. 0844 8717677.

Sun. 16th Feb. Brighton Half Marathon

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton from 9am. BN2 1TB. Now in it’s 24th year and one of the most popular races in the calendar. Registration £32 for non affiliated runners. www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

Sun. 16th Feb. - Nebraska (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7pm. Cert. 15. Director Alexander Payne (‘Sideways’, ‘The Descendants’) takes the helm for this gorgeous black and white road trip drama laced with bittersweet humour, which stars Bruce Dern (Best Actor winner at Cannes 2013) as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstake, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. 01892 678678.

At Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. 7.30pm. Talk by the Independent Historial Research Group showing how Romans exploited the area. Booking essential. 01424 870444.

Mon. 17th - 23rd Feb. - Kite Flying

At Sheffield Park and Garden near Uckfield. 11am - 12.30pm. £2 per child includes template and all kite making materials.

Tues. 18th Feb. - Early Morning Photography

At Sheffield Park and Garden, near Uckfield. Free event (Normal admission applies). A special early opening at 9am for photographic opportunities in the garden.

Tues. 18th Feb. - Frozen (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 11am and 2pm. Cert PG. Disney’s animated comedy adventure, fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. 01892 678678.

Tues. 18th - 20th Feb. - Puppet Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Meet some different types of puppets and then make your own characters with the help of Julia McLean from Theatre Rotto. 10am-4pm 01424 229 111

Mon. 17th Feb. - Mercury

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. After over a decade on tour, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen. The extraordinary vocal range and outstanding delivery of Joseph Lee Jackson as Freddie Mercury and the intricate guitar work of Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May are backed by superbly crafted harmonies, a driving rhythm section and state-of-the-art, world class production. Tickets £19.90. 0844 871 7677.

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Gig Guide

Black Pearl - 9 George St, Hastings. 01424 719919 Regular Live Music - Call for details

The Six Bells Chiddingly Tel: 01825 872227 Sat. 1st Feb. Elliott Sleeping. Sun. 2nd Feb. - Lunchtime Savannah Tues. 4th Feb. - Folk and Blues Night. Fri. 7th Feb. - Black Tooth Crisis Sat. 8th Feb. - TBC. Sun. 9th Feb. - Lunchtime Jazz Assorted Nuts Fri. 14th Feb. - Tortoisehead. Sat. 15th Feb. - Trailer Trash Sun. 16th Feb. - Lunchtime Jazz Assorted Nuts Tues. 18th Feb. - Folk and Blues. Fri. 21st Feb. - Big Kahuna Sat. 22nd Feb. - Foul Play. Sun. 23rd Feb. - Lunchtime Jazz Savannah Fri. 28th Feb. - South of Saturn. Sat. 1st March - Far Cry Sun. 2nd March - Lunchtime Jazz Savannah The Grey Lady - Pantiles,Tunbridge Wells. 01892 544700 Fri 31st Jan. - Salsa Camina. Sat. 1st Feb. - Hard Lines Fri. 7th Feb. - Bees and the Bird. Sat. 8th Feb. - Glide Fri. 14th Feb. - Groove Agents. Sat. 15th Feb. - Over the Edge Fri. 21st Feb. - Dave Migden and the Twisted Roots Sat. 22nd Feb. - Lex Cameron Band. Fri. 28th Feb. - Salsa Camina

The Bull Inn, 27 High St, Battle. 01424 775171 Saturday 1st Feb Live Music with Slam starting at 9.30pm, (after food) Mon 17th February until Friday 21st February - Half Term - Kids eat free, (Ts and Cs apply). Wednesday 26th February - Food theme night with live music - check our website Wednesday nights are acoustic jammin or jazz and food theme nights Friday nights - Karaoke nights after food service (not on 7th) Sunday 30th March - Mothering Sunday The Royal British Legion, London Road, Bexhill Tel. 01424 435844 First Monday every month - Members and guests always welcome. Creole Jazz plus talented guests from 8pm - 10.30pm. Great traditional jazz, fabulous beer and good company. The Prince of Wales. Tel. 01435 862320 Live Music’ every other Saturday and Disco/Karaoke alternate weekends. Sat 1st Feb: Reggae & SKA night. Sat 8th Feb: Fat Belly Jones Sat 15th Feb: EJ Events DJ & Karaoke. Sat 22nd Feb: Brass Monkeys Sat 1st Mar: Disco. Sat 8th Mar: T16’s

