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What’s On August 2017

Tues. 1st - 5th Aug. - ‘Glorious Goodwood’

At Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PS. With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is the sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing season. With its position as one of the largest race meetings in the world, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is a spectacle that has to be experienced. Elegant fashion combined with some of the greatest races in the world create a festival week like no other. On Friday 4 August at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood,’ one lady will win the trip-of-a-lifetime to South Africa, as winner of the L’Ormarins Best Dressed competition. 01243 755022.

Sat. 29th - 30th July - Brocante and Vintage Weekend Sale

At Little Gables, North Street, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8DR. Vintage clothing, gardenalia, tools, antiques, vintage rustic furniture, architectural salvage. See page 22

Until Sun. 1st Oct. . - Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

At Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. The first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands. Presented by the V&A, Pink Floyd and Iconic Entertainment Studios. Experience a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day. Daily: 10.00 – 17.30. Last ticketed entry 16.15. Friday: 10.00 – 21.30. Last ticketed entry 20.15. 020 7942 2000.

Until 9th September. - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 - The Musical

At The Menier Chocolate Factory, Soutwark Street, London. With an infectious score and a script which stays true to the original novel, this heart-warming musical will bring Adrian’s story to life for a new generation. Set in 1980s Leicester, we follow the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian’s adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 3/4… To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win her love and escape from his chaotic family life? 020 7378 1713

Tues. 1st - 27th Aug - Henri Matisse Original Lithographs Selling Exhibition At Murmurations Gallery, 17A Parkhurst Road, Bexhill TN40 1DE. 10.30am - 4.30pm. This exhibition brings together over 50 original lithographs of his ‘Poem Illustrations’ and ‘Paper Cutouts’ that made up a large body of work in his later years. 01424 272554.

East Hastings Sea Angling Association East Hastings Sea Angling Association lies in a prime location on The Stade in Hastings Old Town (by the lifeboat station). Our first floor clubhouse and two balconies offer fantastic views over the sea, so why not come for lunch (or breakfast even) and sit out on the balcony in the sunshine and enjoy the view. Our fully licensed bar welcomes non-members, however, if you join as a member you can enjoy 10% off all our bar prices. We offer live music every week, a monthly quiz night, poker, weekly auction and more. We are also home to a monthly jazz evening (usually the first Tuesday of the month), hosted by Jazz Hastings. So why not pop in and see what we’re about and have a chat to our friendly staff to find out more.


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Contents House and Home P.2 -13 Fashion and Leisure P.14 - 30 Motoring P.24 & 25 Bexhill on Sea Feature P.26 - 30 Food and Drink P.31 - 43 Hampton Court Flower Show Review P.44 - 51 Garden Services P.52 - 57 Health and Beauty P.58 & 59 Wedding Services P.60 & 61 Nursing and Care P.62 & 63 Animal and Pet Services P.64 - 67 What’s On Magazine is Trading Standards Approved. We are the only publication to be audited by Trading Standards to comply with their Buy With Confidence Scheme.

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Gas fire company UK are a long established family business & although no longer on the high street are still very much in business! However in order to be even more competitive and give our customers more choice & bigger savings, we are now Internet based, saving even more pounds, to give you the best deals. Whether you wish us to supply & fit as a complete package or you want to buy elsewhere or from a DIY chain, we can give you the best advice & installation service. If you want a gas fire & fireplace or a wood stove and liner, or maybe just a refurbishment/ repair or service of your existing appliance, call or email us today. Don’t forget we can service your boiler too. Call Sylvie 01424 224222 or email

Take a break by the Seaside and enjoy a Summer that could Change Your Life! Summer Success Program ~ Learn NLP by the Sea! This 4 day Program is based on NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP for your Personal, Professional and Business development. NLP is a powerful set of skills and techniques , taught in a fun, hands on way, in a fabulous venue on Eastbourne seafront. The training room has a superb sea view! Successfully complete this program and gain a Diploma in NLP, learn the foundation skills of NLP to enhance your life. NLP Training can help you to: • Increase your confidence

and self esteem • Reach your true potential • Develop your communication and negotiation skills • Improve your focus and planning • Identify and let go of your limiting beliefs • Plan for your success and development • Achieve more • Discover, explore and personally experience the many benefits of NLP

Become skilled, confident and competent with NLP Foundation skills. NLP Diploma forms module one of NLP Practitioner training. Book Early and Save! – Quote What’s On Magazine - £10 discount. Early Payment Fee – Book and pay in full by 9th August £380. Full Price: £395 Your Trainer: Joanna Harper of Integrate Training an experienced NLP and Integral Eye Movement Therapy – (IEMT) Trainer. She offers a range of workshops and Certification Trainings in Eastbourne throughout the year. Joanna makes time in her schedule for one to one private appointments in Eastbourne and online. She is a highly skilled Therapist who helps children, young people and adults overcome challenging past experiences to reach their true potential; by blending models from NLP and IEMT in an innovative way. Sea View Venue: Natural Fitness Centre, Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ Bookings: Call: 07778 251122 Mail: Joanna@


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Tues. 1st - 5th Aug. - Body Double

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. A play that keeps its audience guessing, a play about pretence, a play about the different roles people assume in life, about the dangers of pretending to be someone we’re not. In Body Double the actors are actors, the set is a set and the play being rehearsed mirrors the life of those rehearsing the play-within-the-play. 01323 412000.

Tues. 1st - 3rd Aug. - Contemporary Music Summer School

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. For ages 11 - 15 years. 10am – 5pm every day. FREE, £30 deposit (fully refundable on completion of course). This is a three-day taster workshop which could lead you on to take part in Make Waves – an open access contemporary music project for existing and aspiring young musicians aged 11 – 19 years in Hastings and Rother. Young people receive guidance to learn how to create and perform original music. 10am. 01424 229111.

Wed. 2nd Aug. - Authentic Bluegrass Session

Every Wednesday at the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. from 9pm. With optional dancing. 01424 438791

Wed. 2nd Aug. - Youth Technical Summer School 2017

10.00am – 4.00pm • 13-19 years old • £150. Split between Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells and Skinners Kent Academy. Over the five days, participants will design and build a theatre set, rig and plot lights, programme sounds and learn the basics of stage managing in a working theatre from behind the scenes. 01892 678678.

Wed. 2nd Aug. - Hastings Winkle Club Putting Competition

At Hastings Adventure Golf, Seafront, Hastings from 6pm. Prizes for men, women and juniors. All profits to local good causes. Open to all.

Wed. 2nd Aug. - 1812 Firework Concert

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Held every Wednesday in August. A culmination of concert music ending triumphantly with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture accompanied by a spectacular Firework display. Doors and bar open at 7:30pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm, Concerts finish at approximately 10:00pm. 01323 410611.

Thurs. 3rd Aug. - Acapella Song Session

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

At the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. from 9pm with Dale and his troup. Held on the first Thursday every month. 01424 438791

Thurs. 3rd - 6th Aug. - Summer Diesel Gala

At the Spa Valley Railway, Nevill Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Sat Nav TN2 5QY. Four days of heritage diesel action with a visiting Class 20, Class 31, Class 50 and Class 421 EMU too! Annual and well known four-day Summer Diesel extravaganza, - part of their 20th anniversary year, will commence at 09:30 on Thursday 3rd August with a variety of locomotives in action over the four day event. 01892 537715.

Thurs. 3rd Aug. - 1066 Jazz Club With the Imperial Jazz Band

At Azur, Marina Parade, Hastings. The 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome.

Thurs. 3rd Aug. - Delicious History

At Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly, London. Join our archivist for an hour-long tour of the building (with tastings), to hear the fascinating tales behind one of Britain’s most loved icons, ending up with – what else – a cup of Fortnum’s famous tea. Tours take place at 11am and 3pm every second Thursday and cost £25 per person. Why not make a day of it, and book lunch or afternoon tea, too? 020 7734 8040.

Thu. 3rd -6th Aug. - Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham. 10.30am - 5pm. 01273 479565.


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Celebrate The Magic Of The Past England’s Medieval Festival is a one-of-a-kind, three day immersive experience held at the stunning location of Herstmonceux Castle. Many of the 15,000 visitors return year after year now bringing their own children to experience this unique blend of history and fun. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why grandparents, couples and even the pet dog love the festival; and why many now choose to stay all weekend. As well as the amazing atmosphere, visitors enjoy realistic historical battles, grand parades, jousting, falconry, archery or a wander through the medieval shopping market and the living history village. Meet traditional crafts people, and take part in workshops like blacksmith-forging, wood-weaving, calligraphy and chain mailing. The Buxom Wench, Knight’s and Jester’s Taverns serve up traditional ale and brilliant entertainment; and there is an array of fantastic food available across the site. A full line-up of traditional and modern music from renowned folk musicians in the evenings, is joined by theatrical performances and the hilarious Theatre in the Mud. Kids Kingdom is a world of mini medieval fun, with shows and workshops alongside the dazzling demonstrations and thrilling jousting from the Knights of Camelot. All set within the beautiful castle grounds, the festival offers a fantastic day out or a unique camping weekend. (26, 27 & 28 August Bank weekend)


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Thurs. 3rd Aug. - Theatre Royal Torchlight Tours

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm and 9pm. A unique look at Theatre Royal Brighton. Follow your guide on a night time backstage tour and hear the stories of people connected to the theatre over its 200 year history. Torches provided! 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 3rd Aug. - Big Band and Swing Sound

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm with The Brighton Big Band. Big Band evenings are performed by some of the best local Big Bands and Military Bands. The unique Big Band Sound comes to life with numerous hits from the memorable era. 01323 410611.

Fri. 4th - 6th Aug. - Summer in the City

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The UK’s largest online video event, attracting attendees from across the globe. The event is a celebration of online content and caters to creators, viewers and industry personnel with a range of stage performances, discussion panels, exhibition areas, meet and greets, and networking opportunities. 01327 878936.

Thurs. 3rd Aug. - Emma

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. A sparkling new stage adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Emma. In this bicentennial year of Jane Austen, DOT Productions brings its renowned style to Emma, a comedy of manners that is sure to delight. £13. 01424 423221.

Fri. 4th Aug. The Johnny Cash Road Show

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! 01424 462288.

Fri. 4th - 6th Aug. - Live Jazz

A weekend of live jazz at the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex from 8pm. Three top jazz musicians over three evenings. Free entry. See main advertisement on page 35.

Fri. 4th Aug. - Gaslight Tales

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7pm and 9pm. Step under the velvet curtain into the era of Queen Victoria where magicians Miller & Brooks will baffle you with truly confounding magic. Many twists and turns await you as you travel through the deserted theatre; be warned, nothing and no one is what it seems! 0844 871 7615.


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Fri. 4th Aug. - Duran Duran & 80s Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. With Duran Dau. The 80s was a golden era for great pop bands. Duran Duran ruled supreme as one the biggest bands in the world. Their songs are still played everywhere today and this sound has lasted with both still filling the largest concert venues. Doors and bar open at 7:00pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm. Concerts finish at approximately 9:30pm. 01323 410611.

Sat. 5th - 6th Aug. - Castle Canines

At Hever Castle Nr Edenbridge Kent. Stalls, entertainments and prizes for the best pooches. Whether you own your own dog or just love them, there is something for everyone.

FREE. Screened outside on the sea-facing wall. Bring something to sit on and wrap up warm. There will be free family-friendly activities on the terrace before each screening from 6pm and the Terrace Bar will be open. 01424 229111.

