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WHAT’S ON March 2017


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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.

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Contents House and Home P.2 - 17 Fuel and Fire P. 14 & 15 Antiques, Collectables and Vintage P.18 - 22 Kings Road Feature P.20 - 22 Fashion and Leisure P.24 - 35 Travel P.34 -41 Ronan and Storm Keating Interview P.36 - 41 Food and Drink P.42 - 53 Wedding Services P. 53 - 56 Garden and Building Services P.57 - 61 Chelsea Flower Show Preview P.61 Health and Beauty P.62 & 63 Nursing and Care P.64 & 65 Wildbird Care P.66 & 67 What’s On Magazine is Trading Standards Approved.

The Interior Shutter Company is the official distributor for The New England Shutter Company in the South East of England. We are proud to manufacture and install the highest quality hand crafted shutters for home owners and interior designers. With a wide range of styles and finishes from which to choose, Shutters enhance properties of all ages and interiors with their effortless classic chic. Our Shutters are fully bespoke; handcrafted by skilled craftsmen using quality woods from sustainable forests and environmentally responsible suppliers. We offer unparallel delivery times from order to installation taking approximately 4 weeks. Please contact us for a free site visit to measure and advise and to see for yourself the choices on offer. For more information please refer to our website:

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What’s On March 2017

Wed. 1st - 4th March Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

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.

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Wed. at 11am, 2.40pm and 6pm. Thurs. at 6pm. Fri. at 7pm. Sat. at 6pm. www. /

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

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.

Wed. 1st - 2nd March - International Confex

At Olympia Grand, London. The leading event for UK organisers of both national and international events. With an unrivalled exhibition showcasing the very best of the MICE industry, the exhibition floor will be filled with UK and International venues and destinations plus a host of event support suppliers.

favourites. 0844 8560202.

Wed. 1st March - The National Career Guidance Show

At Olympia Central, London. If you are looking for up to date information to develop as a careers professional or to support those looking for a career, then be sure to visit this inspirational and informative event at Olympia London. www.

We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new location – 1 & 3 Castleham Road. We have spent the previous year in a single unit and as much as our old premises served us well, our growing customer base means we needed more room! It has been an exciting year for Ace Joinery Solutions SE Ltd, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. We have made some fantastic products and have an incredible team with us and are very much looking forward to the new start and bigger and better opportunities from our new home!

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

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Thurs. 2nd - 5th March The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

At Olympia Central, London. London’s largest Spring craft show offers knitters, dressmakers, cross stitchers, quilters and other crafty folk the chance to stock up on supplies, browse textile galleries and take part in workshops. www.

Thurs. 2nd March - The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

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At Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.30pm. A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s with songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and more and hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour. 01580 711856

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Thurs. 2nd March - Pechakucha Night 20 x 20

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7pm. A panel of inspiring speakers will show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and present their ideas in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds! £5. 01424 229111.

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

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best of Men, Gangster Granny and Q.I. This is Rob Brydon’s first stand up show since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009. 01892 530613.

Sat 4th March - Knitting & Stitching Olympia Sat 18 March - Thriplow Daffodils Sun 19 March - Camden Market Sat 25 March - Brugge and de panne Fri 31st March - Tulip Fields - Amsterdam/ Keukenhof 3 days & 2 ngts

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Fri. 3rd March - Bexhill Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10am - 3pm. The 2016 event had 37 businesses and 21 support organisations exhibiting and 37 roles were filled directly from the event, including full-time and parttime roles, apprenticeships and work experience. There were also over 300 conversations between delegates and exhibitors after the event. This year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with over 40 exhibitors signed already up, including Littlewood Fencing, Hastings Direct, Park Holidays and Locate East Sussex. 01424 229111.

Fri. 3rd March - Wayne Denton’s Celebration of John Denver

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. A tribute show to one of the greatest songwriters and performers ever known. Tickets £160 to £18. 01323 802020.

Fri. 3rd March - Gower Cowdrey and the Holy Bail

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Lifetime friends David Gower and Chris Cowdrey, both former England cricket Captains, are now taking off (not in a Tiger Moth) on a UK theatre tour. The two old muckers are treading the boards to discuss everything from meeting on a rugby pitch at school, growing up through the England ranks, being each other’s best men and why they only seemed to end up on the same side when one of them was the captain! £25.00. 01892 530613.

Fri. 3rd - 5th March - The Baby Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Whether you’re expecting or have recently had a baby, this show is the leading pregnancy and parenting event with countless of discounted shopping opportunities and handfuls of expert advice making it a must attend event!


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Sat. 4th & 5th March - Walker Stalker Con

At Olympia Grand, London. Not just your typical convention, Walker Stalker Con is an amazing experience giving fans the chance to meet-up and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers. Don’t miss the opportunity to personally meet your favourite celebrities from shows such as The Walking Dead, take part in exclusive panels, celebrity photo ops, events and so much more, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the world of walkers. With dozens of cosplayers and walkers roaming the event floor, you’ll be sure you create amazing memories to share with your friends.

Sat. 4th March - TNT Travel Show

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Still London’s biggest free travel show - aimed at the 18-39 year old travellers market bringing tour operators, accommodation providers, travel advisers all together in one place! Doors open from 9.30am March 4th 2017. Doors close at 5pm - last entry 4.30pm. Ticket Prices: Free. Entry is free if you pre-register. You can register at

Sat. 4th March - Exhibition Tour

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

Sat. 4th - 5th March - The Best You Expo

At Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The Best You Expo is the UK’s largest Personal Development event that brings together professionals at every level to learn, network and participate. This two day conference will showcase a variety of inspirational and informational keynotes, exhibitors and workshops that inspire, educate and transform.


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Sat. 4th - 5th March - Great Dixter Winter Weekend

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. 10am - 4pm. See the structure of the garden as well as winter flowering shrubs, bulbs and hellebores. £5.00 for Adults. Free for children.

Sat. 4th & 5th March - RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London. The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting, is at the heart of British dinghy sailing with something for everyone; young or old, novice or pro, cruiser or racer.

Sat. 4th March - Lee Hurst Comedy Show

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 8:00pm. £17. Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show...Comedy Show No. 9. It’s a show, it’s the 9th one and it’s comedy. Come along for a night of laughs with that bald bloke you thought was dead. 01892 530613.

Sat. 4th March - An Evening of Dirty Dancing

After spending 10 years in Contract Management for Britain’s biggest painting contractor I decided to start my own Business venture as Master Simon Decorating. We’re based in Hawkhurst, Kent and offer a full interior and exterior decoration service. Not only can we deliver painting works, wall papering, broken colour techniques and power painting services but also patch plastering and Window Care Resin Repair Systems. Please visit: for a full working history curriculum vitae of the last 28 years of my time spent within the Decorating Industry, or you can follow us on Facebook for all the latest projects MasterSimonDecorating Not only do we undertake domestic works, we also undertake rental properties, holiday lets and commercial properties.

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. A high energy, emotional rollercoaster of an evening with breathtaking choreography and buckets of nostalgia. Includes the classic songs Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Do You Love Me, and many more. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to have the time of your life! 01323 412000.

Sat. 4th & 5th March - London Bass Guitar Show

At Olympia Conference Centre, London. Get your hands on the best kit at show prices from top brands including AC Guitars, Rotosound Strings, Spector and Vanderkley Amplification. Plus, take part in interactive masterclasses led by some of the greats and watch the various live performances taking place across the weekend. www.

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Sat. 4th March David Haye VS Tony Bellew

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Former World champions David Haye and Tony Bellew will clash in a Heavyweight blockbuster at The O2. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 4th March - 29th October Herstmonceux Castle Opens

At Herstmonceux Castle Nr Hailsham. Herstmonceux Castle open daily until 29th October. 10am-6pm. See page 33.

Sat. 4th March A Viennese Strauss Gala

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 8pm. World on Stage bring you A Viennese Strauss Gala but now a new production of this ever popular Show. Recreating the romance of the Viennese Festive season, reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes. The Show features highlights from some of the great Operettas of the Strauss family, Kalman and Lehar; including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and many more. Tickets £19 and £20. 01323 802020.

Sun. 5th March Yoga with Live Music

At the Royal Albert Hall London, in the Elgar Room. Join yoga teacher Florence and harpist Cecilia for a special Yoga and Live Music session as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Love Classical Festival. Florence enjoys creating varied practices that are challenging for the body and the

mind. She blends in influences of other yoga styles in her own practice and in her classes, but also encourages her students to rest and restore when our body needs it the most. Cecilia is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music. As a soloist she has performed at various prestigious venues and regularly plays at Royal functions. Open to all abilities. Please bring your own mat.

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Sun. 5th March - La La Land

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2pm & 8pm. This award winning, universally acclaimed musical romantic comedy has been described as “a sun-drenched musical masterpiece” and having breathed “new life into a bygone genre”. Aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions while dedicated jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays in dingy bars in order to scrape by. The two meet and fall in love, but, as success mounts, the dreams they worked so hard to for threaten to rip them apart. 01892 678678.

Sun. 5th March - RTWSO - Wind Ensemble

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells at 3:00pm. ELGAR: Serenade for strings. MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Winds K297b. MENDELSSOHN: ‘Reformation’ Symphony No. 5. Soloists: RTWSO WIND ENSEMBLE. HELEN PYE, ANDREW MUIR, PHILIP LE BAS, EMILE KAPER. Conductor: RODERICK DUNK. 01892 530613. 01892 530613.

Sun. 5th March - Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

At the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2p. Recorded Live Transmission. horeography byMarius Petipa. Music by Tchaikovsky. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. 01892 678678.

Sun. 5th March - Eastbourne Half-Marathon

At Princes Park, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7LQ. 10am.

Sun. 5th - 7th March - The London Bridal Show

At Olympia National, London. The show will offer bridal retailers and buyers the opportunity to browse and buy from over 200 collections from 150 of the finest bridal manufacturers and designers from around the world. Brings must-see pieces from bridalwear, menswear, accessories & occasionwear.

Sun. 5th - March - Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

At The Concert Hall, Brighton. 2pm. Cristian Mandeal Conductor. Chloë Hanslip Violin. Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No.1 Op.11. Korngold Violin Concerto In D major Op.35. Elgar Symphony No.1 In Ab major Op.55. 01273 709709.


