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WHAT’S ON April 2017


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East Hastings Sea Angling Association Our Sea Angling and Social Club is situated in a prime position overlooking the English Channel on the Stade in Hastings, East Sussex. Formed over one hundred years ago, we now boast a premier clubhouse with a large licensed bar, function room (available for hire), large social area with comfortable seating, access for the disabled and good food available every day. Angling members can either berth their own boat in our compound, subject to availability and boat suitability for beach launching; or can make use of one of our many club boats free of charge (supply of outboard engine required). The club is open every day and the bar is open at noon in the summer months and 3pm until July 4th. The tea bar is open from 7am-3pm for breakfast, lunches and snacks. The clubhouse makes a great venue for parties, wedding receptions and all sorts of other special events and can be hired by members. Please contact us for full details and please mention What’s On when contacting us.

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Contents House and Home P.2 - 15 Fashion and Leisure P.16 - 27 Art, Antiques, Collectables P.28 & 29 Celebrate Success Awards P.30 - 36 Food and Drink P.37 - 51 Garden Services P.52 - 57 Health and Beauty P.58 & 59 Nursing and Care P.60 & 61 Wedding Services P.62 - 64 Animal and Pet Services P.65 - 67 What’s On Magazine is Trading Standards Approved.

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What’s On April 2017 Sat. 1st & 2nd April - Great Dixter Spring Plan Fair

At Great Dixter, Northiam, E. Sussex from 11am - 4pm. A small but special Plant Fair, for plantsmen and plant-lovers. The House and Gardens will be open for the season. Entrance fee: £9.00 (payable on the day, includes entry to the garden). 01797 254048 for more info.

Fri. 24th March - 9th April - The Ideal Home Show

At At Olympia Grand, London. With seven dedicated areas catering to every need and taste, this is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, and Fashion & Beauty to Gardens and Shopping; the sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. Introducing Eat & Drink Festival! From the team behind the worldfamous Ideal Home Show comes Eat & Drink Festival, a pioneering live experience celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food & drink.

Unti 29th April - Love in Idleness

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Booking is now open for Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy, Love In Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn. Stars Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, Helen George and Anthony Head. Box Office 020 7378 1713.

Sat. 1st - 17th April - Rabbits Riddles and Rhymes

At Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent. 10.30am - 6pm. Unravel the riddles left by the Easter rabbit with crafts from 12 noon to 4pm.

Sat. 1st April - Exhibition Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Join a member of the De La Warr Pavilion team as they share their perspective on the exhibition, IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20 minutes.

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Sat. 1st April - Heritage Transport Show

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. The show has guest speakers, trade stands, display of vintage vehicles including cars, tractors, commercials, motorcycles and stationary engines. 01622 633057.

Sat. 1st - 17th April - Easter Trail

At Hever Castle and Gardens, near Edenbridge, Kent. Enjoy family entertainment including an Easter Bunny Hunt, Easter Trail, bonnet making workshop and best bonnet parade.

Sat. 1st April - Some Guys Have All The Luck

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singersongwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career as well as favourites from his days with the Faces and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook. 01323 412000.

Sat. 1st April - Live Jazz with Mick Bolton

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. See page 33.

Sat. 1st April - Fascinating Aida’s Dille Keane

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. With some brand new songs, some grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. 0844 8717615.

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Continental Day Trips 9th April 12th April 22nd April 25th April 29th April

Brugge / De Panne day trip Adinkerke Day Trip Brugge / De Panne day trip Adinkerke day trip Ypres & Battlefields

Continental Weekends

14th April 2 ngt b&b Paris Weekend 12th May 2 ngt b&b Amsterdam Weekend 20th May 2 ngt b&b Brugge Weekend 27th May 2 ngt b&b Paris Weekend 11th August Germany 3 ngt DBB

UK Day Trips

1st April Ideal Home Show 15th April Greenwich Tall Ships 16th April Festival of Steam & Transport 23rd April Bluewater Shopping 30th April Harrods/ Covent Garden

£29.50 £25.00 £29.50 £25.00 £37.50 £149.00 £169.00 £159.00 £149.00 £269.00 £29.50 £16.00 £32.50 £14.00 £16.00

Give your child Creative Courage for Life with Stagecoach Performing Arts

Every child has all kinds of abilities and capabilities, but unless they explore them, experiment and learn to express themselves, they may never realise the talents within them. Stagecoach sets out to inspire children to unleash their potential, teaching the performing arts and so much more. It’s about taking on a challenge and being unafraid to express yourself, having the courage to be yourself and let other people know it, being creative and expressive and building life-long friendships. Stagecoach calls it ‘Creative Courage for Life’. Stagecoach Performing Arts in Hastings offer classes in singing, dancing and acting at Ark William Parker on Saturdays and are offering a two week trial during the school Summer Term for youngsters aged four to eighteen. Classes are small which means every child is given attention and allowed to realise their potential at their own pace. The teachers all have performing arts experience and are there to lead and support youngsters as they conquer fears and rise to new challenges. Principal, Avril Crawford has a passion for the arts and has a fantastic team of experienced teachers at his/her school. This term, the students will be working on a show to perform on stage at the end of term. ‘Stagecoach has been great for my daughter. She has made lots of new friends and her confidence has grown enormously’ Mrs Taylor Classes run during school term time 29th April to 15th July. To find out more about the two week trial please call Avril Crawford on 0808 208 5134 or visit

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Sat. 1st April - Ne-Yo

Sat. 1st April - The Dublin Legends (Formerly The Dubliners) At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. All the Hits and More Tour. From Seven Drunken Nights to Whiskey in the Jar. Irish Folk Music at its Very Best. £24.50. 01323 802020.

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 7pm. with support from Diamond Platnumz and Special Guest Sonna Rele. With three #1 records, over 10 million albums sold worldwide and three Grammy Awards to his name NE-YO is one of the biggest global stars in music. 01273 290131.

Sat. 1st - 17th April - Easter Dragon Hunt

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge. 01580 830196. Hunt for the new dragon plus Easter crafts for kids, £3 per hunt, crafts charged separately.

Sat. 1st - 17th April - Easter Fun at the Hop Farm

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood, 9am 5pm. Enter the magical Hop Farm Family Park from 10am every day. The £1 per person entry fee includes all day indoor soft play, outdoor adventure play and crazy golf. The kids can let off steam and enjoy our fabulous children’s attractions and rides including Hovermania, The Magic Castle, Giant Jumping Pillows, Hopper’s Animal Farm and much more. Plus egg-citing Easter games for the kids. And you can get close to our gorgeous lambs, bunnies and chicks! 01622 872068

Sat. 1st & 2nd April - Inner Engineering with Sadhguru

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Designed and offered by Sadhguru, Inner Engineering is a technology for wellbeing. Derived from the ancient science of yoga, it works to establish a deep and lasting personal transformation and to empower each individual to explore and experience their peak potential.

Sat. 1st - April - Sherlock Holmes - The Home Coming

At the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Station. Wealden Pullman - Themed Evening. Tickets can be purchased in person from our Tenterden booking office or by telephoning 01580 765155 during office hours, 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday and 9.00am - 2.00pm at weekends. 01580 765155.

Sat. 1st April - Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. 7:30pm. Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. £13. 01892 530613.

Sun. 2nd April - Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra - Mozart and Mahler

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 3pm. MOZART - Symphony No. 39. MAHLER - Symphony No. 5. Conductor: RODERICK DUNK. This last concert of the season includes two great Viennese symphonies. 01892 530613.

Sun. 2nd April - Live Jazz with Mick Bolton

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Sun. 2nd April - Beatles Day

At the Whiterock Theatre, Hastings. The ever popular BEATLES DAY returns to White Rock theatre Hastings in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT. Celebrating 50yrs since the release off Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band over 90 acts in three stages will play the music of this much loved band. With your entry wristband feel free to come and go as you please throughout the day enjoying the bars and restaurant. £15.00 Adult. £7.50 Children. 01424 462288.

COOPER’S CONSTRUCTION are a reliable, friendly, family run business based in the Tunbridge Wells area, achieving very high standards of work for over 20 years. We cover all aspects of roofing and most general building, from minor roof repairs to a whole new roof on both pitched or flat roof’s. We are qualified installers of GRP fiberglass resin roofing systems. All our work is guaranteed and we offer special rates for OAP’s and discounts for NHS staff. Here at coopers we care about all our customers, so whether you have one slipped tile or need a whole new roof on either a traditional or modern build, we are here to get any job done to a very high standard.


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rban Ebikes is a retailer of quality E-bikes based in Rye, East Sussex. Founded two years ago when the owner was unable to buy the high specification E-bike in the UK that he was used to riding in Europe, they sell Stromer, QWIC and KTM E-bikes. Stromer are a premium brand aimed at the commuter and serious leisure rider with market leading build specification & range. QWIC are traditional Dutch designed bikes with a modern technology twist. Their bikes offer exceptional comfort for long distance ride quality. KTM build on their off road motorcycle knowledge to offer true all terrain capability through their broad range. With the opening of a new showroom in February Urban Ebikes are now able to offer rider based advice on your E-bike purchase and have a selection of the ranges they sell available for test rides. Why not pop along today to try one of range starting at ÂŁ599?

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Sun. 2nd April Live Jazz - Steve Zackim

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex. 8pm. Free Entry. Amazing repertoire of the classics. Pianist / Vocalist / Songwriter. See page 33.

Sun. 2nd April - Hartfield 10k

At Hartfield, East Sussex 11am. This is a stunning, off road, X country course through woods, along footpaths and over farmland in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hartfield is the home of Winnie the Pooh. Evening Telephone: 01892 770201Email:

Sun. 2nd April - Paddock Wood Half Marathon

At Eldon Way, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6BE. Supporting the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Awards/mementos: Medal Winners’ prizes Goody bag. Changing Toilets Refreshments Supervised bag storage Onsite retailer Sports Massage.

Sun. 2nd April - Count Arthur Strong - The Sound of Mucus

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. 8pm. Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 2nd April A Village Romeo & Juliet

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 4pm. From £21.00. Delius Live opera, sung in the original English. A noir twist on the much-loved tale, set to sumptuous late romantic music. 01323 412000.