Sat. 5th Aug. - Open Air Theatre: Hamlet

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Never out of season or fashion, The Changeling Theatre presents Hamlet, an epic story of human mortality and struggle in a brilliant, relevant Shakespeare play for modern times. Adult £20; Child (10-17yrs) £10. Doors Open 6.30pm, Performance begins at 7.15pm. Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

Sat. 5th Aug. - 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 Simon Patterson’s exhibition, Safari: an exhibition as expedition. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20–30 minutes. Free Event. 01424 229111.

Sat. 5th Aug. - Twist and Shout

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. From £18.50. The greatest musical era of the 20th century comes alive with a nostalgic and fun packed musical journey through the sights and sounds of the swinging 60s. When skirts got shorter and hair got longer! Sing and dance along with a cast of leading performers to the music of The Beatles, Hermans Hermits., Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandy Shaw and many more.. 01892 530613. Enjoy displays and entertainment from a variety of dogs including guide dog puppies, Pets as Therapy dogs and huskies from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association. Newfoundland Dogs in Action will also be doing a water display on the lake. Parade your pooch as part of the Hever Castle dog show with rosettes for the most Dashing Dog, Beautiful Bitch, Super Senior, Perfect Pup or Ravishing Rescue. Visitors can also enter their hound into musical sit, pick up tips and advice on caring for their canine and browse a variety of stalls. 01732 865224. Sat. 5th Aug. - Tron (1982) (PG) At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. At sunset approx. 8.30pm

Sat. 5th & 6th Aug. - Truck Festival

At Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Canterbury, Kent. CT4 6RY. A weekend of family fun filled with on track demos from race trucks, legends, drift cars, buggies and more. See main advertisement on page 25 for details.

Sat. 5th Aug. - In the Bellows - Blue

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. A tiny delight of puppetry, music and invention performed deep beneath Theatre Royal Brighton; this is theatre for those who like stories, and storytelling for those who like theatre. Family/All ages £5 experience lasts approx. 45 mins. Running throughout the day from 10am. 0844 871 7615.

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Sat. 5th & 6th Aug. - Triathalon and Open Swim

At Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. Calling all runners, swimmers and cyclists! The 2017 Bewl Water Triathlon and Open Swim events are taking place on 5th and 6th August. Put your stamina to the test in one or both of these exciting events or come along to watch and cheer on the competitors. There will be 2 options available: the single length sprint and the double length standard. The open water swim lengths are 1.9km or 3.8km. For more information and to enter, please visit

Sat. 5th & 6th Aug. - Russell Howard: Round The World

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 8pm. Critically acclaimed ‘Comedy Superstar’ (Time Out), one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up, and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Howard returns to the live stage for the first time in three years with his biggest global tour to date – Round The World. 01373 709709.

Sat. 5th Aug. - Simon and Garfunkel Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. With The Sounds of Simon A show that takes in the full range of the duo’s career together, as well as drawing extensively from Paul Simon’s solo career, this is live entertainment at its very best. Doors and bar open at 7:00pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm. Concerts finish at approximately 9:30pm. 01323 410611

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Sat. 5th - 6th Aug. - The Junk Orchestra

At Leeds Castle Nr Maidstone Kent. Join The Junk Orchestra on a supersonic journey of the UK’s finest recycled objects in this show for the whole family. Learn how to build an orchestra, shake it to a recycled rave and join the band for a recycled rock concert. Next to the Maze at 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm. Included with the price of admission.

Sat. 5th Aug. - Gobi Desert: Wild Camels: Nuclear Tests

At Fairlight Hall, Martineau Lane, Hastings. TN35 5DR. 10.30am. Fairlight Hall Talks and Workshops 2017- John Hare, the first foreigner allowed into China’s nuclear test area for 45 years to research the critically endangered wild camel, shares his remarkable experiences. – Proceeds to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation – £20 to include coffee and cake. 01424 814132.

Sat. 5th Aug. - Sussex Wildlife Trust Rye Harbour Wildlife Watch with Andy

Sun. 6th August - Songs from the Musicals

At Broad Oak Village Hall, Heathfield. Singing by Leo Andrew currently performing in Fiddler on the Roof. (07867 775223). 7.00pm. Tickets (£15) include supper.

Sun. 6th Aug. - Sunday Night on the Proms

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. with The Central Band of The Royal British Legion. Wave your flag to all the Traditional proms sing-a-longs, including, Land of Hope & Glory and Rule Britannia. Doors and bar open at 7:30pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm. Concerts finish at approximately 9:30pm. Tickets In advance (early bird): Adult: £5.00, Child: £2.50. Full Price: Adult: £7.00, Child: £3.50. 01323 410611.

Sun. 6th Aug. - Chiddingly Horse Show Gymkhana and Fun Dog Show

At Rye Harbour, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7TX. 10am. Sessions will be themed around the reserve changing with the tides and seasons and discovering how to help local wildlife thrive. Activities will include exploring the reserve, playing games, bird watching, pond dipping, mini beast discovery and more. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Rye Harbour Village car park, Rye Harbour, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7TX.

At Hale Farm, Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6HQ. Family day out in the country at Hale Farm, Chiddingly, East Sussex BN8 6HQ. All kinds of riding, jumping and carriage driving, plus refreshments, stalls and Grand Raffle. Plus a Fun Dog Show with Pedigree and Novelty Classes – enter at the ringside. Bring a picnic, enjoy the countryside. Car parking £3, and proceeds go to local worthy causes. 01825 872401. See main ad. p.20.

At Batemans, Batemans Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS. This fantastic weekend is packed full of things to see and do, with fun for all the family. There will be re-enactments throughout the day, an encampment with ammunition store, a field ambulance, aeroplane and mess tent. There are also a range of activities for children to enjoy, such as making their own dog tag or cap badge. 01435 882302.

At Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. The Drawtones with Derek Nash. A top jazz and funk organ band with a Jools Holland saxophonist. The stunning maestro saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) recorded and performed on a brand new album “Down the Line” with the East Sussex based Jazz, Funk & Soul Organ Band “The Drawtones” in January 2017. 01323 833816

Sat. 5th Aug. - WW1 at Bateman’s

Sun. 6th Aug. - Summer Jazz at the Castle

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Fashion & Leisure The SUMMER SALE at HALO is now on! We are famous locally for our sales as you can be certain of getting a genuine bargain. With huge reductions on our SPRING/SUMMER STOCK, now is the time to get top brands PAPERDOLLS, ICHI, B.YOUNG, LITTLE MISTRESS, BRAKEBURN, ANONYME, & FEVER at rock bottom prices. There are hundreds & hundreds of fantastic bargains throughout the store as many FOOTWEAR, JEWELLERY, GIFT & ACCESSORY lines have also been reduced. Lots of items are LESS THAN HALF PRICE! The gorgeous NEW SEASON stock has started to arrive and some lines are already selling out! We only buy small quantities of each size & style, so you need to be quick off the mark to get the first pick of the Autumn stock - these lines will not be repeated! A great way to keep up to date with our latest deliveries is to join our FACEBOOK page. Not only will you see photos of the newest stock, you will get early access to our sales and even a chance to win yourself a freebie from time to time! With stock deliveries most days there is a constant stream of new lines enabling us to offer the very latest styles at extremely competitive prices. So pop into our Heathfield shop, snap up a bargain in the sale and have a look at the new season stock whilst you are here!

Sun. 6th Aug. - Hooe’s Old Motor Club 48th Vintage Car Show and Concours D’Elegance

Sun. 6th Aug. - The Great Southern Flea and Collectors Fair

At Hooes Recreation Ground, between Pevensey and Ninfield. B2095, East Sussex, TN33 9HU. 10am - 5pm. Competitions, parades, arena events, silver band. Open 10am - 5pm. Ad. £5. Ch. free. 01323 843202.

Sun. 6th Aug. - Barby Keel’s Animal Sanctuary Summer Fete

At Barby Keel, Pipzedene, Freezeland Lane, Sidley, TN39 5JD. See main advertisement on page 65. Many stalls including produce, toys, plants etc, plus a chance to mingle with the animals on site.

At Nash Street, Lower Dicker, near Eastbourne BN27 4AA. 8.30AM 3.30pm. £3 per person. Dealers from the UK and the continent bring a fabulous selection of unusual stock. See main ad. on page 15.

Mon. 7th - 12th Aug. - Youth Senior Summer Project Singin’ In The Rain Jr

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 13-18 years old • £150 01892 678678. Rehearse and perform this live musical production on the Trinity Theatre stage. Have fun, make friends and create memories by taking up the challenge of rehearsing and performing a hit musical in just six days!

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Brede Flower Festival weekend From ‘Tea to Teapot’, ‘Journey into Space’ and ‘Ten Thousand Leagues under the Sea’ are just some of the themed displays that will be part of the Brede Flower Festival weekend. This year the theme is “Great Journeys” and from air, land and sea journeys to how things are made will all be the highlight of the Festival. There will be some thirty-five displays which transforms this ancient building into an amazing kaleidoscope of colour.

Mon. 7th - 10th Aug. - Summer Soccer Camp

At Battle Abbey School, from 10am - 3pm. Ages 8 - 16. All schools and abilities welcome. Have fun learning to play football the European way in the beautiful surroundings of historic Battle Abbey. See main advertisement on page 19.

Mon. 7th Aug. - An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan, with Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society will captivate you with a collaboration of songs from the fourteen memorable, world famous, comic operas dating back to the late 19th Century. 01323 410611.

The Great Southern Flea You won’t want to miss this summer event brought to you by B2B Events & Bentleys Fairs. The exciting Flea & Collectors Fair is coming to town for one day only and dealers from the UK and the continent will be bringing a fabulous selection of unusual stock such as interior furnishings, shabby chic, gardenalia, jewellery, vintage items,salvage & decorative items and so much more. It is an opportunity to buy things you cannot find on the high st. There will be on site caterers and free car parking. See for booking form or casual trader information. Trade stands info on 01424 218803.

Mon. 7th - 11th Aug. - ExCeL In The Arts

At ExCeL, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. If you’re an aspiring performance poet, dancer, singer, MC or producer, event co-ordinator or set designer this camp is for you! At this 5-day summer arts camp you can master your passion with the best in the business, as well as a masterclass with grime artist Ghetts.

Tues. 8th - 12th Aug. - Blue Remembered Hills

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. It is 1943 on a summer’s afternoon and seven children play in the fields and woods of old England. As stipulated by the author the children’s roles are all played by adult actors. Presented by The Summer Theatre Company. Directed by Peter Mould. Adults: £13. Under-18 and groups: £10. Members: £8. 01424 423221.

Tues. 8th - 12th Aug. - New Jersey Nights

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat Mats. 2.30pm. The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. 01323 412000.

Tues. 8th Aug. & Every Tuesday - Folk Session

At the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. from 8.30pm. Brilliant local musicians. Audience participation encouraged but not compulsory.

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Tues. 8th - 12th Aug. - Great British Beer Festival

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. A paradise for pint lovers, CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival is one of the biggest, most exciting and well-known events in the beer and cider world. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this year will see over 900 real ales, international beers, real ciders and perries showcased. Plus, brand new for 2017, you can now enjoy fine English wine from some of the best producers in the country as well as fruit cider. The festival also offers you the chance to sample fantastic London street food and listen to live bands whilst testing your skills on a variety of traditional pubs games. To help you learn more about the craft which goes into making Britain’s best beers, ciders and perries experts will be on hand in tutored tastings. Discussing everything from appreciating flavours to ingredients used, it’s the perfect way to get that little extra out of the show. www.