Blues with Bottle Club The Kings Head, Udimore Nr Rye. 01424 882116 The Anchor, London Rd. Sevenoaks TN13 1AS 01732 454898 Regular Live Music - Call for details http://www.blueswithbottleclub.co.uk 1066 Jazz Club - jazz@1066jazzclub.co.uk Wednesday 5 February 9pm - U.S. troubadour bluesman Kent EVERY FRIDAY AT AZUR, MARINA PAVILION, ST LEONARDS ON SEA. DuChaine with Leadbessie (1930’s National Steel guitar). 8pm -11pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Members £8.00 and Guests £10,00 Wednesday 19 February 9pm - The Louis Turpin Trio. Students £5.00 Friday 28 February 9pm - The Barcodes (Alan Glen, Bob Hadrell & Licensed Bar. Large Dance Floor. Special Jazz Club Menu Available. Dino Coccia), £6 on the door. At The Beacon,Tea Garden Lane, Rusthall, For Further Information phone 01424 753784.or visit our website Tunbridge Wells TN3 9JH (food available, tel 01892 524252) FRIDAY 7th Southend Bob and the Gut Bucket Blue Blowers Wednesday 5 March 9pm - Fran McGillivray, Mike Burke & Roger FRIDAY 14th Sussex Jazz Kings FRIDAY 21st Gambit Jazzmen Nunn, free at the Anchor, London Rd Sevenoaks, TN13 1AS FRIDAY 28th Mardi Gras Party Night with John Shillito’s Select Six

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The White Hart, Catsfield A traditional village Bar & Restaurant The White Hart restaurant is now re-open and is well known for it’s traditional home cooked food, you will find an amazing atmosphere whenever you visit. Monday is Curry Night - offering Curry and a Pint for just £5.00. Tuesday is quiz night. Of course there is the ever popular Sunday roast, great value at £8.95. Friday is Pizza Night - A Pizza and a Pint (or glass of house Wine) for £5.00. The White Hart is one of the few pubs in the area which is dog friendly, and makes an ideal stopping off point when you are out enjoying the Sussex countryside. If your planning a night out with friends, discover the new facilities at The White Hart. Accommodation is also available with a self contained Holiday let situated adjacent to the Inn.

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Tues. 18th - 22nd Feb. - Dracula

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 7.45pm Wednesday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm Adapted by John Ginman, this brilliant, theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blends Victorian Gothic with the Contemporary. With specially commissioned live music, powerful ensemble performances and innovative design, Blackeyed Theatre’s Dracula promises an exciting and thought¬provoking theatrical experience. “Wickedly innovative” The Stage. £14.50 - £20.50 01323 412000.

Tues. 18th Feb. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Cert. 12A. There’s been a significant change in the fortunes of our conflicted, resourceful heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) since the starvation days of life in District 12. 01892 678678.

Wed. 19th - Pilates Induction Night

At the Body Junction, 3 Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex. 7.30pm. See main advertisement on P.16.

Wed. 19th - 22nd Feb. Disney’s The Little Mermaid

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. RHT Community Kid’s Production. £12.00 adults, children & concessions: £8, Family Ticket £35 (2 adults + 2 children). Take your children to a magical world “Under the Sea” this half term holiday as they watch the adventures of Ariel as she falls in love with Prince Eric and fights for his love in return.

Wed. 19th Feb. - Brit Awards 2014

At the 02 Arena Docklands, London. Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry have been announced to perform at the BRITs. Set to be the biggest yet, the event will again be hosted by television presenter James Corden live. It is the fourth time The O2 has hosted the BRITs, which has also extended its relationship with ITV for another three years.

Wed. 19th Feb. - The Reduced Shakespeare Co

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Wed. 19th - 21st Feb. - Bully Boy

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At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. An affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as the boys tackle the great theological questions. 01892 678678. At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Professional drama about Falklands War Veteran who is sent to a combat zone to probe allegations of severe misconduct. Tickets £11. 0845 680 1926.