Mon. 3rd April - Amy Macdonald

At the Royal Albert Hall London, at 7.30pm. Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald will give her first ever headline performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her first UK tour in four years. Still only 29 years old, Amy has released three albums, selling over five million records worldwide. She has spent summer 2016 recording a new album and headlining festivals across Europe. 0207 589 8212.



s a charity we continually look for ways to improve our services to the community. AS SUCH WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS, WITH A CATEGORY D1 ON THEIR LICENCE, SO IF YOU CAN HELP OUT, YOU WILL BE HELPING US TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. Battle Area Community Transport was formed in 1999 to provide services to rural communities around Battle. Our routes include: Ashburnham, Mountfield, Netherfield, Robertsbridge, Sedlescombe, Westfield, Burwash, Hurst Green, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. We are a registered non-profit making charity who rely on the generosity of local people and organisations to maintain our valuable services. Our services are: • We run Timetabled Bus Services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to and from Battle and the surrounding areas with stops at

Sainsbury’s and other local amenities. Our current March 2017 timetable is available at various locations and on our buses. • We also run Flexible Services to Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Ashford and Tenterden. Seats on these, must be pre-booked with our office. • Our buses are available for private hire at a competitive rate for local organisations, clubs, schools and societies. Bus passes can be used on all our service and flexible routes. BACT serves the communities surrounding Battle and is available for all to enjoy. Contact Peter on 01424 772001 Mon-Fri 9am-12 noon, who will be happy to help. Battle Area Community Transport, Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0TY. E-mail website:

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Mon. 3rd - 28th April -I am London Photography Exhibition

At City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. 8am-5.30pm. Come and see this showcase of 30 photos of iconic, pioneering, creative and fascinating Londoners. It offers a snapshot of London told through its people and places.

Mon. 3rd - 5th April We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Monday 2pm, Tues. and Wed. 11am and 2pm. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! 01323 412000.

Clifton as the adorable Millie. This hilarious musical comedy features spectacular dance routines and great songs. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 4th - 8th April Thoroughly Modern Millie

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves 7.30. Wed & Sat Mats. 2.30pm. The show delivers a brilliant evening of madcap merriment and stars Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne

Tues. 4th April Eastbourne’s Tea Dance

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 2pm - 5pm. Three hours of ballroom magic (including a well-deserved tea break!). £6. 01323 412000.

Tues. 4th April - The Etta James Story

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Starring the sensational Vika Bull, At Last - The Etta James Story tells the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life. It features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind and her iconic signature song At Last. 01892 530613

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Tues. 4th - 6th April - in-cosmetics Global

Wed. 5th April - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

At iExcel, 1 western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. n-cosmetics Global brings together 700+ exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 9,000 cosmetic manufacturers worldwide.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.15pm. Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis host the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the annual ceremony that celebrates and rewards the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. 0207 589 8212.

At the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea at 2pm and 7pm. A musical about friendship, loyalty and school dinners. Esspas annual theatre production at the Pavilion is here with an all singing, all dancing, musical journey through childhood and adolescence with all the fun, all the laughter and all the angst! 01424 229111.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm and 4pm. With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s productions especially for children are not to be missed. 01892 530613.

Wed. 5th April - Just Grow Up

Wed. 5th April - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Wed. 5th April - Physical Theatre Workshop

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 10am. 10am – 4pm | 11yrs+. Due to popular demand TYTC bring to you their first Physical Theatre workshop! 01892 678678.

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Thurs. 6th April - Tara Minton Late Night Jazz

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. (Elgar Room). 9.45pm. Tara Minton is a jazz harpist and vocalist from Melbourne, Australia. She is joined by an incredible band of musicians from the UK and Europe to present a new studio album, The Tides of Love. The work is based on a motif of ocean tides, with themes of love, loneliness, strength and hope woven throughout. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 6th - 8th April Strictly Murder

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Sat. Mat. 2.30pm. April 1939. An English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in Provence in idyllic isolation, far, it seems, from the rumblings of the coming war. Their peace is shattered from within when Suzy discovers she has been betrayed: Peter is not the man he claims to be. Tickets from £15.50. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 6th & 7th April - Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Thu 6 Apr: 4.30pm. Fri 7 Apr: 10am, 1pm, 4.30pm. Tickets: Adult £16 (£14RV), Child £14 (£12RV). 01892 530613.

Fri. 7th - 9th April - The Golf Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The FREE Golf Show is brought to you by American Golf, European Tour and Sky - hosted by Denise Van Outen - and has something for everyone, from existing golfers to newcomers to the game, whatever the age.

Fri. 7th & 8th April - A Chorus of Disapproval

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.30pm. Sat. mat. 2.30pm. The hilarious Alan Ayckbourn’s classic.

Fri. 7th - 15th April - Witness For the Prosecution

Ripley Forge and Fireplaces Ltd, a family run business , has been part of the Robertsbridge community for over 70 years. They have an extensive showroom where you can see a vast range of traditional and contemporary woodburning and multifuel stoves. Their extensive yard and showroom houses a multitude of firebacks, baskets and dogs, as well as a plethora of fireplace accessories and unusual gifts. They offer free out of hours site surveys and installation carried out by Hetas registered experienced fitters.

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. “Sheer unadulterated entertainment with nothing in town to match”. 01424 423221

Fri. 7th April - Live Jazz with The Robert Reid Duo

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Gates, fencing, general ironwork made to your specification. Ripleys are experienced and skilled Blacksmiths who can offer a bespoke service whether you are looking for fireplace accessories, gates, fencing, traditional ironwork, garden furniture, a barbecue or an unusual garden sculpture, they can manufacture it for you. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4.30pm, go and have a look, they are more than just a specialist fireplace shop.

Thurs. 6th April - ABC

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Performing ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ in its entirety for one final time. 7.30pm. Due to incredible popular demand ABC have added a final show to their UK tour, at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. The band will perform their classic debut album Lexicon of Love in its entirety, as well as tracks from their new 2016 album Lexicon of Love II and their greatest hits, with orchestral accompaniment from the Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Anne Dudley. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 6th April - Pride and Prejudice

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. There is genuine delight at the comic inventiveness of this show... this is a hilarious take on a much loved novel BATH CHRONICLE. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 6th April - The Jesus and Mary Chain

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Plus support from Willow Robinson. Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus & Mary Chain bring their hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics to Bexhill. £27.50. 01424 229111.

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Fri. 7th & 8th April - Mozart’s, The Magic Flute

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Mozart’s humanist masterpiece is more popular than ever. It is filled with Freemason symbols and references, and shows us the majestic power of art and music, a force that can change people and tame beasts. 01424 462288.

Sat. 8th April - Ceri Dupree

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside, Eastbourne. 7.;30pm. The FAAAAAAABULOUS Ceri Dupree is back on the road with his One Man, 21 woman show. Presenting a glamorous evening of hysterical comedy, amazing vocal impersonations and jaw dropping, eye popping costumes. 01323 802020.

Sat. 8th April - World Cup of Gymnastics

At the O2 Arena, Docklands, London from 11am. A new venture for Barry Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, and set to feature Team GB stars such

as Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock, the World Cup of Gymnastics sees the world’s best gymnasts invited to compete in the prestigious ‘all-around’ competition with the men battling it out over six testing apparatus and the women competing on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor. Tickets at or by calling 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 8th - 9th April - The Wedding Fair - Spring

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. London’s ultimate day out for Wedspiration returns this April; a great day out for the whole bridal party, with all the creative flair you need to make your dream wedding a reality.

Sat. 8th April - Second Saturday Craft Fairs

At St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JG. Monthly Arts, Crafts, Gifts & Produce Fairs. (And every 2nd Saturday each month). (Between Railway Station and Seafront) 10am - 3pm. FREE ENTRANCE

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Fashion & Leisure SPRING has sprung! To celebrate this great time of year we have lots of

lovely colourful new stock. It can still be a bit chilly out of the sun but with clever layering you can look good AND feel warm at the same time! The friendly helpful staff are always on hand if you need a little guidance or just to bring that additional size to you in the changing room. We have lots of lovely summer day dresses to choose from plus a great selection of smarter dresses suitable for weddings or special occasions. Colours for the season vary from cream & white through to strong orangey corals, cheerful yellows, beautiful blues & versatile khaki. Florals and leafy prints feature strongly not only on tops and dresses but also bomber jackets, trousers and jumpsuits. The new season footwear from DOLCIS is also starting to arrive with lots of fashionable yet comfortable styles. In addition to the great clothing & footwear HALO has become well known for, we also have an excellent selection of reasonably priced gifts and jewellery in store. So why not pay us a visit next time you are in Heathfield? We feel sure you will agree that HALO really is shopping heaven. Once again we will be holding our EASTER BLUE X EVENT on Good Friday & Easter Saturday when we will be slashing a generous 20% off EVERYTHING!! This is the ideal opportunity to treat yourself to something new from our gorgeous new Spring/Summer styles. Happy Easter everyone.

Sat. 8th April - Wam Bam Club

At The Royal Albert Hall, London (Elgar Room). The Wam Bam Club is one of the longest-running, and best loved, burlesque supper clubs in London. Be dazzled by breathtaking performances of magic, burlesque and even some crazy contortion. Everything from amazing feats of juggling and dexterity to a healthy serving of tongue in cheek comedy featuring the cream of London cabaret scene. A night guaranteed to sparkle, shimmer & take your cares away! 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 8th April - Live Jazz with Steve Zackim

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

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Sat. 8th April - Lets Hang On

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Complete with a brand new stage design for 2017, Let’s Hang On returns with their award-winning celebration of the legendary Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! Featuring an anthology of classic hits. £24.00. 01892 530613.

Sat. 8th April - NT Encore: Twelfth Night

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Recorded Live Transmission. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man And Superman , NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem ) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner , Black Books , Episodes ) as a transformed Malvolia. 01892 678678.

Sat. 8th April - Costume Design Masterclass

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 10am – 4pm | 11yrs+. Work with costume designer Jenny Spittle in our one-day costume design masterclass. Learn how a professional costume designer sources their ideas and their design process, while having a go yourself. £50. 01892 678678.

Sat. 8th April - Public Building Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Enjoy a guided tour around the UK’s first public Modernist building. 12noon. £2 per person, free for members. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. 01424 229111.

Sun. 9th April - Omid Djalili

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 8:00pm. Schmuck for a Night. Known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. £24. 01892 530613.