Wed. 9th Aug. - Pirate and Princess Day

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to come ashore and be a pirate for the day on Michelham’s bountiful island! Treasure hunts, games for all ages and much more! Ships ahoy matey! 01323 844224

Wed. 9th Aug. - RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7pm. Live Transmission. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. 01892 678678.

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COMEDY, MUSIC, DRAMA AND MUCH MORE 16th September - 1st October 2017 Chiddingly Festival is a remarkable phenomenon, it is a feast of the arts, run entirely by volunteers, attracting big names and quirky acts in a wide range of genres. Music, dance, beer, art, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry for all ages feature in the calendar of events including comedy from Andy Hamilton and tales of from the music business with Guy Pratt. Theatre makes its regular appearance in the form of A Common Man, the story of Thomas Paine and Every Wild Beast based upon a Korean folk story. Music plays an important role with performances from folk singer Sam Lee, jazz from the Peter Edwards Trio and Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldiers Tale. Other key event include a literary evening with Ali Smith, Chiddingly Chillerama II, Artists Open Studios, and of course the Beer & Cider Festival.

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The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Pashley Manor Gardens August 26th – 28th 10.00 am – 5 .00 pm at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, E Sussex TN5 7HE To see the very best of locally crafted design work come to Pashley Manor Gardens, where members of the Sussex Guild who will be exhibiting their exquisite work in a large marquee in front of the Elizabethan manor house this August Bank Holiday Weekend. You will see spectacular examples of a variety of crafts, including ceramics, creative textiles, furniture, glass, jewellery, printmaking and woodwork. Come to meet the designer makers, buy or commission an individual piece. The Garden Café, which specialises in local produce, and the breath-taking gardens, are open from 10am. The special admission price of £8.50 includes entry to the gardens and show, children (6 -16 years) £5. For more information about the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Pashley Manor Gardens and other events visit the Guild Shop, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP Tel: 01273 479565. For more information about Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE

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Club Liga provides a safe and fun environment for young players to experienece coaching at the highest level, to develop their skills and play football the right way. Club Liga gives young players the opportunity to express themselves and gain confidence to take with them beyond the football field. Our next Club Liga is in August 7th 2017. Come along and join us, make new friends, learn new techniques, develop skills, play matches and have fun in the beautiful grounds of Battle Abbey.

A Walk To Remember

The St Wilfrid’s Hospice Starlight Stroll takes place along Eastbourne’s spectacular seafront on Saturday 2nd September and really is a walk to remember. You get to take in sea air under the starlit sky and help raise vital funds for the work of the hospice through sponsorship of the four or six-mile walk – you choose. With your registration pack you will be sent a paper lantern which you are invited to decorate or dedicate and bring with you on the evening. What makes the event so special happens at the halfway point in the Italian Gardens at Holywell. Here, add an electric tea light to the lantern and lay it on the lawn to join the hundreds of other lanterns. This beautiful, twinkling memorial garden creates a special atmosphere that is hard to leave and hard to forget. Want to join the walk and raise vital funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice? It costs £15 per person; just go to or call 01323 434241 to register. See you there!

Wed. 9th Aug. - Twilight Picnic

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 6pm. Parade through the Enchanted Forest installation and journey through hidden parts of the Theatre on your way to our secret Twilight Picnic spot. Things to see, songs to sing and stories to share in this magical event. Your ticket price includes a picnic bag. Family/All Ages. 0844 871 7615.

Wed. 9th Aug. - Puppet Idols

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7pm. This special workshop shares the skills you need to create a small puppet of your hero! Whether you want to take home your very own Ziggy Stardust, pay homage to a favourite actor or guitar legend, or recreate a special family member or best friend, you will leave this session clutching a personal work of art to give as a present or treasure at home. 0844 8717615.

Wed. 9th Aug. - Authentic Bluegrass Session

Every Wednesday at the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. from 9pm. With optional dancing. 01424 438791

Wed. 9th Aug. - Ethical Taxidermy

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 6 – 8pm. In response to taxidermy exhibits in the exhibition SAFARI, learn about the fine art of taxidermy in this talk and demonstration by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long. Jazmine will take you through the process of taxidermy, explore its history and ethics and will give a short demonstration of one of the many stages. 16 years +. £8, £7 members, £3 students. 01424 229111.

Wed. 9th Aug. - Titus Andronicus

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Broadcast live on to the big screen in the auditorium. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy. £12 to £14. 01424 229111.

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playful creative course explores time travel, museum curation and memory through making imagined artefacts, old fashioned maps and miss-shaped records. Led by artist Anna Atkinson. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 10th Aug. - The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 6.30pm and 9pm. A macabre Victorian tale of intrigue, obsession, murder and confectionery. Inspired by real local history, this puppet told tale is sugary but certainly not sweet you’ll leave with a bitter taste in your mouth! Daisy Jordan, founder of Barely Human Puppets, is a visual artist, puppeteer and performer living in Brighton. As a maker and manipulator of puppets, her work tends to explore the tension between the real and the imaginary; the delightful and the grotesque; and the sweet and the unsavoury. For Daisy, puppetry is an ideal way of combining two of her passions: stories and making. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 10th Aug. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club Kate Daniels Quintet

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.

Rural Past Times hold their annual show in the grounds of Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe on the 12th & 13th August There will be over 100 vintage tractors and many other old and interesting vehicles, also heavy horses and traction engines. With a large craft marquee, trade and craft stands there will be something for everyone. This year we have performances from Morris Dancers and a Fun Dog Show on the Sunday, profits from this will be donated to Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary. With live music, a bar and hog roast or bring a picnic. All profits after expenses will be donated to local charities. Last year seven charities received £1000 each including the award winning SERV Sussex and the Air Ambulance. Entries and stall enquiries still welcome.

Fri. 11th Aug. - 23rd Sept. - Jesus Christ Superstar

At Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London. Following its overwhelming sell-out success in 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar is back! Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival - and Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards - the production returns in an extended engagement (now playing until 23 Sept), giving audiences one final chance to see it in its original home. Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley (winner of the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award for his performance last summer), David Thaxton and Peter Caulfield reprise their performances as Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod. Box office on 0844 826 4242.

Thurs. 10th Aug. - 1066 Jazz Club, With the Graham Collicott’s 1940’s Night

At Azur, Marina Parade, Hastings. The 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome.

Thurs. 10th - 15th Aug. - Moscow State Circus

At Glyne Gap Field, Bexhill Road, Hastings, East Sussex. TN40 2JS. The world’s most famous circus will bring its latest & greatest production GOSTINITSA - a show that promises to have the entire spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the whole family. 0844 856 5555

Thurs. 10th Aug. - The Comedy of Errors

At Herstmonceux Castle and Gardens. Gates open 5.30pm. Gates open 5.30pm, performance approx 2hrs (inc 20 minute interval). Please bring your own seating, warm rug and your own picnic or refreshments. Adult £15, Child/Concession £10, 2 Adults + 2 Children £40. For tickets please visit –

Thurs. 10th & 11th Aug. - Voyages of Discovery

At the De LaWarr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. For 8 - 12 years. Two day course 10am – 4pm. Inspired by the expeditions and collections featured in the exhibition Safari: an exhibition as expedition, this

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Explore Africa with Southern Cross Travel


ere, the Africa Specialist and enthusiast at Southern Cross Travel, Trevor Bones, discusses two of his favourite elements of Africa – safaris and South Africa. Trevor has driven the length of Africa and his passion for this wonderful continent is reflected in the interesting and diverse itineraries he regularly arranges from Southern Cross Travel’s Rye office: “Most people travelling to Africa for the firsttime experience mixed feelings of excitement and apprehension. Nobody can deny that at times it can be a difficult continent to travel, but for those able to move past the apprehension, a beautiful continent full of culture, wonderful scenery and lovely smiling people awaits.

at their brightest and the spirits lift with the vast openness of this magnificent plateau. On the West coast, it is wild and beautiful and the spring flowers are memorable but again timing is vital. For military enthusiasts, there are specialist companies which escort you and lecture on the Zulu and Boer War battlefields. This is a very worthwhile experience, and one which offers a unique insight to the history of this part of South Africa.


For travellers going on their first safari, then it must be Kenya or Tanzania. Here is all that is needed to experience the real Africa; the Acacia trees at sunset, the endless plains full of migrating animals, the Masai people tall and proud, beautiful valleys and rivers, and sunsets that almost break ones’ heart in their beauty. This is safari country personified. Early starts are essential in order to see the animals before the heat of the day. Return from your drive for breakfast then perhaps join a walking safari or just relax at your lodge. In the afternoon, take tea and then go off for the evening and another drive. Enjoy sundowners in the bush - a beer or Gin and Tonic has never tasted better as the birds settle down for their long night. Return to your lodge for dinner, perhaps watch the animal activity around a waterhole and retire to the sounds of their calls.

Cape Town is quite lovely. Table Mountain is magnificent, ever present in different seasons looking over the city. History abounds with the original Company Gardens and Fort to visit. Historical buildings in the heart of Cape Town compete with modern skyscrapers giving a really vibrant feel to the city. The African Penguins at Boulder Bay are present every day and a day trip here is a must. Cape Point must be visited as well as the Keukenhof Gardens; they are especially beautiful when the national flower, the Protea, is in bloom. And in the evenings, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront area with its high-quality hotels restaurants is very popular.

Of course, you can enjoy safari in many countries and all have their different appeal. There is a large variety of accommodation available, from luxury tented camps to family-friendly lodges, so let us choose the perfect spot for you. Your safari experience will be a life-changing one.

Just an hour away from Cape Town are the Winelands with the lovely towns of Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. These are ideal places to have a home stay for a few nights and try one of their famous restaurants. A popular activity here is wine pairing so a great spot for wine and food lovers. Of course, you can self-drive anywhere in South Africa and the main routes are very well kept. We regularly arrange self-drive holidays within South Africa and all our travellers return with a new outlook on the country having seen it a leisurely pace. Africa is, and probably always will be, unpredictable and beautiful at the same time and there lies its magic. Some, like me, will always love it and return often, whereas for others it will be a one off experience. One thing is for certain, once you have visited and experienced Africa, its culture and people, its raw beauty and sheer vividness of life, things will never be quite the same. Whichever approach you take, make sure you speak with the tailor-made holiday specialists at Southern Cross Travel who will create a bespoke itinerary to suit you perfectly. We recommend making an appointment in the Rye office – 77a The Mint – or Wadhurst office – The Old Library, High Street – to discuss your holiday options in person with Southern Cross Travel’s holiday experts. Call to arrange your appointment 01797 229200 (Rye) or 01892 783896 (Wadhurst), email or visit the new website:

South Africa

It really is a country that has everything. Whilst most people think of Cape Town and the Garden Route there is so much more to South Africa. You have the Kruger National Park that now stretches in to Mozambique, the Panorama Route with its wonderful escarpments and Canyons, the Drakensburg Mountains that are quite stunning and the Wild Coast with its own World Heritage site in the St Lucia Wetlands. On the Grand Karoo, the stars are

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2017 Rye Arts Festival

he 46th annual Rye Arts Festival between 17th September and 1st October is in line to be not just the biggest but the best ever! Whatever your interests, Rye will have something to offer - music (contemporary and classical), book talks, historical and nature walks, professional theatre, film, art exhibitions and children’s events. World class musicians from all around the globe will be coming to Rye throughout the Festival. For six years the classical music programme has been built around live opera with the hugely talented young professional singers of London-based Euphonia Studio. And they’re back again, on Saturday 30th September evening, there will be a muchanticipated performance of La Boheme by Puccini. Rannveig Karadottir, the Icelandic soprano who starred in the La Traviata at Rye in 2014. There will be a big treat courtesy of The English Concert. This is undoubtedly one of the finest, if not the best, chamber orchestras in the world. More world class musicianship is guaranteed when the phenomenal choir Tenebrae sing at St Mary’s Church. Kenneth Broberg, the young American winner of the recent 2017 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is jetting in from Missouri USA for a concert on 20th September.