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At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.45pm. The Awards will see a host of star guests perform on the night, including Bellowhead, Suzanne Vega, Clannad, The Fisherman’s Friends and Martin Carthy with Eliza Carthy. Tickets £12.70 - £28.00. 0207 589 8212.

Louisa Sheridan, the Agency’s owner (pictured), has ten years’ experience in Personnel, Recruitment and Counselling. She is a true professional believing in a service of quality, not quantity. If you are single, separated, divorced or widowed and would like a more traditional and personal approach to finding a new partner, then put your faith in Louisa and take control of your future. Many of our clients meet their ideal partner within four introductions.

Wed. 19th Feb. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

You will be pleasantly surprised by our competitive fees!

Thurs. 20th Feb. - Captain Phillips

At the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 7.30pm. Staring Tom Hanks. Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Tickets £5.00 01424 229111.

Thurs. 20th - 22nd Feb. - Dance Till Dawn

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 7.30pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm Fresh from wowing audiences across the country with Midnight Tango, TV’s Strictly Come Dancing favourites VINCENT SIMONE and FLAVIA CACACE are back with a brand new show. Dance ‘Til Dawn will be directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce. Tickets £21.50 TO £34.50. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 20th Feb. - Jackson

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. Tribute show. All-live vocals and music, fabulous costumes and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop. Tickets £20. 01424 462288.

Contact Louisa Sheridan “to the world you may be someone, but to someone you may be the world”

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Garden Services Thurs. 20th - 22nd Feb. Who Do You Think You Are? Live

At Olympia National Hall, London. Who Do You Think You Are? Live offers the opportunity to discover more about your own family history. You can bring your photos, documents and heirlooms for expert analysis, learn how to use DNA in your research and explore over 120 specialist exhibitors. You’ll also be able to listen to celebrities from the television series sharing their own family history story and attend one of the free workshops. http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

Thurs. 20th Feb. - Understanding Wild Flowers

At Victoria Baptist Church, Elden Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Talk by botanist Sue Buckingham for the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Visitors £3. 01323 506540 / 07704 839573.

Thurs. 20th Feb. - To The Manor Born: Manors of the Battle Area 1066 to 1925

At Battle Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. A talk by Christopher Whittick to Battle and District Historical Society. £4 (Non members).

Thurs. 20th Feb. - The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Making the right choice . . . Danson Tree Care would like to warn the public to be careful of people trying to make a ‘quick buck’ out of people’s misfortunes in the aftermath of the storms. Consumers should BE WARY of amateurs, with chainsaws, that will probably blow out of town as quickly as the storm! “The risks of hiring an uninsured tree surgeon include YOU having to take responsibility for damages to your property and possibly your neighbours’ as well as any injuries to the tree surgeons themselves! Even if a tree must be removed, safety and training is still needed to prevent additional damage (to both the tree and your property) from its removal. Like many other professional tree surgeons, we pay thousands of pounds for our insurances and credentials, not just to cover us, but to cover our customers, too. Nick Danson, owner of Danson Tree Care. “We have used Nick Danson for all of our tree surgery and husbandry and his work has always been fast, efficient and, best of all, clean. Our trees are all benefitting from his considerate and caring work.” Graham How, Hastings. Call us to arrange a no obligation quote or search Danson Tree Care on Facebook for more information.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm and 7pm. The second film in the trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) 01892 678678.

Thurs. 20th Feb. - Gipsy Kings

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. France’s most successful group of all time known for bringing their progressive and virtuosic Flamenco pop to the main stream. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 20th Feb. - Ugandan Cultural Evening

At Pestalozzi, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. 6.30pm. Informative displays, performances and tasting regional food. Entry £5 includes plate of Ugandan food. 01424 870444.

Fri. 21st Feb. - Chris and Pui Roadshow

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 2pm. Chris and Pui are coming to town bringing sings, rhymes,toys,puppets and sketches for pre-school children and their families. Encourage your child to join in with their teddy, doll or character toy. 01424 462288.