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With Crufts 2017 winners announced and discarded poo bags festooning our woodlands and hedgerows debated on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show and a Conservative MP flicking soggy rolls and eclairs with sticks around the BBC studio to test the ‘flick and stick’ policy preferred by the Forestry Commission, my thoughts are firmly on dogs! Dogs are a man’s best friend and are frequently found trotting up and down our dog friendly Battle High Street (the trained obedient ones), or straining against their leads with owners in tow, seeking out shopkeepers with doggy treats. We love to accessorise our pooches. Just as Harris Tweeds (for centuries the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra have woven this world-famous cloth) have become very popular in the production of human accessories, they are also becoming fashionable for our doggy friends too, adding to the plethora of leather and fabric options. ‘BlossomCo’, in rural Leicestershire, designs and manufactures collars and leads in bright combinations of Harris Tweeds with high quality fittings. An estimated 1,000 tonnes of dog poo is produced by Britain’s eight million dogs every day (says the Keep Britain Tidy group). As their 2010 high-profile campaign stated: ‘There’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy’, and as ‘flick and stick’ will not do for doggy doo-doo in our towns, we still need poo bags! Harris tweed doggy poo bag holders made by ‘Bertie Girl’ in Scotland are innovative and quirky and can be clipped to key rings and dog leads. If all this talk of doo-doo is messing up your day, consider your pet shampoo. Human shampoos can upset a pet’s skin as they are too acidic. ‘WildWash’ shampoos, especially formulated in Somerset, are as natural as possible with no chemical nasties, so kind to pets, their owners and the environment. Their shampoo for pale coats will lighten your pet’s coat beautifully and naturally without stripping it, or harming the skin. Paula Williams, Founder of BRITISH design BRITISH made, 64 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AG, helping you to buy British.

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Sun. 9th April - Rob Beckett - Mouth of the South

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 8pm. Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)’ Mail on Sunday. Beckett’s back again with another show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! £17. 01273 709709.

Sun. 9th April - Look - Think - Make

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 2-4pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE, suggested donation £1 per person. Drop in to explore the exhibitions, and test ideas and materials through fun, making activities. 01424 229111.

Sun. 9th April - Olivier Awards

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Oliviers are a mark of theatrical greatness with live performances from the West End’s biggest shows, famous faces, and extraordinary talent; this is a night you won’t want to miss. Tickets for the Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard are available to Mastercard cardholders only.

Sun. 9th April - Al Murray

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 3.30 & 7.30pm. Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart, Al Murray. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 9th April - Danny Baker: From Cradle to Stage

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Broadcasting legend Danny Baker is just completing his first ever tour in his illustrious and varied career. 01323 802020.

Sun. 9th April Brighton Marathon

The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK’s favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year.

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Sun. 9th April - Goudhurst 10K

At Risebridge Farm , Peasley Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1HN. The race uses the roads, tracks,pathways, and trails in and around Goudhurst, Kent. Although a challenging course in places, the race is suitable for all standards from beginners to experienced runners. 01797 229955

Mon. 10th April - Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex. 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Great Dixter gardener Michael Wachter will take you on an afternoon’s exploration of the borders. £45. 01797 254048.

Mon. 10th April Mindful Yoga

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 6pm. Explore the exhibition themes of horizontality and our relation to the ground in gentle, relaxing floor-based classes, suitable for all who are comfortable exercising on the floor. 01424 229111.

Mon. 10th - 12th April - Stop Motion Animation

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3 day course 10am – 4pm | 10yrs + Back by popular demand, our 3 day course you will teach you the basics of storytelling, making and stop motion animation, as well as create a few short animated films of your own. All films will be showcased on Trinity Youth Theatre Company’s YouTube channel. Don’t miss the chance to take part in this fantastic and unique cinematic opportunity this Easter Holiday. £120. 01892 678678.

Mon. 10th - 15th April - Million Dollar Quartet

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7l.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. 0844 871 7615.

DapperM the award winning menswear outfitters is an independent, privately owned store in the historical 1066 town of Battle. Spotting a gap in the market for an edgy, detailed, contemporary and affordable range of menswear, DapperM was founded in 2013. They have carefully selected sharp Italian elegance and design with the quirky stylishness of the English gentlemen, working class hero and a bit of a rogue. Wishing to stand out of the crowd, DapperM work with local artists, musicians & film crews producing music & film videos. Using these videos to promote the clothing, our designers progress the careers of the artists who we successfully work with. We are not simply a fashion store, we dress & we dress our customers in the utmost of style. What looks and feels good is up to you. We have put together some great collections & we now cater fully for all shapes & sizes, pop in & see the friendly team for some expert advice. Finally, if you’re looking for the perfect gift, we carry a range of luxury goods & accessories alongside an exquisite range of fine Italian wine and expertly crafted gins , but if undecided we offer the DapperM gift voucher allowing the fussy to choose for themselves. We look forward to welcoming you in-store soon or contact us via our website

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Blount Aerials have been established since 1971 and have been trading in Eastbourne and the surrounding area ever since. We are a small family run business that cover not only domestic properties but communal systems too. We recognise that no two scenarios are the same and aim to provide the highest level of service to all of our customers. Whether you’re looking for a repair or a complete new installation our experienced engineers will listen to your needs and fully explain the options available to you. We are members of the Confederation of Aerial Industries and have been since 1978 with our membership number of 003! Prior to the digital switchover we gained our CAI plus membership, this was created to set a higher standard; reinforcing the professionalism of our engineers with added checks and more stringent standards. This status means that all of our engineers are CRB checked and fully insured, together with the added peace of mind that we comply to all of the industry recognised standards. All of the installations we complete are covered by a 12 month guarantee, alongside this the CAI are able to provide a double guarantee for single household installations for its members clients. We feel this gives our customers the peace of mind they need together with the knowledge that the workmanship carried out will be of the highest standard possible. Although we have moved premises in the last year, the engineers that visit you in your home are the same, with the Head Engineer, Ian Whitehorn now being a Director of the company. Before this Ian had been working for Blount Aerials for 10 years proving himself to be an exemplary worker. Our core values will never change and we will always aim to provide our customers, past, present and future with the best possible service no matter how big or small their requirements.

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Mon. 10th April - Pretenders

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The rock band fronted by Chrissie Hynde, who formed in 1978, will be playing their greatest hits as well as music from their tenth studio album, and first release for eight years, Alone. Produced by The Black Keys’ multi-instrumentalist Dan Auerbach, Alone sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 11th - 23rd April - Works in Conversation

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Working at opposite ends of the south coast for thirty years, two artists have spent a year questioning what forms the core of their work, examining how far they have grown from a shared passion for creating texture and form and the physicality of working materials by hand. 01892 678678.

Tues. 11th April - The Music of Bond

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform The Music of Bond, following its sensational sell-out performance in October 2015. Presented by A View to a Kill’s ‘Bond girl’ Fiona Fullerton, we celebrate over fifty years of timeless James Bond theme songs with hits from Goldfinger, Casino Royale, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Spectre and many more, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Simon Bowman. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 11th April - Tiny Treehouses

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Sketch and build a model treehouse inspired by wooded landscapes in the exhibition, My Back to Nature. 10 am – 12.30 pm. For ages 5—7 years old. 01424 229111.

Tues. 11th April Royal Ballet: Jewells

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission. Choreography by George Balanchine. Music by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. 01892 678678.

Tues. 11th April - Make Waves

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. What does it take to write and perform music with traditional rock and pop band equipment: Bass, Guitars, Drums and Keys or to rock the microphone? Whatever your starting level, come and have a go. 2.30 — 4.30pm. 11 — 19 years FREE. Places are limited and advance booking is recommended. 01424 229111.

Tues. 11th - 15th April - Gabriel

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Starring Paul McGann and Belinda Lang. Directed by Kate McGregor. A family held captive in Nazi occupied Guernsey. A mysterious stranger with no history. Only one chance of survival. 01323 41200.

BABA Antenatal is a new business which started in August 2016. BABA is offering classes for parents to be, run by friendly experienced health professionals. Our aim is to provide affordable and realistic antenatal classes covering everything that you need to know from the birth through to looking after the baby once it is born. Our sessions include: the birth – exploring all the various ways of delivering your baby and the pain relief options; the different methods of feeding; caring for your baby in the first few weeks; common ailments which can occur in your baby and looking after yourselves. The classes are either 1:1 classes (3 sessions) or 5 group sessions in the Hastings and Rother areas. We offer evening and Saturday sessions, but if the days and dates on the website don’t meet your requirements please call 07747 538171 or email us direct at and we will see if we can offer alternatives. The three health professionals running the sessions each have over 10 years’ experience in healthcare.

Easter Holiday Private Swimming Lessons at AQuality Life Centre All ages and abilities in a friendly atmosphere. Swimming tutor with 25 years experience.

Private Swimming Pool. Lessons available on all days.

Contact Peter: 07869 323 107

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“Here’s a pretty how-de-do!”

Eastbourne’s Phoenix choir are excited to be hosting a very special event, which will be welcomed by choral singers across the region. On September 9, England’s best-known choral composer, John Rutter, will lead a “choral singing day” at Willingdon Community School. These events are a lot of fun: John shares his experience and wisdom to inspire amateurs and extend their enjoyment of choral singing. Meanwhile, for its summer concert on June 10th, Phoenix will present some of the most beautiful pieces by living composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Philip Stopford - with Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass being the main focus.

The Mikado devises a ruthless law to ensure young men behave, discouraging unseemly practices like flirting. So Titipu’s townsfolk formulate a unique way to evade it... Nanki-Poo, arrives looking for Yum-Yum but learns she is about marry to Ko-Ko. So he plans to end his life immediately, declaring he cannot live without her; but Ko-Ko, desperate to find someone to execute, persuades him to die instead in public ceremony in return for a month of happy marriage. But will Katisha reveal Nanki-Poo’s secret? Who’ll be next for the chop? Who will be on Ko-Ko’s “Little List”?

Tues. 11th April - Rick Astley

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 7.00pm. This follows what’s already been a whirlwind for year for Rick Astley; from an original run of shows in April that all sold out immediately, to a BBC Radio 2 A-list single Keep Singing which raked in nearly 1.8m views on VEVO and has been streamed over 600,000 times on Spotify. 01273 709709.

Wed. 12th & 13th April - The Little Mermaid

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 5.30pm. Tom Swift returns as the hilarious Crab Stick with pantomime favourite Ant Payne as his side splitting sidekick Crab Paste. Also returning by popular demand are firm favourites Robert Pearce and jimmy Burton-Iles to add to the comedy and mayhem that you expect from a Wicked Production. 01323 802020.

Wed. 12th April - Chris and Pui

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 11am and 2pm. CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town! See Chris & Pui from ‘Show Me Show Me ’ in their very own stage show with the toys & characters from their hit TV programme. 01424 462288.

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Bexhill Shotokan Karate Club

Wed. 12th April - Caro Emerald

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. Caro Emerald is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality. This Emerald Island Tour sees the singer return to the Hall, where she last performed in April 2013. 0207 589 8212.

Shotokan Karate is one of the many Martial Arts that can be traced back thousands of years. The kicks, strikes, blocks and body evasion we practice at each session have health as well as self defence benefits. If you enjoy learning a new skill that will develop flexibility and keep you fit give it a try. If you have previously done another Martial Art you will find similarities in our style. Karate is for anyone whatever their ability as we teach everyone to find their own limit. Suitable for 12 years upwards.

