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WHAT’S ON February 2017


Laura Hamilton Exclusive

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Over 25 years ago the Lady Decorator set out to create an efficient and professional company providing inspirational and highly personalised interiors. She will always work closely with her customers throughout any project no matter how big or small & can offer ideas & solutions to achieve the best possible results. The Lady Decorator is dedicated to providing her clients with a masterful mix of design and decor. Her attention to detail, and experienced use of colour and texture are hallmarks of the service provided. The Lady Decorator prides herself on maintaining budgets and deadlines, all while giving her clients a place they are excited to come home to.

Little Sew and Sew’s Make A Bunting Day

In aid of St Michael’s Hospice Sat 4th February 10am - 4pm. Come and make a piece of bunting and help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of St Michael’s Hospice. £3 includes all materials. There will be tea and cake as well as a raffle with all proceeds from the day going to St Michael’s |Hospice. Easy parking is right outside.

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Contents House and Home P.2 - 17 Fuel & Fire P. 14 & 15 Antiques & Collectables P.16 Nursing and Care P.17 Food and Drink P.18 -29 Travel P 7, 30 & 31 Laura Hamilton Interview P.32 - 35 Telegraph Travel Show Review P.36 Fashion and Leisure P.38 - 43 Health and Beauty P.44 & 45 Wedding Services P.46 - 49 Garden and Building Services P.50 - 52 Animal and Pet Services P53 - 55

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What’s On February 2017

head and it’s time to let it all out. Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups. £25. 01424 229111.

Until 26th February - Cirque du Soleil - Amaluna

At Royal Albert Hall, London. Amaluna is a tale of castaway romance and the obstacles that true love presents, filled with jaw-dropping performances and Cirque du Soleil’s signature mindblowing acts, which left audiences mesmerised at its UK premiere here in 2016. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women, with female performers making up the band and the majority of the cast. ‘thrillingly executed’ The Times. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 1st Feb. - Ross Noble

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 8pm. Everybody’s favourite randomist is back and as always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his

Until Sun. 12th March Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

At the V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. Features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury. From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.

Wed. 1st Feb. - Josef Frank Curator Tour

At the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. 0207 407 8664. Join Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum to see and learn more about the highlights of the exhibition JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles.

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Wed. 1st Feb. - The Building Trades Show

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London N22 7AY. 020 8365 2121 See, touch, try and buy all the very latest trade products for builders, plumbers and electricians. Four trade shows in one – all under one roof.

Wed. 1st Feb. - Parents & Babies: The Queen Of Katwe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 10.30am. (Cinema). From celebrated director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding ) comes the true to life story of a young girl’s journey from the Ugandan slums to international chess championships. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 2nd Feb. - NT Live: Amadeus

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea and at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7pm. Live Transmission. Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. 01424 229111 (Bexhill) 01892 678678 (Trinity).

Thurs. 2nd - 5th Feb. - Benenden Players panto: Pinocchio with a Twist

At Benenden Village Hall. All the usual songs, dances & silliness that you’d expect from the Benenden Players: so book quickly before the woodworm gets to him!

Thurs. 2nd Feb. - The Never-Ending Nightmare

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 8pm. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek! 01323 80 20 20.


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Thurs. 2nd Feb.- Seriously Dead (Comedy Play)

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. The lives of Betty, Albert, Billy and the local undertaker Tristan de Winter become inextricably linked towards a path that is leading to The Pearly Gates and a disgruntled Guardian Angel named Thelma. A brand new comedy play that will have you dying with laughter!! Tickets from £18. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 2nd - 5th Feb.- Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. 10am-5.30pm. Meet a huge choice of leading and specialist tour operators, as well as over 75 tourist boards, whose experts will be on hand to help tailormake your next trip and provide expert advice on destinations around the globe. Enjoy exclusive show-only prices, discounts, upgrades plus enter exciting holiday competitions. Meet your favourite travel authors, soak up new cultures, enjoy colourful performances and get a taste for exotic delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples on offer.

Thurs. 2nd Feb. - Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Is a sensational and exciting Live Music Production featuring over 40 Smash Hits from the Fabulous 50’s & 60’s. This dynamic show stars amazing impressions by the uniquely talented KYTSUN WOLFE. 01424 262288.

Thurs. 2nd Feb. - Shirt Tale Stompers

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. (Elgar Room). 9.45pm. London’s top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem swing and the hot jazz of the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. 0207 589 8212.


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Fri. 3rd Feb. - Golly Gosh Music Night

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings in the Sussex Studio at 7.30pm. Featuring three talented local bands: The Kytes who perform hits from the 50s to the 00s, Rockin’ Ambassadors who are renowned for playing classic hits from the 50s and 60s, and 6 Hr Stint who play hits from the 50s onwards. Come and enjoy a great evening of music in aid of GOSH and Autism Bexhill. 01424 462288.

Fri. 3rd - 11th Feb. - One Man, Two Guvnors

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 7.30pm. Richard Bean’s play is a glorious celebration of British comedy: laugh-out-loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. They have assembled an outstanding (and very energetic) cast for this riotous, hilarious and award-winning comedy. A Stables Theatre production. directed by Christopher Lacey. Adults £13. 01424 423221.

Fri. 3rd Feb. - Slim Chance – Ronnie Lane’s original band from when he left the Faces.

At the Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. Slim Chance celebrate the music of one of the shining lights of the ‘60s and ‘70s British music scene, Ronnie Lane, who tragically died in 1997 after his much-publicised twenty year battle with multiple sclerosis. Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414

Fri. 3rd Feb. Fairport Convention

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. An evening of great music and amusing interludes is guaranteed! ‘Fairport Convention are a national treasure.’ The Times. 01892 530613.

Fri. 3rd Feb. - Nocturnal Animals (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves. 01892 678678.

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RFM Coachworks CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS The independent specialists for prestige car restoration. Our equipment comprises of a Jig Bracket Alignment System, two and four post ramps, and a State of the Art Nova Verta Spraybooth/lowbake oven for high quality refinishing of paintwork to manufacturers original specifications. All our paint schemes are water based and environmentally friendly, however we retain Solvent based paints for use with classic and prestige car restorations to ensure a perfect finish. See our website Gallery to view a selection of the vehicles we have repaired and resprayed from start to finish. We can also service your vehicle and prepare it ready for its annual MOT check complete with Diagnostics. We have Courtesy Cars and a FREE local collection and delivery service. Precision such as this takes time, knowledge, and many years of experience, using highly technical methods to restore exclusive cars to former beauty. RFM personnel are expected to achieve consistent perfection and are regarded almost as artists in their field. So whether you have a brand new Aston Martin, a top of the range 4x4 or own a classic vintage motor car, RFM can offer you the consummate service – beyond compare.

Fri. 3rd Feb. - TRAVESTIES

At the Apollo Theatre, London. Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered - and misremembered - by Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917. 020 7378 1713.

Fri. 3rd Feb. - Miles Jupp

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 8pm. Miles Jupp, stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of The News Quiz, hits the road in a freshly ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some sense of it all. 01273 709709.

Sat. 4th Feb. - Mary Chaplin Carpenter

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2017. Performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalogue and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May 6, 2016. £26.50. 01424 229111.

Sat. 4th Feb. - The King is Back

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. UK Elvis tribute artiste, Ben Portsmouth. £27.50. 01892 530613.

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Fuel & Fire Services

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.

Woodstock Fires are a well-established, HETAS registered company with over 40 years’ experience in the trade, selling and installing a wide range of stoves, range cookers, chimney linings, stove and cooker spares and maintenance products as well as selling a large range of the best quality cookware. We sell and install only genuine, leading brands of woodburning stoves and multifuel stoves. We also stock a variety of top quality cookware including brands. Woodstock Fires pride themselves on the level of service offered to their customers. As well as private individual, these also include domestic builders, architects, landlords and local authorities.

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.

Sat. 4th & 5th Feb. - Build It Live

At the Kent Event Centre, Detling near Maidstone. Whether building from scratch or updating an existing home, you’ll find all the inspiration, advice and ideas you need to make your project a success. Opening Times: Sat 4 Feb 10am – 5pm, Sun 5 Feb 10am – 4.30pm. Book a special Kent Event Centre 2-for-1 ticket deal at quoting promotional code KEC17 On the door: Ad. £12, Chd.(0 to 16 years) Free.

Sat. 4th Feb. - Juan Martin, Flamenco

At the Old Chapel, Alfriston. 7.30pm. Voted one of the top three guitarists and the top flamenco guitarist in the world by US magazine, Guitar Player, Juan Martin fuses flamenco and gypsy jazz with Arabic, Indian and classical influences creating a truly captivating musical experience that is not to be missed. Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414

Sat. 4th Feb. - Make A Bunting Day

At Little Sew ‘n’ Sew, 11b Bexhill Road, St. Leonards on Sea from 10am 4pm. In aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. See page 3 for details.