Fri. 21st - 23rd Feb. - Build It Tool Show

At Glow Bluewater, Lower Hall. Fri. 12 noon to 8pm. Sat. and Sun. 10am - 5pm. The dedicated shop event for tradesmen and DIY ers. Entry £6 on the door but free if pre registered. www.bluewatertoolshow.co.uk

Fri. 21st - 23rd Feb. - National Wedding Show

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. 10am - 5pm. (6pm Sat). Get a seat at the largest wedding Catwalk Show in the UK which offers inspiration with the latest bridal wear, bridesmaid dresses, grooms wear and mother of the bride outfits, all complemented by accessories, hair, make-up and flower ideas to complete your perfect wedding day look. http://www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk

Fri. 21st - 23rd Feb. - Model World 2014

At the Brighton Centre from 10am. Showcasing models of all types with something for children of all ages. 01273 290131.

Battle Mowers is situated opposite the station in Battle. We offer a wide range of New and Second-hand Mowers as well as ride on Tractors. Battle Mowers also services and sharpens all major lawn care products. We have a workshop that can give the back up and expertise required to keep any gardening enthusiast going at all times regardless of the weather.

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Fri. 21st - 23rd Feb. - The Baby Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 9.30am - 5.300pm. Experience the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event; an essential part of the journey into parenthood for over 10 years. Parents and parents-to-be attend for superb shopping & savings, expert information & advice, & above all, a family-friendly fun day out! http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/

Fri. 21st Feb. - Jake Bugg

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. His chart-topping selftitled debut album was released in late 2012 to much critical acclaim and included a string of singles that attracted a lot of radio airplay, including Two Fingers, Taste It and Country Song. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 21st & 22nd Feb. RHS London Plant and Design Show

At the RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycote Street and Vincent Square, London. 10am - 7pm Friday and 10am - 5pm Saturday. Fresh winter colour and early flowering plants exhibited by some of the UK’s best nurserymen and growers with an abundance of bulbs and plants to buy. www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

Fri. 21st Feb. - Monsters University

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2pm. Dir: Dan Scanlon, Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren. £4. 01424 229111.

Fri. 21st Feb. - The Rat Pack is Back

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. The Rat Pack stars David Alacey (Lovejoy), Des Coleman (Lenny in EastEnders) and Paul Drakeley (BBC Musician of the Year). They are joined by The Don Hunt Orchestra (Musical Director for Sir Bruce Forsyth) and The Flamingo Showgirls, who add even more glamour to this swinging evening. Memories really are made of this! £21.90 to £22.90. 0844 8717677.

Fri. 21st Feb. - Festival of the Spoken Nerd

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The phenomenon is back on tour with a brand new show for the insatiably sci-curious. Whether you loved or loathed the school science lab, FOTSN is here to feed your brain, tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. 01892 678678.

Fri. 21st Feb. - Avicii

At Earls Court 1, London. 6pm. This year has been monumental for Avicii, reaching the number 1 position in over 70 countries with “Wake Me Up”. The track also remained on BBC Radio 1’s A-list for an astonishing 10 weeks and has sold over 6 million singles worldwide to date. www.livenation.co.uk

Fri. 21st & 22nd Feb. The Work and Family Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Whether you are working full time or flexibly, returning to work, looking for new challenges, or simply going it alone, this fantastic opportunity will enable you to meet potential new employers, discover flexible working solutions, and expert advice. www.theworkandfamilyshow.co.uk

Sat. 22nd Feb. - Pixar in Concert

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7pm. The Royal Albert Hall will host an exclusive UK Premiere of Pixar in Concert, celebrating all thirteen of the studio’s beloved feature films in a unique and unmissable film and live orchestra event. Visually stunning film clips are shown in high definition on the big screen whilst their memorable scores are performed live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - Gluten Free Bakery Opens

Nicholls bros is a local family run business trading for 50 years in the driveway, construction and surfacing industry. We specialize in all driveway finishes, red & black macadam, concrete, block paving or we can brighten up dull and tired old driveways with our hot tar and gravel bonded surface dressing, for a fraction of the cost of a new driveway. Our complete design service includes all necessary preparation, drainage and edging works. Commercial and agricultural areas, such as car parks and farm tracks are also catered for. For a free - no obligation quotation Phone 01424 838350 E:mail nichollsbros@gmail.com

At unit 7, Britannia Enterprise Centre, Waterworks Road, Hastings. So True, So Delicious opens with a special opening offer of 10% discount on all products from 22nd-28th February. See Page 32.