The contemporary music organisers have booked some of the very best talent from around the world. On Saturday 30th Ari Eisenger flies in from Pennsylvania. Ari is reckoned to be one of the first acoustic blues and ragtime guitar players on the planet! Period! Malinky, the Scottish band, are coming south of the border for a one-off gig of traditional folk music that mixes both joy and heartache. While London folk five-piece Stick in the Wheel are not to be missed. Singer/ guitarist Sarah MacQuaid arrives in Rye. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, but now living in England, this consummate musician cannot be placed in one pigeon hole! From medieval to 1920s Cuban jazz to contemporary, her songs move around the ages, taking the audience with her on an outstanding odyssey. Make no bones about it, Sarah is not to be missed on Tuesday 26th September. This year’s varied literary programme kicks off on Saturday 16th September with Kenneth Clarke MP – the Father of the House and jazz-loving politician. And from the opposite benches comes Dame Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP who speaks on Thursday 28th. The award-winning young novelist Evie Wylde returns to the Festival on Saturday 23rd September. And local glass shopkeeper Andy McConnell will be talking about his varied life which has seen him become one of the

much-loved experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He will give behind the scenes experiences from the TV show and talk about wine decanters on Friday 22nd September. The Film programme marks the 20th anniversary of Jane Austen with a screening of the cult comedy Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone, which sees the Emma storyline moved to LA in the 1990s! Check out Amy too, the Oscar-winning documentary on Amy Winehouse who died too young. Theatre also provides a focus on Jane Austen since this is the author’s bicentenary year. Karin Fernald brings her one-woman play called Jane Austen – The Early Years on Sunday 17th, which focuses of the writer’s works from her childhood and adolescence Austentatious come to town from Edinburgh. They improvise a Jane Austen-style play using the audience’s suggestions – it will be a fun-filled finale to the Festival! And there is also the return of a 10-person capacity theatre inside a caravan parked outside the Kino offering several performances of two 15-minute plays on the 26th September. It will be intimate theatre as the actors are up close and very personal! More information is available and tickets can be bought online by going to www. or telephone the Box Office on 01797 224442.

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Goodwood Revival 8 - 10 September 2017 At The Goodwood Estate, Chichester, W Sussex, PO18 0PX The romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be. The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing. It’s an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing, around the sweeps and curves of this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday. The inaugural Revival opened on 18 September 1998, when the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the Bristol 400 in which his grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, opened the track 50 years before. It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event, with race fans coming from all over the country to soak up the unique atmosphere in period costume.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 - Heathfield Le Marché Heathfield’s famous Anglo/French market is taking place on August Bank Holiday Monday – it is the longest running Anglo/French market in the whole of the South East. This fantastic all day event draws visitors into the town of Heathfield from far and wide so please come and join us – you will not be disappointed – whether it is your first visit or your tenth – it’s all free!!

FREE entertainment, FREE park & ride and FREE programme of events Station Road and Station Approach will be closed to traffic all day to allow the extravaganza to take place. A full musical entertainment programme is planned to suit all ages and tastes together with the market of around 80 stalls (approximately 50% French) offering all kinds of mouth watering goodies. Gates open at 9.30am and the market closes at 3.30pm - 23 -

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Fri. 11th - Sun. 13th Aug. - Live Jazz

A weekend of live jazz at the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex from 8pm. Three top jazz musicians over three evenings. Free entry. See main advertisement on page 35.

Fri. 11th & 12th - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

AT LEWES CASTLE, 169, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE. Come and watch one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, brought to you by The Brighton Shakespeare Company. This much loved local company returns with an eccentric take on this Shakespeare classic with a Brighton twist. Audiences will discover a magical and imaginative production of the perfect summer Shakespeare, featuring Swing dancing fairies, hapless lovers and Albion supporting mechanicals. 01273 486290

Fri. 11th - 13th - The Bothwell School of Witchcraft

At Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. The story, characters, props and scenery will bring our school to life and leave you with an unforgettable experience! You’ll stay for 3 days, full board, and be sorted into your house, take part in lessons, attend a banquet, explore the grounds and meet weird and wonderful creatures. All of this takes place in an enchanting 15th century castle.

Fri. 11th Aug. - Start of Crowhurst Fayre Weekend

Celebrated local band, The 1066 Rockitmen, play in the marquee, Crowhurst Recreation Ground, from 8pm. Licensed bar and BBQ. £8 in advance, £10 on the door, children under 16. £6. tickets/ details: Mike Stewart (01424) 830443. Dick Chalwin (01424) 830339.

Fri. 11th Aug. - Gatsby’s Juke Box

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. A highly professional band specialise in performing today’s hits in yesterday’s style; focusing on 1920s ‘Gatsby’ swing. 01323 410611.

Fri. 11th - 13th Aug. - The London Vape Show

At Olympia West, London. Whether you have used the Vape Findr app or simply want to discover the latest products and inspiration from top vape brands, this is the event for you. Showcasing manufacturers and vendors from around the world to vapers; you’ll see over 100 brands, both large and small. Not only will you receive a complimentary Vape Findr goodie bag but also enjoy sessions in the mini-theatre, a networking area, DJ plus exclusive giveaways, demos and competitions.

Sat. 12th & 13th Aug. - Rural Past Times Vintage Agricultural Weekend

At Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF. 10am - 5pm. Also fun dog show on Sunday 13th. See main ad. on page 20.

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Roaring 20’s World Record! They did it! A new world record set at The Bexhill Roaring 20’s event on 22nd July. 1086 people dancing the Charleston.

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Back for a Fantastic 6th Season The Bexhill Festival of the Sea

2nd and 3rd September Bexhill Festival of the Sea is looking forward to an exciting sixth year celebrating life near the sea and offers something for everyone. The Festival kicks off with a brilliant weekend event next to the De La Warr Pavilion with over 50 stalls highlighting local Sussex produce and global seafood cuisine, English wine, arts & crafts, local charities, marine and wildlife conservation, cooking demonstrations, free angling coaching, children’s fun fair, dancing and a fantastic line up of live music. Something for everyone! On Saturday 2nd September the Festival beach will play host to a Guinness World Record attempt with the Largest Gathering of Mermaids. Mermaids, Mermen and MerBabes will grace the shore sponsored by SLM Motors. Don a tail and come along to help make this attempt reality. To close the event is a very special concert with international stars - the fantastic Peter Knight’s Gigspanner and the wonderful Liane Carroll. Tickets are available on the De La Warr Pavilion web site. Our very favourite seafood chef will join us with new recipes and will share the stage with Wild Feast, cooking with foraged ingredients. WhaleFest brings the wonders of our oceans and the Marine Conservation Society will share their vast experience of our marine environment. All helping to protect our sea life and beaches for generations to come! The Angling Festival presents four weeks of major competitions attracting anglers from many regions. The challenges start on Monday 4th September. Competitions reflect all sea angling pursuits with beach, boat, kayak, specimen hunt, juniors, bass specimen hunt and a charter boat challenge. With conservation in mind, our beach matches are all catch and release! See our web site for more details. Come visit this popular family event in a beautiful setting. An ideal day out or a special weekend away. “LIKE” us on Facebook

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Sat. 12th & 13th Aug. Summer Jazz Weekenders with Jazz FM

At the Peninsula Gardens, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London. SE10 0SQ. Two bands a day for four days of music over two weekends in a beautiful outdoor amphi theatre nestled in Peninsula gardens. Second weekend on the 19th and 20th August. www.

Sat. 12th Aug. - Crowhurst Fayre Weekend

Crowhurst Recreation Ground. Village fayre and flower/vegetable show 2-5pm. Entrance £1.50. Under 16’s and seniors, 50p. Activities for all ages. BBQ & licnesed bar. Details Mike Stewart (01424) 830443. Dick Chalwin (01424) 830339.

Sat. 12th Aug. - Second Saturday Craft Fairs

At St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JG. (Between Railway Station and Seafront). Monthly Arts, Crafts, Gifts & Produce Fairs. 10am - 3pm. FREE ENTRANCE. Visitor parking s Refreshments served all day. Disabled facilities. Contact Debbie March: Email:

Sat. 12th & 13th Aug. - Teddy Bears Day Out

At the Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Neville Terrace, T. Wells. Take Teddy out for the day! All accompanied children who bring a teddy travel for £1 otherwise normal fares apply and entitle you to unlimited travel on the day! 01892 537715.

Sat. 12th Aug. - Rod Stewart Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. When it comes to tribute acts, Rod Stuart, is without doubt one of the finest Rod Stewart tribute artists there is. Not only is he an uncanny Rod Stewart look alike, he is a fantastic soundalike too. Add to that the moves, the charisma & the showmanship and you have the next best thing to the real man himself. 01323 410611.

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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Food & Drink

Sat. 12th Aug. - Classic Festival

Sat. 12th Aug. - Exhibition Tour

At Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6RY. Watch demos from the British Historic Karts alongside the action packed racing from the classic Touring Car Club. See main advertisement on page 25. 01304 830557.

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 Simon Patterson’s exhibition, Safari: an exhibition as expedition. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20–30 minutes. 01424 229111.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. At sunset approx. 8.30pm FREE. Screened outside on the sea-facing wall. Bring something to sit on and wrap up warm. There will be free family-friendly activities on the terrace before each screening from 6pm and the Terrace Bar will be open. The Iron Giant (1999) (PG) Director: Brad Bird. Starring: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston. 01424 229111.

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 9am-4pm. Be one of the 1000’s of #RatRacers who tackle over 35 obstacles including our 50ft water slide, our giant inflatables and the biggest water jump in any UK race. Plus help raise money for Children with Cancer UK at the same time. This is a totally unique challenge in London’s Docklands achievable by anyone with a sense of adventure and a sense of humour!

Sat. 12th Aug. - Sunset Screenings - The Iron Giant

Sat. 12th & 13th Aug. - Summer Jousting Tournaments

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. From 1pm. The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box. 01732 865224

Sat. 12th Aug. - Madness

At the Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone. Plus support from the Cuban Brothers, Dub Pistols, Dualers, The Gallerys, The Skartronics, The Aim, Rumblefish, The Rash plus D.J’s, entertainment and more. Tickets at

Sat. 12th Aug. - 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.

Sat. 12th Aug. - London Rat Race

Sat. 12th & 13th Aug. - Heroes, Heroines and Hoods

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. The stories of legends, of Kings and Queens and other historical heroes are brought vividly and often hilariously to life in this interactive children’s theatre with a difference. Have a go at circus skills before and after the show including stilts, juggling, hula-hoops, diabolos, spinning plates and juggling machines. Included in normal admission. 01622 765400.