Sat. 4th Feb. - Totally Tina

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. TOTALLY TINA! Is an International acclaimed award winning tribute revue show to the Queen of Rock. The show re-creates the spectacle and energy of her live shows with a six-piece live band, four stunning dancers and Justine’s incredible impersonation of the Queen of Rock. 01323 80 20 20.

Sat. 4th Feb. - Exhibition Tour

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

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Sat. 4th Feb. - Chekhov’s Shorts

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. European Arts Company presents a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils Of Tobacco , The Dimwit , The Bear , Swan Song and The Proposal . This is Chekhov as you’ve never seen him before – funny! 01892 678678.

Sat. 4th Feb. - Hastings Philharmonic - Dixit Dominus

At St. Clements Church, Hastings at 7pm. See main ad. on page 39

Sat. 4th Feb. - Knight of Mystery

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm in the Sussex Studio. You are the detective, can you solve the crime? Don’t be a pawn in the game of thrones; we will step back in time to a golden age of gallantry in which an entire kingdom is at stake! 01424 462288.

Sun. 5th Feb. - Bolshoi Swan Lake

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. Recorded Live Transmission. Music by Tchaikovsky. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Featuring Svetlana Zakharova (Odette/Odile), Denis Rodkin (Prince Siegfried), Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius) and Igor Tsvirko (the Fool). 01892 678678.

Sun. 5th Feb. - Look, Think, Make

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

Sun. 5th Feb. - Arrival (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. When mysterious spacecraft touch

down across the globe, an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), is brought together to investigate. 01892 530613.

Sun. 5th Feb - Roy Wood

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. 7.30pm. Featuring Roy Wood & his Rock ‘N Roll band performing all his classic hits, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain, Blackberry Way, California Man, See My Baby Jive, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday….and much more. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 5th Feb - RTWSO - Peter Donohoe

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 3:00pm. SHOSTAKOVICH: Festival Overture. RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony. Soloist: PETER DONOHOE (piano) Conductor: NEIL THOMSON. 01892 530613.

Sun. 5th Feb - Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 2.45pm. Thomas Carroll Conductor/Cello Mozart Symphony No.29 In A major K201. Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 In C major. Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 In A major Op.90 (Italian). 01273 709709.

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Antiques & Collectables

Sun. 5th Feb - Treasure Island

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 2.30pm. Children’s TV stars Callum Donnelly, Richard Franks and Robin Hatcher are the stars. This laugh a minute show is jam-packed with shanty’s, cheering, booing, puppets, lots of colourful costumes, amazing sets, slapstick comedy and maybe even a monkey or two! 01424 462288.

Sun. 5th Feb - London Philharmonic Orchestra

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 3pm. J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. J S Bach Concerto for Two Violins. Vivaldi The Four Seasons. Pieter Schoeman Violin. Andrew Storey Violin. London Philharmonic Orchestra. 01323 412000.

Sun. 5th Feb - Sound Collective

At The Chaplin Theatre, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. 3pm. Tickets £19, students and children £10. Works by Mozart, Sterndale Bennett, Klughardt and Mendelssohn. Tickets and details on 01580 883092.

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Sun. 5th Feb - There Will Be Blood: Live

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscarwinning film is accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) score. A masterwork of dramatic tension, instrumental experimentation and musical bricolage – it integrates works by Arvo Pärt and Brahms – the soundtrack is a special performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra. 01273 709709.

Mon. 6th - 11th Feb - Gaslight

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. One of the greatest thrillers of all time hits the UK stage starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. Gaslight is written by one of the 20th Century’s most renowned British writers, Patrick Hamilton. This masterpiece of suspenseful playwriting will have you on the edge of your seat and is a superb mystery thriller. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 7th Feb - Nabucco

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. VERDI NABUCCO With the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. Starring Olga Perrier*, the international French Soprano, as Abigail and the celebrated mezzo Liza Kadelnik* from the Romanian National Opera as Fenena. 01892 530613.

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Food & Drink puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. Tuesday 4.30pm Wednesday 10.30am & 1.30pm. £12 all seats. 01323 412000.

Tues. 7th - 9th Feb - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 6.30pm. St Leonards Academy present: Time to Dance 2017. Tickets: £5.00. 01424 462288.

Wed. 8th Feb - Gree Day Revolution Radio Tour

At the O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. As the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Revolution Radio’ approaches, the legendary Green Day today announce details of their new UK arena tour. 0844 8560202.

Wed. 8th Feb - Royal Ballet: Woolf Works

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission. Choreography by Wayne McGregor. Concept and Direction by Wayne McGregor. Music by Max Richter. The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. 01892 678678.

Wed. 8th Feb. - Rob Beckett

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Rob Beckett in a brandnew show of funnies, and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! £15. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 9th & 10th Feb. - Music and Drama Education Expo

Tues. 7th Feb - A United Kingdom (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2pm & 8pm. This beautiful romantic drama celebrates the inspiring real-life romance of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (David Oyelowo), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). 01892 678678.

Tues. 7th & 8th Feb - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Now the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable

At Olympia Central, London. Packed with more than 60 professional development sessions, a variety of exciting performances, and countless networking opportunities - there is something for everyone.

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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Thurs. 9th Feb. - Jamie Raven Live

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, ‘I now finally believe in magic!’ 01892 530613.

Thurs. 9th Feb. - Paterson (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. This critically acclaimed drama from Jim Jarmusch is about Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver and poet from the city ofPaterson, New Jersey. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 9th & 10th Feb. - Two Door Cinema Club

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green London. 6.30pm. Two Door Cinema Club announce an extensive UK headline tour concluding at Alexandra Palace. 020 8365 2121.

Thurs. 9th - 12th Feb. - Dong Ding Murder Me On High!

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves. 7.45pm. Sat. mat. 2.30pm. Dong Ding Murder Me on High! introduces Inspector Pratt on a Silent Fright when he was just Sergeant Pratt as he attempts to discover why the daughter of Sir Walton Gates has nearly been sleighed to death. 01323 412000.

Thurs. 9th Feb. - Robertsbridge Jazz Club The Simon Spillett Quartet

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

Thurs. 9th Feb. - Ghost Walk

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Join Jack and Nancy for a walk around the dark theatre. You will see areas not usually seen by the public whilst hearing famous ghost stories about the Hippodrome as well as other famous haunted theatres around the country. But take care, the dark woman that haunts the theatre is close……. and watching! Full Price £10. 01323 802020

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


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


: Booking is still advised for their Sunday Roast priced at just £8.50. SERVED 12-4pm. Situated a stone’s throw from the mainline station of Robertsbridge and within easy reach of Bateman’s, Great Dixter, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle, The Ostrich offers a range of facilities including: bed and breakfast accommodation, free function room hire, a large car park and a unique tropical garden! It also serves a selection of French, Spanish and Italian wines available by the glass or bottle, real ales and bar snacks. Tony & Rosemary Robins welcome all visitors to their Victorian freehouse. Live Music Jam Nights: Held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm. Open to all musicians. Strange instruments very welcome. (No Electric) The Ostrich also hosts Dementia Supper Clubs SE - 19 -

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Thurs. 9th Feb. - Earl Okin

Fri. 10th Feb. - Circus Zyair

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Elgar Room. 9.15pm. Renowned for his vocal-trumpet solos, Earl Okin is regarded as one of the most accomplished Bossa Nova artistes outside Brazil. 0207 589 8212.

At the Hop Farm Country Park, Beltring, near Paddock Wood. A ragtag band of clowns, acrobats and jugglers plies its distinctive talents before fearless daredevils brave the high wire and wheel of death. 01622 872068

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters such as Rambling Sid Rumpo, Charles and Fiona, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, and Julian and Sandy, Round the Horne was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today, 50 years on. 01892 678678.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart. £27.50. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 9th Feb. - Round The Horne: 50th Anniversary Tour

Fri. 10th - 12th Feb. - Lord of the Dance

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. 01273 290131.

Fri. 10th Feb. - The Jive Aces

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. 8pm. Legendary swing, jive and skiffle group, The Jive Aces, are renowned worldwide for their high-energy music and spectacular stage show. £14 to £16. 01323 80 20 20.

Fri. 10th Feb. - Alex Hutton

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Elgar Room. 8pm. Alex Hutton is an acclaimed pianist on the London jazz scene, and a popular performer at the Hall’s Free Friday Music sessions. Over the past few years he has worked with an array of well-respected jazz artists and released a number of critically acclaimed albums, including 2015’s Magna Carta Suite. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 10th Feb. - Wisdom of a Fool

White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. In this emotional rollercoaster one-man play Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. 01424 4622883.