Sat. 22nd Feb. Slim Chance Play the Music of Ronnie Lane

At the Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham. 7.30pm. Ronnie Lane was a born entertainer and a true troubadour to the day he died. Slim Chance was his band after he left The Faces and this is all the original members. 01323 841414. £19.50.

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Sat. 22nd Feb. - Vintage Toy Fair

At Lock Meadow, Market Hall, Barker Road, Maidstone from 9am - 3pm. Admission £2.00. See page 30. 01622 298159.

Sat. 22nd Feb. London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7.30pm. Berlioz Overture, Le Corsaire Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Brahms Symphony No. 2. Vasily Petrenko conductor. Kirill Gerstein piano. 01273 709709.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - Cranbrook Farmers Market

At the Vestry Hall, Cranbrook TN17 3HF. 9am - 12 noon.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market Outside the Town Hall, Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells from 9am - 2pm.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm: The Paul Dunton Orchestra. 9pm: Jono Harrison + band. 10pm: Freddy Green & A Few Good Folk. 01892 678678.

Sat. 22nd & 23rd Feb. - Build It Live

At Glow Bluewater, Upper Hall from 10am - 5pm daily. Whether building from scratch or updating an existing home, you’ll find all the inspiration, advice and ideas you need to make your project a success. Meet over 100 of the UK’s most innovative suppliers offering 1000’s of products… from architects to lofts, kitchens, underfloor heating, folding sliding doors, mortgages and much more...Plus attend a range of inspiring FREE seminars & workshops which cover specific problems and choices that self builders and renovators face every day.

Sat. 22nd & 23rd Feb. Great Dixter Winter Weekend

At Great Dixter, Northiam. 10am - 4pm. The garden will be open for the weekend to give visitors the chance to see its more structural side, along with winter flowering shrubs, bulbs and hellebores. Adults £5. Children free. Shop and Nursery open.

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Nursing & Care

Our Edwardian Residence, owned and managed by The Sims Family for over 55 years, comprises of: The Northern Hotel – a Quality in Tourism 3 Star Small Hotel & our Richmond Retirement Suites. The Retirement Accommodation is located within the same building as the Hotel allowing our Retirement Residents to enjoy the same high quality services as the hotel guests. This is a unique enterprise providing a very high standard of accommodation and services, allowing you to maintain your independent lifestyle with the comforts, warmth and security of a family home - yet without the chores of cooking and household management. With several charming lounges to enjoy, delicious restaurant meals, plus all the amenities of Bexhill on your doorstep we feel we are able to offer you the “best of both worlds”; a friendly and homely atmosphere combined with quality accommodation and cuisine. We look forward to showing you around.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - The Magic of Motown

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Celebrating 50 years of UK No1 hit singles, for one night only The Magic of Motown hits town. This allnew, all-star 2014 spectacular features more No1 hits than ever before, starring the music of the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and more and marks the official arrival of Motown style, sophistication and musical brilliance to these shores. 0844 8717677.

Sat. 22nd Feb. - The McIndoe Bluebell Pullman

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Black tie fundraising special to commemorate the pioneering treatment by Sir Archibald McIndoe of many badly burnt airman at East Grinstead’s Queen Victoria Hospital during WW2. 01825 720800.

A B Mobility: With 30 years experience in mobility retail and repair they understand that mobility is a way of life and can be very stressful. At AB Mobility they will cater for individual needs and will do all the hard work for you - including deliveries, home visits for free demonstrations, and repairs if you are unable to visit them at the shop. If your equipment needs to stay with AB Mobility for a day or two they will provide you with a free temporary replacement. You will find fair and affordable prices and an honest service. If you need expert advice call Andy Roe and Bryan Budgen on 01323 849736.

Sun. 23rd Feb. - HJ Lim

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm in the Elgar Room. Following the success of her debut release The Complete Beethoven Sonatas, which entered the Billboard Classical Charts and iTunes Charts in the USA and Canada at No. 1, Korean pianist HJ Lim will perform in the Hall’s Elgar Room. She will perform a programme of early 20th century waltzes and sonatas by Maurice Ravel and Alexander Scriabin that complement each other well. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 23rd Feb. - Rotary Global Swimarathon

At Tenterden Leisure Centre from 5pm to 7pm. The Rotary Club of Tenterden invite you to be part of the Global Swimarathon 2014. A World Record Breaking event for charity.