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ell Hailsham is looking great these days, the town improvement works have done so much to freshen up the high street, and there seems to be lots of new businesses opening too, always a good sign that it’s the place to be. Our very favourite place to visit there is Callenders Restaurant. We go there on a regular basis. Callenders is the kind of restaurant you would love to find when you’re on holidays, you know, just out of the center, staffed by locals with real care for their customers, and serving genuine local foods cooked with love and skill. Fresh fish, all homemade desserts, wild Local Game, good wines, Summer Salads and amazing Steaks cooked on the chargrill. We love a good steak, and if you would like a really great one then Callenders is the place to go. Especially on a Friday night when a glass of draught beer and any dessert of your choice is included in the price. They’ve got Fillet, Sirloin,Venison, Tuna Steak, T-Bone Steak and even a half-pounder beef burger or chargrilled chicken breast. Wow, give them a call today.

Sat. 12th Aug. - That’ll Be The Day

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show! H£23.50. 01892 530613.

Sun. 13th Aug. - Colour the Coast

At Alexandra Park, Hastings at 10am. One of the most colourful 5k fun runs you will ever experience. It’s all about having a good time: less about speed and more about celebrating life. During the 5k course there will be five colour zones which runners pass through. Here, willing helpers known as the ‘Cheery Chuckers’ will shower you and your white Colour the Coast t-shirt with our special 100% safe colour powder; each colour zone has it’s own specific colour. As you go, the colours build, until by the end of the course you have become your very own colourful masterpiece. Tel: 01424 456380

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Sun. 13th Aug. - Rude Mechanical Theatre Co.

At Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. 7.15pm. A brand new comedy thriller from The Rudes! Bring a picnic, blanket and comfortable chair. Drinks available to purchase in the cafe during the interval. Sites are open from 6.00pm for picnics.

the work that makes this happen.Includes light refreshments. Price: £45 per person. 01797 254048.

Tues. 15th - 26th Aug. - La Cage Aux Folles

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Audiences are standing and cheering, and the national critics are raving about Bill Kenwright’s spectacularly stunning and hilariously funny new production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently on its first national UK tour. The cast features West End star John Partridge whose extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago. He is also played the loveable Christian in BBC’s EastEnders. Alongside him is Broadway star Adrian Zmed. 0844 871 6415

Tues. 15th - 3rd Sept. - Mama Mia

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Eves: 7.30pm. Mats. 2.30pm and 3pm. Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. 01273 290131.

Tues. 15th - 19th Aug. - Footloose

Sun. 13th Aug. - Sounds of the 70’s

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. The Zoots host a raw talent, have a spectacular stage presence and know how to entertain a crowd. With outrageous make up, wild costumes (including the platform boots) and all things glitter, The Zoots will definitely have you up on your feet. 01323 410611.

Mon. 14th Aug. - Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

At Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex. Great Dixter gardener Michael Wachter will take you on an afternoon’s exploration of the borders to examine the plants that are looking good and give you an insight into

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Footloose is back and better than ever before! Everybody cut loose as the explosive 1980s rock ‘n’ roll sensation bursts on to the stage in a remastered show for 2017. Starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan! 01323 412000.

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Wed. 16th Aug. - Be Bop A Lula

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. (Tribute Show). The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. . Relive these seminal concerts in the company of incredible singers and a band tighter than a pair of your tightest drainpipe trousers. £22.00 01323 412000.

Thurs. 17th - 19th Aug. - Oliver

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Presented by local youngsters aged between 8-19 years, Oliver! is the 15th Summer Youth Project. Directed for the first time by “serial Hastings panto legend” Ben Watson. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 17th - 20th Aug. Eastbourne International Airshow

At Eastbourne Seafront & Western Lawns. Voted the UK’s Best FREE Airshow by Airscene. Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16. Airbourne celebrates 25 years of airshow excellence in 2017.

Thurs. 17th Aug. - Singing from Rattlebag

At the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. from 9pm in the back bar. Held on the 3rd Thursday every month. Grown men with big beards have wept at the ladies’ harmonies. 01424 438791

Thurs. 17th - 20th Aug. - Airshow Seating

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

Thurs. 17th Aug. - Fashion Trend Forecasting

At the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF. 6pm - 8pm. For those working in the fashion industry, the ability to research and understand trends is essential. Join leading fashion forecasting experts to learn how to identify and stay ahead of the trends. T: 020 7407 8664

Thurs. 17th Aug. - Delicious History

At Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. From candles to Christmas, the Scotch Egg to rooftop bees, the 310- year old story of Fortnum & Mason is full of surprises. Join our archivist for an hour-long tour of the building (with tastings), to hear the fascinating tales behind one of Britain’s most loved icons, ending up with – what else – a cup of Fortnum’s famous tea. Tours take place at 11am and 3pm every second Thursday and cost £25 per person. Why not make a day of it, and book lunch or afternoon tea, too? 020 7734 8040 Attracting huge crowds, Eastbourne’s International Airshow boasts a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront and regularly features the very best in military and civilian aviation display teams including the Red Arrows, Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, plus many more. Ground displays open 10am - 6pm daily, with flying from lunchtime until approx. 5pm. For the latest flying line up see http://

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5:00-9:00pm every week, freshly handmade and baked in our wood fired pizza oven Delicious traditionally cooked pizza from £5.00

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Thurs. 17th Aug. - 1066 Jazz Club Baby Jools and the Jazzoholics

At Azur, Marina Parade, Hastings. The 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome.

Thurs. 17th & 18th Aug. Children’s Theatre: Wind In The Willows

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Eye-catching costumes, toetapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. Pack your picnic for the perfect summer treat for all the family from The Immersion Theatre. Adults £15; Concessions/Child £12; Under 3s free. Doors Open 5.30pm, Performance begins at 6pm. Book online or call the Booking Office on 01622 767865 (open weekdays 9am to 5.30pm).

Fri. 18th Aug. - Abba Tribute Show

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. with Abba Fever Now in our 20th year, Abba Fever is one of the most successful touring live Abba productions in the UK and Europe! A 5 piece live band with 5 part harmonies the show transports you back to the 70’s through the biggest hits of the world’s favourite band. Live vocals, stunning musicianship, authentic costumes and exciting choreography all contribute to a spectacular show which gets audiences to their feet. 01323 410611.

Fri. 18th Aug. - Motown’s Greatest Hits

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. This stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with slick choreography, and an amazing band. Truly outstanding, the best Motown experience you will ever have! 01323 412000.

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 summer menu is now in full swing and roasts are back by popular demand.

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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 - 36 -

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Fri. 18th Aug. - 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Night

At Bannatyne Spa Hotel, St Leonards on sea, East Sussex TN38 8EA. in the Montgomerie suite for a trip back to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. £25 per person, to include; Arrival drink, three course meal and live music from the 1066 Rockitmen. Fancy dress is optional, with a prize for the best dressed! Stay overnight and receive a 10% discount. Contact our events team to book your tickets on 01424 851222 (option 2 )

Fri. 18th - 20th Aug. - Live Jazz Weekend

A weekend of live jazz at the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex from 8pm. Three top jazz musicians over three evenings. Free entry. See main advertisement on page 35.

Fri. 18th Aug. - Lamb Chop With Support from Roxanne De Bastion

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Kurt Wagner and his Nashville band bring R&B grooves to the Pavilion. Loosely described as “alternative country” Wagner has covered so much ground in his work thus far that you never really know what to expect. From faint country croons, to the eighteen-minute composition that introduced last year’s brilliant Flotus LP, Wagner has pieced together one of the most engaging back-catalogues in the game. £20. 01424 229111.

Sat. 19th - 20th Aug. - Firle Place International Horse Trials & Country Fair

At Firle Place. The British Eventing and FEI affiliated International Horse Trials offers some of the best competition in the South East. The Country Fair on Sunday offers fun for all the family, and the dogs! Our hugely popular Dog Festival allow every dog to have a go in the Kennel Club dog show, terrier and lurcher racing, terrier and lurcher shows and gun dog scurry (with a fun time trial for all dogs!). Plus have a go archery on the lawns of Firle Place, bar, food and trade stands, fun fair, Wealden Crafts marquee and farmers market. £15 per car.

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.

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he Stag Inn, All Saints Street, has just re-opened under new management after a week’s rest. The Old Town’s best kept secret, the beautiful tiered garden at the rear of the pub, has been refurbished and is available for a lazy summer afternoon drink. Maybe a glass of chilled Prosecco, or a pint of Whitstable Red IPA, the brewery’s popular new summer ale. If you fancy a night off cooking you could try the new dining room. Our Balinese chef offers vegan specials on Wednesday, his own authentic Asian cuisine on Thursday, and a full menu at the weekend, including a fabulous Sunday roast. Watch out for Ayam Batutu, a popular house special: a whole small chicken

Sat. 19th Aug. - Rye and District Country Show

At Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, East Sussex, TN36 4BH. The family day out will be host to a wealth of entertainment, including a traditional horse and dog show, classic cars, a dog grand national, children’s games, ferrets, terrier racing and much more. There will also be a fantastic selection of food and drink, and the opportunity to browse stalls and crafts stalls in the Country Living tent. 07739 386011.

coated with exciting spices, first steamed, and thenroasted in a wrap of banana leaves. Knock-out stuff. If this all sounds a bit dilettante, get yourself down to one of the Stag’s music sessions, when the front bar fills with local musicians (and customers!) having a rip-roaring time singing, strumming and fiddling. (And drinking). Alternate Thursdays brings acapella singing to the back bar after dinner – heaven, heartache and harmony in a tiny room. Check us out at, on Facebook (staghastings) or Instagram (#thestaginn)

Sat. 19th Aug. - Bluebell Railway Seaside Weekend

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. Take trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes where the paddock will be transformed into a sandy beach with displays and entertainers to bring some seaside magic.

Sat. 19th Aug. - Safari Party

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Drop-in family friendly day of hands-on making and celebrating. 2–6 pm. FREE, suggested donation £2 per person. Take a journey through the building and get creative, with support from friendly gallery staff and volunteers. 01424 229111.

Sat. 19th Aug. - Sunset Screening, The People’s Choice

Sat. 19th Aug. - A Tribute to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. Rock Til Ya Drop play a wide selection of Rock ‘n’ Roll classics including numbers from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins. Doors and bar open at 7:00pm, Concerts start at 8:00pm. Concerts finish at approximately 9:30pm. 01323 410611.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Far & Away: Sci-Fi & Andventure At sunset approx. 8.30pm. FREE. Screened outside on the sea-facing wall. Bring something to sit on and wrap up warm. There will be free family-friendly activities on the terrace before each screening from 6pm and the Terrace Bar will be open. 01424 229111. VOTE ONLINE FROM A LIST OF SCI FI FILMS.

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Sat. 19th Aug. - Formerly of Bucks Fizz

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston - Eurovision Winners and former members of 80’s pop sensation Bucks Fizz. Still performing the hits of Bucks Fizz to packed audiences around the world. The trio are now joined by old Friend and 1983 Eurovision entrant Bobby McVay. 01323 412000.

Sat. 19th Aug. - Exhibition Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free, booking recommended. Join Lucy Spencer (Flag Officer) and Richard Eagleton (Sail Training Principal, Bexhill Sailing Club) as they share their perspective on Simon Patterson’s exhibition, Safari: an exhibition as expedition. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20–30 minutes. 01424 229111.

Sat. 19th & 20th Aug. - Vintage Motor Cycling Racing

At Lydden Hill, Canterbury, Kent. CT4 6RY. The VMCC Championship with two action packed days of hard racing from the pre 1943 solos, outfits and three wheelers through to their exciting and fast growing BEARS series catering for machines from the 1980’s.