At The Grapevine, 1 Conduit Hill, Rye East Sussex TN31 7LE. £15 – Including a complimentary drink on arrival. Ticketed event from 2pm - 6pm with all door proceeds going to The Music Well. After 6pm, donations on the door. Tel: 01797 224410 See main advertisement n page 51.

Sun. 5th March - Sam Bailey - Sing My Heart Out

At The Theatre Royal Brighton. Hot off the back of her portrayal of Mama Morton in the critically-acclaimed musical Chicago, X Factor winner Sam Bailey returns to the stage with her very own live show. ‘Incredible Voice’ – Gary Barlow. 0844 8717615.

Mon. 6th March - Under The Counter

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 11.45am. Taking inspiration from the transformative counterculture era, students from University of the Arts London will offer an international perspective in shifting cultural norms in Under the Counter – a unique promenade performance. A mix of live experiences and presentations that feature installation, theatre, music and much more. The Hall will be curating the Summer of Love festival – a themed season celebrating the birth of British counterculture in the late 1960s. 0207 589 8212.

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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.

Tues. 7th March - Seth Lakeman Band with Wildwood Kin

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. West Country folk singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Seth Lakeman’s eighth studio album Ballads of The Broken Few was released in September 2016 with the single Meet Me in the Twilight playlisted soon after at BBC Radio 2. The album, which was produced by Ethan Johns, is a stunning combination of his dynamic song-writing and

playing and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin. Seth’s soaring vocals are perfectly complimented by the seamless harmonies of Wildwood Kin who also from Devon. £25.50. 01892 530613.

Tues. 7th March - Discovering Women in Sussex Part 3

At The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 10.30am. Writer and Historian Anne Kramer concludes her exploration of the lives and achievements of a selection of extraordinary women who were born in, or drawn to, Sussex. Tickets from £5. 01424 229111.

Tues. 7th & 8th March - The Weekend

At The 02 Arena, Docklands, London. Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist The Weeknd has unveiled details behind his first-ever world tour – Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017.

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Tues. 7th - 11th March - Nell Gwynn

At The Theatre Royal Brighton. Eves: 7.45pm. Thurs. and Sat. Mats. 2.30pm. Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s blissfully funny Nell Gwynn embarks on its first ever UK tour, direct from critically acclaimed, sell out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre. 1660 Drury Lane. Charles II has cast off London’s drab, puritanical past with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. A young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence in London’s burgeoning West End theatre scene. Little does she know who is in the audience one fateful night. 0844 8717615.

Tues. 7th & 8th March - The Wearable Technology Show

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Now in its fourth year, WTS 2017 is the largest business and consumer show featuring cutting edge technology under one roof. WTS 2017 showcases technologies across a multitude of fields including: smart home, healthcare, fashion, fitness, performance sports, enterprise, augmented reality and presents visionary speakers working within the industry to discuss the future of wearables, smart technology and IOT.

Tues. 7th & 9th March - K + B Design London

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. k+b design London is a new and alternative event for the forward-thinkers in kitchen and bathroom design. Co-located with Ecobuild from 7 – 9 March 2017, k+b design London offers a unique buying experience for an 8,000 strong design-conscious buying audience from across the built environment.

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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Tues. 7th - 11th March - Pink Mist

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Wed. and Sat. mats 2.30pm. Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, they find their journey home is their greatest battle. From £15.50. 01323 412000.

Tues. 7th March - Nicholas McCarthy Me and My Left Hand

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy returns to the Elgar Room this March as part of Love Classical. Doors: 9:00pm. Starts: 9:30pm. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 8th March - Catrin Finch

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7pm for 7.30pm in the Elgar Room. Welsh harpist Catrin Finch is internationally known as one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation. Since her inspiration to learn the harp at the age of five, she has been delighting audiences with performances in the UK and worldwide, appearing with the world’s top orchestras around the world, and recording for various major international recording companies. This performance, as part of the Hall’s Love Classical Festival, will mark the release of her new album in March 2017. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 8th March - The Elton John Tribute

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. This is the UK’s most exciting and authentic celebration of the music of Sir Elton John. £22.50. 01323 412000.

Wed. 8th March - G 4 Live in Concert

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. Featuring exciting new songs from their brand-new album - G4 Love Songs released on 3rd February 2017! 01892 530613.

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Thurs. 9th March - Robertsbridge Jazz Club Paul Higgs Quintet

Thurs. 9th March - NT Live: Hedda Gabler

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 March - Wines from Spain

At Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF. Over a thousand wines from 69 DOs will be available to taste on the day, while a programme of masterclasses and self-pour tastings will enable visitors to focus on particular regions and styles. Spanish gastronomy will be celebrated through a new collaboration with the acclaimed Tapas Revolution. Please note: This event is for Trade only. Guests must pre-register.

Thurs. 9th March - Cilla & The Shades of the 60s

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 8pm. This stunning and elegant review of the life of Cilla Black soars its way through the 60s. Starring Liverpool born singer Victoria Jones (BBC’s The One & Only) as Cilla. 01323 80 20 20.

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 7pm. Live Transmission.. “I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free... Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. 01892 678678.

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Antiques, Collectables & Vintage

Thurs. 9th March - NT Live - Hedda Gabler

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea at 7pm. Bringing the best of British theatre to Bexhill, National Theatre Live streams live performances direct to the auditorium. 01424 229111.

Fri. 10th March - Noel and Gertie

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. Noël & Gertie is a warm and witty musical comedy based on the legendary friendship and professional collaboration of actor, playwright and songwriter Noel and the alluring and charismatic actress Gertie. A major revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years, it is affectionately crafted from diaries and letters between a pair who epitomised an era of sophistication and elegance. 01892 678678.

Fri. 10th - 12th March - Move It

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Over 24,500 dancers – three days – performances, classes, career advice, celebrities, interviews and shopping! MOVE IT is your chance to celebrate all forms of dance and the performing arts. Watch breath-taking Main Stage performances, take part in dance classes, discover dance career opportunities in the MOVE IT PRO series, brush up on your acting and vocal skills in performing arts workshops and shop for all your dancewear needs.

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Fri. 10th - 12th March - Move Fit

At Excel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. MOVE FIT is a brand new fitness and lifestyle show co-located alongside MOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event. This high energy festival of fitness has been created for women and girls that enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. With over 100 classes, delivered by industry-leading fitness presenters, exciting companies retailing must-have fitness equipment, workout wear and nutrition products, and a host of industry celebs, you’ll find everything you need to complement your healthy lifestyle. http://

Fri. 10th - 12th March - C2C Festival

At the O2 Arena, Docklands, London. C2C is UK and Ireland’s largest country music festival bringing three full days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe. It has been confirmed that the legendary Reba McEntire will be the third headliner at #C2C2017. It will also see the return of two of America’s biggest stars, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band headlining the festival alongside Reba McEntire for the very first time. 0844 8560202.

Fri. 10th March - 29th April - Love in Idleness

At the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU Booking is now open for Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy, Love In

Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn. Stars Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, Helen George and Anthony Head. Box Office 020 7378 1713.

Fri. 10th March - John Crawford

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 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. 10th March - Rob Brydon I Am Standing Up

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 8pm. £32.50. Rob Brydon returns to stand-up comedy after a five-year hiatus with his brandnew show, I Am Standing Up... Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion and Geoff,Human Remains, Little Britain and The Rob Brydon Show. 01424 229111.

Fri. 10th March - Phil Beer

At the Old Chapel, Alfriston at 7.30pm. £18.50. The multi instrumental half of the West Country’s Award winning acoustic duo Show of Hands. 01323 841414.

Fri. 10th March - HMF Choirs

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 9am and 2pm. The annual school choirs for Hastings Music Festival 2017. 01424 462288.

Fri. 10th March Women Work Free Workshops

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. A series of FREE Workshops will be held in areas of the theatre throughout the day as part of Women Work. For a full description of the workshops

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Kings Road - St Leonards


ings Road, St Leonards has always been a vibrant and bustling destination for those looking for exclusive shops and cosy restaurants. It is a destination with an abundance of individual and boutique style businesses which each bring their own unique flavour and atmosphere to the road. With easy parking and a flourish of new shops and restaurants appearing there is no better time to re discover this jewel in the St Leonards crown.

La Marette Brocante

Celebrate the past, give it a modern twist or anything inbetween at La Marette Brocante. The shop offers vintage French collectables, a good selection of military stock, retro items and all sorts of interesting and quirky pieces.

Paisley & Friends

Paisley and Friends is an independant shop owned and run by Claire Paisley, in the heart of St Leonards-on-sea. Claire opened in October 2016 after years of dreaming of being a shopkeeper, with a clear aim to support and buy from fantastic small companies and individual designer-makers in order to bring

together the very best in creative talent, both locally and from around the UK. Paisley and Friends sell products that are well designed and well made, unique and affordable from jewellery and homewares to prints and knitwear. Future plans include a monthly craft coffee morning in the shop and Claire is looking for expressions of interest and some feedback as to which day would suit people the most.

Pelham’s fine furniture & ceramics - A marriage of old and new

Liz Emtage has been designing and creating translucent porcelain lighting, tiles and gift items for more than 20 years. Liz is inspired by the beauty of the natural world - she presses different flowers and textures into the porcelain clay, which leave a delicate impression on the surface of the lamp. When lit these lamps emit an etherial glow, converting the surface decoration into textures of light. Geoff Osler has been restoring and gilding furniture for over 25 years and is inspired by the beauty and the history of the pieces he works on. He specialises in early walnut furniture. Geoff and Liz decided to open ‘Pelham’s fine furniture and ceramics’ in 2016 to show how well the old and the new can be married. Mothers Day, Sunday 26th March - Commission a lamp, tealight or vase inlaid with your mother’s favourite flowers, so she can feel special and know how much you appreciate her every time she looks at it.

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Kings Road Antiques - See following page

If you like an old-fashioned customer service experience, then Kings Road Antiques is for you. The shop appears as a single spacious retail outlet but is actually made up of individual traders with over 100 years of combined knowledge between them. It’s this fact that enables them to present their customers with such a fabulous and unusual selection of items that date all the way back to the 18th century. Every day is an adventure at Kings Road Antiques, you never know what is going to be on show or what wonders their dealers will bring in to tempt and delight. Featured several times on T.V.’s Antiques Road Trip, Kings Road Antiques owner, Charles Stewart is now celebrating 5 years of trading. “Discerning customers are shopping more often in Kings Road. This is not just a retail destination but a pleasurable shopping experience” Items in the shop are clearly displayed and visitors are encouraged to browse. True to the area’s flamboyant style, Kings Road embodies the nature of St Leonards and Hastings.