Sun. 23rd Feb. The London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Berlioz Overture, Le Corsaire. Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Brahms Symphony No. 2. Vasily Petrenko conductor. Kirill Gerstein piano. £13, £20, £23, £25. 01323 412000.

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Dementia care‌. in St Leonards Following an extensive refurbishment programme Lauriston has just opened a new space for people with dementia in our welcoming and impressive care home. Members of our staff team are specially trained in dementia care to deliver the appropriate type of attention and support to each individual in our home. We provide a number of opportunities for people with dementia to harness their happy memories and sense of self. Through music, creative activities, a reminiscence area with photographs and various personal possessions, we open up alternative ways for people with dementia to communicate and express themselves. Each of our residents has a beautiful private room all of which are en suite. Our wide range of food is freshly cooked by our own in house chef, and we are proud of our

landscaped gardens and patio areas, tea bars and lounges and welcoming other communal areas for people to meet friends and family. If someone you love has dementia, contact Helena Barrow, our Home Manager, who will be able to help you find out more about how we can help‌and care. Lauriston, 40 The Green, St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex TN38 0SY Tel: 01424 447544 home.leo@mha.org.uk

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All At Home: A family run company, with over 30 years experience. Their new showroom is now open at Langney Shopping Centre where you can see a wide range of products to help you live your life your way. Leading the Team are Sharon & Colin Batney. Sharon is experienced in working with children with significant disabilities, adults with learning disabilities and the elderly. She has also grown up with her brother who has severe learning difficulties and experienced the problems that families have to overcome when getting the right equipment and environment for loved ones with extra needs.

Colin began his career in the building trade as a carpenter, but in over 30 years of working on all aspects of building, has developed many skills and extra qualifications. Colin has worked on Government buildings, Council projects, new builds, refurbishments, renovations and bespoke adaptations for people with special needs. Colin has very high standards, and expects all who work with him to maintain these standards too. All of the team are very competent tradesmen and women, and have a great deal of pride in their work so you have the best in your home.

Sun. 23rd & 24th Feb. Professional Beauty London (Trade Show)

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Professional Beauty London is THE event where the new wave of trends are announced, and where you can see the top names in the beauty industry launching new products and offering substantial ‘show only’ incentives. With everything from starter kits to specialist business advice and of course some seriously big savings. www.professionalbeauty.co.uk

Mon. 24th Feb. - 1st March - Birdsong

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Mat and eve performances. Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically-acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire. 01892 530613.

Mon. 24th Feb. - Punt and Dennis

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. It’s been 3 years since Punt and Dennis last toured the UK. There is, therefore, no excuse for not writing a brand-new show and getting out on the road. 0844 871 7677.

Tues. 25th Feb. - 1st March - Kindertransport

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. This is a timely and un¬missable production of a deeply moving, critically acclaimed, modern classic. A stunning story of love and loss, past and present & hope. Eves 7.45pm Wed. & Sat. Mats 2.30pm. 01323 412000

Tues. 25th Feb. - Kerry Ellis & Brian May The Born Free Tour

At the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. The Candlelight Cincerts promise to impress and entertain audiences with their stunning fusion of Kerry’s beautiful voice and Brian’s awe-inspiring guitar performances – all in support of the world famous Born Free Foundation. £40. 01323 412000.

Tues. 25th Feb. - 1st March - Table Manners

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. by Alan Ayckbourn. An amateur production by Trinity Theatre Club. Family bickering, thwarted lust... blissfully funny! Uproarious, touching and beautifully observed, Table Manners is the highlight of Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning Norman Conquests trilogy. 01892 678678.

Wed. 26th Feb. - 1st March Rambert - Featuring Rooster

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.30pm. Thurs. Mat. 1.30pm. Christopher Bruce’s electrifying 1960-celebration set to music by the Rolling Stones. Plus, Merce Cunnigham’s seminal piece Sounddance, Richard Alston’s witty solo Dutiful Ducks and a world première by Barak Marshall this is a rare chance to see work by one of America’s most celebrated choreographers. 0844 8717677.