Fri. 10th Feb. - Al Murray

Fri. 10th Feb. - Sweet Illusion Valentines Dance

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Probably the best vocal harmony show band in the south during the 70s and 80s, Sweet Illusion is back together and better than ever. From the sounds of the Beatles and the Beach Boys to Abba and Dire Straits you can just sit and listen or dance until you drop. 01892 530613.

Sat. 11th Feb. - Billingsgate Seafood School

At Classroom on the Coast, Stade Hall, Hastings. 9.30am - 11.30am and 12.15pm to 2.15pm. £32. 0207 5173548.

Sat. 11th-18th Feb. Legend Quests

Interactive fantasy family adventure show. 8 years upwards. £10 per ticket. Rye. These magical interactive story shows use theatre sets and props to take you on a incredible adventure. Also look out for our monthly magic shows from some amazing international acts. Magic, storytelling and theatre shows. The Theatre of Wonder inside The World of Legend, 55 The Mint, Rye TN317EN. Call 01797 222942

Sat. 11th & 12th Feb. - Strictly Come Dancing

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. This year’s tour will star TV Judges Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood. They will be joined on the judging panel by former Strictly professional dancer and winner of the 2006 series, Karen Hardy. The tour will also feature a brand new host, Countryfile’s Anita Rani, who was a semi-finalist in the 2015 series and a contestant on this year’s live tour. 0844 8560202.

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

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Sat. 11th - 19th Feb. - Birds, Bugs & Beasts

Sat. 11th Feb. - 2nd April - Micro Pavilions: Temporal Spaces

At Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent. Visit the Castle to come face to face with owls and stroke their soft feathers, you can even get up close to a host of reptiles and learn more about the lives of creepy crawlies! Fun and educational workshops will be held, suitable for children of all ages and fun for all the family. 01622 765400.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea in the roof top foyer. This exhibition showcases the working through of designs, ideas and prototypes made by Masters of Architecture students in their first year of study on the Technology and Fabrication module at the University of Brighton. Free entry.

At the Royal Albert Hall, (Elgar Room). A sophisticated evening of champagne and dining is topped by a smorgasbord of refined cabaret acts. Dress to impress and soak up the elegant surroundings of the intimate Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s very funny and very naughty but, more than anything, it’s ever so classy. The Wam Bam Club is one of the longest-running, and best loved, burlesque supper clubs in London. 0207 589 8212.

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 2pm and 4.30pm. Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, due to popular demand Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance. Based on the multi-award winning TV show. £14.- £48. 01323 80 2020

Sat. 11th Feb. - The Wam Bam Club

Sat. 11th Feb. - Brainiac Live

Sat. 11th Feb. - Saturday Craft Fair

At St. Barnabus Church, Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea. 10am - 3pm. Free entry. See main advertisement on page 28.

Sat. 11th Feb. - 19th Feb. - Living With Birds

At Hever Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent. Join the RSPB in this event which coincides with National Nest Box Week. Visitors learn how to help birds nest, survive and thrive in their gardens at home.

Sat. 11th - 19th Feb. - Winter Garden Trail

At Bateman’s Burwash. Follow the winter spotter trail and learn more about whats happening over winter in the Bateman’s garden.

Sat. 11th & 12th Feb. - The Dance Studio

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. The Jo Christie Dance Centre is proud to present their brand new show stopping production. 01892 678678.

Sat. 11th Feb. - Omid Djalili

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili, known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his standup is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. 01424 462288.

Nico’s Kitchen and lounge is a 1920s prohibition inspired tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, set to the sounds of the 1920’s and electro swing against the background of Bare bricks, deep reds and up-cycled wood. Why not join us for a romantic four course dinner by candlelight this Valentines Day? Early booking is advised, details on our website - 22 -

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Sun. 12th Feb. - IACF Antiques and Collectors Fair

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London from 8.30am. Pop Up Vintage Fairs London will also be part of the iacf Antiques & Collectors Fair at Alexandra Palace, bringing a fresh, younger audience to vintage and antique shopping! 020 8365 2121.

Sun. 12th Feb. - EE British Academy Film Awards

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. Stephen Fry will be returning to host the ceremony for a 12th time as BAFTA celebrates its 70th anniversary. The ceremony will feature entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, which will be in residence at the Hall at the time of the Awards with its latest touring show, Amaluna. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One, on Sunday 12 February. The red carpet will be live streamed on Facebook between 5-7pm.

Remys Café Kulinarya – Good Mood Food Is it a Café Bar? A Bistro or Restaurant? Patisserie? The answer is YES – in the City we would be a Fusion Café, and Remy’s Café Kulinarya is certainly where EAST meets WEST… John is English and Remy is from the Philippines. We offer some of our favourite dishes in a comfortable and attractive setting. Everything is prepared in our Kitchen using fresh local ingredients whenever they can be sourced. Open daily and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, we serve traditional English Breakfasts, Lunches, Afternoon Teas and Evening meals all with their Southeast Asian signature dish equivalents. Home cooked food at an affordable price. These beautiful premises at 21 Kings Road in St Leonards on Sea have impressive Art Nouveau features and Georgian plasterwork. The original curved marble and glass shop front, with its grand bowed window crowned with stained glass, date back to 1911 and is one of the few remaining untouched examples of its kind.

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Dementia Supper Clubs Featured on BBC Insideout South East @ the Ostrich Pub, Robertsbridge. The service also offers an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to get together informally, share experiences and increase their support network through monthly supper clubs held in cafes and pubs. There are currently 8 Dementia Supper Clubs covering Eastbourne/ Hastings/Bexhill/lRobertsbridge/ Uckfield/ Hailsham/ Seaford/ Lewes.

The Carers Breaks Dementia Engagement Service The Carers Breaks Dementia Engagement Service is a free service that works with people with dementia and their carers. Following a carers’ assessment of need a Community Support Worker works with the person with dementia and their carer for 6-8 weeks to explore activities in the home or local community that the person with dementia can enjoy. The Community Support Worker goes with the person with dementia and their carer to visit activities and help assess their needs and promote a choice of activities. Following a successful introduction of an activity the service works with the carer and/ or Social Worker to secure funding and provide a phased handover to a suitably skilled and experienced service provider or Personal Assistant. This then provides the carer with a regular break. The service supports people with dementia and their carers to link with services and activities in the community which can be difficult due to the challenges of their illness or caring role. For information about the supper clubs please call the team office on 01323 432340 or email

Sun. 12th - 14th Feb. - Pure London

At Olympia Grand Hall, London. (Trade show). The most comprehensive womenswear event in the UK showcases footwear, accessories and ready to wear collections from over 1,000 mid to high-end brands and designers. Over 300 new brands from across the world are added to the show each season. www.

Sun. 12th Feb. - De La Warr Pavilion Wedding Show

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea from 11am - 3pm. See main ad. on page 49.

Sun. 12th Feb. - Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. This Orchestra, from its beginnings as outsiders playing an outsider instrument, 31 years ago has become an internationally renowned institution. 01424 462288.

Sun. 12th Feb. - Omid Djalili

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances, is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 13th Feb. - Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Cinema at the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 3pm. 1926 and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. 01892 678678.

Mon. 13th Feb. - The Birth of a Nation (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Based on a true story, this award winning film (Sundance, Toronto) is set in the antebellum American South and follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. 01892 678678.

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Mon. 13th Feb. - Indian Classical Music for Kids

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Italian Kitchen. 10am and 1pm. The Blue Lions present a concert of Indian Classical music, including traditional works and very rare compositions, some of which are hundreds of years old and based upon traditional ragas and mantras. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 13th - 18th Feb. - Not Dead Enough

At the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to the stage with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. Starring Award-winning actor Shane Richie as DS Roy Grace and Laura Whitmore, one of the stars of 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 13th Feb. - Tales for Toddlers

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Activities nurture creativity, communication and confidence in children 18 months to 5 years, and their parents and carers. 2 sessions: 10.15 – 11am. & 11.15am – 12noon. £1 each (all ages 0-5 years & Adults). 01424 229111.

Mon. 13th - 17th Feb. - Knights and Princesses

At Battle Abbey and Battlefield. Lots of medieval fun this half term. Transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat.

Tues. 14th Feb. - Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Cinema)

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Enjoy one of the movies’ greatest romances on Valentine’s Day. Includes a complimentary glass of sparkling. Film starts 8.15pm. 1961 American romcom adapted from Truman Capote’s bestselling romance by director Blake Edwards. Tickets £10. 01424 229111.