Nico’s Kitchen and lounge

Nico’s Kitchen and Lounge is a 1920s prohibition inspired tapas and cocktail bar. Set to the sounds of the 1920s and electroswing against a background of bare bricks deep reds and up cycled wood. Why not join us for a Mothers Day Treat on Sunday the 26th March, or for one of our candlelit evenings, ont the first Tuesday of every month... Nico’s latest review was from food critic Liz O’Keefe published in Olive magazine.......”Ethical, Personal, Attentive. Nico’s Kitchen serves home-cooked, innovative food with flair”.

Our Menu changes monthly, in order to keep up with seasonality and ensure there is always something new to try. Our bar boasts an extensive cocktail menu and spirits selection all crafted by our in house mixologist, as well as small batch organic wines and beers. Don’t miss out on our Happy hour and Aperitivo hour Tuesday to Friday 5pm - 7pm. Takeaway and home delivery is also available... more details and menus at

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. 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. Mother’s Day – Sunday 26th March 2017 Bookings now being taken - treat your nearest and dearest to Sunday lunch in our beautiful fully licensed restaurant on this special day. Visit our website for the full Menu. Contact:- O1424 272470 or 07711 587025

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Fri. 10th - 11th March - The London Fly Fishing Fair

At the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, or somewhere in between, this is the ideal place to get involved in the sport. With a variety of fishing and lifestyle brands on board and with interactive demonstrations taking place throughout the day, this is a great place not only for the dedicated fly fisher but also for the whole family to enjoy.

players from the South Downs Youth Orchestra and Hastings Area Youth Orchestra, & four regional intermediate orchestras. A highlight will be the East Sussex String Chamber Orchestra. 01323 412000.

Sat. 11th March - Exhibition Tour

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

Sat.11th March - Titanic Live

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 2.30pm and 7.35pm. The event will see the film screened in high-definition, as James Horner’s timeless score is played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ludwig Wicki. ‘On the big screen, James Cameron’s Titanic thundered towards its climax… On the stage below, a 95-piece orchestra and 40-strong choir filled the room with overwhelming intensity: cymbals crashing, strings swelling, horns attacking’ . Independent. 0207 589 8212.

Sat 11th March - International Women’s Day Event

Sat 11th March - Public Building Tour

At the De La Warr Pavillion, 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 11th - 18th March - Same Time Next Year

At the Stables Theatre, The Bourne,Hastings. Eves: 7.30pm. This is the story of a one-night stand. One that ends up repeating itself for the next 24 years! This beautifully written, award winning romantic comedy follows the lives of a couple who accidentally fall in love, despite being happily married to their respective spouses. 01424 423221.

Sat 11th March - String Festival Concert

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. This concert will showcase some of the best student string playing within East Sussex, involving young musicians from all over the county. It will include string

At Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe, TN33 0UF at 1pm. Pestalozzi students and their guests present their views on a range of international women’s issues. Refreshments available. Prize draw. Free to attend but please book in advance as places are limited. 01424 870444

Sat.11th - 12th March - Bugs and Grubs Weekend

At Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling Nr maidstone, Kent. 10am-5pm. Get up close with nature this March, chuck on your wellies and join us for a weekend of bug themed activities and animal encounters. There’s plenty to keep your little bugs busy including Cuddle Corner, Animal feeding sessions and much more! 01622 763936

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Fashion & Leisure HALO is bursting at the seams with beautiful new stock! The season starts off with lots of pale blue, navy, cream & highlights of red, with stripes being ever popular. As the warmer weather draws nearer, you will notice lots of gorgeous new floral prints in store. A particular favourite is a floral bomber jacket by ICHI. With its cream background & soft shades of green, blue & pink this will prove a valuable addition to your wardrobe, updating many a plain outfit. Printed trousers will remain very popular and many have matching tops available. Just think of it as a jumpsuit with the advantage of being able to buy different size tops to bottoms! Most will be delighted to hear that maxi dresses are back – mostly printed; which are very flattering to wear. With MOTHER’S DAY in mind Halo have a lovely selection of reasonably priced gifts with which to pamper your Mum. Beautiful scarves from just £7.99, hand made bath products, handmade silver jewellery, makeup bags, jewellery boxes, notebooks – the list is endless. There are new stock deliveries several times a week so there is always something new and exciting in HALO – keep up to date with it all on their FACEBOOK page.

Sat.11th March - Somewhere in Time

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7:30pm. An Audience With Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe. Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever… Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances. New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel-good factor with pure romance. £26. 01892 530613.

Sat.11th March - Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione come together in a worldwide tour to promote the launch of their collaborative album: Compared To What . This duo have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. Django Reinhardt also comes to mind. In truth, Sarah Jane and Antonio are great artists in their own right. Channelling their energies together, they share audiences in Italy, Britain, and all over the world. 01892 678678.

Sat. 11th March - Oh What A Nite

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne at 8pm. Join ‘The Jerseys’ as we celebrate the timeless music of the 100 million album selling Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the Drifters, The Stylistics, Beach Boys and more – from Doo Wop and Soul, to Northern Soul and Motown… hit after hit after hit. Incredible falsettos, beautiful acapellas – the authenticity of the sublime harmonies of the 60s and 70s – with a huge repertoire. £17 to £19. 01323 802020.

Sun. 12th March - The Royal Tunbridge Wells Variety Performance

A big thank you to all those who came along to Little Sew and Sew’s Make A Bunting Day and helped us raise money for St Michael’s Hospice. Our visitors on the day enjoyed tea and cake and there were raffle prizes donated by our friends. All proceeds from the day went to St Michael’s Hospice.

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 1.30pm (Under 11s). Musicians, singers, ballerinas, street dancers are among the dazzling array of young performers who will entertain the audience in the inaugural Royal Tunbridge Wells Variety Performance. 5pm (Over 11s) Prepare to be wowed by some of Tunbridge Well’s most talented individuals in this exciting fast paced performance. Showcasing the talents of performers over the age of 11, this show is sure to appeal to all the family. 01892 530613.

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Sun. 12th March - Circus of Horrors

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-ending Nightmare”. 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! 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 12th March - Eric Knowles: What’s It Worth?

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne at 3.30pm. Eric Knowles returns with his ever changing two hour one man show that retains the same winning format of Meet and Greet ……..but with a difference! Audience members can bring along their heirlooms and treasures for on stage discussion but then, in the final part of the show, they will be able to see their objects brought to the screen, courtesy of a web type camera that will allow a more detailed view and appreciation in the valuation session. £14.50. 01323 802020.

Sun. 12th March - Alison Balsom and Friends

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. One of Britain’s most beloved classical musicians, trumpet-player Alison Balsom returns. The diverse programme includes Handel’s Fireworks Suite, Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose Dizzy Gillespie’s Tin Tin Deo. From performing extracts from Eben’s Okna (‘Windows’). 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 12th March - The Kanneh-Mason Trio

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Elgar Room. The KannehMason Trio consists of three siblings; 17-year-old Sheku (winner of the

BBC Young Musician of the year 2016 award), 19-year-old Braimah and 20-year-old Isata, who have been performing in orchestral and chamber music concertos together and solo since they were very young. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 12th March - A Salute to the 1940s - The Dad’s Army Variety Show Special

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 3pm. A Salute to the 1940’s is a variety show packed full of the stars who kept the nation entertained during the dark years of 2 world wars and of course the Home Guard of Warmington on Sea were doing their very best to protect the ‘Green and Pleasant’ shores of Great Britain. £15.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 12th March - Money for Nothing: Dire Straits Legacy

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Enjoy and Experience the music and legacy of Dire Straits with songs spanning over 5 decades delivered with passion an accuracy with 7 world class musicians ,singers and also songwriters! Featuring and fronting the band is the brilliant guitarist and Mark Knopfler sound-alike Aled Williams, the show is delivered fresh with passion, quality and just the way it was many years ago when Dire Straits performed live. £19.50. 01323 412000.

Sun. 12th March - The 10th Lydd Half-Marathon

At the Banks Sports Club, Dennes Lane, Lydd, TN29 9JZ. 10am. The race starts and finishes outside Lydd town centre and is a pancake flat course, presenting an opportunity to post a swift time. Ideal London preparation too! Includes chip timing - plus medal, and finish line goodies for all finishers.

Sun. 12th March - Goldilocks and Friends

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 2.30pm. The Cat’s Grin Theatre Co. specialises in crafting original stage adaptations of classic literature and curriculum-friendly topics. This live theatre experience encompasses maximum energy, fl uency and wit, with myriad effects and lots of audience participation in a minimalist setting, at competitive prices. The duration of each production varies between 60–70 minutes. All productions and workshops are performed and led by three to four actors. Suitable for 4-8yrs+. 01892 678678.

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Mon. 13th and Wed. 15th March - Lang Lang

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Lang Lang returns to the world’s most famous stage with an intimate in-the-round concert. Showcasing popular piano suites from Isaac Albeniz, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, the celebrated pianist will bring his own ingenuity and flair to these classics. Wednesday 15 March, 6pm. Join eminent experts for a pre-concert talk in the Royal College of Music. Inside the Music: The Life and Work of Lang Lang explores Lang Lang’s life, work and the inspiration he brings to pianists worldwide. Free: Ticket required. 0207 589 8212.

Mon. 13th March - Good Planting

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent. Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day. £110 p.p. 01797 252878

Tues. 14th March - You Win Again

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7:30pm. Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees. Following its West End Debut, You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees comes to Tunbridge Wells as part of its first ever UK tour. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have graced the stage, in this unforgettable concert spectacular. 01892 530613.

Tues. 14th - 19th March - The Two Painters

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Exhibition by Jo Messer & Sheila Pryce. ‘Our common interest is to create paintings that respond in a fresh, vital and immediate way; ones that are not bound by strictly conventional representation.’ Each painting is therefore a personal interpretation of some aspect of the world. 01892 678678.