Wed. 26th Feb. - The Fifth Estate (Cinema)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. £5. Film about WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. 01424 229111.

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Thurs. 27th Feb. - La Traviata

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. A tragic and resonant tale of society and morality, La Traviata combines compelling characters with hugely powerful, moving and instantly recognizable melodies,making it still, 160 years after its 1853 debut, one of the most emotionally engaging and popular Operas of all time. Perfomed to a large, live orchestra. Tickets £27 to £30. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 27th Feb. - Fairport Convention

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Tickets: £21 Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 27th Feb. - 9th March - La Bohéme

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Staged fully in-the-round, this production transforms the iconic Royal Albert Hall into 1940s Paris. The vibrant café society, the bitter cold of the police checkpoint and the harsh reality of the student’s stark surroundings, all beautifully depicted and brought to life in every detail by an award-winning creative team and a cast of internationally acclaimed performers. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Bohème contains some of Puccini’s finest music. 027 589 8212

Thurs. 27th Feb. NT Live National Theatre’s War Horse

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. Tickets £10 to £12. 01424 229111.

Fri. 28th Feb. - Chris Ramsay (Comedy)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. “A mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” Sunday Times. 01424 229111

Country Pursuits on 5th March Wealden Mobility, the Heathfield based shop, was developed to provide access to the latest equipment to enable people, young and old, to improve their quality of life without limitations. Life within a rural community can be exhilarating and should be full of opportunities to get out and explore, but this may not be available to everyone. With this in mind, and the desire to enjoy living to the full, Wealden Mobility is hosting a Demonstration Day for Off Road Mobility

scooters at the renowned Brightling Park on Wednesday 5th March 2014. This event will show some of the latest equipment designed to provide users, particularly with mobility problems, with the opportunity to fully experience pursuits that had previously been excluded, or even to get around their own land safely and securely. There will be an opportunity to see three scooters in action and even test ride them over rugged, sloping terrain to see what they are capable of. Representatives from Wealden Mobility and the manufacturers will be on hand to discuss your requirements. The Terrain Hopper

The event is by invitation only and spaces are limited so contact Wealden Mobility as soon as possible to book your place at this unique event. You can do this by email (info@wealdenmobility.co.uk), T: (01435 864155) or by calling into the shop (48 High Street, Heathfield, TN21 8JB) We look forward to meeting with you and discussing all of your mobility requirements. Keith, Paul and Cassie

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ocal business woman Maureen Fuller’s 50 years in the retail trade in Hastings, East Sussex and still going strong at Mr Geddes-Muir, 172 Queens Road, Hastings, East Sussex.

Maureen started working in the retail trade in 1963. Her first job was in Plummer Roddis now known as Debenhams where she worked for over 30 years. Mr Geddes-Muir a local independent

formal hire business has one of the largest ranges of formal hire on the south coast from DJs to prom suits, frock coats and morning tails. They have sizes to suit all, with over 25 modern or ancient highland tartans to choose from. On the ground floor they have a wonderful collection of prom dresses and evening wear in sizes 6-18 and stock over 200 different dresses to hire or buy. Maureen wishes to take the opportunity to thank all of her loyal customers and staff who have made it possible. She puts her success down to old fashioned customer care and one to one service from her team of excellent staff. To celebrate 20 years in the formal hire business Geddes-Muir are offering all groom and best men half price suits for this coming wedding season. Please call in to see them where you’ll find their friendly staff waiting to help you. No appointments needed.

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Pet Services

K9 Claire Dog Training

“...Claire has a real empathy with dogs and has a talent for teaching humans confidence by her enthusiasm. Her classes are all well structured leading dog and handler unknowingly onto the next stage with fun and very helpful tips. All her students progress at their individual pace which is applicable at all levels, from puppy through to field trials. I have experienced both 1-1 and group classes with Claire. Everyone is made welcome, each session is unique, varied, exciting and knowledgeable. A real asset to the training world...� Eve

Whitelands Kennels & Cattery are fully licenced. Their Cattery is a tranquil oasis, built to provide the best for your cat. Each detached house has a double view, is fully furnished and heated with its own patio, measuring 12 ft x 6ft. Patio furniture is provided. Their Kennels for dogs are friendly light and airy. Hours of free play equals happy healthy dogs. Fully heated and totally secure holidays for your dog gives you peace of mind. Vaccinated pets only. Viewing 7 days a week at 10.00am - 10.30am. Arrival and departure times are Mon. to Sat. 9am - 12 noon and 4.30pm - 5pm. Sun. and B/Holidays from 10am - 12 noon.