Wed. 12th - 13th April - The Tiger Who Came To Tea

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 1.30pm. A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...expect to be surprised! £12.50. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 13th April - The Ben Clatworthy Quartet

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

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Art, Design, Your Garden & You! Celebrating the 10th Garden Show in Spring at Firle Place – The perfect time and place to plot and plan for the garden year and be inspired to enhance the home and your lifestyle: specialist growers guiding one to the right plant for your garden and the right place in the garden for that plant. Plenty of garden related goods, artisan designs, homeware products, garden furniture, sundries, fashion accessories and the most delicious country foods. To mark this special anniversary there will be daily tree plantings and new for 2017 various garden talks by the garden show exhibitors and other garden experts.

Thurs. 13th April - Lee Nelson Serious Joker

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show. £20. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 13th - 19th April - Visit of Flying Scotsman

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Flying Scotsman Flying South Gala; an event that will see Flying Scotsman take to the Bluebell Track for the first time! The Bluebell Railway’s priority is to give you and all our visitors a fantastic day and one to remember for years to come. 01825 720800.

Thurs. 13th April - Stacey Kent: Tenderly Tour

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent , returns to the UK for a very limited number of 2017 dates, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony Music / Okeh Records). 01892 678678.

Thurs. 13th April - The Lonnie Donegan Story

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Starring his son Peter and The Lonnie Donegan Band. £22. 01323 412000.

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2017 Events at Herstmonceux Castle Castle Connections

Saturday 20th May & Sunday 21st May - 11am – 4pm

The Aanna Colls Singers Spring Concert Saturday 20th May - 7.30pm in the Ballroom

National Garden Scheme Open Day Saturday 27th May - 10am – 5pm

Exhibition Zimbabwean Sculpture 1st June – 31st August - 10am – 5pm

Primavera: Father’s Day Concert

Sunday 18 June - 7.30pm in the Ballroom

Tattoo at the Castle

A musical evening in aid of ABF, The Soldiers` Charity Sunday 9th July – 7.30pm

Aanna Colls Singers Summer Concert Sunday 16th July - 7.30pm

Comedy of Errors with Illyria Thursday 10th August - 6pm

England’s Medieval Festival

25th Spectacular Year – 26th, 27th & 28th August 2017

Medieval Banquet at England’s Medieval Festival Sat. 26 August & Sun. 27 August 2017 - 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Please check website for details of all our events.

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Fri. 14th - 16th April - The Little Mermaid

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Fri. 6pm. Sat. 2pm and 6pm. Wicked Productions presents. A Laugh-A-Minute Easter family Pantomime. Make a splash and join us under the sea this Easter! Ad. from £15. Ch. from £13.50. 01892 530613.

Fri. 14th - Battle Marble Matches

At Battle Abbey Green, Battle. Local teams compete in this traditional annual competition dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter teams of 5 players and compete to win both the marbles and the fancy dress competition. Approximately 20 teams are expected to take part with ‘flick-off’ at 10am. Teams cannot be entered on the day; but there is an “all-comers board” for spectators of all ages. The children’s Easter Bonnet competition is at 11.30.

Fri. 14th - 17th April - Easter Adventure Quest

At Battle Abbey, in Battle Field. Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend. You’ll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by. Rise to their challenge and win a reward. 01424 775705.

Fri. 14th April - Passion of Jesus

At Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. 12 noon to 5pm. See the biblical story spectacularly brought to life at the annual performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Witness this moving performance from the Wintershall Players, which commemorates the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified. A cast of more than 100 actors and volunteers dressed in splendid costumes, as well as horses, donkeys and doves, come together to create an authentic scene in the famous square. Free event.

Fri. 14th April - Live Jazz with The Robert Reid Duo

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

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Art, Antiques, Collectables

Fri. 14th April - The Nuts of May, Morris Dancers and Long Skipping Competition.

At The Rose Cottage Inn, Alciston, Nr. Polegate, E. Sussex, BN26 6UW Tel: 01323 870377. See page 49.

Fri. 14th April - Messiah on Good Friday

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 2.30pm. The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This annual concert is one of London’s great Easter traditions and the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 14th April - Springtime Studio

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Drop-in and join in with some creative seasonal themed activities. 12 – 4 pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE, suggested donation £1 per person. 01424 229111.

Fri. 14th April - Diversity Genesis Tour

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. After six sell out UK tours, 300,000 tickets sold, countless television performances and numerous other accomplishments; Diversity have announced their seventh tour “Genesis” for April 2017. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 14th April - Legend - A Tribute to Bob Marley

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Taking you from his ska roots with the Wailers – including reggae anthems Stir it Up and Get Up, Stand Up – to the 70s and 80s pinnacle of his recording career, enjoy an authentic taste of Jamaican sunshine as this compelling, twohour treat brings Marley’s musical genius to the stage. 01424 462288.

Fri. 14th April - Caro Emerald

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Her most extensive UK tour entitled ‘The Emerald Island Tour’. 01273 290131.

Fri. 14th - 17th April - Easter Adventures With Robin Hoddie and Maid Marion

At Leads Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Visit the Pavilion Lawn for shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm for one hour promenade style theatre shows that will take visitors on a journey through the woodland walk. Throughout the day children can enjoy making their own Robin Hoodie or Princess hats to wear on their adventure. 01622 765400.

Fri. 14th & 15th April - A Hamster in a Bath Robe

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. £10 - £15. Over 16’s only. A Hamster in a Bathrobe follows Kate and Simon’s journey of creating and ultimately becoming successful at practising a therapy that (putting it politely) doesn’t actually exist. 01323 802020.

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FLEET GALLERY New Exhibition

Roland Jarvis Retrospective 8th April- 22nd April 53 Norman Road | St Leonards on Sea | East Sussex | TN38 0EG Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm T: 01424 200220 Mobile: 0783 7784683

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The Princes Trust invited What’s On Magazine to attend this glamorous event at the London Palladium


nt & Dec hosted the 13th edition of the Awards and were joined by a host of guests including Thierry Henry, Emilia Fox, Gemma Arterton, Claudia Winkleman and Phillip Schofield. HRH The Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince’s Trust, attended The Prince’s Trust & TK Maxx Celebrate Success Awards national final which was held at the Palladium in London on 15th March 2017. The Prince’s Trust & TK Maxx Celebrate Success Awards, now in their thirteenth year, recognise disadvantaged young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, depression and unemployment. A series of regional events took place in November 2016 and culminated in the national final at the Palladium, a red-carpet ceremony hosted by Ant & Dec. Seven awards, including the HomeSense Young Achiever of the Year Award, were given out by celebrity presenters, including Prince’s Trust Celebrity Ambassadors. Phillip Schofield said: “I’ve been an ambassador for The Prince’s

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Trust for many years and I am always blown away by the resilience and willpower shown by the young people The Trust supports. I always enjoy the Celebrate Success Awards, which proves to us all what can be achieved with a little helping hand and a lot of hard work.” Nicola Staff, 26, from Ruislip in Middlesex, was one of the winners of the HomeSense Young Achiever of the Year. Nicola was bullied at school and had a difficult upbringing with her parents at home. Without people recognising it she was suffering a breakdown, and because she was so unhappy she quit her Hospitality Management course, left home and ended up living in a tent for three months. Three years later, at the age of 21, Nicola was diagnosed with lymphoma. She recovered, but suffered another breakdown. “That’s when I was diagnosed with OCD, social phobia, low selfesteem and confidence issues. I needed medication and intense psychotherapy.” Her father didn’t know where to turn for help. He tried to engage her with different organisations that could help, but nothing

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worked. Then he came across a Prince’s Trust programme that builds the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people. Taking part in everything from BMXbiking to canoeing, Nicola’s confidence flourished during the programme and led her to join Get into Hospitality, a Prince’s Trust programme that is delivered in partnership with Marriott Hotels, and gives unemployed young people the skills they need to gain work in the industry. Nicola gave the programme her best shot and, despite initial nerves, began her first day at the five-star Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel in Mayfair, London. “That day completely changed my life.” She gained experience in a number of different departments and asked to extend her placement when the programme ended. Nicola now works full-time in the Pastry Kitchen at Grosvenor House and meets regularly with her Prince’s Trust Progression Mentor to continue to build her resilience. Positive, stable and with a great support network around her, Nicola finally feels in control of her life. She has ambitions of travelling to France to train as a pastry chef and plans to continue her career in the hospitality sector. Upon receiving her award, Nicola said: “I feel so proud and inspired to be here today – it has been an amazing experience and I am really looking forward to the future.”

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Josie Smith and Jon Culshaw

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Nicola Staff TK Maxx has been a partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 and has become one of The Trust’s largest delivery partners of the Get into Retail programme. This two to six week course develops young people’s skills in the retail sector and supports them into positive outcomes in retail. Since the partnership began 67% of young people who have taken the course went on to full time employment.

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In 2016 HomeSense, the sister company of TK Maxx, appointed The Prince’s Trust as their national charity partner. HomeSense are supporting The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme which helps vulnerable young people achieve in their local communities. Store associates and customers from across HomeSense’s 44 UK stores are raising funds for the Trust through a number of in-store campaigns to support more than 1500 young people across the UK to achieve their potential. Earlier last year, HomeSense launched the partnership by supporting the #partofPT campaign which saw The Trust touring the UK to celebrate its 40th anniversary with some of the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been touched by its work. TK Maxx and HomeSense are proud to have helped 650 young people through the Get into Retail programme. Youth charity The Prince’s Trust gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job. Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, training or education.

About The Prince’s Trust Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity has supported 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion for over 40 years. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 825,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Independent research by NEF Consulting has found that The Trust has returned £1.4 billion in value to society through its work with disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone. In the year ahead, The Trust aims to

support 60,000 vulnerable young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence to find a job Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available on the website

What’s On Editor Anna Townsend at The Success Awards

L-R Alisha Mardon, HRH The Prince of Wales, Nicola Staff, Matt Dalton, Ryan Morris, Louise Greenlees from TJX, Phillip Schofield, Emilia Fox

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Food & Drink


ye’s first and only Middle Eastern pop up restaurant, Zephyr, is back on Saturday 1st April, this time at White Vine House on the High Street. Zoe Keen, the founder of Zephyr, works in the City of London by day and is an underground chef cooking up Middle Eastern food by night. Her husband Graham has the task of chief taster. Zephyr’s mission is simply to bring new and exciting flavours to the plates of the people of East Sussex and Kent. “There’s a real excitement around Middle Eastern food at the moment” says Zoe. “People know Greek and Turkish food, however, many aren’t as familiar with the incredibly varied and delicate flavours of Africa and Persia. It’s something a bit different and we intend to treat Rye’s taste buds”. The menu on Saturday 1st April is bringing some favourites back; Patlican (lamb and aubergine stew), tahini and halva chocolate brownies and the delightful strawberry and rose Middle Eton mess are all making a return. We are also introducing some new flavours, including the North African spiced aubergine Chermoula with bulgar wheat. To find out more about this exciting new venture, or if you have an interesting venue and would like to know how you could host one of our next events, please go to When and where: Saturday 1st April 2017 at White Vine House, 24 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF. Five course Middle Eastern menu (including complimentary glass of fizz) for £35 per person. Book now by calling White Vine House on 01797 224748 or email or

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Davidson showing off the latest bikes and a independent bike builder showing what his offerings. Tickets are £7 for adults and £3 for children over the age of 12

Sat. 15th April - Table Sale

At Winchelsea Beach Village Hall, Sea Road, TN36 4NA at 2pm. Good tombola. Entrance 50p including tea and biscuits. To book a table call 01797 224820 or 07732 723096.