Tues. 14th March - Nigel Kennedy and Friends

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a special headline show, as part of the Love Classical festival. Kennedy’s unique talent and extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences have made him one of the world’s most popular and wellrespected performers, and this show will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 14th March - Manchester By The Sea (Film)

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2pm & 8pm. BATFA Winner: Leading Actor (Casey Affleck) • Original Screenplay. Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in this critically acclaimed emotional drama about a reclusive handyman who must face his painful past when he returns to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his beloved older brother. 01892 678678.

Tues. 14th March - Discovering Women In Sussex Part 111

At The De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 10.30am. Writer and Historian Ann Kramer concludes her exploration of the lives and achievements of a selection of extraordinary women who were born in, or drawn to, Sussex. 01424 229111.

Tues. 14th March - Jimmy Carr

At The Concert Hall, Brighton. 8pm. £28.50. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake. Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. 01273 709709.

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Wed. 15th March - Fire and Ice Walk

At St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, 1 Broadwater Way, Eastbourne at 5.30pm. Walk over burning hot coals or broken glass and raise money for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice. See main ad. on page 29.

Wed. 15th March - Sonic Rebellion Now

At Two Temple Place, London. The much-loved, cross-disciplinary project Dear Serge™ emerges from its Sussex hide-out to present an evening of sonic interventions. wednesday-lates-sonic-rebellion-now-tickets-31226694885

Thurs. 16th March - The DreamBoys 2017

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 01323 802020.

Thurs. 16th - 18th March - Hysteria

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Eves: 7.45pm. Sat. mat. 2.30pm. The Olivier Award Winning Comedy. Directed by Michael Cabot. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues. An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide. 01323 412000.

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Dare you do the Fire & Ice Walk?

What will you buy from St Wilfrid’s Hospice crowdfunding store?

If you’ve previously taken part in a St Wilfrid’s Hospice fire walk before you’ll remember the feeling of elation once you’ve completed the walk. This year we’ve ramped up the challenge, so you can choose to walk over burning embers or sterile broken glass – or both! There’s no doubt that either would be great fun and a great way of raising money for a very good cause. St Wilfrid’s Hospice looks after over 1,000 local people and their families every year. It supports people with any progressive, lifelimiting illness through its Inpatient Unit, via Hospice at Home nurses, the Wellbeing Centre and the 24/7 Nurse Line phone service. It costs £11,800 a day to provide this support and with only 25% coming from the NHS, the hospice relies on the community to provide the rest. One way to help is to join the hospice’s events and get as much sponsorship as you can. The walks take place at the hospice in Eastbourne on Wednesday 15th March from 5.30pm; Registration costs from £25 and closes on 9th March, so be quick! Just go to www.stwhospice .org or call 01323 434241.

Want to donate money to St Wilfrid’s Hospice in return for some marvellous treats? How about VIP festival tickets, signed Chelsea merch, weekends away, meet and greets and some other amazing money-can’t-usually- buy experiences? That’s just an idea of what you can buy at the St Wilfrid’s Hos-Kiss e-Store, which opens for a month on the 1st March. Go online, select the reward and donate your money, which all goes straight to St Wilfrid’s. It’s a great way of buying something special for a friend, family member – or for yourself! Do tell your friends and keep checking back as the treats will be added to as the month progresses. St Wilfrid’s needs your money to continue its work in supporting the 1,000+ local people with life-limiting illness and their families who it helps to take care of every year. The services provided cost over £11,800 a day to run and with only 25% of that coming from the NHS, the hospice needs your help, so go to and please get involved!

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Thurs. 16th March - Late Night Jazz - Eric Marsh

At the Royal Albert Hall, London (Elgar Room). 9.45pm. Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 16th & 17th March - The X Factor Live

At the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. 6.30pm. £22.30. Want to see your X Factor winner, Matt Terry, LIVE? Then you’re in luck, because he’s going on tour - and he won’t be alone! Matt and the 7 X Factor Finalists - runner-up Saara Aalto, 5 After Midnight, Honey G, Emily Middlemas, Four of Diamonds, Ryan Lawire and Sam Lavery will be hitting the road next year for The X Factor Live Tour 2017. 0844 8471515 / 01273 290131.

More outrageous dressing-up than ever! The world-famous sing-along-a prop bag brimming with surprises! Magic moments that are truly Magical! Crazy lyrics on-screen so you can howl to your heart’s content! From £15. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 16th - 19th March - Classical Spectacular

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 3pm and 7.30pm. MUSIC! LIGHTS! LASERS! FIREWORKS! The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in March, with a brand new programme. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture – the March 2017 season promises to be bigger and more thrilling than ever! 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 16th March - Sing-a-long A Rocky Horror Show

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells at 7.30pm. You may have seen it before but never like this... More audience interaction than ever!

Fri. 17th & 18th March - Ale and Arty Bexhill Beer Festival

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Taking to the stage on the opening night is The Do Theys and The Chandeliers. 7-11pm. The popular charity Beer & Music Festival returns to the De La Warr Pavilion again for three lively sessions over two days! *Special offer* – Get tickets for two evening sessions for £12. There will also be Cider and Perry to quench the thirst alongside the musical entertainment to help proceedings go with a real swing. Rounding up the two-day festival, live music is performed by The Cavaliers on the Saturday (March 18) evening session. £8. 01424 229111.

The internationally recognised Hastings Beatles Day returns to the White Rock Theatre, Hastings on Sunday, April 2nd 2017. This will be the 18th Beatles Day featuring over eleven hours of nonstop music performed by artists on three stages. It includes many first time and also young performers who have joined the list of established favourites. Performances include acapella, folk, rock, blues, soul, funk, classical, Latin and dance... even some heavy metal! The Theatre restaurant and licensed bars will be open throughout the day and there will be merchandising stalls selling souvenir tee-shirts, posters and a gigantic raffle with some excellent prizes. It’s a great day out and an opportunity t enjoy some of the best music from undoubtedly the most influential pop band in history, performed live. All of the musicians, organisers and helpers donate their time completely free and all the money raised goes to Macmillan Cancer Support to help people in Sussex living with cancer. To date, Beatles Day has raised over £200,000 for this very worthy cause.

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Fri. 17th March - AbbaMania

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. ABBAMANIA, the UK’s original ABBA tribute, are widely regarded as one of ‘Europe’s premier ABBA tribute Bands”. Their sensational live concerts have taken them all over the World. £20. 01892 530613.

Fri. 17th March - Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest. From £17.90. 0844 871 7615.

Fri. 17th March - You’ve Got A Friend

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Celebrates two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King. This musical journey intertwines some of the greatest songs ever written. From £18.50. 01323 412000.

Fri. 17th March -St. Patrick’s Day Real Ale Train

At the Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Station. The finest real ales from micro breweries and 1950’s era carriages hauled by an historic steam locomotive. Boarding from 6.30pm for 7pm departure from Tenterden to Bodiam return. Live band at Bodiam Station. Pre booked meal served on board. £29.00. 01580 765155.

Fri. 17th March - William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. 01892 678678.

Fri. 17th March - Business Expo 2017

At Azur at The Marina Pavillion, Marina, St :eonards On Sea TN38 0BU. 10am-5pm. With special guest ‘Chico’ showcasing his revolutionary workout. Free admission. 01424 447461

Exciting news, the Sussex Guild will be exhibiting for the first time in Horsham on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. The event will be in the spacious Parkside building, which is the joint WSCC and Horsham D.C. Office. Parkside is close to the centre of this historic market town, has an adjacent free car park and is a short walk from the railway station. There will be a market in the town centre on Saturday and on Sunday 2 April the town sees the start of the “Piazza Italia Tour”. Come to see exquisitely made furniture, colourful ceramics, traditional smocking and a variety of spectacular, well designed and beautifully made crafts. Visitors can meet our members, all professional designer makers, and discuss how their work is created, order special commissions and make purchases. For information about the Guild’s activities, please telephone 01273 479565 (between 10.00am and 5.00pm), email us at or visit our website:

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Fri. 17th - 19th March - London St. Patrick’s Festival

At Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. Free event. Come and enjoy the craic as we celebrate the Irish community and culture across London in March. There’ll be art and talks at City Hall, history trails through central London, music and poetry on the Underground, Irish film screenings, and of course, the parade and festival in Trafalgar Square.

Sat. 18th March - Hastings Philharmonic - Songs of Travel

At Christ Church, St. Leonards at 7pm. R Vaughan Williams, Violin Partita n. 2 in D Minor - J S Bach, 3 Intermezzi op. 117, - J Brahms. See main. ad on page 30.

Sat. 18th March - London Conchord Ensemble

At the Chaplin Theatre, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. Works by Nielsen, Batehoven, Straus and Spohr. Tickets/details on 01580 883092.

Sat. 18th March - Exhibition Tour

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

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East Hastings Sea Angling Association

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

Sat. 18th March - Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour

At Excel, 1 Western gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. The UAEJJ Federation announces the return of the most prestigious JiuJitsu championship series in the world. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the iu-jitsu world rankings and cash prizes are awarded for the top athletes of each division. Little Acorns Day Nursery offers a loving and safe environment for the children in our care. Our nursery is set up as an open plan area, allowing children to have access to clearly labelled resources, this encourages children to move around freely, starting to make their own choices and decisions about their play. The baby room is for children under two years of age, with its own milk kitchen and sleeping area. The children have access to the garden where ride on toys, water and sand tray and our lovely mud kitchen are available for their stage of development.

Our latest OFSTED inspection achieved ‘Good’ in all areas which we are delighted with. Please contact us for more information.

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Wanted on Voyage is a family owned travel store in Heathfield, East Sussex, stocking a wide range of innovative travel products from Thule, LifeVenture, Trunki,Vango and Eastpak. At Wanted on Voyage we offer you the opportunity to look, touch and compare the products you need to make travel easier. Whether you are travelling the world living out of a backpack, flying shorthaul or longhaul, taking the car on holiday packed to the rafters, or just taking your bike for a ride in the country. Our first Birthday is just around the corner so for the month of March we are offering 10% off everything in store (not in conjunction with any other offer). Come in and celebrate with us!

Sat. 18th March - Comedy Cafe

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells at 8pm. Performing: Kevin McCarthy • Dave Fulton • Fiona Ridgewell • Mo Gilligan. Each month we search the land for the best in stand-up, both established and up-and-coming acts, and deliver them right to your doorstep. 01892 678678.