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Tues. 14th Feb. High Society (Cinema)

years before they reach their destination. 01892 678678.

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. (1956) Cert. U. Starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. Spoiled heiress Tracy is about to embark on her second marriage. With multiple suitors trying to win her heart, she must decide on the ideal husband. 1.30pm refreshments. 2pm film starts. 4.15pm end. £3.50 includes refreshments, Carers FREE includes refreshments. 01424 229111.

Tues. 14th Feb. - Dancing in Dream Land

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. For ages 5 - 7 years. Half term dancing workshop £8. 01424 229111.

Tues. 14th Feb. - Lily and Bear

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 11am and 1.30pm. Once in a while, along comes the perfect picture book, bearing the hallmarks of a true classic. Lisa Stubbs’ Lily and Bear is one such book, now adapted for the stage with songs and music, and premiering in the Hall’s Elgar Room. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 14th - 18th Feb. - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Starring X Factor winner, Joe McElderry, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ’Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets. 01424 462288.

Tues. 14th - 18th Feb. - The Verdict

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Evenings 7.45pm. Wednesday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm Starring Clive Mantle, Jack Shepherd and Richard Walsh plus a full supporting cast of fifteen. The powerful International Best-seller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film. 01323 412000.

Tues. 14th & 15th Feb. - RHS Early Spring Plant Fair

At RHS Lawrence and Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PE. 10am - 5pm. (Also - Late event on 13th 6pm-9pm). Kick-start the gardening season with a mix of fresh spring colour and early-flowering plants, with a wealth of inspiration to help visitors get their horticultural creativity started.

Tues. 14th Feb. - Busted

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. 2017 headline tour with support from Natives. “massive comeback single… one heck of an almighty return” Digital Spy. “a great song” Popjustice. “Busted’s miraculous new song sounds just like Daft Punk” Metro. Following the release of their brand new single in over a decade, the disco-tinged new single, ‘On What You’re On’, pop trio Busted are pleased to announce a UK headline tour. 01273 290131.

Tues. 14th Feb. - Passengers (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods wake them ninety

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Wed. 15th - 18th Feb. - Magagascar - A Musical Adventure

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar a Musical Adventure TYA follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. 01323 80 20 20.

The Introduction Agency For People Living In Kent, Sussex and Surrey Tel: 01892 667750 Disappointed with internet dating? Don’t leave your happiness to chance! *Personal Interview with Louisa *Confidentiality *Hand Picked Selections *Thorough Personal Profiles *High Success Rate *Client Rapport and Feedback *Refunds Policy

You will be pleasantly surprised by our competitive fees!

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

Wed. 15th Feb. - Abstract Animation Studio

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on sea from ages 8 - 12 years. Half term workshop. £8. 01424 229111.

Wed. 15th - 19th Feb. - The Tin Man of Oz

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 11am and 2.30pm on selected days. Brought to you by the team who created 2015’s The Princess And The Pea this is a compelling storyof how love and friendship can triumph over any obstacle. For ages 8+. 01892 678678.

Contact Louisa Sheridan “to the world you may be someone, but to someone you may be the world” email: “I became a widower in 2003 and thought my life was over – Louisa proved me wrong.” R.B. – East Grinstead, West Sussex “Very professional with genuine care for her clients. Thank you for bringing us together.” P.S. & S.G. - Ashford, Kent “An excellent service in an age of mediocrity.” C.R. & P.M. – Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Love truly is in the air….we had our date night dinner at Callenders last month, and it was such a great evening we booked in for the fabulous Valentine’s menu straight away, we can’t wait to go back. Mum and Dad went there for “the big birthday” and loved it. Good friendly, polite service never goes out of fashion they say. You really will love it too. There’s award winning food on menus to suit every taste. Gorgeous desserts, all home made, and top quality Sussex steaks cooked on the char-grill, truly amazing. The traditional Sunday roast is a real favourite. Book your table now, and start your love affair today.

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Wed. 15th - 17th Feb. - Short Film Course

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Short Film Course. 3 day Course. 10am – 4pm | 11yrs+. Create and star in your own short film, in this exciting and unique three-day short film course! Taught by professional film maker Samuel Marlow, in a small team, you will be taught the basics of story boarding, script writing and filming, as well as creating your own short film. You will even receive a DVD of your work. £120. 01892 678678.

Wed. 15th Feb. - Albert’s Band Symphonic Safari

At the Royal Albert Hall, London, in the Elgar Room. 12 noon. Childrens show for ages 2+. Led by Kevin Hathway, the band present a fun and interactive introduction to some of the best pieces of classical music related to the animal kingdom! 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 15th Feb. - NT Live: Saint Joan

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. £14. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 16th - 19th Feb. Outdoor Adventure and Camping Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Watch the UK’s biggest climbing competition, explore our massive collection of tents and camping equipment and get your hands on the latest outdoor kit & accessories. The show promises a fun family day out with talks from special guests and plenty of hands on activities suitable for all ages.

Thurs. 16th - 19th Feb. - Ocean’s Festival

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Featuring The London International Dive Show. New for 2017, Oceans Festival will feature interactive experiences and fascinating exhibits. Whether you’re keen to explore the depths of the ocean through scuba diving or you want to learn more about the amazing wildlife and the ecosystems supporting these creatures. A great family day out!

Thurs. 16th - 19th Feb. - London Bike Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The UK’s largest cycling show gives you the chance to see the widest selection of bikes from the world’s best cycling brands. Whether you’re a keen road cyclist, a fearless mountain biker, an urban commuter or family cyclist there’s something for all cyclists at this action packed show!

Thurs. 16th - 19th Feb. - The Triathlon Show, London

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Find everything you need from the worlds of swimming, cycling and running to prepare you for your next event - from the best advice and expert training assessments to the latest equipment & clothing. You will be sure to find all the elements needed to get your skills to the next level.

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Angry Whelk Seafood is a newly established fish and seafood shop in Bexhill-On-Sea. Our aim is to provide high quality fresh fish and seafood to our customers at a competitive price. Our fishmonger visits the market twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays so if there is something you require that’s not already on the counter let us know by Monday or Thursday and we will endeavour to source it for you. Can’t see what you want in the counter? No problem... we will endeavour to source whatever you require from anchovies to eels and exotics to live crabs and lobsters. We specialise in seafood platters made to order with any kind of seafood or fresh fish that you require.

Rye Bay Scallop Week

Thurs. 16th Feb. - Lady Chatterley’s Lover

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. The story follows Connie Reid, a cultured, independent thinker who marries the emotionally distant Sir Clifford Chatterley. Connie turns to the bed of the lowborn gamekeeper Mellors and experiences true passion and genuine intimacy for the first time. 01892 678678.

Fri. 17th - 19th Feb. Olympia Historic Automobile Fair and Auction

At the Apex Room, Olympia, London. The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, in partnership with renowned auction house COYS, is London’s new ultra-luxury lifestyle event for private owners and collectors. Featuring a collection of historic, classic and racing cars this event provides the perfect environment for motoring enthusiasts to both indulge their passions and acquire their next investment. With more than 100 fine historic automobiles on auction from around the world you are sure to find your perfect ride.

Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th February 2017 25 Rye Restaurants to Serve Scallops!

This year there are plenty of cooking courses, demonstrations and taster events ... Webbe’s at The Fish Café will be repeating their “Scallop School”, now in its 12th year, where participants prepare and eat their own seven course luncheon! At the recently refurbished Horse & Cart in Peasmarsh, guests will be invited to learn how to make pizza dough and how to prepare and poach scallops to assemble and cook a scallop pizza. Also returning this year to the Landgate Bistro is the Scallop Bash; a seven course tasting menu not to be missed. Entertainment is also looking good this year with 6hr Stint at the Ypres Castle Inn on Friday 17th, Titus at the White Dog Inn on Sunday 19th, Rye Ukulele Experiment at the Queen’s Head Inn on Tuesday 21st, Logan Wilson Band at the White Dog Inn and a Big Scallop Quiz at the Queen’s Head Inn on Sunday 26th. For all the latest information regarding the menus and events for Rye Bay Scallop Week, visit

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A Canadian Adventure with Southern Cross Travel

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada, so what better time to visit this wonderful country?

Whether travelling with family, as a couple or on your own, Canada is a diverse destination that offers something for everyone. With plentiful wildlife, friendly natives, opportunities to view the Northern Lights, adventure activities, gourmet food and wine, and stunning scenery around every corner, Canada is a must for your next holiday with Southern Cross Travel. Our Canada Specialist, Anneka, talks through her ultimate Canada holiday itinerary, incorporating city life and the Rockies with a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Canadian experience – observing Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat. “Fly from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Calgary, pick up your hire car and drive onto Banff and Lake Louise to explore the beautiful surroundings. Whilst here, let Southern Cross Travel book an evening wildlife safari for your chance to observe native animals in their natural habitat. How about a horse ride over the Rocky Mountains? Visit the Columbia Icefield and ride on the Icefield Explorer to view the Athabasca Glacier, before continuing along the scenic road for a 2 night stay in Jasper.