Sat. 19th Aug. - London Halal Food Festival

At Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF. Sat 11:00 – 20:00. Sun 11:00 – 19:00. The highlights of the show will include the Cookery Theatre with celebrity chefs and international food bloggers. Here you can enjoy exclusive live cooking demos from the finest chefs in the UK as they cook up a delicious storm and share some of their best-kept secrets.

Whether you’re a foodie fanatic or just like to try new things, it’s definitely a great family day out not to be missed. Check out more details on

Sat. 19th-20th Aug. - Battle Abbey Falconry

At 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AD. Embark on a flight of fancy and watch as hawks, owls and falcons soar high above the abbey in an historic display. Discover more about birds of prey and their changing role throughout the ages. Take a walk in the battlefield landscape, relax in the Duchess’ walled garden, or perhaps get your own birds’ eye view of the landscape from our new rooftop viewing platform. 01424 775705.

Sat. 19th Aug. - Mermaid Anna at Blue Reef

At Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings East Sussex TN34 3DW. 11am - 3pm. Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is playing host to a breathtaking, reallife mermaid this summer. On Saturday, August 19 visitors can take part in a meet and greet with Mermaid Anna, a mythical and magical interactive character. As well as taking ‘shellfies’ with Mermaid Anna, guests can also enjoy storytelling, wish granting and learning about ocean conservation. As part of the fun, a mermaid themed trail will also be taking place around the aquarium. Blue Reef Aquarium offers incredibly close encounters with hundreds of aquatic creatures, ranging from magical seahorses and bizarre puffer fish to awesome octopus and graceful sharks and stingrays.

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Sat. 19th & 20th Aug. Summer Jousting Tournament - Royals -vs- Rebels

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. From 1pm. The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box. For one weekend only (August 19 & 20), witness the Royals vs Rebels as anti-King Henry mercenaries battle it out in a thrilling Jousting Tournament against ‘the establishment’ and stage a medieval living history encampment in the grounds. 01732 865224.

Sat. 19th & 20th Aug. - Bros

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London at 6.30pm. Matt & Luke Goss have not played together since 77,000 packed into Wembley Stadium on August 19th, 1989. “The most memorable moments for me in BROS so far is Wembley Stadium and without question our final global tour,” Matt Goss says. “Both of these experiences were just with Luke and myself. As the lead singer of the band, my musical connection has always been with Luke. BROS is Matt and Luke.” 0844 8560202.

Sat. 19th & 20th Aug. - Christiane Gunzi Basketry in the Barn

At Great Dixter, Northiam, E. Sussex. 11am - 5pm. Based in East Sussex, Christiane handcrafts traditional and sculptural baskets using willow, rush, bark and other plant materials. This is a free event, but donations are welcomed towards the thatched roof repair fund. 01797 252878

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Sun. 20th Aug. - The Glenn Miller Orchestra

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. Directed by Ray McVay. “Ray’s In The Mood” as the world’s greatest Big Band transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940s - with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. Giving you a taste of the Lindy Hop dance moves of the Forties are the energetic and exciting Swing Time Jivers. And as a special treat we are proud to introduce the Polka Dot Dolls singing the songs of the Andrews Sisters. From £20.50. 01323 412000.

Mon. 21st Aug. - ‘New’ Quiz Night

At the Stag Inn, 14 Old Saints St, Hastings. Every Monday. (7.30 for prompt 8 p.m. start) 01424 438791

Mon. 21st - 28th Aug. - War Games at Bodiam

At Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge. Put medieval metal and bowmen to the test over the Bank Holiday weekend, setting a newly made breastplate up against the drawing power of the medieval crossbow and longbow. 01580 830196

Tues. 22nd - 25th Aug. - NLP Discovery Day

A four day programme based on Neuro Linguistic Program at the Natural Fitness Centre, Royal Parade, Eastbourne. Take a break by the Seaside and enjoy a summer that could change your life. See main advertisement on page 5 for full details.

Tues. 22nd Aug. - Fashion Foundation Open Day

At the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. Meet the London Fashion Foundation Diploma course tutors and discuss whether this is the course for you. If you are creative, ambitious and keen to work in fashion, the London Fashion Foundation Diploma course, run by the Museum and Newham College, will develop your skills & abilities towards a career in the industry. 020 7407 8664.

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Hampton Court 2017

All Pictures © What’s On Magazine

Kate Silverton & Len Goodman

57 Gold Medals awarded at this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


he Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded 141 medals to the gardens, floral exhibitors and Flower & Vegetable Boxes at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, sponsored by Viking Cruises. Along with 57 Gold Medals, the RHS also awarded 47 Silver-Gilt Medals, 29 Silver Medals and eight Bronze Medals across the 34-acre show which runs from 4-9 July. Designers Adam White and Andrée Davies were awarded the much sought-after title of Best Show Garden for The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden. Showcasing the qualities of therapeutic outdoor spaces for children with disabilities, the garden will be rebuilt after the show at the Caudwell at Keele University which provides support for children with developmental disorders. Designer Andrée Davies says: “On behalf of everyone who’s been involved in this project, we are so delighted to win this award. It’s been a monumental project building this garden - we’re thrilled with the outcome and

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absolutely honoured to be awarded Best Show Garden.” Adam White adds: “We can’t wait for the volunteers that did all this planting to come down this week to see how stunning the garden looks and for them to hear the public response to this wonderful wild garden.” Best Construction Award was given to the Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, and built by contractors Landform Consultants. Championing traditional craftsmanship, the vibrant garden celebrates the beneficiaries, volunteers and staff at Blind Veterans UK. Highlighting its originality and flair, Bill Wilder’s Elements of Life took home Best Conceptual Garden. The garden takes viewers underground to explore plant roots and scientific soil composition. Meanwhile, in the brand new category of Gardens for a Changing World, Future Gardens.London: London Glades, created by Andreas Christodoulou

and Jonathan Davies, was judged to be best highlighting how to relinquish control and allow for the natural process to take centre stage. A total of 50 Gold Medals were presented to nurseries in the Floral Marquee, as well as 36 Silver-Gilt, 23 Silver and four Bronze medals. Brighter Blooms, Dibleys Nurseries and W.S. Warmenhoven were among the Gold Medal winners. The prestigious Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee went to orchid specialists Vacherot & Lacoufle, while Marshalls Malmaisons was awarded Best Plant Heritage Exhibit for their heritage carnations display. In addition, David Austin Roses Ltd took the title for Best Rose Exhibit, Hooksgreen Herbs won Best Cook & Grow Exhibit and the New Design Award was presented to Fernatix. For the best Flower & Vegetable Box Award, Esher Molesey Garden Society won the title for their Centenary Celebration flower box which celebrates the Society’s 100th anniversary.

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Amanda Lamb

‘Watch This Space’ by Andy Sturgeon

Alex Jones

Joe Swift

‘On The Edge’: The Centre for Mental Health Garden

Gethin Jones The Perennial Sanctury Garden

Rotherview Nursery (Gold Medal Winners)

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Simon “Si” King & Dave Myers

Kate Silverton

Viking Cruises

‘Colour Box’ by Charlie Bloom

Tusk Trust Patrons Kate Silverton and Deborah Meaden in the ‘Cotswold Wildlife Park & Garden: Not For Sale’ garden.

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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sandibel

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Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden

Kelly Brook in ‘On The Edge’: The Centre for Mental Health Garden Charlotte Hawkins

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The Charleston Garden

HRH The Countess of Wessex in the Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community garden. This garden was awarded a gold medal in the World Garden catergory as well as the Best Construction prize.

Gethin Jones joins the tream in the Zoflora & Caudwell Childrens Wild Garden (Best In Show). A therapeutic garden for children with various disabilities, in particular, autism.

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Bake Off 2016 winner: Candice Brown

Charlotte Hawkins & Amanda Lamb

Natalie Coyle

Mary & Alun Jones with daughter Alex Jones and baby Teddy.

St Modwen Properties PLC: Brownfield - Metamorphosis

The Oregon Garden

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Downderry Nursery

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John Sergeant

Bill Bailey

Linda Barker

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Garden Services

The founder of Straight Up Trees Ltd has nearly 15 years of practical experience in tree work, a Foundation Degree in Arboriculture, a solid background of specialist tree operations and tree inspections, has spent time instructing and lecturing as well as overseeing high profile projects. Our team is genuinely passionate about their work and recognise that a single tree growing in a garden is as important as a large collection of trees. Our aim is to do the best thing for the tree and its surrounding ecology, whilst meeting the needs of our customer. Our work ethic is based on traditional values of honesty, professional integrity, clear pricing, and impeccable customer service.

Thurs. 24th Aug. - Little Mix Experience

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 6pm. If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience! Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest girlbands. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 24th Aug. - High School Rocks

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. Join the high-energy, interactive production featuring the very biggest hits from all the High School Musicals plus School of Rock and Glee. Featuring all the very best hits from High School Musicals 1, 2 and 3, plus the No1 songs from West End and Broadway smash School of Rock and the biggest tunes from Golden Globe-winning TV series Glee. 01323 412000.

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

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Thurs. 24th - 28th Aug. - Rye International Jazz Festival

Chill out at the Rye International Jazz Festival, a boutique music festival presenting world class international artistes and talent from across the region. Intimate performances take place at many venues within picturesque Rye and at locations across the surrounding area throughout the festival period.

Thurs. 24th Aug. - 1066 Jazz Club - Vintage Hot Five

At Azur, Marina Parade, Hastings. The 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome.

Thurs. 24th Aug. - Hairy Maclary and Friends

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 2pm. Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 24th Aug. - 2nd Sept. - Wait Until Dark

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Wait Until Dark, made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest films of all time and this exciting new production reclaims it for the stage. A star cast includes Jack Ellis (Prime Suspect & Bad Girls) and Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street). See page 14. 01323 412000.

Fri. 25th Sept. - Purple Rain - A Celebration of Prince

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. This full 8 piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing singer, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. 01424 462288.

Fri. 25th - 27th Aug. - Gin Festival

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF A celebration of all things Gin. This is the 4th Annual London Gin Festival and we plan to make the biggest Gin Festival in the UK even better! Described in Timeout as one of the “Top 10 things to do in 2016” we return to the magnificent Tobacco Dock and we’ll be there with more than 100 gins, (including many new exclusives gins), new brands, cocktails and masterclasses from industry experts!

Let there be LIGHT!

Now the nesting season is coming to a close, now would be a good time to think about tidying up those unruly bushes and untidy trees that are taking over your garden. With over 20-years’ experience, Danson Tree Care Ltd. is the name to trust, so call Nick Danson to arrange an informal site visit and no obligation quote. “We have used Nick Danson for all of our tree surgery and husbandry and his work has always been fast, efficient and, best of all, clean. Our trees are all benefitting from his considerate and Nick Danson, Owner and Director caring work.” Graham How, Hastings.

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Fri. 25th - 27th Aug. - A Weekend Of Live Jazz

A weekend of live jazz at the Grapevine, Conduit Hill, Rye, E. Sussex from 8pm. Three top jazz musicians over three evenings. Free entry. See main advertisement on page 35.

Fri. 25th - 28th Aug. - Beer Festival

At The Plough and harrow, Litlington BN26 5AN. Live music all weekend. Over 30 Guest Ales. See main ad on page 32 for details.