Sat. 18th - 19th March - Elizabeth I and the Armada

At Penshurst Place, Nr Tonbridge, Kent. After turbulent relations between Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain, a fleet of 130 ships now approaches the British shores! Wander through the House and meet the Elizabethan stewards and staff as well as Queen Elizabeth I herself, as they prepare for battle! 01892 870307.

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Sat. 18th - 19th March - Elizabeth I and the Armada

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. Following a hugely successful event in February 2016 with Silva v Bisping, which sold out in just 27 minutes, the organisation has confirmed that it will return to the English capital for a second consecutive year. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 18th - March - The King is Back

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm. Ben Portsmouth -The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist. Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the “Taking care of Elvis” band. Audiences quickly realised that this was someone with a special talent. 01273 290131.

Sat. 18th - March ABBA Reunion - The Tribute Show


f you are undecided on where to take your next holiday, tour or cruise then why not look to the experts for Inspirations. Award winning Travel agent Baldwins Travel Group is holding a company wide #HolidayInspirations Day on Saturday 1st April in all of their 8 branches in Kent and East Sussex and everyone is welcome. Come and speak to the experts in store and tap into their knowledge of a diverse range of destinations from Italy to India and the Antarctic to Zante. We have cruises, river cruises, touring holidays, summer holidays, skiing holidays, adventure holidays, Disney holidays and just take a break from the everyday - holidays. We are full of inspiration to suit you and your travelling companions. Visit now to see which operators are in which branch and make appointment requests online for a more in depth chat. The event will run from 10am – 4pm and their will be plenty of treats in store. So, don’t be an April Fool, come and speak to your local, independent Travel Agent about your next travel adventure.

At The Theatre Royal Brighton at 7.30pm. ABBA REUNION gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70’s and 80’s in a truly authentic, feel good, party style tribute concert. 0844 871 7615.

Sat. 18th - March - The Hastings Musical Festival Finale

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7pm. 01424 462288.

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Ronan & Storm Keating Ronan and his wife Storm announced they were expecting their first child together in December. Ronan has said he is ‘bursting’ with excitement about becoming a father for the fourth time. The former Boyzone singer, 39, is already father to Jack, 17, Missy, 15, and Ali, 11, from his previous marriage and has spoken about his desire to expand his family. Ronan and the rest of Boyzone will mark 25 years of the band in 2017, but without bandmate Stephen Gately, who sadly died in 2009.


onan met his now wife Storm Uechtritz in August 2010 and married her on 17 August 2015. On 6 December 2016 the couple announced they are expecting their first baby together, his fourth and her first. Storm is an Australian-born fashion designer, brand ambassador, producer-director and blogger, now based in London. She has worked on a number of Australian and British television programmes such as The Apprentice Australia, Masterchef Australia, The X Factor, The Voice Australia, and The Voice UK. Storm grew up in a small village in Papua New Guinea, before her family relocated to a cattle property in Australia in 1988. She has

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three brothers. During her time at the University of California Los Angeles, Storm completed an internship at HBO in the Original Programming Department under Chris Albrecht. It was upon her return to Australia that she began her career in television production at Channel Nine in Sydney. In 2009, she worked on the production of the Australian version of NBC’s The Apprentice. From 2010-2012, she went on to work with popular formats including The X Factor, Masterchef and The Voice and in 2012, relocated to London where she became the producer-director of The Voice UK.

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What’s On Magazine met up with Ronan and Storm at the Telegraph Travel Show to talk about where and how they travel... Firstly, Storm, we just wanted to ask how your name came about? When I was born, my parents were big fans of the author Wilbur Smith and in one of his very first trilogies, one the main protagonists conceives her baby daughter in a thunderstorm and calls her Storm. My parents liked the name and went with it. Ronan adds (laughing) ‘My father was reading the Racing Post and saw a horse running called Ronan.’ How much of your time is spent travelling? (Ronan) We travel between eight and nine months of the year. We just came off a five and a half month tour which we started in August. If you are lucky to be in a city for two or three days, that’s great but normally it’s a day or so in each town. You land, go to the hotel, freshen up, go to the venue, sound check, back to the hotel. I might get a gym session in if I am lucky and then back for the gig. It gets to be routine after a while. We started our 2016 tour in Scandinavia and then we went to South Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and then back to Europe. It is difficult but if you don’t get out and tour, your career can go stale.

(Ronan) Yes, it used to be autographs in the old days but now of course it’s selfies. I never forget the first time that someone asked for a photograph on a cellphone, I was in Dublin and a chap and his lady came up to me and asked for a photograph. I said of course and she took out her flip phone and I couldn’t understand what she was doing. When I used to sing ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ the audience would always hold up their cigarette lighters and wave them, now it’s all mobile phones. Of course that’s progress, but it is tough when you are sitting at your dinner table or if you are on the beach and someone comes up with a phone. How do you handle that? I think I am lucky to still be asked, it’s when they stop asking that you have to worry. When you actually get time off for a proper holiday, how do you plan it? (Ronan) Research is everything and the internet is an incredible tool to find anything that you want about your destination. You have got to spend time looking these things up because there is nothing worse than leaving a place and someone saying to you ‘did you go to ....... or did you try .......’ so you want to try and maximise your time there.

city that we go to. There is nothing like hearing first hand from someone who has actually been there. (Ronan) We noticed that some of the hotels don’t always publish the best photos they could on their own websites, we often look at other peoples photographs and comments which are sometimes better. We have just returned from Oman and the photographs of the hotel we saw before we travelled really didn’t do it justice. Storm brought me a drone for Christmas so I spent quite a bit of time filming and the amount of people who said ‘that looks really amazing’ showed me that the hotel should really be doing more with what they’ve got. I understand you have a ‘sponsorship deal’ with Etihad Airways when you touring? (Ronan) Yes, when you are travelling as much as we do, it gets very expensive. There are 35 people travelling with us on the tour and when you are travelling from London to Sydney, it’s 23hrs and you have to arrive fresh for a show. You can’t travel in Economy, I couldn’t do that to the band. So when you get a ‘tie up’ with Etihad Airways or Virgin Australia it just makes it a little bit more comfortable and easier. Are you able to travel quite light in terms of numbers of bags? (Ronan) I will never forget way back, the boys and I landed in Paris and we got off the plane and we bumped into the band ‘Boys to Men’, there was only four of them and they had forty five suitcases, the airline confused them with us and said ‘we have your forty five cases here but we were only travelling with a small case each. We always travelled super light and I try to continue that today. It is morw difficult because now because I like my creature comforts. (Storm) I am a good packer, so I can get more into the same size case but yes I travel light as well. We have had a lot of practice so we are pretty good at it now. Coming back from Australia is always a problem because that’s my home and I tend to accumulate stuff which I then bring back. Before you know it I have got several cases to come back with me.

“We went to Kruger National Park on our honeymoon and I have to say it is probably one of the greatest trips of my life”

So I guess you don’t get much chance to actually see the places you are visiting? (Storm) We will often do a bit of research before we get to a destination and literally fill 24hrs up trying to see the main sights, visiting the best restaurants, cocktail bars and museums. It leaves us feeling a little bit more cultured. (Ronan) It’s been an eye opener actually, because I spent years travelling before I met Storm, and all I saw was a hotel room and an aeroplane or a venue and a tv studio and then headed to the next one. I missed some really remarkable places which is very sad, so I am now actually trying to get to see these cities and some of the sights. Do you get a lot of people coming up to you for ‘selfies’ when you are travelling?

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Because we are used to planning 24 hours in a particular place, when we have the luxury of seven days it makes it easier for us to plan out what we want to do. (Storm) I think social media is also very useful. When you are scrolling through an Instagram page and you see a beautiful beach, you can just click on the location and see where it is. It is much easier to get inspiration from friends and family than it used to be. We always go to Trip Advisor and other media recommendations especially when looking at restaurants in every

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actual living space in the room. Some hotels just think about how many people they can pack in rather than the actual experience of their guest. The bed and pillows have to be super comfortable. It’s good to see that even hotels like Premier Inn are concentrating on the actual comfort aspect of their beds. How the space is configured is also very important and of course plenty of light. Do you have any favourite hotels you enjoy going back to? (Ronan) The Park Hyatt in Sydney is just one of the most incredible hotels in the world. Every single room looks out onto the Opera House. It is expensive so we don’t stay there all the time but it’s nice to when you can. We have also stayed in a couple of the ‘Six Senses Hotels’ which are also incredible.

What about some other favourite destinations? (Ronan) We got engaged at the Six Senses Hotel in Yao Noi Thailand which was remarkable and I also really liked the hotel we have just come back from which was the Six Senses’ Hideaway in Zighy Bay, Oman, just amazing. There is also a place in Australia on Lizard Island which was extremely remote but the hotel gives you your own motor boat so you can go off and just find your own beach. They give you a little picnic to take along and for me it was one of the most remarkable experiences. (Storm) That was just past Cook Town right up in the North by the Great Barrier Reef. It is not the type of place that you would take the family because there is not a lot to do. We have so many destination favourites depending on

what the occasion is. We love to take the kids skiing in Verbier which is one of our favourite family holidays. With the new baby on the way are your lives going to change in terms of travelling? (Storm) In the beginning of course it will make a difference but anyone who knows us, knows that we will keep doing what we are doing. We will take it easy for the first few months. Our kids love to travel and love to experience the different cultures we meet. What are your top 3 destinations? (Ronan) Australia has to be the top. It’s a remarkable country. Everything is beautiful and it’s so diverse. It is a shame it is so far away from Europe otherwise I would be there all the time. After that, I would say Africa. On our honeymoon we went to Kruger National Park and I have to say it is probably one of the greatest trips of my life. I had never been on a proper safari before. If you get the chance to do it once in your life you definitely should and we both want to go back at some point. Of course I have to say Ireland and more specifically the West Coast of Ireland is just incredible. What’s next on your destinations list? (Ronan) Somewhere we wanted to see before it changed too much is Cuba. Everyone keeps saying it’s going to change dramatically now the political things have changed. I have heard it’s gorgeous and unique so that is definitely one for the list. Also Mexico and actually we are taking the kids to Greece this summer. (Storm) We have talked about going to Cambodia which may also be on the list for this year.