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All aboard! Embark on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer – the most luxurious way to travel through the Rockies. For that ‘Once in a Lifetime’ holiday, Southern Cross Travel recommend an upgrade to Gold Leaf Service for panoramic views and 5* dining en route. After your overnight stop in Kamloops, re-board your train, arriving into cosmopolitan Vancouver. Spend a few days exploring this cosmopolitan city set on the water with the wonderful backdrop of Grouse Mountain.

Next, collect your hire car downtown and drive to Horseshoe Bay to board the ferry to Vancouver Island, then head north to Campbell River. After an overnight stay here, take a scenic float plane to rustic, floating Knight Inlet Lodge, set in Glendale Cove amidst steep cliffs that plummet into deep glacial-fed waters - home to a large concentration of grizzly bears.

After a welcome orientation, take a boat cruise to view the bears feeding within 50m of the shore. Stay for 2 or 3 nights at this incredible Lodge, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure. As well as bear viewing, you can enjoy a number of other tours, depending on the season, including a marine wildlife tour, whale watching, photography opportunies and kayaking tours. Canada is a spectacular country, full of exciting and unique experiences which will make you want to return again and again. So, what are you waiting for? Get that suitcase out from under the bed and make 2017 the year that Southern Cross Travel turn your holiday dream into a reality!” Contact Anneka, your local, certified Canada Specialist to discuss your holiday options on or call the Southern Cross Travel team in Wadhurst (01892 783896) or Rye (01797 229200). We will be delighted to arrange an appointment to plan and book your holiday to Canada.

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Laura Hamilton Laura Hamilton is a best known as one of the faces of Channel 4’s popular television show ‘A Place in the Sun’ and has hands on experience when it comes to property. She started renovating houses aged 19, and has developed 10 properties to date. Laura seldom relaxes, she thrives on being a busy working mum to her children Rocco and Tahlia, and in May 2016 released her first fitness app ‘Laura Hamilton’s Total Body Workout’ which is available on the iPhone & Android.


aving presented the action adventure show ‘Fort Boyard’ for ITV for the last 4 years, Laura is always keen to take on a physical challenge herself. In 2014 she took part in the first series of ‘The Jump’ (just four weeks after the birth of her first son), and in 2011 Laura was crowned runner of the popular ITV series ‘Dancing on Ice’ where she wowed audiences with her headbanger. A keen writer, Laura writes a regular blog for ‘Hello!’ magazine. She travel writes for ‘The Mail on Sunday’ as well as well as other national publications, and is also a guest writer for ‘A Place in the a Sun’ magazine. Laura began her television career working behind the scenes as an assistant floor manager. After four years working on a variety of shows, she moved to the other side of the camera and started working as a children’s TV presenter. Few people know Laura can both sing and dance. She has appeared on the stage several times as ‘Cinderella’ in pantomime alongside Steve Guttenberg, Stephen Gately and Bradley Walsh.

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It was a real surprise for many of her guests at her wedding when she sang with the band whilst her father (a former Womble!) played on the drums. What’s On Magazine met up with Laura at The Telegraph Travel Show in London. Laura, how much of your time is spent travelling? On average I spend two weeks out of every month overseas, predominantly in Europe but sometimes I am further afield. For anyone who doesn’t know the show I help house hunters find their dream home overseas. It is not as glamorous as it sounds because we do have budget constraints so we cannot always stay in luxury hotels. I am fortunate though because I get to combine my love of travel with my love of property. Are you able to travel with your children? Yes, that’s the best thing, I have got two young children now, Rokko is 3 and Thalia is 19 months and they both travel with me,

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and they have done since they were three weeks old. Anyone that says you cannot travel with children definitely needs to come and see me because my two have now travelled extensively. We have been to South Africa where they went on a township tour, they have been to America three times as well as Majorca, the Middle East, Italy, Sardinia, Austria, Cyprus and we are even going to Lapland next week. The sad thing of course is that at that age they probably won’t remember it all. They are very confident children and I think that’s what travel does, it makes you confident. One of my favourite sayings is ‘the world is a book and those who don’t travel read merely a page of that book’. Have you got any new projects that you are now presently working on? Yes, I am always being asked by different people ‘where should we go on holiday’. So I decided to set up a travel review site which hopefully will become the ‘go to’ site for travel inspiration. It is called ‘Hamilton’s Hotspots’. I will be giving away a prize every month to one of my website subscribers and there are lots of other things that I plan to include on the site. How would you define luxury travel? Well, whether you prefer a high end luxury hotel or luxury boutique hotel, for me luxury is often based around service, but it is not just about service, it’s about interior design, I like good bed linen, the toiletries, the location of the hotel and my husband and I also like good spa facilities. I don’t have a preference as to whether it is a large chain hotel or a small boutique hotel. Of course getting there is also another important factor. If you are travelling in Europe then Eurostar can be an attractive proposition allowing you to enjoy the countryside, scenery while you are travelling. If you are looking at airlines flying into Europe then most people would perhaps look at British Airways. I like BA but I am actually a frequent flyer with Monarch. They have recently added quite a few new routes to their network which are really worth checking out, they include Stockholm, Zagreb and Porto, and depending on which aircraft there are extra leg room seats which are included in the price if you choose the ‘extras’ option when you book the ticket. What about some suggestions for travelling to in 2017? Top of my list in the UK would be London. There is a whole range of new luxury

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hotels that are going to be opening this year. If you are travelling as a couple then a hotel you should look out for is a place called ‘The Ned’. It’ is a new members club/restaurant/hotel and it’s situated in a Grade 1 Listed building. I am also a fan of the Four Seasons range of hotels and they are opening a new one at 10 Trinity Square in a Grade 2 listed building overlooking the Tower of London. You should also look out for The Curzon Hotel in Shoreditch which is set to become one of the coolest hotels in London and there is also going to be a Paris Hotspot Hotel called Costes which is opening near Sloan Square, and also a new hotel in Convent Garden which is backed by none other than Robert de Niro. Any recommendations for a countryside break? Well if you have never stayed in a tree house before, then Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in the New Forest is worth checking out. It is a tree house experience like no other, they have hot tubs out on the balcony and though quite pricey it is suitable for a family. They also have other accommodation on site at a lower cost. Where would you travel to in Europe? France is a beautiful country to visit, the food, the scenery and of course the wine are all fabulous. I have stayed in the George Cinq in Paris and if you are travelling to Paris you should definitely go into the hotel reception area. The floral display is like no other, it is really incredible. A boutique option in Paris would be the hotel Costes. As I said there is one opening in London and I am hoping it will be as cool as the one in Paris. I spent my childhood travelling around France with my parents in camp sites and caravans and I think that is where my love of travel comes from. I discovered a beautiful place called Carcassonne. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is 18 kilometers East of Toulouse. Not far from Carcassonne there is also a beautiful boutique hotel called ‘Domaines Mousset’. Do you own a property abroad? My husband’s family purchased a property in San Pedro, near Puerto Banus in Spain over ten years ago, so I am there quite regularly. If you don’t own your own Spanish property there are many amazing hotels and I enjoy travelling to these even though I have the luxury of being able to stay in the family home.

Villa Padierna Palace is a spectacular hotel near Marbella and it is actually Michelle Obama’s favourite hotel in Spain. If you are travelling with young children then Forte Village in Sardinia is well worth a look. It is situated in 55 acres of pine forest, there is a football academy, a rugby academy, netball, go cart, dance and magic academy, the facilities list goes on and on. Children definitely will not get bored here but of course it all comes at a price. What are your favourite ski resorts? There is a property in St. Anton, Austria called ‘Das Mooser’. It is a boutique chalet hotel and you don’t have to be able to ski to visit this place because the scenery is spectacular. As I said I am just off to Lapland so I am not sure how I am going to cope with temperatures of minus 30 but if you want to find out you can always follow me on Hamilton’s Hotspots. Do you get any special treatment when you are travelling privately because of who you are? When I am travelling I travel under my married name of Laura Goward, so it is fairly unlikely that anyone would realise who I was. There are occasions when journalists get invited to review a hotel so the hotel obviously makes everything extra special for you which means perhaps you don’t get a true picture of the venue. Do you have a good standard of hotel that you stay in when you are filming ‘A Place In The Sun? Unfortunately because it is a TV show we do have a strict budget, so while it would be nice to be staying in 5 Star luxury that is not the case. We often struggle to find accommodation especially in the school holiday season so we often use self catering facilities booked through companies like ‘Air BnB’. What have you got planned for the rest of the year? This year I will be filming 20 episodes from now until November so it is mostly two weeks on and two weeks off. Between those times I am renovating a post office. Can you tell us about that? I live in Purley and there was an old property there which was a former Post Office, the couple who previously lived there came to me and asked me to help them buy a property abroad for their retirement.