Sat. 15th April - Whitney - Queen of the Night

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a breathtaking performance as Whitney. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s. From £20. 01323 412000.

Sat. 15th April - A Celebration of World Voices

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 5pm. The International Youth Choir Festival 2017 is a vibrant celebration of music’s power to change the lives of individuals and communities, featuring eight outstanding choirs from four continents. Experience the enthusiasm and energy of eight of the world’s greatest youth choirs. Outstanding young singers from four continents will present a vibrant showcase of music from their different cultures and traditions on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 15th April - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Performing: Phil Nichol • Jake Lambert • Alistair Barrie. 01892 678678.

Sat. 15th April - Harlem Globetrotters

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7.30pm. The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the United Kingdom during their 2017 World Tour. From £19.50. 01273 290131.

Sat. 15th & 16th April - Maidstone Tattoo Extravaganza

At the Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone, Kent. 100 tattoo artists for a weekend of tattooing, live music, trade stands, retro clothing sales, with a fully licensed bar, and much more. Outside we have a fun fair for people of all ages a bike and car show with charity fundraising, along with food catering for all people, we also have Maidstone Harley

The White Hart, Catsfield A traditional village Bar & Restaurant The White Hart is well known for it’s traditional home cooked food and amazing atmosphere whenever you visit. It is one of the few pubs in the area which has a dog friendly bar, and makes an ideal stopping off point when you are out enjoying the Sussex countryside. If you are planning a night out with friends, discover the new facilities at The White Hart.

Food Served

Mon. 6pm- 9pm Tues. - Sat. 12 - 2pm and 6pm - 9pm Sun. 12 noon - 3pm

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Sat. 15th April - MG Magnette Card Display

At the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Station. Vehicles will be on display throughout the day and there is an opportunity to talk with owners of these popular 1950’s sports saloons.

Sat. 15th April - West End Experience

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7pm. Following a week of workshops alongside West End professionals the Easter Youth Project present an exciting production that recreates musical numbers from award winning musicals Aladdin, Saturday Night Fever, Billy Elliot and Rock of Ages. 01424 462288.

Sat. 15th April - Exhibition Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free, booking recommended. Join a member of the De La Warr Pavilion team as they share their perspective on the exhibition, IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20 minutes. 01424 229111.

Sat. 15th April - The Selector and the Beat

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. £25. These 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of dates around the UK and Ireland. Renowned for their energetic live shows, longevity has not diminished either band’s ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, dancing. 01424 229111.

Sat. 15th April - Live Jazz with Mick Bolton

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Sat. 15th & 16th April - London Muslim Lifestyle Show

At the Olympia Central, London. www.

Sun. 16th April - Bay City Rollers - Starring Les McKeown

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. 0844 8717615.

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FSB Meeting at The Grapevine Rye The Grapevine, Rye recently hosted a meeting of the Federation of small businesses with live music and entertainment from Steve Zackim. Guests enjoyed drinks on arrival and a Meze supper. See facing page for details of the upcoming entertainment at The Grapevine.

Jazz at The Grapevine Rye The Grapevine, Rye recently hosted a Charity Jazz a Trois at the Grapevine, Rye. 9 Hours of live music in aid of charity. Featuring live music from Steve Zackman, Mick Bolton, Soneone Anyone, The Breretons and The Robert Reid Duo. Presented by ON STAGE IN 5. Proceeds from the event went to The Music Well. Based in Rye, The Music Well has been set up by Liz Butt who is a state registered music therapist and a member of the Health Professions Council. She has been running a Music Therapy service in Rye, East Sussex, since 2004 and has seen the benefit of music for wellbeing. She believes that the community itself is a WELL of musical resources and that by coming together to share musical activities the health of each individual as well as that of the community can benefit.

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The East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt Spring meet at The Ostrich, Robertsbridge


rowds of locals and enthusiasts turned out to see the East Sussex and Romney March Hunt gathered at The Ostrich in Robertsbridge before setting off for a morning drag hunt. Excited spectators enjoyed Port or Whisky Mac and canapes provided by the Ostrich before setting off for the days scurry.

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A Friendly Country Inn for Drinking and Dining The Ostrich, Station Road, Robertsbridge, E. Sussex TN32 5DG Tel: 01580 881737 Open: 12 noon - 11pm


very village deserves a good neighbourhood pub which brings together the local community, but few match The Ostrich, which offers simple, well-executed dishes at sensible prices in a friendly and traditional setting. Food served daily 12-3pm and 6-9pm. Their spring menu is now in full swing and roasts are back by popular demand.

SUNDAY ROASTS: Booking is still advised for their

Sunday Roast priced at just £8.50. SERVED 12-4pm. Situated a stone’s throw from the mainline station of Robertsbridge and within easy reach of Bateman’s, Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle, The Ostrich offers a range of facilities including: bed and breakfast accommodation, free function room hire, a large car park and a unique tropical garden! It also serves a selection of French, Spanish and Italian wines available by the glass or bottle, real ales and bar snacks. Tony & Rosemary Robins welcome all visitors to their Victorian freehouse. Live Music Jam Nights: Held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm. Open to all musicians. Strange instruments very welcome. (No Electric) The Ostrich also hosts Dementia Supper Clubs SE

Drinks served by our new boy!

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ith the help of professional food catering services, hosting a party becomes easier than ever. You can be a guest at your own party by leaving all the planning and timing that may cause a lot of hassle in the professional hands of The Dining At Home Company. Worry no more about preparing food or clearing the dishes, you can spend your time entertaing your guests and enjoying yourself. The Dining At Home Company offers a complete bespoke, personalised catering and dining service. Whether you are planning a dinner party, a family gathering or a special celebration, they promise to provide delicious handcrafted dishes to wow your guests and allow you to enjoy a stress free event. You can choose from plenty of menu options available. We found that everything about the food and service was excellent. For our starter we selected (1) Smoked salmon and ruby grapefruit, light soy and citrus dressing, watercress and pomegranite seeds together with (2) Pork Brandy and Smoked Bacon Terrine, Cornichons, caper and tomato garnish. Our Main courses were (1) Sussex Breast of Chicken, Bacon Lardons, Sauce of Pineau, cream and Porcini Mushrooms and (2) Smoked Haddock with spinach, chive hollandaise sauce, crushed potatoes. For dessert we selected (1) Chocolate Mousse Tart with a hazelnut crust and chantille cream and Tart Normande with a Brandy Almond Cream. All of our dishes were beautifully prepared and presented and Debbie arrived, set up, prepared and cleared down with the minimum of fuss making the whole evening enjoyable and successful............... Anna Townsend - What’s On Editor

Sun. 16th April, Easter Sunday Charity Open Mic Night

At Bibendum (opposite Town Hall). 7pm - 10.30pm. Featuring Sam Tier, the Moonbeans, Alice Wallwork, Jayne Ingles, illusionist Chris Chapel, Hollie Poole, Sam Hughes (Elton John tribute act), special guest magician Kris Singh and many more. Tickets only £7, includes buffet. Poets, singers, comedians and all acts welcome. To book a slot to perform or to reserve a table, email Abby at or phone Don on 07791476669. Plus giant raffle to be drawn by Eastbourne Mayor Pat Hearn.

Sun. 16th April - Show of Hands & Friends At The Royal Alber Hall, London. 8pm. Show of Hands are known for

their genre-hopping music, which focuses on strong narrative songs often touching on rock, blues and country. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 16th April - The Vera Lynn Story

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. £15.50. How did a simple girl from East Ham rise to become the most famous singer of her time? Relive Dame Vera Lynn’s remarkable story from her early years in

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working men’s clubs through her time with the leading dance bands of the 1930s to her wartime popularity and beyond to the 50s, 60s and 70s. 01323 412000

Sun. 16th April - Live Jazz with Steve Zackim

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Sun. 16th April - The Original Harlem Globetrotters

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will perform their spectacular show. 0844 8560202.

Sun. 16th April - Traditional Easter Concert

At The Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne with the Eastbourne Silver Band at 3pm. Free concert, no tickets required.

Sun. 16th & 17th April - Happy Hoppy Storytelling At Penshurst Place and Gardens, near Tonbridge, Kent. 2pm 3.30pm. An Easter tale with Aardvark Productions who have a wonderful story to share about an Easter rabbit.

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Mon. 17th April -British Rallycross Championship

At Lydden Hill Race Circuit. See main advertisement on page 27. www. 01304 830557.

Mon. 17th April - Gypsy Kings

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. France’s most successful group of all time The Gipsy Kings return to the Royal Albert Hall for their 10th show at the world famous venue. A unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 17th - 22nd April - Spring Art Exhibition

At the Zion Baptist Church, Tenterden TN30 6BB from10am - 5pm (until 4pm on Sat). The Weald of Kent Art Society is holding their first Spring Art Exhibition from Easter Monday. Discover exciting original works from over 40 artists including watercolours, oils, sculpture and jewellery. Entry is Free. Info:

Tues. 18th April - Classic FM Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor and John Suchet invite you to join them for another spectacular night of music at Classic FM Live! The nation’s most popular piece of classical music – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending – will be performed by the star British violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, and we’ll also enjoy a spectacular lights-and-fireworks finale to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 18th April - You Win Again

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. Following its West End debut, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of the Bee Gee’s will be embarking on its first ever UK tour. £24. 01323 412000.