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Ronan, can you tell us about your charity work? I lost my mum to cancer back in 1998 and from there I spent a lot of time putting my energy into trying to understand why we went through what we went through and so we set up the Ronan Keating Foundation in the hope that we could help somebody else, so that they wouldn’t be in the position that we were. She was only 51 and died from the most curable type of cancer (Breast Cancer) so it shouldn’t have happened. So now, when I am walking across Ireland from the top to the bottom or swimming across the Irish sea or climbing Kilimanjaro, it’s a constant

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process of coming up with ideas to raise money. We have our annual fund raising dinner in London each year and over the last eleven years we have raised over 8 million pounds. I do believe people in my shoes have almost an obligation to speak up and to use their voice to help people that don’t have a voice. You have just finished your tenth studio album, what else have you got coming up this year? Yes I have got a couple of films I’m shooting and there is a T.V. drama that I am doing. Last year was all about the tour but this year is more about filming. I have a film coming out in March which is World War II Drama and then I am shooting another film in April.

Thank You Ronan

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Food & Drink Sun. 19th - 22nd March - IFE (The International Food & Drink Event)

At Excel, 1 Western gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London. TRADE EVENT. Bursting with food and drink inspiration, IFE welcomes 29,000 buyers who come to visit 1,350 exhibitors from 57 countries. Occurring just once every two years, don’t miss your chance to sample and source 1,000s of new, exciting and innovative food and drink products at this inspirational four day event.

Sun. 19th March - Wedding Fayre

At the Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea from 11am - 3pm. Free entry, goody bag and prize draw for all registering couples. See page 55 for details.

Sun. 19th March Hasings Half Marathon

At St. Leonards on Sea, Hastings, TN38 9JJ. 10.30am. The Route circumnavigates the Historic Town of Hastings, starting and finishing on seafront near where William the Conqurer landed in 1066.Fantastic Crowd Support.

Sun. 19th - March - Camille O’Sullivan At The 7.45pm. Camille O’Sullivan – The Carny Dream. Dark, light, dreams, circus. Singing: Cave, Bowie, Brel, Arcade Fire, Radiohead. Sexy, fierce, mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional experience. Expect joy & pure passion. ‘A major star’ ***** Scotsman. 0844 871 7615.

Sun. 19th March Peter Pan in Dance

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 2pm & 5pm. Join Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary year with a sparkling new production of Peter Pan in Dance. Featuring local children from 4 to 18 years old, they tell the enchanting story of one of our best loved fairy tales through the magic of dance in a show that will be enjoyed by all. Adult £15, Child £11. 01892 530613.

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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Sun. 19th March - Alexis Taylor

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 7.30pm. Lead vocalist of the British electro-pop band Hot Chip, Taylor, has announced a solo tour in support of ‘Piano’, coming to Bexhill this March! £12.50. 01424 229111.

Sun. 19th March - Mr Blooms Nursery Live

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 1pm and 4pm. Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so! Featuring all of the much loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by all his gardening friends.£15.00. 01323 412000.

Mon. 20 March 2017 – Adventures and Misadventures in Museums

At the Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA, 2.30 p.m. A chance to discover what curators really do behind the scenes! This lecture covers the excitement of bidding at Christies, making an art discovery, or being questioned by the CID as a suspect in an art fraud. Compensations include gorgeous artworks and working with scholars. A Rother Valley Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture. Visitors welcome (entrance £7). Enquiries: Kay 01424 775257

Mon. 20th March - Mindful Yoga

At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. 6pm. Explore the exhibition themes of horizontality and our relation to the ground in gentle, relaxing floor-based classes, suitable for all who are comfortable exercising on the floor. Led by yoga teacher Zowie Martin of Kings Road Studios. Age suitability: 16 years + from £5. 01424 229111.

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 - 43 -

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Enjoy The Newest Dining Experience with the Ultimate View


ituated in this hard to beat location the new Brasserie at The Cooden Beach Hotel stands right on the beach. Sink into the stylish comfy chairs, admire the glittering Gin Bar and prepare to be spoilt rotten. Although informal, the restaurant manages to ooze elegance and sophistication without feeling stuffy. The look and feel is modern, stylish and roomy and the service is second to none, with impeccably dressed tables. You can’t help but feel relaxed with all the beauty around you and, far from being pretentious, the staff are warm and friendly. With a genuine love of good food and drink, they are on hand to make sure you’re kept smiling. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice as you go through an extensive but expertly chosen wine list which includes a good selection of old and new world wines. The menu is well priced with something for everyone. Expect to have your eyes opened to a world of unusual flavours and unique dishes. Starters included - Grilled Goats Cheese with Honey, beetroot and pine nuts. Bang Bang Chicken with warm Pak Choi and sesame salad. Both were superbly presented and a delicious introduction to an amazing meal. For our main course we chose Hot Steak Stone - Locally farmed 8oz fillet steak on a hot lava rock with skinny fries and bistro salad and grilled Dover Sole in black butter. There is also a full selection of delicious sides and salads. Both dishes looked and tasted amazing. It was just as exciting to see some of the other amazing creations from the kitchen travelling past us to eagerly awaiting diners. Scrumptious desserts included a Flourless Chocolate Torte with Rum Soaked Raisin and Clotted Cream and New York Cheesecake served with Fruit Coulis and Ice Cream. Situated within the restaurant is an elegant Gin Palace Bar, with comfy leather armchairs and ultra modern set pieces. To sum up, a wonderful evening and a delicious meal served in beautiful surroundings and an experience to savour.... Anna Townsend - What’s On Editor.

Opening times - Breakfast 7 am – 10 am (8 am opening Sunday) Brunch 10 am – 12 noon. Main menu served from 12 noon – last orders at 9 pm with Afternoon Tea served between 3 pm and 5 pm.

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Mon. 20th - 25th March Abigail’s Party

Tues. 21st - 26th March - The Rabbit Whole

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbouren. Eves 7.45, Thurs & sat Mats 2.30pm. Amanda Abbington in The 40th anniversary production of ABIGAIL’S PARTY by Mike Leigh Directed by Sarah Esdaile. It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheesey-pineapple ones, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history.

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Within the heart of Kent lies a world of acrylic, spray paint, pens, oils and watercolours. The first public viewing of the wide spectrum of abstract paintings, landscape visions, portraits of local musicians and many other styles.

Tues. 21st March - Abbamania

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7.30pm. ABBAMANIA, the UK’s original ABBA tribute are widely regarded as one of “Europe’s Premier ABBA tribute Bands”. Their sensational LIVE concerts have taken them all over the World. ABBAMANIA’s tribute to ABBA at the height of their popularity is incredible. 01424 462288.

Mon. 20th - 25th March - Out Of Order

At The Theatre Royal, Brighton. Eves 7.45, Thurs & Sat Mats 2.30pm. When a Government Junior Minister plans to spend the evening with one of the Opposition’s typists in the Westminster Hotel, things go

Tues. 21st March - Discovering Women in Sussex Part III

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 10.30am. Writer and Historian Ann Kramer concludes her exploration of the lives and achievements of a selection of extraordinary women who were born in, or drawn to, Sussex. Week three – Scandalous women. 01424 229111.

Tues. 21st March - Fences (Film)

disastrously wrong – beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window. Desperately trying to get out of an extremely sticky situation, things quickly go from bad to worse. This stellar company includes Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, Extras); Sue Holderness (Only Fools & Horses, Green Green Grass); Andrew Hall (Butterflies, Coronation Street); Susie Amy (Footballers’ Wives); James Holmes (Miranda) and Arthur Bostrom (‘Allo ‘Allo). 0844 856 0202.

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 2pm & 8pm. Cert 12A. Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, this dramatic adaptation of the Pulitzer prize winning play of the same name, reprises both Washington’s and Viola Davis’s Tony award winning stage performances. 01892 678678.

Tues. 21st March - Parents & Babies: Loving

At The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 10.30am. Cert 12A. Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. 01892 678678.

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Wed. 22nd March - Craig David

At The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton. Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:30pm. THE ‘FOLLOWING MY INTUITION’ WORLD TOUR. Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 Top Ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries, taking over festival stages around the world, selling out headline tours in seconds, to securing a residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel …It’s official, Craig David is back and in a big way! 01273 290131.

Wed. 22nd March - Opera Holland Park - La Voix Humaine

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. After their hugely successful exploration of English opera in 2016, Investec Opera Holland Park return to the Elgar Room, this time with an extraordinary one-act opera composed by Francis Poulenc. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 22nd March - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

At The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings. 8pm. £15. Since leaving folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, firmly establishing their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. 01424 423221.

Wed. 23rd - 25th March - Mountbatten Festival of Music

At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The Mountbatten Festival of Music returns, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal

Marines performing over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall. These concerts display the outstanding versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians and are given the “West End” treatment with spectacular lighting effects. 0207 589 8212.

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Thurs. 23rd March - Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 8pm. Recommended 16yrs+ Running Time: 75mins, no interval - Mark Thomas will be available to meet and greet at the end of the show. The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy that started with the multi award winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 23rd March - Pride and Prejudice

At the Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook at 7.45pm. Presented by the Pantaloons. A beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaption. 01580 711856

Thurs. 23rd March - Rob Brydon

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 8pm. These dates are Rob Brydon’s first stand up shows since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009. 01424 462288.

Fri. 24th March - NT Encore: Saint. Joan

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7pm. Recorded Live Transmission Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. 01892 678678.

Fri. 24th March - Beyond The Barricade

At The Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne at 7.30pm. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert. Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble of talented musicians. £24. 01323 412000.

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

At Olympia Grand, London. With seven dedicated areas catering to every need and taste, this is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From Interiors to Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, and Fashion & Beauty to Gardens and Shopping; the sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. Introducing Eat & Drink Festival!

From the team behind the world-famous Ideal Home Show comes Eat & Drink Festival, a pioneering live experience celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food & drink. A feast for all the senses, the ingredients of this superb show will be the freshest features. Pick the brains of a number of the UK’s most renowned chefs and TV favourites at The Chef’s Table while top chefs, foodie favourites and experts will be on hand, cooking up a storm to educate and inform with flair at The Foodie Lab.