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That was two years ago and little did I know that just before Christmas I would end up saying to my husband ‘why don’t we try and buy this property and bring the Post Office back for the community.’ It is the first time I have taken on a renovation that involves a commercial space and so I have got a presentation to make to the Post Office to get their agreement. We plan to develop a coffee shop alongside the Post Office and create a real community spirit. I will have a manager in there running it for me and we will also have an artisan shop selling products that I have discovered on my travels.

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Inspiring Our Next Adventure


isitors had the chance to escape the grey, British weather, and go in search of warmer climates at The Telegraph Travel Show held recently at ExCeL, London. It gave an opportunity to save and book with exclusive show only deals, explore destinations from an authentic Italian Piazza to Dubai, win holidays, speak to impartial industry experts in the Travel Genius Bar, meet Telegraph travel writers and discover trips of a lifetime in the Destinations Theatre, plus gain free entry into The Telegraph Cruise Show & London Boat Show. Whether its exploring the hidden depths of the rainforest or sipping cocktails in the bustling back streets of a metropolitan city, The Telegraph Travel Show went beyond the brochure to showcase the best travel deals, holiday ideas and cultural experiences from every corner of the globe. Destinations Theatre Whether looking for some inspiration for your next trip or hidden gems for one you’ve already booked, you couldn’t help but be inspired by Telegraph journalists, travel experts and well-travelled celebrities who shared their experiences and passion for the world with you. From the one corner of the globe to another,

these experts gave you a detailed insight into 2017’s most popular destinations, providing insider details, personal advice and a wealth of knowledge that cannot be found on the Internet or in brochures. Travel Genius Bar Exclusive to The Telegraph Travel Show was the Travel Genius Bar, where you were able book yourself an appointment to chat to the best travel experts in the world. The Telegraph are proud to boast a team of top travel experts and writers who have travelled the world trying out new experiences and discovering the best destinations and travel routes. The team shared their insider knowledge with show visitors in a one-to-one appointment. It was the perfect opportunity for anyone who needed advice on their travel plans; whether you were a seasoned traveller looking for somewhere exciting to explore or a novice hoping to make fresh footprints in the sand, the team of Telegraph Travel journalists offered impartial advice and recommended the best stands to visit at the show, all for free. “The Genius Bar was fantastic, gave a huge range of ideas for future trips and great deals in the luxury travel sector.”

World Food Pop-Ups Whether it’s the fiery taste of the Far East or a fresh feast from the Mediterranean that takes your fancy, the show’s World Food Pop-Ups gave you the chance to sample a taste of your trip before embarking on your travels. The 2017 show saw an expansion of the gastronomic offering with more far-flung food on offer than ever before. Visitors were able to take their seat in the street food village and indulge in their favourite holiday dish or perhaps try something new that they had never heard of. Food & Wine Theatre The world of dining and travel go hand in hand which is why the show featured professional chefs and expert sommeliers guiding you through the best holiday recipes including the best wine to have with it. Some of the the greatest chefs in the country gave live demonstrations so you could create the magic of dining abroad in your very own home. Whether you wanted to bring the spice of India or the zing of China to the kitchen, there was something for everyone. The show’s wine experts covered a selection of wines from around the world from New Zealand to California giving a taste of the countries and regions.

Laura Hamilton with What’s On Ed

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FLEET GALLERY 20th Century British Art | 20th Century Designer Furniture

Handmade Rugs & Carpets 53 Norman Road | St Leonards on Sea | East Sussex | TN38 0EG Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm T: 01424 200220 Mobile: 0783 7784683

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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Fashion & Leisure FEBRUARY is always an exciting month in Halo with very frequent deliveries of new season stock. The early Spring styles include a lot of blue; most noticeably navy and a pretty pale baby blue. Stripes are always popular and this season sees long sleeve casual tops in red and white or navy and white plus striped shirts in pale blue. A stand out piece is a beautiful blue floral bomber jacket by B.Young which we think will prove to be a wardrobe staple. The collection is all very wearable now and will carry forward into the warmer weather well. A simple way to update your look is with the addition of a new scarf and Halo has an incredibly large collection with most under £10, making them an ideal present. With VALENTINES DAY this month HALO is full of gorgeous gifts ranging from delicious smelling bath bombs through to really beautiful silver jewellery, handmade locally. The stunning new dresses from “PAPER DOLLS” are just perfect if you are lucky enough to be going out on a romantic date. Don’t forget HALO offer a wish list service for Valentines & Mother’s Day as well as Birthdays! Last but not least, we have now had the final mark-down on our SALE. There really are some fantastic reductions on clothing, accessories and gifts with jewellery from just £1.00! So pop in for a look and bag yourself a bargain!

Fri. 17th Feb. - Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Bookends perform the most authentic sounding tribute concert to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, Bookends have toured extensively visiting prestigious venues such as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The Lowry and the breathtaking Minack Theatre in Penzance. 01892 678678.

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 exclusive many new exclusives gins), new brands, cocktails and masterclasses from industry experts! THIS EVENT IS A STRICTLY FOR OVER 18 YEARS OLD. 0207 680 4001.

Fri. 17th - 19th Feb. - Gin Festival

At Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF. A celebration of all things Gin. Fri 18:30 – 23:00. Sat 12:30 – 23:00. Sun 11:45 – 22:00. This is the 3rd Annual London Gin Festival and we plan to make the biggest Gin Festival in the UK even

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Fri. 17th Feb. - John Crawford

At 8pm. Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. Independent Music Awards nominee John Crawford takes you on a musical journey with his band, from Latin America to Spain, via the Middle East and Bulgaria, playing great tunes by Paco De Lucia, Avishai Cohen and Pat Metheny among others. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 17th & 18th Feb. - The Franchise Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 10am - 5pm. Engage with over 150 UK & International Franchise brands

Fri. 17th - 19th Feb. - The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. 10am - 5pm Fri. 9am - 6pm Sat. 9am - 5pm Sun. The world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers head to the capital to showcase the very latest machines. Triumph are set to give the all-new 765cc Triumph Street Triple range its UK debut at the 2017 Show!

Sat. 18th & 19th Feb. - London Cruise Show

At Olympia National Hall, London. Whether it’s the offbeat destinations, once-in-a-life-time expedition voyages or small specialist ships that intrigue you; The London Cruise Show is the perfect place to start your next expedition. Showcasing state of the art entertainment and trendsetting resort style ships, uncover thrilling adventure cruises, far-flung destinations and sumptuous ultra-luxury all-inclusive trips.

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Sat. 18th Feb. Clare Teal In Concert

At the Birley Centre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. The multi award winning Jazz performer and Radio 2 presenter comes to Eastbourne’s magnificent Birley Centre to celebrate giants of the Great American and British Songbooks, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee. Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414

Sat. 18th & 19th Feb. The Listed Property Show

At Olympia Conference Centre, London. Brings you all the specialist information and expert help you need when conserving, renovating or buying a listed property. Arm yourself with professional help and advice from the biggest collection of listed property suppliers and specialists. Save yourself months of researching and gather top information and expert tips. www.

Sat. 18th & 19th Feb. - A Day Out With Thomas

At The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden Station from 10am. Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller with lots of entertainment for the whole family.

Sat. 18th Feb. - A Sussex Wildlife Safari

At Winchelsea Beach Community Hall, Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach. 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust. 01797 227784.

Sat. 18th Feb. - De La Warr Pavilion 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. 18th & 19th Feb. - The PC Gamer Weekender

At Olympia Central, London. If you love PC gaming then this is the event for you. Play unreleased games, compete in tournaments, learn how to modify or build your PC or browse the very latest gear. You can also enjoy stage presentations from leading studios as well as hear developers talk you through the back story to your favourite games. www.

Sat. 18th Feb. - Maidstone Vintage Toy Fair

At Lock Meadow, Market Hall, Barker Road, Maidstone. 9am - 3pm. Admission £2. 01622 298159. See page 38.

Sat. 18th Feb. - Comedy Cafe

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. 3 top stand up performers and compere. 01892 678678.

Sat. 18th Feb. - Tongswood Chamber Choir Concert

In the Great Hall at Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent at 3pm. Proceeds to the Great Dixter Chariable Trust.