Tues. 18th - 22nd April - Bruno Mars

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. The 24K Magic World Tour celebrates Mars’ eagerly anticipated new album, 24K Magic. 0844 856 0202.


am Teodorin Dichter, one of only a few Romanian wine importers in the UK. I have the privilege and the honour to show you some of the most famous and desirable Romanian wines at my wine store in St Leonards on Sea called Vernacular – The Fine Romanian Wine Store. Romania has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world, its viticulture dates back more than 6,000 years. An ancient Greek legend says Dionysus the god of wine was born there. Romania is now the world’s tenth largest wine producer and the sixth largest among European countries. I have built this store in order to follow my dream of bringing you a taste of Romania. These fabulous wines are often totally unknown here which is why I was looking to create this unique business. A corner of excellent quality wines, at very reasonable prices, where I like to share my passion with everybody. I have been very lucky because this passion for wine has been doubled by the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people. This has been an extraordinary experience which has helped me to integrate into the local community and to create new strong friendships with exceptional people.

Tues. 18th April - Russell Brand - Re: Birth

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? In RE:BIRTH, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one. 01424 462288.

Tues. 18th April - Brian Conley

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. The multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage in this all-new show. Brian will perform brand-new comedy, sketches and songs, alongside some of his best-known and loved retrospective material from the screen and onstage. 0844 871 7615.

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Tues. 18th April - Diversity

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. Show entitled ‘Genesis’ created by Ashley Banjo. 01273 290131.

Wed. 19th April - Russell Kane

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down. £20. 01424 462288.

Wed. 19th April - Kin

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 3pm and 7.30pm. Mortifyingly funny new wave British circus’ The Guardian. Fresh from their incredible opening performances at the Roundhouse, one of the UK’s hottest circus companies head to Brighton with their electrifying new show KIN. 01273 709709.

Wed. 19th April - Symfunny

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. musicians and comedians performing a night of music and laughter for Parkinson’s UK. Agnes Brown and Aled Jones have joined this star studded bill. Also appearing - Pete Townshend, Katie Melua, Collabro, Widdicombe and Jack Dee. Hosting this spectacular evening is stand-up comedian and star of the West End’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jason Manford. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 19th April - Lee Nelson

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. live on stage with his brandnew, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show. Start time : 7.30pm. 0844 871 7615.

Wed. 19th & 20th April - Jane Eyre An Autobiography

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. English Literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel, told through Jane’s eyes. 01424 423221.

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Wed. 19th - 22nd April London Marathon Exhibition and Registration

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Whether you are running in the race or not the exhibition is an opportunity that’s too good to miss for anyone interested in running and fitness. The 2017 Virgin London Marathon Exhibition will be the biggest ever, the demand from exhibitors to present their latest products and services has been unprecedented. From the major athletic brands and a multitude of other exhibitors showing and selling everything from socks to global navigation devices to the latest niche products and everything between. www.

Thurs. 20th April - Classic Rock USA

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Classic Rock USA is a heart pumping, drum beating and pulsating rock extravaganza featuring over 25 hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the ‘Boss’ himself, Bruce Springsteen. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 20th April - DLWP Artists’ Critique Group

At The De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. The De La Warr Pavilion Artists’ Crit Group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 6-8pm in the DLWP Studio. 01424 229111.


At The De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 7pm. Broadcast live on to the big screen in our auditorium. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

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career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar!

Thurs. 20th - 22nd April The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show

At the Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. From 10am daily. full of inspiring features, an extensive programme of FREE workshops, demonstrations and talks for you to take part in and improve your skills, you won’t know where to start.

Thurs. 20th April That’ll Be The Day

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. This year’s production features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50’s right through to the 70’s & 80’s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy! £25.50. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 20th April - NT Live: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

Thurs. 20th & 21st April - Joe Bonamassa

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Bonamassa has established his position as one of the premier guitar virtuosos of his generation, and has distinguished himself as an incisive and compelling songwriter, a gutsy and soulful vocalist, as well as one of the most popular touringand-recording artists around0207 589 8212.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Live transmission. 7pm. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter , The Woman in Black ), Joshua McGuire (The Hour ) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral , The Witness for the Prosecution ) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. 01892 678678.

Fri. 21st April - Live Jazz with The Robert Reid Duo

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Fri. 21st April - 6th May - Tulip Festival

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. The opportunity to try out VR products, experience our incredible interactive Show Features and meet the top brands and innovators working in VR today. £11.

At Pashley Manor Gardens, Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE. Friday 21st April every day until Saturday 6th May, 10am to 5pm. Admission £10.50. 30,000 tulips in the gardens; 100+ varieties. Café, Gift Shop and Plant Sales. See www. or call 01580 200888 for more information

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. From £22.90. Some Guys Have All The Luck is a brand new theatrical production celebrating the

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. A unique Gala Night in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Charity for Kids.

Thurs. 20th - 22nd April - The Virtual Reality Show

Thurs. 20th April - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Fri. 21st April - Golly Gosh Gala

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Fri. 21st April - ELO Again

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7:30pm. The Ultimate Electric light Orchestra Tribute Show. ELO Again really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO were like in the heyday. The whole experience is a professional re-enactment of an ELO concert with a great sound reproduction light show and visual effects. 01892 530613.

Fri. 21st April - Sarah Pascoe: Animal (Comedy)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Recommended 15yrs+. Sara Pascoe is an animal. After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, Sara now considers further issues. 01892 678678.

Fri. 21st - 23rd April - Fitcon

At Olympia National Hall, London. 9am - 5pm (4pm Sunday). The UK’s biggest event for fitness and sports nutrition comes to Olympia London. With hundreds of leading brands and pro athletes FitCon is the mecca of fitness. Shake hands with your idols, learn about the latest developments from top brands and enjoy free samples. You will also get the opportunity to share experiences with fellow fitness and health enthusiasts to get inspired and motivated.

Fri. 21st - 23rd April - The Garden Show at Firle Place

At Firle Place, near Lewes from 10am - 5pm. Art, design, Your Garden and You. See main advertisement and offer on page 25.

Sat. 22nd April - Prom Praise

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Famous worldwide for a unique voice in music, the All Souls Orchestra bring their flagship event – Prom Praise – for the annual visit to the Royal Albert Hall with a very special partnership of classical and contemporary musicians. A joyful fusion of performance with worship. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 22nd April - Cinema Live

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Live on stage: all of your 80’s & 90’s soundtrack favourites performed by a talented cast of singers and musicians from many West End shows. 01424 462288.

NEW SEASON MENU Main Courses Beer Battered Cod Chips & Peas £9.75 Scampi Chips & Peas £9.00 Beef & Ale Pie New Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables £9.25 Cottage Pie Seasonal Vegetables £8.50 Beef Lasagne and Salad £8.50 Chicken Tikka Masala Rice & Poppadum £8.50 Sausage and Mash with Onion Gravy £8.50 Burger & Fries £8.00 add Cheese £1 Macaroni Cheese & Salad £7.50 gluten free available Gammon Steak Chips and peas With Egg or Pineapple £9.25 Ham Egg Chips & Peas £8.50 Childrens Menu Sausage Mash Beans or Peas £5.95 Fish Chips & Peas £ 6.25 Chicken Nuggets Chips Beans or Peas £ 5.50 Burger and Fries £5.95 Macaroni Cheese £ 5.25 Gluten Free Available Ham Egg Chips & Peas £5.25

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Sat. 22nd April - Model Railroading Revealed

At the Stade Hall, The Stade, Hastings, 10.-4.00, hosted by the National Model Railroad Association, Kent and East Sussex Group. See the Projects, Plans, Techniques and Results. Adults £2, Accompanied children free.

Sat. 22nd April - The Solid Silver 60’s Show

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Commonly referred to as an institution on the 60s circuit, SS60s is the UK’s original and premier sixties show, bringing you classic hits performed by the original hit makers. From £27. 01323 412000.

Sat. 22nd April - Jonah’s Wail

At Salomons Estate, Broomhill Road, Near Tonbridge. Local band playing charity gig with full bar - selection of local beers and cones of chips for sale. 7.45pm to midnight. £10 pp.

Sat. 22nd April - Twelfth Night

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. National Theatre performance screened at the DLWP auditorium. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem. 01424 229111.

Sat. 22nd April - Exhibition Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Join a member of the De La Warr Pavilion team as they share their perspective on the exhibition, IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20 minutes.

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One of St Leonards best kept secrets, Nico’s Kitchen is a 1920s tapas bar and cocktail lounge. Themed in the heart of prohibition step back in time and enjoy a little glamour. Don’t miss out on our Cinco De Mayo Mexican festival on the 5th of May, its set to be a hell of a night with live music from the Get’em’on’up Boys, Tequila Cocktails from our in house expert and traditional Mexican food. Limited availability and tickets, details at or call 07982675094.

Sat. 22nd April - Feast of St. George 2017

At the Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. Free no ticket required. 12 noon to 6pm. Come and celebrate St George’s Day with a feast of English food, live music and free fun for everyone. There’ll be cookery demos from celebrity chefs, stalls selling mouth-watering treats, a banqueting area and a host of indoor and outdoor family games.

Sat. 22nd April - La Boheme

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7:30pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. PUCCINI LA BOHÈME. Introducing the Russian soprano Alyona Kistenyova * as Mimi and starring Olga Perrier*, the French Soprano as Musetta. 01892 530613.

Sat. 22nd April - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Abi Hudson - 8pm, Bea Everett - 9pm, David Migden & The Twisted Roots - 10pm. 01892 678678.

Sat. 22nd & 23rd April Antiques and Collectors Fair

Sun. 23rd April - Richard Herring: The Best

At the Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone. The Detling, Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fairs takes place four times a year and features everything from rustic country chic to retro style. Housed in the Maidstone Exhibition Hall and the John Hendry Pavillion - along with numerous outside pitches (weather dependent) visitors can expect up to 300 stalls offering plentiful choice from times gone by. ‘

Sat. 22nd April - Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio

Sat. 22nd April - Live Jazz with Steve Zackim

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Jasmin Vardimon Company presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale, Pinocchio. Based on the original book by Collodi and performed by Vardimon’s multitalented dancers, Pinocchio will bring to life the famous marionette as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy. 0844 871 7615.

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm . Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 23rd April - The London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. Brahms Horn Trio Schubert Piano Quintet in A major (‘Trout’). Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. From £15. 01323 412000.

Sun. 23rd April - The Stars in the Round

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 6pm. ‘The Stars’ in the Round brings together the UK’s best amateur performing arts troupes for a 360° dance show in the Royal Albert Hall. 0207 589 8212.

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Garden Services Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst

Phoenix Gardening offers a friendly, reliable, all year round gardening service. A member of the Gardeners Guild, Neil is professionally trained to RHS Level 3 and is a registered waste licence holder. Experienced with extensive plant knowledge, is happy to offer a free, no obligation quotation upon request with competitive hourly or per job rates. As well as gardening in all weathers, Neil can do small handyman jobs. Based in the Hastings area, Neil is happy to travel to areas such as Bexhill, Eastbourne, Tenterden, Sandhurst, Battle, Sedlescombe, Fairlight and Rodmell. Call Neil on 07958 408 667 or 01424 434724.