Fri. 24th March - Rich Lowen

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. For the very first time, local singer songwriter Rich Lown will be performing a special one off show with a full band. After making his White Rock Theatre stage debut 5 years ago as a support for Joan Armatrading, he was soon invited to share the stage with Joan on a further 15 occasions around the UK on her last major tour. 01424 462288.

Fri. 24th March - Stand By Me A Musical Story of Ben E King and The Drifters

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 7.30pm. The icons, challenges, controversy and conflicts, told through anecdotes of former members on screen, sit alongside the vast succession of more than 50 hits over the last six decades, including Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, On Broadway and many more. £26. 01892 530613.

Fri. 24th March - Paul Carroll’s Music Hall Tavern 2017

At The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. 8pm. Whatever your age, come along and join Mrs T and the “girls” from MHT this Spring for a truly magnificent night of dazzling costumes, side splitting laughter and a cast of unique characters singing and dancing all night long. £22 - £24. 01323 80 20 20.

Fri. 24th March - Paul Carrack

At The Brighton Centre, Kings road, Brighton. Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:30pm. Paul Carrack is one the UK’s great singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Balancing his career between his solo work and guesting on the current Eric Clapton album / tour, his widely-varied CV also includes Roxy Music, BB King, Nick Lowe, Roger Waters, Squeeze, Mike +Mechanics, Elton John, The Smiths and Ringo Starr to name just a few. From £33.45. 01273 290131.

Sat 25th & 26th March - Curry Tasting

At The Rye Spice Company, Rye Harbour Road, Rye. 12pm-3pm. Join Robbie in the demonstration kitchen & enjoy a complimentary glass of wine/beer. SPECIAL TREAT FOR MOTHERS DAY - MINI CUP CAKE AND GLASS OF FIZZ FOR EVERY MUM. See page 51.

Sat 25th March - The Strawbs (full Electric Show)

At The Pavillion, George Street, Hailsham. The Strawbs’ album “Hero & Heroine” has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the fifty greatest prog rock albums of all time” and the band will undoubtedly play tracks from this album along with all other Strawbs favourites. Seats £21.50 from 01323 841414 and

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Sat. 25th March - Drawn To The Page

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. 2pm. £30. Join artist and writer Wendy Ann Greenhalgh for an inspirational workshop, exploring our exhibitions, through playful and thought-provoking creative writing exercises. Looking at the exhibition In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And You Were Full Of Joy, use 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 229111.

Sat. 25th March - Jon Richardson: Old Man

At The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. 8:00pm. The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? 01892 530613.

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Sat. 25th & 26th March The London Festival of Railway Modelling

At Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London. With over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe on display, for all railway enthusiasts – this is one show you won’t want to miss. 020 8365 2121.

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Sat. 25th March - Rob Beckett - Mouth of the South

At The whiterock Theatre, Hastings. 8pm. ‘Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience…’ – Guardian. “Lights up the stage with his magnetic personality (not to mention the dazzle from his teeth)” - Mail on Sunday. For ages 14+. £18. 01424 462288.

Sat. 25th - 26th March - Ladies Weekend

At Bodiam Castle, Nr Robertsbridge. 11am4pm. This weekend sees two celebrations, Mothers’ Day on Sunday and Lady Day on Saturday. Lady Day celebrates Mary’s immaculate conception of Jesus. Lord and Lady Dallingridge will be hosting two days of celebrations. We’ll have our medieval costumes out so that the ladies can dress to impress. Have a go at making some sweet smelling potpourri or a lavender sachet to take home with you for a small donation.

Sat. 25th March - Streets Of Battle

Noon - 4pm. Streets of Battle 2017 will bring top quality street arts to Battle on the last Saturday of March, April and May. Look out for odd, intriguing and hilarious performances around town, e.g. Bash Street Theatre, Circo Rum Ba Ba, Bootworks and Galloping Cuckoos, all for FREE! * Programme subject to change.

Sat. 25th March - 18th June - My Back to Nature

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea. My Back to Nature is a series of new paintings and drawings made by George Shaw. A free exhibition of more than fifty new paintings and drawings – is the result of George Shaw’s two-and-a-half years as the National Gallery’s Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist. 01424 229111.

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Sat. 25th March - Twist & Shout

At The Winter Garden Eastbourne at 7.30pm. £20. An all-star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties. With over 40 songs this is a non-stop feast of music that features a 4 piece live band and cast of 6 singers and dancers performing hits such as; She Loves You, Glad All Over, You’re My World, Jumpin Jack Flash, Something Tells Me I’m In to Something Good, Shout, Ferry Cross The Mersey and so many more. 01323 412000.

Sat. 25th - 26th March - Craig David

At The O2 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album, ‘Following My Intuition’ out 30th September, Craig David announces the UK leg of his World Tour. The tour will be his biggest UK arena tour in 15 years, hitting The O2 on Saturday 25 March. 0844 856 0202.

Sat. 25th March - Exhibition Tour

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

Sat. 25th March - Artist Talk - George Shaw

At The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On sea. Free, booking recommended. Join artist George Shaw as he discusses his exhibition My Back to Nature. The works in this exhibition are the culmination of his two-year residency at the National Gallery. 01424 229111.

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he PowderMills Hotel recently hosted their spring wedding showcase. Visitors had the opportunity to view the facilities of the hotel and could also discuss a range of wedding options with a selection of wedding providers offering a variety of services including cakes, photography, jewellery, dresses, floristry, entertainment, cars and much more. Located just outside the medieval town of Battle. The hotel is steeped in history going back over 400 years and is an ideal venue for a romantic country house wedding.

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Wedding Services & Mothers Day Sun. 26th March - Loving (Film)

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 5pm. Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Cert. 12A. 01892 678678.

Sun. 26th March - T2 Trainspotting (Film)

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 8pm. Cert. 18. Begbie, Renton, Sick Boy and Spud return to the big screen. Twenty years have passed since the original Trainspotting and this sequel, that has been loosely based on Irvine Welch’s 2002 novel Porno. 01892 678678.

Sun. 26th March - The Adventures of Pinnochio

Sun. 26th March - Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

At The Concert Hall, Brighton. 2.45pm. Barry Wordsworth conductor Martin Roscoe piano, Kodály Dances of Galanta, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54, Scriabin Symphony No.2 in C minor Op.29. Tickets from £12. 01273 709709. Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Peter Back in conversation with pianist Martin Roscoe. Tickets £3.75.

At The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells at 2.30pm. The Cat’s Grin Theatre Co. specialises in crafting original stage adaptations of classic literature and curriculumfriendly topics. This live theatre experience encompasses maximum energy, fl uency and wit, with myriad effects and lots of audience participation in a minimalist setting, at competitive prices. 01892 678678.

Sun. 26th March - You Win Again

At The White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Following its West End debut, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of the Bee Gee’s will be embarking on its first ever UK tour. 01424 462288.

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Sun. 26th March - Mike and the Mechanics

At The Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. Formed in 1984 by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (guitar), a new generation Mike + The Mechanics will appear with a line-up of Andrew Roachford, one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, and Canadianborn singer Tim Howar. Tim and Roachford sharing vocal duties, add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound. 0207 589 8212.

Sun. 26th March - The Glenn Miller Orchestra

At The Theatre Royal Brighton. 3pm. New for 2016! Ray McVay invites you to experience a ‘feel for the forties’ as the world’s greatest Big Band transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940s - with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. 0844 871 7615.

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Sun. 26th March - The Sooty Show

At The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. 11am & 2.30pm. Expect magic, music and mayhem with buckets full of audience participation. A spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new - plus a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show! 01323 412000.

Mon. 27th March - The Matt Monro Story

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Celebrating the life and music of the legendary Matt Monro, The Matt Monro Story is an inspired and unforgettable show. A unique evening of music, warmth and love, keeping the memory of his music alive. From ‘Born Free’ to ‘Walk Away’ to ‘Portrait of My Love’ be prepared to be transported in time by this tribute to one of Britain’s most popular and endearing singers named ‘the singer’s singer’ by his peers. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 28th - 30th March - RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show

At RHS Lindley Hall and Lawrence Hall, Westminster, London, SW1P 2QW. 6pm - 9pm on the 28th, £5. 10am - 5pm, 29th and 30th, £6 in advance. £9 on the day. Lindley Hall will feature an abundance of orchid exhibitors to delight our visitors, and will include British orchid growers Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries. Show goers will also be able to attend a dedicated talks programme on Orchids.

Mon. 27th March - Georgie Fame

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. 01424 462288.

Mon. 27th March - Olly Murs

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall returns in 2017, with Olly Murs kicking off a week of special events for the charity. The singer recently topped the album charts for the fourth time with his fifth studio album, 24 Hrs. He has sold 10 million records and co-presented The X Factor with Caroline Flack, the show that shot him to fame in 2009. 0207 589 8212.

Tues. 28th March - 9th April - The Road To Asda

Exhibition at The Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. A landscape disrupted, a nature reconfigured, a history re-written – the A21 road works have exposed previously unseen layers of geology and memory. Man and machine have thrown objects, artifacts and vistas into new topographical relationships, rendering the familiar strange, and the ancient redundant. The photographs and paintings in this exhibition are both a requiem for a lost environment and a study of the emotional impact of human intervention in the landscape. 01892 678678.


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

Tues. 28th March - Menopause the Musical

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings at 7.30pm. Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) with a full supporting cast, Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. 01424 462288.

Tues. 28th March - The Stranglers

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7pm. Following the sell-out success of their Black and White Tour in March last year, the group will, this time, present the Classic Collection to coincide with the planned re-release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from the period 1977-82.

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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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.

Tues. 28th - 30th March - Invincible

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.30pm. Wed Mat 2.30pm. From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes this ‘riotously funny’ production. 0844 871 7615.

Tues. 28th March - Teenage Cancer Trust: Ed Sheeran

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. One of the hottest pop stars on the planet, global superstar Ed Sheeran returns to the Hall to for a special concert in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. 0207 589 8212.

Wed. 29th March - 1st April Noel and Gertie

At the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. “I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise,” Noel Coward once said. Lucky then that the reviews for mtp’s new production of Noel & Gertie, based on the playwright’s 54-year friendship with Gertrude Lawrence, have met with admiration, acclaim and applause. Evenings 7.45pm. Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. Evenings £18.50, £22, £24.50. Thur & Sat Matinee £18.50. 01313 412000.