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Sat. 18th Feb. - TYTC: Screen Acting Intensive

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Screen Acting Intensive. 1 day workshop. 10am – 4pm | 11yrs+ . Learn to act for the big screen from local industry professional. This one-day workshop will help prepare you for your close up, look at breaking downs a script and acting techniques for screen. £50 01892 678678.

Sun. 19th Feb. - T. Wells Half Marathon

Fusion Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, , St John’s Road, , Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9TX. 11am.

Sun. 19th Feb. - Castle Water Wildlife Walk

At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. A walk to Camber Castle with an opportunity to look inside and visit the birdwatching hide overlooking Castle Water where there should be many waders and ducks to see and possibly bittern and marsh harrier. Meet at Brede Lock, car parking nearby in Rye; 1pm-4pm.

Sun. 19th Feb. - A Monster Calls (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm. Adapted from the best-selling novel, this moving drama stars impressive newcomer Lewis MacDougall as Conor, a young boy failing to cope with the fact that his mother (Felicity Jones) is dying of terminal cancer. 01892 678678.

Mon. 20th Feb. - The Female of the Species (Lecture Lunch)

At Bateman’s, Burwash. Jonathon Jones explores Kipling’s relationships and attitudes towards the various women in his life with a selection of


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readings from Kipling’s poems followed by two course lunch. £25. 01435 882302

Mon. 20th - 22nd Feb. Northhanger Abbey

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Tim Luscombe’s adaptation of Northanger Abbey is an absolute delight: witty, fast moving and stylish. Evenings 7.45pm. Wednesday Matinee 2.30pm. Evenings £18.50, £22, £24. Wednesday Matinee £16 all seats. 01323 412000.

Mon. 20th Feb. Grant - Lee Phillips

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm. Iconic troubadour Grant-Lee Phillips has been a pioneering force in alternative rock for more than 25 years. Pushing the limits of folk, alternative, pop and Americana, his band Grant Lee Buffalo were a seminal nineties mainstay, and in addition to this Phillips has enjoyed a prolific solo career. 0207 589 8212.

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Health & Beauty

Mon. 20th Feb. - Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 10am - 4.30pm. Lead by head gardener Fergus Garrett. Book online at

Mon. 20 Feb. 2017 – Edgar Degas. Pioneer of Impressionism?

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At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA, 2.30 p.m. This lecture is about Edgar Degas, brilliant painter, sculptor and draughtsman with a strong interest in photography. He helped to pave the way to Impressionism, but preferred to be known as a ‘realist’. A Rother Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture. Visitors welcome. Enquiries: Kay 01424 775257 or Brigitte 01424 719929

Tues. 21st Feb. - Round the Horne

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. From 1965 to 1968, with its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious characters, Round the Horne was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures 50 years on. Take a step back in time and experience this comedy classic live. 0844 8717615.

Tues. 21st Feb. - Sully (Cinema)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2pm and 8pm. Clint Eastwood’s dramatic reimagining of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ in 2009 stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who made the incredible

emergency landing on the Hudson river after US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese shortly after take off. 01892 678678.

Tues. 21st Feb. - Ernest Shackleton A Most Successful Failure

At Bateman’s, Burwash. Whilst he never achieved his personal dream of being the first to reach the South Pole, his reputation as a leader of men is based on a still greater success: the survival and safe return of all of his team members, whilst overcoming almost unimaginable odds, presented by Laton Frewen. Followed by a two course lunch. £25.00 01435 882302.

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Wed. 22nd Feb. - Silence

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Martin Scorsese’s historical epic is twenty years in the making. Based upon the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, it stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. Two 17th Century Jesuit priests travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the word of Christianity. However, Catholicism has been outlawed under the Tokugawa shogunate and they face persecution for their attempts to spread their western ways. 01892 678678.

Wed. 22nd Feb. - The Mercury Club

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Free monthly creative sessions for adults with learning disabilities and their carers. Take part in gallery visits and creative activities, supported by staff and trained volunteers. 01424 229103.

Wed. 22nd Feb. - German Cornejo’s Tango Fire

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7.30pm. International Tango Superstar German Cornejo’s dance troupe The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires is a true global phenomenon and the world’s leading Tango company. The art of Tango has never been so superb and dynamic, with multiple sell-out performances across the globe over the past 11 years and a YouTube audience in excess of 19 million people worldwide, German Cornejo’s extraordinary choreography and vision has captured the world’s imagination. 01273 709709.

Wed. 22nd Feb. - Brit Awards 2017

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6pm. The BRIT Awards have established themselves as a global music institution that annually celebrates UK chart and commercial successes. Booking at

Wed. 22nd Feb. - Rêverie: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy

At the Theatre Royal Brighon at 7.45pm. Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works. Exclusive on-stage Q&A with Lucy Parham and Simon Russell Beale following the performance. Lucy Parham, piano. Simon Russell Beale, narrator. 0844 871 7615.

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Wedding Services Thurs. 23rd - 26th Feb. - The London Classic Car Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products it’s the perfect day out for all. Set in London’s premier events venue, one of the show’s unique and most crowd pleasing features is an indoor driving runway where classic cars are fired up and driven. This is the only place to see, hear and smell these beautiful iconic classics in action, all under one roof. www.

Thurs. 23rd Feb. - Late Night Jazz - Jamie Isaac

Thurs. 23rd - 26th Feb. - Babe - The Sheep Pig

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheepdog Fly and discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, our polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dog’s world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day? 01323 412000.

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Elgar Room. 9.15pm. 22-yearold singer and producer Jaime Isaac inhabits a space like no other emerging talent. While his voice may be flooring, his command of the piano arresting, and the delicate textures of his electronic production infectious, no one facet can explain the singularity of what he does. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 23rd Feb. - 18th March Hastings International Music Festival

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. excellent performance opportunities for all ages with adjudication of specialists in their field, and also the awarding annually of grants to young performers as they continue into further studies in College/Conservatoire in their chosen discipline. 01424 462288.

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Thurs. 23rd Feb. - Screening: Disney’s Newsies - The Broadway Musical

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Recorded Live Transmission. Seize the day! Newsies – The Broadway Musical is screening at Trinity Theatre. Filmed on stage, this is an unmissable, Tony Award®-winning Broadway show with a high-energy explosion of song and dance set in 1890s New York City. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 23rd Feb. - Ellen Kent’s La Bohème

At the Theatre Royal Brighton at 7.45pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. La Boheme is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs. 23rd Feb. - Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. 2.30pm. This fizzy and frisky, glittering gem of a show remains the best entertainment in town as Chris Dean and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra deliver another full-throttle performance. 01323 80 20 20.

Thurs. 23rd Feb. - Mercury

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Queen. £20.50. 01323 412000.

Fri. 24th Feb. - An Evening with Flanders and Swann

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 01323 80 20 20.

Thurs. 23rd - 26th Feb. - Historic Motorsport International

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Victoria Dock, London. Historic Motorsport International is an exciting new event championing and celebrating historic motorsport. Reflecting the UK’s leading role in the world of historic motorsport and rallying, Historic Motorsport International will showcase the sector and bring the historic racing community together pre season. It’s the must attend event for everyone involved in historic motorsport including drivers, owners, collectors, dealers, preparers, engineers, promoters, venues, enthusiasts, the media and more. www.

Wedding Showcases with Sussex Past

Come and visit our beautifully styled Sussex Past venues. On arrival you will be greeted by our weddings team and there will be a chance to meet our trusted suppliers. Feel free to take a stroll around the grounds. A free goodybag is available for every couple. Michelham Priory: Sunday 26th February 11 am - 4pm Anne of Cleves House: Sunday 23rd April 11am - 4pm Lewes Castle: Sunday 11th June 11am - 4pm For more information and to reserve your place please email:

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Fri. 24th & 25th Feb. - RHS Botanical Art Show

At RHS Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London, SW1P 2QW. A celebration of botanical art and horticultural masterpieces from around the world. It also promotes the famous Lindley Library collections, which contain a diverse range of original artwork. 10am – 5pm (Preview 6pm-9pm). /

Fri. 24th - 27th Feb. - Hastings Fat Tuesday

Various venues in Hastings. Fat Tuesday is proof Hastings knows how to party and the UK’s largest authentically timed Mardi Gras festival. This time around it is bigger than ever with hundreds of gigs taking place across 21 venues, over the five days, and the majority of events are free entry. There is something for everyone, whether you want to chill out, dress up, or dance until dawn.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Local and Live Sessions

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Katy Virgoe - 8pm, I Am Aquitaine - 9pm, The Breretons - 10pm. 01892 678678.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Celtic Fiddle Festival

Fri. 24th Feb. - Will Bartlett

At the Royal Albert Hall, London in the Elgar Room. 8pm. Having studied classical and jazz piano at Oxford University and at the Guildhall School of Music, Will Bartlett has rapidly become one of the UK’s most in-demand jazz pianists.0207 589 8212.