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ell it’s mid month and the weather is still very wet, this time last year we had shed loads of Siskins, a few Brambling plus one or two Redpolls over in the nature area, We have yet to even see one of these over there this year. Many customers have mentioned the lack of garden birds visiting their feeders during October, November and December, the same appears to be happening this month as

the birds are still able to fill their bellies with natural food. Just keep your feeders going insuring they are as clean as you can so when the weather does turn and the birds start struggling to find food out there they will be back in numbers to thrill and entertain. “National Nest box Week” starts on St Valentines day so instead of spending your hard earned cash on roses or chocolates why not buy your loved one a

Female Siskin

Nest Box, they last for years and are very low calorie, you should be able to get some good deals at this time. Here are some photos taken last year of the Female and Male Siskin, also one of our feeders in the nature area...

Allan ..... feathers wild bird care. www.featherswildbirdcare.co.uk

Male Siskin

Fri. 28th Feb. - Film, Fun Party - Hairspray

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Come and join your Singing Film Party Hosts as they present the FILM Hairspray starring John Travolta. Your hosts will guide you through familiar songs and get you joining in with dance moves.£12. 01323 412000.

Fri. 28th Feb. - Meet the Falconer

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Come and meet the Castle Falconer and get up close to one of our birds of prey. This is a fantastic chance to learn more about these amazing Leeds Castle birds and to ask questions to our expert handler. Meet at the Birds of Prey centre (behind the maze) at 11.30am. 01622 765400.

Fri. 28th Feb. - Sissinghurst Farmers Market

At Sissinghurst Castle Garden near Cranbrook. 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Fri. 28th Feb. - 6th March The Mrs Carter Show - BEYONCÉ

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Beyoncé is one of the most widely recognised and highly respected women in pop culture. A solo recording artist, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman, she has released four #1 solo albums and has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. 0844 856 0202.

Fri. 28th Feb. - Oasis UK

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Tribute Band. OASIS UK The Tribute Show is a great chance to re-live highlights from one of Britain’s most iconic bands. Tickets £19.50. 01424 462288.

Fri. 28th Feb. - 2nd March - Art 14 London

At Olympia Grand, London. 180 of the worlds most exciting contemporary galleries from 40 countries will showcase works at Art14 London; from emerging talents through to modern masters. The fair will present works from across the globe; Berlin to Beiruit, Havana to Hong Kong and London to Lagos. The fair features a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and editions, ranging from £500 to £500,000. http://www.artfairslondon.com/

Sat. 1st March - Songwriters Circle

At the Underground Theatre, Grove Road, Eastbourne from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Three very different and talented songwriters will be performing and explaining their way of writing songs.

Sat. 1st & 2nd March - RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is a fun-packed event that offers all the materials to improve your sailing, or show you how to get started - in fact it’s more than just a show. Whether you’re top in your class or have just got on board for your first time, this is the show for you. There are free talks and workshops covering first steps through to the latest racing tactics and techniques, equipping you to make the most of your sailing. 0844 858 9069 http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghyshow

Sun. 2nd March - Ray Davies - Americana Songs, Stories and Home Movies

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. The show will feature Ray with his guitarist, Bill Shanley, as an acoustic duo performing songs featured in his new book, Americana, as well as some classic Kinks tracks. He will also be reading passages from his book, telling stories and showing film footage shot on his 2001 US tour directly after 9-11. Tickets £48 to £58. 01424 229111.

Mon. 3rd March - World Tennis Day Showdown

At Earls Court 2, London. the chance to see Andre Agassi battle Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl take on Pat Cash as they revive their epic Grand Slam rivalries. This special event is part of a global day of tennis celebration intended to encourage participation in sports across the world. www.worldtennisday.com/london

Tues. 4th - 6th March - Eco Build

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Ecobuild is the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK’s largest construction event of any kind. www.ecobuild.co.uk

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