Fri. 25th - 27th Aug. - London Super Comic Con

At The Business Design Centre, Upper St, Islington. LSCC is the UK’s biggest and most exciting comic convention. The show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, comic related memorabilia, superheroes and graphic novels, and all things geek. Panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favourite creators, and our exhibitors are second to none, showcasing items from Comics to Cosplay, from Original Art to Toys. Ticket Prices: Adult tickets Starting from £15 Children 4 and under are free! Children tickets starting from £4.

Fri. 25th Aug. - BOYZONE

At HASTINGS PIER, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JY. Twenty-four years, twenty five million record sales, seven hit studio albums, six #1 singles and hundreds of thousands of ticket sales later; Ronan, Keith, Mikey & Shane are BOYZONE and are still going strong. With their 25th anniversary due in 2018 the guys have taken a moment to stop and look back at what is an amazing achievement in the ephemeral world of pop music. Ticket prices: Adult tickets £45 + booking fee. 01424 445566.

Sat. 26th & 27th Aug. - Cheese & Pickle Tasting

At The Rye Spice Co. Harbour Rd Rye. From noon to 3pm on both days. See main advertisement on page42.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - BBC GOOD FOOD FEAST

At Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey. KT8 9AU. For three fabulous days over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Hampton Court Palace hosts BBC Good Food’s FEAST. Enjoy and discover a great selection of delicious artisan producers, a stellar line up of cooks and chefs, fabulous entertainment, family fun and great, live music. All set within the backdrop and grounds of the stunning Hampton Court Palace. Feast your taste buds in the palace gardens before exploring Henry VIII’s magnificent palace. See page 39.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - The Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival. Typically the festival kicks off on the Saturday evening with Panorama – a free open air evening of competitive performance by national steel bands. Sunday morning opens with J’ouvert – ( “opening of the day” from the French Jour ouvert) - a traditional procession before sunrise, where participants cover their body in mud to celebrate the start of carnival. At the Sunday Parade (Family Day) that follows, children showcase their flamboyant costumes and dance along the carnival route to the rhythms provided by mobile sound systems or steel bands. There’s also a “World Music Stage” featuring calypso and soca performances by the Association of British Calypsonians and other visiting and emerging artists, plus static sound systems around the site. The Monday Parade is the Grand Finale.

Sat. 26th & 27th Aug. - Drag World UK

At Olympia Grand, London. Playing host to more than 20 queens, including fan favourites from throughout Europe and the US, visitors will have the chance to meet their idols. With appearances from RuPaul’s Drag Race darlings Adore Delano, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, and Katya—as well as YouTube sensations Rubber Child, Biblegirl, Hey Qween, and Lisa Limbaugh.

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Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - 20th Birthday Bash!

At The Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY. 20 years ago, in August 1997, the Spa Valley Railway opened the line to Groombridge. Three days of heritage action with a visiting Standard 4MT Tank Locomotive No. 80078! Telephone: 01892 537715.

Sat. 26th Aug. - The Searchers

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression. 01323 412000

Sat. 26th Aug. - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. fully interactive screening of the outrageously fabulous The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the 1975 musical comedy horror film by Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien based on the world-changing 1973 musical stage production. Ad. £15. 01424 423221.


om’s Groundworks are pleased to announce that it is now working in partnership with Greengate Aggregates based at Hole Farm, Westfield, Hastings TN35 4SA telephone 07860112965. This extends the services that we can now offer including the supply of aggregates such as crushed hardcore, building and sharp sand, top soil, drainage beech, ballast and much more. We can offer same day delivery or you can collect, including bulk bags or by the load at very competitive prices. We are offering a grab hire service, crusher

hire and demolition. We can take clean hardcore and dirt and offer a mixed muck away service. Tom’s Groundworks had grown from a very small acorn and now has a solid client base and skilled workforce. We now have a full-time estimator who has experience of high value projects such as projects on the London Underground and other housing association and private development projects. Contact us for a free site visit and written quote.

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Sat. 26th Aug. - Exhibition & sale of ART CRAFTS & PHOTOGRAPHS

At St Wilfred’s Church Hall, Pevensey Bay BN24 6HL. 10am - 4pm. Free entry & Parking. Refreshments available. Fundraising event for St Wilfred’s Hospice.

Sat. 26th Aug. - Street Food Fair

At Tenterden Market Square, 7pm till late. Handpicked stree food traders including Burger Bros, Stoned Pizza & One in the Oven, with more traders still to be announced. Add a bar brimming with English wines, Kentish Ciders, craft beers and more plus music from the best local talent, and we’ll have all you need for an evening shared with friends in the heart of the county. Follow @CanteenSocial_ on Instagram & Twitter, or search on Facebook for Canteen Social to keep up to date.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Military Odyssey

At The Kent Showground, Detling Nr Maidstone, Kent. This is the Show of all Shows! Military Odyssey celebrates its 17th year. With groups covering a vast period of global history, including Romans, Vikings, Medieval, Napoleonic, the American Civil War, the Wild West, World Wars I & II, Vietnam right up to the present day.

there is bound to be something for you. The 200 acre site has 2 separate arenas in addition to the main battlefield, where battlefield re-enactments take place all weekend. There are numerous food courts on site, including a Beer Tent, Beer hall, indoor seating area as well as toilet facilities. Military Odyssey is wheelchair accessible too.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Foodies Festival

With over 4,000 re-enactors and living history enthusiasts in attendance as well as over 250 stalls, Military Odyssey is the world’s largest multiperiod re-enactment show. Regardless of your historical knowledge,

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. The festival celebrates all things food, drink and wellbeing with Michelin Star Chefs and MasterChef winners cooking their favourite recipes and giving top tips, pop up restaurants, a Healthy Living Zone and a live music stage hosting exciting new bands.

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Health & Beauty Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Hop Through History and Jousting

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent from 1pm. Tudor encampment, re-enactments and stalls with more thrills and spills as our brave knights compete in this year’s Jousting Tournament over the Bank Holiday. The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box. Join the procession from the Castle forecourt as Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Knights of Royal England make their way to the arena. Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands, available for a small cost. Then choose which knights you support and cheer them to glory. 01732 865224

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - The Sussex Guild Craft Show

At Pashley Manor Gardens, near Ticehurst, E. Sussex. From 10am - 5pm. Special admission price £8.50. includes entry to the gardens and craft show. A fantastic selection of high quality crafts and the summer borders still in full bloom.

Sat. 26th Aug. Whitney Queen of the Night

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, Saving All My Love and so much more. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breathtaking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level. 01424 462288.

Sat. 26th Aug. - Northern Soul Night

DentistryForYou is proud to announce that their newest practice, North Chailey Dental Care is now accepting new NHS patients for a LIMITED TIME ONLY. This fully refurbished surgery, with the latest equipment offers exceptional care for all the family’s dental needs. The Principal, Dr Esmail Harunani said, “Regular dental checks are really important – it’s key to have a professional check to see what is going on in your mouth every six months for any change. We are welcoming new patients to be registered on the NHS now for a limited time!” NHS treatment is undertaken by all of their dentists. Dentistry For You dentists also undertake private dental treatment so patients already seen on the NHS may wish to mix some private treatment with their NHS treatment, for example cosmetic treatment, which may not be available through the health service. Some patients are also eligible for free NHS treatment and children under 18 can receive expert care for free. The practice also has disabled access and free parking. Many of us are anxious patients, but at Dentistry For You, the experienced team of friendly and professional staff will put your mind at ease! With very short waiting times, and a friendly and experienced team, look no further than Dentistry For You to transform the way you approach going to the dentist. For more information about the services provided by Dentistry For You call now or visit their website The Surgery, Station Road, North Chailey, Lewes, BN8 4HD 01825 724 694

At the Bandstand, Grand, Parade, Eastbourne. 8pm. The Signatures are the UK’s leading Northern Soul Band. The band put their own expression to many classic Northern Soul numbers creating a true balance between authentic and modern in sound. 01323 410611.

Sat. 26th Aug. - Ocean Colour Scene

At Hastings Pier, White Rock, Hastings. The band perform their seminal 1996 Great Through Album Moseley Shoals in full plus a selection of their greatest hits. They will be joined by the Bootleg Beatles and Peter Hook and the Light. 01424 445566.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Brede Flower Festival

At St. Georges Church, Brede. Refreshments, stalls, grand draw and visits up the tower. Entry and parking free. See page 15.

Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Herstmonceux Medieval Festival

At Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham. Hurry to Herstmonceux for this unforgettable weekend at Herstmonceux Castle. England’s biggest medieval festival offers jousting, banquets, twice daily battles, Living History encampments, falconry, archery to add to the medieval mayhem. Come for the day or camp on site for the weekend. See main advertisement on page 7 and get £2 off each ticket.

Sat. 26th Aug. - Exhibition Tour

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhil on Sea. Free, booking recommended. Join a member of the De La Warr Pavilion team as they share their perspective on Simon Patterson’s exhibition, Safari: an exhibition as expedition. Ground Floor Gallery. Starts 3pm. Approximately 20–30 minutes. 01424 229111.

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‘Social Snacking’ Facebook Users Update Their Status to Feel Less Lonely

By Juliette Siegfried

When friends – real, live friends, not “Facebook Friends” – told me about Facebook a few years ago and urged me to sign up, I asked them what it was like. Most of them talked about it in superlatives, saying how great it was to be able to stay in touch with friends all over the world and update them on the latest news and photos from their lives. But one passed along a warning, which unfortunately I did not heed. He said, “It’s the Internet counterpart of junk food.” Now a new study indicates that my friend may have been correct. How often do you update your Facebook status? And why? Those were the questions that psychologist Fenne große Deters, of the Universitat Berlin wanted to examine scientifically. So she and colleagues from the University of Arizona recruited 100 students, all Facebook users naturally, and asked them to complete surveys that measured their levels of happiness, loneliness, and depression. The students also gave the researchers the ability to monitor their Facebook activity by “friending” a dummy user account set up for the experiment. Then the student participants in the study

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were sent an analysis of their regular posting habits in terms of “status updates” – words or photos posted to their Facebook “Wall” – and half of the students were asked to double the number of their status updates for the next week. The other half of the students was instructed to post as usual. During that week, both groups filled out an online questionnaire at the end of each day about their moods and their feelings of social connectedness. The group that posted more status updates reported feeling significantly less lonely. Their overall happiness and depression levels didn’t change, “suggesting that the effect is specific to experienced loneliness,” as Deters puts it. Even more interesting, these decreased loneliness levels did not seem to be affected by either the response or non-response to the status updates. The students who were updating their statuses more often felt less lonely whether they received “Likes” or “Comments” on their updates or not. The researchers, in a paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, concluded that the positive benefits of “status updates” were that they enabled the people who made them to feel more socially interconnected, and thus less lonely. The writing of a status update seemed to be the factor that influenced the students’ mood and made them feel more socially connected, not how the update was received. They coined the term “social

snacking” to describe this behavior. “Similar to a snack temporarily reducing hunger until the next meal, social snacking may help tolerate the lack of ‘real’ social interaction for a certain amount of time.” Not that that’s a bad thing At least posting to Facebook isn’t fattening, after all. And if in our busy and often mobile society, with friends scattered all over the world, we can feel a little more connected to friends simply by checking in with them on a social networking program, there is theoretically little harm in it. Theoretically. There have been studies, after all, that indicate that The More Facebook Friends You Have, the More Stressed Out You May Be as a result of a growing fear of saying the wrong thing and offending someone. And another study presented at a recent psychology symposium indicated that sometimes Facebook has a negative effect on users because it inspires “social comparison.” After people in this study who had many “Facebook Friends” read these Friends’ status updates, tests indicated that the people reading them had lower self esteem and tended to feel worse about their own achievements and accomplishments. So maybe the answer if you’re feeling a little lonely is to make more updates to your own Facebook status, but if you have a lot of “Facebook Friends,” don’t read theirs. Just a suggestion…

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Wedding Services Sat. 26th - 28th Aug. - Festival of Transport

At Broad Farm, Hellingly, East Sussex BN27 4DS. Over 1,500 exhibits. A great family day out at this vehicle spectacular. See main advertisement on page 16.