Fri. 24th Feb. - Conan Doyle and Sussex

At Bateman’s, Burwash. The intriguing story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his connection with Sussex, presented by Geoff Doel. Followed by a two course lunch. £25.00. 01435 882302.

Fri. 24th Feb. - Ellen Kent: Aida

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring Olga Perrier the international French Soprano as Aida and Liza Kadelnik the celebrated mezzo from the Romanian National Opera as Amneris. 0844 871 7615.

Fri. 24th Feb. - Jack Whitehall

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Brand new show At Large will see Jack perform at The O2 on 24 February 2017, bringing his unique brand of high-intensity silliness to thousands of fans. 0844 8560202.


e at Bang the Party always go that extra mile to make sure your day is special and unforgettable, from Business/ Corporate, Birthday/Anniversary to high end weddings & civil partner-ships we offer a first class service from start to finish!! With our recent move to Kent, we are now here to offer you our service that has proved successful in Hertfordshire & surrounding areas for some of the best 4/5 star hotels including Pinewood Studios, Luton Hoo, Aubrey Park, Theobolds & Hunton Park to name but a few and have been recalled back again many times, although now based in Kent we still cover a wide area so travelling further afield is not a problem. The Packages we offer will provide you with all you need for your special event, professional sound systems, quality Lighting, dance floors, up lighting, love letters and an experienced DJ who works

At the Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham at 7.30pm. The Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Expect at times lightning-fast and breathtaking playing from an ensemble led by Kevin Burke arguably one of Ireland’s all time great fiddle players. Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Seann Walsh: One For The Road

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 8pm. The Lie-in King returns with a brand-new show. Described by The Guardian as ‘unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation’. However dishevelled he may be, the Foster’s Comedy Award nominee is also one of the best comics in the country. With a keen observational mind, Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered standup comedy. 0844 8717615.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Brit Floyd

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 7pm. Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show. From £32.90. 01273 290131.

Sat. 25th Feb. - The X Factor Live Tour

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 1.30pm & 6.30pm. You will watch them compete week after week for your vote, and you can now see the X Factor finalists perform their biggest hits at The O2. 0844 856 0202.

with you throughout your function, for that wow factor our lighting systems can provide beautiful colour changing effects to give a romantic feel to any wedding or party!! After the food, speeches or ceremony, your DJ is there to the end and plays a very important role to ensure you and your guests are entertained, so working with your DJ and our team is important so we together can make that happen!! We have a good reputation for providing that personal touch, professional approach & musical knowledge, which has been our reward for enjoying what we do!! For more information please visit our website or call our friendly team who are there to answer all your questions and help you in any way they can!! Office : 01580 850763 Mob 07733 592190 Tony Thomas

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Sat. 25th Feb. - Afternoon Tea with Live Opera

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. (Italian kitchen). 2.30pm. Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Hall’s Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a live performance from one of the UK’s most promising operatic talents. New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, is in his second year at the RCM International Opera School. 0207 589 8212.

Sat. 25th Feb. - The Bob Dylan Story

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. The Bob Dylan Story is the new stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for a whole generation. Experience the thrill and energy of a full-blown Dylan concert, enhanced by a top backing band and planted firmly in the 1960s. £20. 01323 412000.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Blake in Concert

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 8pm. BRIT award winning harmony trio BLAKE return with a striking new show for 2017, featuring songs from their latest album, powerful video projections, hilarious comic banter and some unique musical surprises. £22 to £24. 01323 80 20 20.

Sat. 25th Feb. - Drawn to the Page

At the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. This month’s workshop will be looking at the exhibition Keith Tyson, Turn Back Now. Lots of inspiration as you learn about the art on display and develop your own creative responses. A combination of group discussions, writing exercises, individual writing time and sharing in a group to get the very most from the gallery experience. 01424 728 377.

Sun. 26th Feb. - Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2017 with its sell-out touring show. Join Barry Cryer, Tony Hawks, Tim BrookeTaylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. 01892 530613.

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Garden & Building Services

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

Sun. 26th & 27th Feb. - Professional Beauty at HJ Live London

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Europe’s leading and the UK’s largest beauty and spa trade show. From skincare to advanced treatments, make-up to nails, tanning to waxing and software to supplies. HJ Live London is taking place alongside Professional Beauty London and will bring you the latest trends and innovations in the hairdressing world.

Sun. 26th Feb. - Castalian Quartet

At the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) at University of Sussex in Falmer. 11am. Haydn String Quartet in B flat, Op.76, No.4 ‘The Sunrise’ Thomas Ades The Four Quarters. Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op.59, No.1 Rasumovsky. £18.50. 01273 709709.

Sun. 26th & 27th Feb. - Rod Stewart

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Rod’s 2016 tour received rave reviews and left concert-goers filled with joy after energetic numbers and sing-alongs. 0844 856 0202.

Sun. 26th Feb. - Vitality Brighton Half Marathon

At Madeira Drive, Brighton from 9am. 13.1 miles. 10,000 competitors.

Mon. 27th Feb. - With Evening with Levison Wood

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood will be touring theatres across the UK in spring 2017, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer. 0844 871 7615.

Mon. 27th Feb. - 4th March - A Judgement in Stone

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie. Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood - on Valentine’s Day. 01323 412000.

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

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Animal & Pet Services Tues. 28th Feb. - Good to GreatÂŽ Seminar Jim Collins LIVE in London

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. At his first live solo event in the UK, Collins will bring together over 25 years of research, writing and thinking designed for executives and leadership teams of growing organisations wanting to engage and apply his full body of work.

Tues. 28th Feb. - 12th March - Faces

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Exhibition by Emma Bashforth. Emma is a local pen and ink artist whose work mainly consists of privately commissioned architectural drawings. 01892 678678.

Tues. 28th Feb. - 4th March - Look Back In Anger

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. Eves. 7.30pm. Wed. and Sat. mats. 2.30pm. A vicious indictment of middle-class mediocrity, Look Back In Anger is an enthralling and disturbing work by a master British playwright. 01892 678678.

Wed. 1st March - Kaiser Chiefs

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. As well as performing all their hits over the summer, the band have been previewing songs from their forthcoming album Stay Together including their latest singles Parachute and Hole In My Soul which have both become firm fan favourites. 0844 8560202.

Tues. 28th Feb. - Kaiser Chiefs

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton at 6.30pm. With support from NGOD and Spring King. Fresh from a run of sold-out UK shows and soon to be headlining at V Festival, KAISER CHIEFS have announced a brand new single HOLE IN MY SOUL and their first arena tour in two years in support of the forthcoming album STAY TOGETHER. 01273 290131.

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Birds of a feather.. Tho’ I am a keen birder and love watching my garden visitors I have only once ever gone out searching for a particular species, I became a grumpy, miserably, disappointed old man at never seeing it. The beautiful Waxwing is a winter visitor to these shores, they first arrive in October on the east coast from Scotland to East Anglia, but birds move inland in search of food, they love berries, particularly Rowan and Hawthorn, but also Cotoneaster and Rose Hips.

Joe and I rarely have the opportunity to go out birding together but as there was a flock of some 33 hanging about at East Grinstead we arranged to pop over to try and see them. Thankfully my age old desire to clap my eyes on these fantastic looking birds was fulfilled. One very happy old man. .......... Feathers Wild Bird Care

Give a Dog a Holiday Are you a dog lover? Would you enjoy the company of a dog but don’t want the commitment of a dog of your own? I run a home boarding agency (with a little help from my collie Ted) which matches loving dog carers with owners who need someone to look after their pet while they are away on holiday. I will find well-behaved canine guests for you to walk and cuddle for both short and longer stays. So if you enjoy the company of dogs, are at home during the day and can give a dog the exercise and attention it needs then why not become a Wagging Tails carer (and earn some extra money too!)? If you would like to know more about becoming a Wagging Tails carer contact me, Lesley Birch, on 01424 814695 or go to www.

Wed. 1st - 10th March - Russell Howard: Round the World

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 2017, 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. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 1st - 4th March - Rambert - Ghost Dancers

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30p. Thurs. Mat 1.30pm. The masterpiece of world famous choreographer Christopher Bruce, Ghost Dances is possibly the most popular work in Rambert’s history. 0844 871 7615.

Thurs 2nd March - Rob Brydon - I Am Standing Up

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. This is Rob Brydon’s first stand up show since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009. 8pm. Tickets from £27.50. 01892 530 613.

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Whats on magazine february 2017  

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

Whats on magazine february 2017  

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