Friday 21st April every day until Saturday 6th May, 10am - 5pm In late April/early May Pashley Manor’s spectacular Tulip Festival sees the garden carpeted with over 30, 000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. Over one hundred varieties of tulip are planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Follow the winding paths down to the woodland and the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips - as is the wisteria on the back of the house. Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers in the Bloms Bulbs marquee. Bloms, winners of sixty five Chelsea Gold Medals, are on hand throughout the Festival to share their knowledge of these beautiful bulbs and to take orders from those inspired by the spectacle. With a café serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, scones and light lunches, which can be enjoyed on the terrace, a shop with gorgeous gifts, souvenirs and plants, and exhibitions of garden sculpture and floral art, Pashley’s Tulip Festival makes a superb day out. The Gardens, Café and Gift Shop are open from 1st April to 30th September, Tuesday to Saturday and Special Event Days, 10am to 5pm (NB closed on Good Friday 14th April)

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Sun. 23rd April - Frankie Valli

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6pm. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide and defined the sound of an era with classic hits. 0844 8560202.

Sun. 23rd April - The London Marathon

At Greenwich Park and St. Jame’s Park, London. (start and finish). For the course map and further information, visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website.

Sun. 23rd April - The Rother Riverside 10K

At Wittersham Road, Iden, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7UY. 10am. 07980 705961.

Sun. 23rd April - Bluebell Cream Tea

At Poulton Wood Nature Reserve, Forge Hill, Addington, Kent, TN25 7DT. 12 noon to 4pm. Free guided walks at 1pm and 3pm. Learn about the woodland and the folklore of the bluebells.

Mon. 24th - 30th April - Secret History Tour

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. From ghost hunters to gangsters, Suffragettes, swindlers and stars, discover the unexpected story of London’s most iconic concert venue. Each tour offers a unique experience and may include opportunities to see artists rehearsing for their evening performance. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 24 April 2017 – The changing Face of London. A Painted Documentary.

At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA, 2.30 p.m. The work of artists over the centuries contains hundreds of images of London, providing a fascinating social document of the capital. We look at a few of these works giving images of buildings long gone and new arrivals as London expanded and changed. A Rother Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture. Visitors welcome (entrance £7). Enquiries: Kay 01424 775257

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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 01424 838350

Mon. 24th - 29th April - The Crucible

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats 2.30pm. When a group of young girls are discovered dancing in the woods trying to conjure spirits, the God-fearing people of a small New England town are told the devil and witchcraft is in their midst and must be rooted out at all costs. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 24th - 29th April - Waiting For God

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Roy Hudd and Nichola McAuliffe star in this premiere stage production of the BAFTA Best Comedy Series nominated Waiting For God, which delighted TV audiences across several BBC series in the 1990s. 01323 412000.

Mon. 24th April - Billy Ocean

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7pm. A career spanning celebration from one of Britain’s biggest stars. Billy Ocean has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter. From £24.50. 01273 709709.

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Mon. 24th April - Cinderella

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella is based on the traditional story, the ballet will surely touch and reach out to everyone’s heart, with its combination of pure classical dancing and a touch of pantomime. The music contains a collection of Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and has been especially arranged for Vienna Festival Ballet. 01424 462288.

journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot - and each other’s hearts. From £14.50. 01892 530613.

Tues. 25th & 26th April - A Right Royal Variety Performance

Mon. 24th April - Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

At Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex from 10am - 4.30pm. Lead by head gardener Fergus Garrett. 01797 252878.

Tues. 25th - 29th April - TWODS - Annie Get Your Gun

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. Annie Get Your Gun follows the


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At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8.15pm. With musical delights, exciting dance numbers and laugh out loud comedy – as well as savvy sketches and some audience participation – this show has something for everyone. Trapdoor Productions, with Comedy Host, Grant Martins, return to The Royal Hippodrome Theatre for their 5th year £16.50. 01323 802020.

and beam work for house extensions. Some of our more specialist work has involved constructing a concrete raft for a house foundation on a seaside site and building foundations with piling to allow for the conservation of trees growing in close proximity to the build. We can work to technical drawings and ensure we are compliant with the local council building control staff. Contact us for a free site visit and written quote.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 23 – 27 May 2017

RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden to Provide Vision for the Future RHS Greening Grey Britain garden contains inspirational ideas for the future development of urban spaces • Adapted to climate-change, with ‘low-input, high-impact’ planting, water-sensitive design, biodiversity and habitat features, and pollutionsoaking plants • “Gardens are no longer a decorative ‘nice-to-have’ but essential to create healthy cities”, says designer Nigel Dunnett • Aims to inspire people, communities and urban developers, set in the context of a high-rise apartment block • Will showcase first ever street-art wall at RHS in the history of the show To meet the challenges of climatechange and rapid urban development, the Greening Grey Britain Garden, a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May), sponsored by M&G Investments, showcases how and why plants, nature and gardens have never been needed more in our towns and cities. Professor Nigel Dunnett, says: “Gardens and plants are no longer an optional and decorative ‘nice-to-have’, they’re essential. With pollution levels dangerously high in cities like London, Glasgow and Southampton and flash-flooding

devastating areas of the country last year, we need to all embrace the fact that plants help mitigate against some of the biggest environmental threats facing us today.” Set within an urban context of high-rise and apartment blocks, the RHS Greening Grey Britain garden focuses on practical and creative solutions for where space is at a premium, including balconies, and other spaces on and around the buildings themselves. “The benefits of plants, gardens and greenspaces aren’t appreciated enough,” Nigel adds, “and I hope that by showcasing realistic, simple and sustainable ideas that are directly relevant to home gardeners, community groups and crucially, to urban residential and commercial developers we can make a difference.” Nigel uses plants that soak-up pollution, as well as those which are drought-tolerant. The garden employs water-sensitive design ideas, such as rain gardens and wetland areas to deal with flash flooding. Nigel’s typical ‘low-input, high impact’ planting style is used throughout to deliver a long-lasting colourful visual display with minimal maintenance and high wildlife value. The garden is full of ecological ideas set within a modern and contemporary design.

Large, multi-tiered habitat structures which mirror the human apartment block, also feature in the garden. These ‘Creature Towers’ provide a home for a wide range of wildlife such as insects and birds. Other elements include bike storage, recycling and composting facilities, and edible planting, including a 2.5 metre long communal meeting table, that integrates fruit trees and herbs in its structure. “We know that gardens and gardening bring people together, and there’s now overwhelming evidence that they make us feel better and healthier. These ideas are central to the design. In uncertain times such as those in which we live now, where community spirit is deteriorating, and we are unsure of what lies ahead, there’s never been a greater need for us to engage with each other, and with nature.”, adds Nigel. The garden, which is an unjudged show feature, also contains RHS Chelsea’s first ever street-art wall, created by internationally-acclaimed Sheffield street artists Faunagraphic and Rocket01. Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show are still available to buy at flowershows

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Health & Beauty

As a mobile Personal Trainer in Eastbourne, I will travel to you to help improve your health and fitness in your own home. I am fully qualified and specialise in working with older adults. Whether you want to lose weight, get fitter, stronger, feel confident about your body, or regain health you used to have when you were younger, I can help you. - Free consultation. - Bespoke programmes to help you achieve your goals, and optimise your overall health and fitness. - Safe, creative and fun ways to get fit and stay fit. - Support, motivation and encouragement to reach your goals.

NECK & BACK PAIN SPECIALIST Paul Chedgey runs a unique health clinic in Bodle Street Green, nr. Herstmonceux, helping people with a wide range issues, through different methods tailored to suit the individual. These methods include, eight styles of Acupuncture, Electro-acupuncture, Mckenzie, Craniosacral Therapy, Deep Oscillation, Ultrasound, Traeger, Anma, Soti, Mickle Therapy and of course Herbal Medicine. Paul also qualified in the AtlasProfilax system of treatment in Hamburg in 2014, which works with the atlas bone in the neck to correct misalignments. Paul specialises in neck and back pain, headaches, depression, infertility, heart problems, lack of energy, arthritic conditions, digestive disorders, IBS and skin conditions amongst many other ailments. To find out more please phone: 07555 293 555 / website: (See front Page).

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The Spring Survival Guide


hile the warmer weather and brighter evenings make Spring many people’s favourite time of year, it is set to trigger a wave of problems due to the start of hay fever season. Hay fever affects more than 1 in 5 people in the UK, with one of the most common symptoms being itchy, burning and watery eyes. Expert Optometrist Sarah Farrant explains, “Our eyes and sinuses are very sensitive to environmental changes, which can leave us feeling ‘stuffy’ and uncomfortable. Our body wrongly interprets pollen and dust particles as a threat and tries to expel them. When pollen and particles from the air are swept into our eyes we create lots of watery tears to flush them away.” Here are Sarah’s top tips to help you survive this hay fever season naturally:

1. Banish stuffy noses

Try adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the vapour. It will help clear blocked noses as well as being calming!

2. DUAL protection for itchy eyes

Brand new Hycosan Dual provides protection and relief for allergy affected eyes. It contains all natural ingredients which combine to form a dual barrier against pollen, dust particles and animal hair.

3. Calm those coughs

Manuka honey is 4 times as rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals as regular honey which makes it a great way to stimulate our immune system and prevent throat irritation and coughing.

4. Brighten dark circles

Try using specialist antibacterial wipes Optase™ TTO to cleanse the lids and delicate skin around your eyes. New Optase™ TTO contains tea tree, Hyaluronic Acid, Camomile and Aloe Vera to hydrate and soothe your eyelids.