Sat. 26th Aug. - Anna Sui Cosmetics

At the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London. Enjoy learning makeup tips and tricks this half term with Anna Sui Cosmetics. Whether you identify with fairy tale romanticism or Victoriana style, or if you aspire to punk or rock star chic, this make-up masterclass will highlight how to get the Anna Sui look. 020 7407 8664

Sat. 26th and 27th Aug. Regatta and Classic Car Show

At Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. Bands throughout the weekend (starting Friday). Try scuba diving and dinghy sailing within the harbour.

Sun. 27th Aug. - Eric Bibb

At St Mary’s Church, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF. 8pm. Blues meets gospel and soul when Eric Bibb sings from a beautifully realised repertoire of soulful, gospel-infused folk and blues; a melding of traditional rootsy American style with a subtle contemporary sensibility.

Sun. 27th Aug. - Sunset Screenings - Star Wars Rogue 1

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. At sunset approx. 8.30pm FREE. Screened outside on the sea-facing wall. Bring something to sit on and wrap up warm. There will be free family-friendly activities on the terrace before each screening from 6pm and the Terrace Bar will be open. 01424 229111.

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Nursing & Care Sun. 27th Aug. - Night in Nashville

At the Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne at 8pm. Sarah Jayne and Award Winning Vocal Impersonator Andy Crust take us on a journey through the history of Country Music. The show features Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and John Denver to name but a few. 01323 410611.

Sun. 27th & 28th Aug. Falconry, Storytelling, History and Bushcraft

At Penshurt Place, near Tonbridge, Kent from 11am - 5pm. Bushcraft skills demonstrations, falconry with the Hawking Centre and storytelling with Aardvark Productions.

Sun. 27th Aug. - Ken Dodd Happiness Show

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7pm. Ken Dodd was made Sir Ken in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. He is the Master of Mirth, a comedian of legendary status; an icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter. 0844 8717615.

Sun. 27th Aug. - Charity Ska Day

At the East Hastings Sea Angling Association, (opposite the Life Boat) Hastings. Entertainment throughout the day. Fully licensed bar, evening headlined by Elvis Tribute Act. Full list of bands and further details on page 2.

Mon. 28th Aug. - Heathfield’s Le Marche

Anglo French Market, held in Station Road and Station Approach, Heathfield with around 80 stalls and musical entertainment. See p.23.

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Inspired Care Fit For Royalty


Visit us at Parris Lawn, Ringmer

arris Lawn is a brand new, state-ofthe-art care home situated in the beautiful village of Ringmer in East Sussex. With 62 bedrooms, stunning views, a salon, demonstration kitchen and - it goes without saying - a wonderful team of caring people - this truly is an inspiring place to live. To book your visit, get in touch with us on the details above. Whether you would like to visit on your own, with a friend or relative, everybody is welcome to come and have a look. We look forward to meeting you soon. We will be offering a selection of distinct care choices for residents, and as our opening draws closer, we will be releasing

further details about what we are doing to improve the lives of those in need of care. Parris Lawn is the name of Ringmer’s new care home. Once finished in late Summer 2017, it will provide a wonderful, sociable residence. We are an independent company, backed by over forty years’ of family-run care experience on the south coast and we can’t wait to bring that knowledge to Ringmer. Briefly, we will be offering: Residential Care Full use of the home’s amazing facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dementia Care Luxurious, peaceful surroundings, ensuring that the personality of the individual is

allowed to flourish. Nursing Care Everything we do at Parris Lawn has its roots planted firmly in excellent nursing. Palliative Care Our end-of-life care is personal, compassionate and peaceful. Our nursing experience and clinical excellence dovetail with an ethos which wholeheartedly respects the individual. With all our care services, we positively encourage family and friendship within the home. Residents’ families will always be welcome and we will always be available to allay any fears and help rid the care experience of as much anxiety as possible.

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Animal & Pet Services

Mon. 28th Aug. - British Rallycross Championship

At Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6RY. Round 6 of the 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship. See page 25.

Mon. 28th Aug. - Seth Lakeman

At St Mary’s Church, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF. West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman. Seth will be performing songs from the new album and other live favourites from his back catalogue.

‘Let’s Rock the Hall’ and support the Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare!

Tues. 29th Aug. - 2nd Sept. - The Wedding Singer

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film. Evening and Mat performances. 0844 871 7615.

Saturday 23rd September Doors open at 7pm, High Hurstwood Village Hall. A fantastic fun night is guaranteed, featuring tribute acts to Tina Turner, Blondie and David Bowie. For Tickets phone Matt 07790 277731 or Heath 07768 550846. Adults £20 Children & Concession £15. Fully licensed bar and food supplied by The Hurstwood (not included in the price)

Wed. 30th Aug. - The Mercury Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free monthly creative sessions for adults with learning disabilities & their carers. 01424 229111.

Wed. 30th Aug. - 2nd Sept. - Jekyll and Hyde The Musical

Mon. 28th Aug. - The Awakening

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. A mesmerising performance on the terrace by disabled and non-disabled professional dancers from the nationally acclaimed Stopgap Dance Company. Part of Journeys Festival 2017, FREE. 1.30 & 2.30pm. A 20-minute outdoor dance piece choreographed by Chris Pavia, a dancer with Downs Syndrome.

Mon. 28th Aug. - Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

At St Mary’s Church, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF. A unique and special concert ‘The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’ and the ‘Ronnie Scott’s Songbook’ live at St Mary’s Church. This fantastic afternoon show will take you on a musical journey of amazing music, providing you with an insight into the heritage of the world’s most famous jazz clubs.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Eves: 7pm. Sat. mat. 2pm. BLODS are proud to present the spine-chilling tale of Jekyll & Hyde. A musical phenomenon based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. 01424 229111.

Wed. 30th Aug. -Joe Pasquale: The Devil in Disguise

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. We all have a good side and a dark side, and a backside, so come and witness Joe showing off all three, in a show that defies description… He’s been away searching for the fabled ancient merkin (Google it) of Macedonia, once owned by Genghis Khan’s Nan (Maud), who used to wear it for special occasions, but only if she was going to Lidl on the way home. 01424 462288.

Wed. 30th Aug. - 9th Sept.- Hairspray

At the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. The perfect summer holiday treat direct from the West End and Broadway. 01322 220000. See main advertisement on page 17.

Wed. 30th Aug. - 2nd Sept. - David Copperfield

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Featuring a range of wonderful, engaging characters, David Copperfield is a magnificent coming-of-age story, full of humour, suspense, love and romance. Our production brings this much loved novel to life on the stage with imagination and style. 1066 Youth Theatre consistently produces shows of the highest calibre. David Copperfield will take the audience on a journey into a Dickensian world, creating a thrilling and unique theatrical event. 01424 423221.

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Thurs. 31st Aug. - Delicious History

At Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. From candles to Christmas, the Scotch Egg to rooftop bees, the 310- year old story of

Fortnum & Mason is full of surprises. Join our archivist for an hour-long tour of the building (with tastings), to hear the fascinating tales behind one of Britain’s most loved icons, ending up with – what else – a cup of Fortnum’s famous tea. Tours take place at 11am and 3pm every second Thursday and cost £25 per person. Why not make a day of it, and book lunch or afternoon tea, too? 020 7734 8040.

Thurs. 31st Aug. - The Searchers

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. The Searchers remarkable career continues. With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. 01424 462288.

Thurs. 31st Aug. - 1066 Jazz Club With the Imperial Jazz Band Richard Exall / Amy Roberts Quintet

At Azur, Marina Parade, Hastings. The 1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday evenings throughout the year at the Azur on the Hastings/St Leonards seafront. We have a different live band each week who play from 8-11 pm (doors open 7.15) and you will always receive a warm welcome.

Thurs. 31st Aug. - Ethical Taxidermy for Children

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am – 12noon for ages 8 - 12 and 2pm - 4pm for 13 - 16 years. Inspired by animal skulls and displays in Safari: an exhibition as expedition, learn about the process of taxidermy and create your own ‘bind-up’ model one of the first stages in creating a taxidermy specimen. Led by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long. 01424 229111.

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Birds of a feather.. W

hen most birds are safely tucked up for the night, one species is just beginning to wake - the Barn Owl. With extra sensitive eyesight and hearing, these magical birds fly silently over fields in search of small mammals. I love watching all birds, be it the blue tits in the garden or gulls on the beach, but there’s something extra special about spending an evening with a Barn Owl... Joe Feathers Wild Bird Care

Fri. 1st - 3rd Sept. - Meatopia 2017

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF. Meatopia UK 2017 will see chefs, restaurateurs and gourmands uniting in a carnivorous congregation of the best sourced meat, all cooked over ethically-sourced wood and charcoal over the course of three days. However, Meatopia is about more than just eating and drinking, with live music, DJs, informal workshops, street theatre, chef talks and Craftopia, a dedicated craft beer hall hosted by Melissa Cole.

The event hosts a legendary line-up of chefs from around the world, each known for their talent and expertise in taste and provenance. This weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music promises to be the event of the year for discerning diners. Tel: 0207 680 4001

Sat. 2nd Sept. - St. Wilfrid’s Starlight Stroll

Sign up to the annual sponsored Starlight Stroll along Eastbourne’s seafront with a choice of 4 or 6 miles. See main advertisement on page 19. Registration from 5.45pm. Walk starts at 6.45pm.

Sat. 2nd - 3rd Sept. - Truckfest

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood from 9am 5pm. Features for the weekend include displays, monster trucks, arena action and special appearances from TV shows. See

Sat. 2nd Sept. - The Johnny Cash Roadshow

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells from 7.30pm. The only show to be endorsed by the Cash family! This year prepare for a musical adventure

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with the biggest production to date. The UK’s No1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Carter Sisters’ (on selected shows) along with the ‘Roadshow Horns’ all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste. 01892 530613.

Sat. 2nd and 3rd Sept. - The Bexhill Festival of the Sea

At West Parade, Bexhill on Sea next to the De La Warr Pavilion. 10am 6pm Sat. 10am - 5pm Sun. Mermaids World Record Attempt, continuous live music and entertainment. Performances from Peter Knight’s Gigspanner and Liane Carroll. See main advertisement on page 29 for full details.

Sat. 2nd Sept. - Outdoor Theatre: Comedy of Errors

At 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, High Street, Battle East Sussex TN33 0AD. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s most hilarious farce, The Comedy of Errors. A magical and comically entwined tale of mistaken identity follows merchants, masters, parents, servants and a long-suffering wife as it plays itself out over the course of one hectic day. Bring a chair and a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this funny, magical and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. 01424 775705

Sun. 3rd. Sept. - BBB 10K

A 10km road race in and around the historic town of Battle. Open to all runners aged 15 and above. Finishers medals for all runners who complete the course. Trophies to third place in all classes. An excellent race for serious and fun runners alike. 07976 254247

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