5. Be Sneeze-free

Replace your coffee with a cup of chamomile tea. Coffee contains histamine which can aggravate allergy symptoms like sneezing. Chamomile, however is a natural antihistamine and a mild sedative so swap that coffee-crash for pure relaxation.


ypnotherapy is the use of Hypnosis to help people overcome problems. It is safe, natural and effective. With the increasing demand on mental health services now, more people are turning to complementary therapy for help. Hypnotherapy and NLP are extremely effective therapies that can help with many of life’s issues. When we get caught up with a problem, it is hard to find a way out of it and we believe we are stuck with it. BUT, what if you could look at things from a different angle, hear the inner critic a lot less, feel happier inside yourself? Wouldn’t that be fantastic?! If you would like to lose weight, stop smoking, be more confident, get over a fear or phobia and be focussed for your exams or tests, then Hypnotherapy could really help you. I have been in practice for 14 years and worked with children (age 4+), teenagers, adults and couples and privileged to witness the amazing transformations people are capable of making. Maybe now is the time to make a change? Penny Hawkins. Enhanced DBS checked. Clinics in Hawkhurst and Tonbridge / 01892 750255

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Nursing & Care


ur team of highly trained, dedicated and understanding staff provide person centred care with our residents’ dignity and wellbeing as their overriding concern – but it is much more than just a job for our staff, as they work in partnership with both our residents and important others. We know that choosing the right home to take care of someone is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to make. We understand the emotional dilemmas and anxieties created for all concerned in these situations, and we can provide guidance and advice based on many years of experience.  We will do everything we can to help and support you throughout

the whole process of selecting the most appropriate home and making sure you and your relative settle in as quickly and comfortably as possible. Our dedicated Team delights in doing everything they can to maintain our residents health and well-being. We also encourage the residents to follow their interests by enabling them to maintain their independence and to live well with their dementia. We aim to support our residents to pursue their hobbies, recreational activities and interests, alongside organising a variety of activities. Due to our recent refurbishment programme we now have vacancies.

***NEWS FLASH*** Titleworth are opening a state of the art 60 bed new build care home in Ringmer near Lewes this Spring 2017. ‘Parris Lawn’ will offer accommodation to clients with Residential, Nursing & Dementia care needs. If you want to find out more about this or any of our Homes please visit our website or or call Chris Turnbull, Head of Clinical Services on 07738 729814 or Roy Carley, Business Manager on 07738 729806 or email

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Tues. 25th - 29th April Alan Ayckbourn’s Private Fears in Public Places

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Eves: 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. Described as “one of the most significant Ayckbourn plays of the 21st century”, and written with Ayckbourn’s trademark blend of comedy and compassion, Private Fears In Public Places is an intimate portrait of contemporary life that is tender, true, and very funny. 01892 678678.

Wed. 26th April - RSC Live - Julius Caesar

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Broadcast live on to the big screen. From £12. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 27th - 30th April - Country Living Spring Fair

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. Country Living champion craftspeople and small businesses and that’s what the Spring Fair is all about. We have fabrics, furnishings, accessories and more, all from hand-picked makers. The Fair is about simple pleasures: things to make, cakes to bake, talents to nurture and gifts to give. NEW for this year, stop by the Country Living Kitchen and the team of cooking professionals will show you how to cook, bake, roast and become an all-round cooking extraordinaire. Listen to advice and tips from the professionals with our themed cooking demos and Chefs Table Workshops throughout the day. Top chefs include: • Peter Harrison • Matt Larcombe, Head Chef at Heston Blumenthal’s gastropub, The Crown at Bray • Janos Veres, Head Chef at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin starred The Hind’s Head in Bray.

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Wedding Services

Fri. 28th April The UK’s No. One Jazz Singer Claire Martin Accompanied by John Stilgoe

At Frant Church, High Street, Frant TN3 9DX at 8pm. £20. An intimate evening of beautiful songs. Tickets from www. or 01892 752261/07768 115184.

Fri. 28th & 29th April The Property Investor and Homebuyer Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The UK’s largest — and longest running — exhibition of UK & International property.

Thurs. 27th & 28th April - A Variety Spectacular

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. The professional team of John & Vanessa Pohlhammer of J&V Productions and The Hastings Stage Studio have created an original show-stopping production for 2017. Stunning costumes complement this fast-moving, exuberant variety show guaranteed to have something for everyone. 01424 462288.

Fri. 28th April - Gerry and the Pacemakers

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. In the early sixties, Gerry and the Pacemakers worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg circuit as the Beatles and many other groups before being signed in 1962 by manager Brian Epstein, as his second group after the Beatles. £25.50. 01323 802020.

Fri. 28th April - 1st May Mind, Body, Spirit London Wellbeing Festival

At Olympia National, London. If you’re into self-development, selfempowerment, yoga, meditation and wellbeing then you should be planning a visit to the Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival. The festival will feature some of the most inspirational and motivational speakers along with musicians, artists and performers from across the globe. www.

Fri. 28th April - Abba Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. With Abba Girls The Band. Includes firework finale (9.30pm). Advance tickets. Ad. £7.75. Ch. £5.50. 01323 410611.

Fri. 28th April - Live Jazz with Dom Pipkin

At the Grapevine, Rye. See page 41.

Sat. 29th April - 1st May - Weald of Kent Handmade Fair

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, near Tonbridge, Kent. 10am - 5pm. Browse stalls of handmade homeware, jewellery, clothing, furniture, artisan foods and lots more.

Sat. 29th April - 7th May - Grand Designs Live

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Open from 10am daily. A unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with over 500 exhibitors, across seven different sections.

Fri. 28th April - Count Arthur Strong (Comedy)

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. £21. 01424 229111.

Fri. 28th - 30th April - BeFit London

At The Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. 10am - 5pm (4pm Sunday). Be:FIT London, the UK’s Health & Fitness Festival for Women is back for it’s fourth year, and this year’s festival will be bigger and better that ever.

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A glamorous Wedding Fair & Showcase at The Cooden Beach Hotel - Directly On The Beach

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Sat. 29th & 30th April - Eastern World Expo

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Introducing the Eastern World Expo - the first exhibition of its kind to launch in London, UK. A business, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, real estate, arts & culture focused exhibition spread over 2 days and bringing together 120+ countries. 10am - 7pm (6pm Sunday).

Singer of The Year at last year’s BBC Folk Awards. Singer/Violinist Nancy Kerr brings her Sweet Visitor Band to the Pavilion. 01323 841414.

At the Rye Bay Spice Co. Rye Harbour Road, Rye. With chilli dishes, Satan sausages, Margharita’s and sweet treats. See page 39.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea from 10am - 4pm. Free entry.

Sat. 29th April - 1st May Bexhill Artists Workspace Spring Exhibition

Sat. 29th & 30th April - Chilli Tasting

Sat. 29th April - Pasha Kovalev

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev invites you to join him as he leads you in dance through his incredible journey from snowy Siberian beginnings to the sparkle of the Strictly Ballroom. Choreographed in his unique way, earning him the most perfect 10s of all the Strictly professionals, this brand new show takes you around the globe, immersing you into the fascinating world of ballroom and Latin dancing like never before. £24 - £52. Tel: 01323 802020.

Sat. 29th April - Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band

At the Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. £19.50. Voted Folk

Sat. 29th April - Live Jazz with Mick Bolton

At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Sat. 29th April - Vaisakhi Festival 2017

At Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. 12 noon to 6pm. Free event. Come and celebrate Sikh culture and heritage with music, arts, food, community groups and charities plus lots of fun childrens activities.

Sat. 29th April - Artist Tour Lead by Becky Beasley

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 3pm. Free, booking recommended. Tour of the exhibition IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY. 01424 229111.

Sat. 29th April - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. Sibelius Valse Triste. Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique). Joshua Weilerstein conductor. Mark Bebbington piano. 01273 709709.

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Animal & Pet Services Sat. 29th April - The Little Mermaid

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 11am and 2pm. With stunning scenery, eye catching costumes, original songs plus up to date chart songs, not forgetting loads of audience participation, this show makes for a thoroughly entertaining family day out. 01424 462288.

Sat. 29th April - Murder on the Home Front

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. As actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in this truly interactive evening of dinner theatre where you decide just how involved you want to be. The emphasis is on having fun, playing detective or suspect, solving the crime and above all, eating delicious food and drinking delicious wine. 01622 767855

Sat. 29th April - 1st May - May Day Festival

Sat. 29th April - Tropicana - Ultimate 80’s Night

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Studio at 8.30pm. Dig out those 80’s fashions and restyle your hair as The White Rock ‘steps back in time’. Totally retro and full of your favorite 80s anthems our DJ will have you partying the night away in our transformed 80’s paradise. 01424 462288.

At Hever Castle and Gardens, near Edenbridge, Kent. Visitors are invited to dance around the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. This age old custom is followed by demonstrations of May Day Dancing accompanied by 16th century music. Meet the mythical Jack-in-the-Green and follow the Green Man from folklore in a customary May Day procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells. There’s also a Green Man trail through the Castle.

Sat. 29th April - Streets of Battle

On the Abbey Green, Battle and around town. Free event. Street arts with odd, intriguing and hilarious performances around town. Held on the last Saturday of March, April and May.

Sat. 29th April - Back to the 80’s Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. With Rubix-80’s. With high energy dance moves, powerful vocals and a touch of humour. Tickets £7.75 adult, £5.50 child. 01323 410611.

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Birds of a feather.. A perfect time for seeing some of our beautiful migrants, a few of these fantastic summer visitors make treacherous journeys from as far off as South Africa. It’s a fact that less and less are managing to reach their breeding areas here in Britain. Sadly the Turtle Dove and the Cuckoo come to mind, numbers of these have plummeted over the past few years.Thankfully thousands of Warblers, Swallows and Martins still do manage to reach us. So get out and enjoy what nature has to offer. Turtle Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, male and female Blackcap and Swallows. .......... Feathers Wild Bird Care

Sun. 30th April - Live Jazz with Steve Zackim At the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye. 8pm. Free Entry. See page 41

Sun. 30th April - Shakin Stevens - Echoes of Our Times

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. The Platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be exciting his audiences as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times, along with classic hits, and a few surprises. £35. 01892 530613.

Sun. 30th April - 1st May - May Bank Holiday Activities

At Penshurst Place and Gardens, near Tonbridge, Kent. From 10.30am 6pm. Refresh your woodcraft and outdoor skills with Camp Wildnerness who will be deep within the Woodland Trail, waiting to greet you with crackling fires and bushcraft skills.

Sun. 30th April - Danny Baker - Cradle to the Stage

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Danny Baker is a broadcaster and writer who has worked throughout print, television and radio for over 30 years. His recent bestselling autobiographies were adapted into the hit BBC series Cradle to Grave. £24.15. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 30th April - All Souls in Concert

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 9.15pm - 10.30pm. An informal programme showcasing the talent and range of styles that this London orchestra has become known for orchestral favourites and songs featuring the exceptional concert pianist Grace Yeo. Adults £7.50, Under 18s £2.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 30th April - Oliver in the Overworld

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. A family musical for 3-7 year olds and their families. The first ever musical created from scratch with sign language. 01892 678678.

Mon. 1st - 3rd May - Ed Sheeran

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Not only has Ed caught the headlines with his phenomenal solo concerts, he’s also been involved in an array of spellbinding collaborative performances over his career to date, further proving his colossal status in the musical world. 0844 8560202.

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Whats on magazine april 2017  

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

Whats on magazine april 2017  

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