Wed. 29th March - 1st April - The WI Fair 2017

At Alexandra Palace, Woodgreen, London. The WI Fair is a celebration of all the things that make the WI the great British institution that it is. Bringing together four fantastic days of craft, cooking, creativity, shopping, learning and travel, it is a great day out. Telephone: 020 7688 6827.

Wed. 29th March - An evening of comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. Romesh is joined by Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, plus Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Mike Wilmot and Tom Allen. In aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. 0207 589 8212.

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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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Thurs. 30th March & 1st April - The Who

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Who will premiere a special acoustic presentation of Tommy to mark the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall show. This concert will be the first time the full band have performed Pete Townshend’s classic rock opera since 1989, and will be followed by a selection of other Who classics. 0207 589 8212.

Thurs. 30th March - 1st April - Olly Murrs

At the 02 Arena, Docklands, London. 6.30pm. Olly’s last tour in 2015 was a triumph, selling out all 27 dates including four shows at The O2. 0844 856 0202.

Thurs. 30th March - DLWP Artists Critique Group

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At the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. The De La Warr Pavilion Artists’ Crit Group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 6-8pm in the DLWP Studio. The meetings are informal, friendly and offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work and ideas in a mutually supportive setting. 01424 229111.

Thurs. 30th March - ROH Live Madama Butterfly

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.15pm. Live Transmission. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Conducted by Antonio Pappano. Directed by Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. 01892 678678.

Thurs. 30th March - Sensational 60’s Experience

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 7:30pm. The Tour That Never Ends. Returning by huge popular demand, for one night only. 01892 530613.

Thurs. 30th March - Ratton School’s Annual Irish Night

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7pm. With intricate footwork, traditional ballads, storytelling and verse the ‘Craic’ will be mighty! In aid of the Rocking Horse Children’s Charity. £12. 01323 412000.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 23 – 27 May 2017

v Showcasing innovative, sustainable ways to green up small urban spaces in a changing world. v Re-creating UK scenes such as Yorkshire’s coastline, the Norfolk broads, and Berkshire’s endangered heathland. v Naturalistic re-imaginings of the lakes and forests of Canada, the landscapes of Malta, the Caribbean, Spain, China, Japan v In the Great Pavilion plants that thrive in the shade, and plants pollinated by moths, flies and beetles. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed details of 24 confirmed Gardens, including nine Show Gardens, nine Artisan Gardens, five Fresh Gardens, the RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden, and more than 100 floral displays, which will make up the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May 2017), sponsored by M&G Investments. Nick Mattingley, RHS Director of Shows, says: “As with every RHS Chelsea Flower Show for more than a century, designers, nurserymen and leading lights of the horticultural world are pulling out all the stops to make this the best gardening event in the world. “With world-class designers like Chris Beardshaw, James Basson, Nigel Dunnett, Kate Gould and Sarah Eberle, many new trailblazers in horticulture, and outstanding specialist nurseries such as Hilliers, Burncoose, Dibleys and Kelways, we’re looking forward to a fabulous show. “As well as having some very exciting Fresh Gardens at the show,” said Nick, “we also have a record number of Artisan Gardens this year which are bigger than ever before.”

Highlights of the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show include: Professor Nigel Dunnett, who created the wildflower meadow for the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012, is the designer of the 2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden. Set within an urban context of highrise and apartment developments, Nigel will demonstrate and celebrate the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas, and provide a vision for the future development and use of private, communal and social spaces in the places where we live. Artisan Garden highlights include the 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, Gary Breeze, whose garden features the replica of an 800-year-old boat that was discovered in the Norfolk Broads. Ishihara Kazuyuki returns for his 12th year with Gosho No Niwa inspired by the Kyoto emperors of Japan. The unique work of inspirational Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is the focus of Sarah Eberle’s Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration. Fresh Gardens include Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle which will resemble an active volcano surrounded by tropical planting. At 23, Jack is one of the youngest garden designers ever to exhibit at an RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Kate Gould’s City Living demonstrates how to create a usable green space in an urban apartment block, and Mind Trap by Ian Price is about his personal experience of depression. In the Show Garden category, James Basson will be going for his third consecutive RHS Gold medal with a re-creation of the stunning Maltese landscape for M&G. Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins are teaming up for the third time at RHS Chelsea with The Chengdu Silk

Road Garden which combines architecture and planting in a conceptual East-West landscape with a dramatic ‘Silk Road’ bridge linking the different elements of the garden. Lee Bestall is celebrating 500 Years of Covent Garden, while Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam aim to highlight endangered heathland for Wellington College. Chris Beardshaw is going for his 12th RHS Gold medal and is working with the National Youth Orchestra, which will compose a piece of music inspired by the garden. In the Great Pavilion, the jewel in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show crown, Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring which features a 4.3m high metallic spring. Burncoose is focusing on plants for unexpected pollinators such as flies, moths and beetles. Birmingham City Council celebrates the weird and whimsical world of quirky inventor Rowland Ernett and, new to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hare Spring Cottage Plants, which holds the largest collection of genus Camassia after amalgamating its with that of the late, great plantswoman Margaret Owen, the previous holder of the biggest collection. Also in the Great Pavilion, the Discovery Zone features the Come to Your Senses Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro, aiming to tackle the overstimulated and sedentary lives of children in the UK with a design that encourages children to enter the haven of a garden. The British Ecological Society’s Delight in the Dark will showcase the diversity of shade-tolerant plants. Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 are still available to buy at

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Health & Beauty The Body Junction Pilates & Physiotherapy. Regular Induction classes

• Moved into the area and looking at classes to make new friends? • Want to strengthen your core muscles & improve your posture? • Looking for an opportunity to enjoy a therapy? • Are you injured and need Physiotherapy? We have many classes available including Pilates; Yoga; Garuda and Tai Chi and hold workshops including Meditation; Alexander Technique and Posture. We regularly offer taster sessions introducing Bio Resonance food intolerance testing. And offer Physiotherapy and a variety of massage & complementary therapies. We have a light & airy studio, several treatment rooms and a free car park. See our front page advertisement.

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My skin analysis consultation at Infinite Beauty, Heathfield Infinite Beauty and IIAA showed the latest Visia Imaging Technology in Heathfield when they recently hosted a unique Skin Analysis event. Two of IIAA’s skincare experts were on hand to demonstrate the Visia® Complexion Analysis machine. This powerful imaging system looks at problem areas below the surface, such as sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries, wrinkles and blocked pores. Clients are then prescribed products for use at home and in-salon treatments. The treatment will be tailor-made to address specific skin concerns that have been highlighted in the scan. Their next imaging event is on 6th April and appointments are now being taken.

1066 Waxing For Men As well as waxing for men which has really taken off in the past year, Richard now also offers a lovely 20 minute and hour long massage using only the best warm organic oils. A massage with Aloe Vera oil is very cool, calming and beneficial on the skin particularly after a waxing. However, why not treat yourself to a fully body “ touch “ massage for 2017 and experience something wonderful! QUOTE WHATS ON MAGAZINE, and get a reduced rate for the massage only! (See our front page advert)

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Nursing & Care


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

and advice based on many years of experience. We will do everything we can to help and support you throughout the whole process of selecting the most appropriate home and making sure you and your relative settle in as quickly and comfortably as possible. Our dedicated Team delights in doing everything they can to maintain our residents health and well-being. We also encourage the residents to follow their interests by enabling them to maintain their independence and to live well with their dementia. We aim to support our residents to pursue

their hobbies, recreational activities and interests, alongside organising a variety of activities. Due to our recent refurbishment programme we now have vacancies.

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Thurs. 30th March - Yamato Drummers

At the Concert Hall, Brighton. 7.30pm. The internationally renowned Yamato drummers head to Brighton for the very first time. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe. From £15. 01273 290131.

Fri. 31st March - SOUNDS OF MUSIC Featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein

At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.45pm. hear again many of their most iconic songs bringing back magical memories. Tickets priced £18 with £2 concessions. 01323 802020.

Fri. 31st March Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane

At the Trinity Theatre, T. Wells. 7.30pm. With some brand new songs, some grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. 01892 678678.

Fri. 31st March - Teenage Cancer Trust: Paul Weller

At the Royal Albert Hall, London. 7.30pm. The hugely influential singer-songwriter, who rose to international icon status during his time in The Jam, has won four Brit Awards, including the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 31st March - 2nd April - Spring Diesel Gala

At the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station. The event will include two class 50 locomotives and a tight three class thirty seven. Early morning rides start from 8.10am. Must be pre booked. 01825 720800.

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Birds of a feather.. A t home I have a garden hide which enables me to sit in comfort to watch all my beautiful garden visitors. This also means they often come very close, here is the wonderful Long Tailed Tit, the tiny Wren, the stroppy Robin and an Apple. *Garden bird watching* What a pleasure.. .......... Feathers Wild Bird Care

Fri 31 March & Sat 1 April - Sean Lock

At the Concert Hall, Brighton at 8pm. Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well he’s only gone and done it again! What’s he like? Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time. ‘Lock at his best is gloriously intelligent, deliciously unlikely and hilariously funny’ The Times. £24. 01273 709709.

Fri 31 March - You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of James Taylor and Carole King

At the Theatre Royal Brighton. 7.45pm. From the creators of the smash hit West End show ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’, You’ve Got A Friend celebrates two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King. From £24.40. 0844 871 7615.

Plant Fair, for plantsmen and plant-lovers. The House and Gardens will be open for the season. At half-hourly intervals throughout each day Nurserymen will give talks at their stalls on plants of particular interest. Entrance fee: £9.00 (payable on the day, includes entry to the garden). 01797 254048 for more info.

Sun. 2nd April - Teenage Cancer Trust: Pet Shop Boys

At the Royal Albert Hall, London at 7.30pm. The three-time Brit Award winners have sold over 50 million records worldwide, scoring 22 Top 10 hits in the UK and will be joined for this Hall show by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and guitar hero Johnny Marr. Keyboardist Chris Lowe and vocalist Neil Tennant’s cheeky, smart and utterly danceable synth pop has led to a West End musical, an Olympic closing ceremony performance and an Ivor Novello Award. More acclaim followed the release of their 13th album Super in 2016. 0207 589 8212.

Fri. 31st March - Strictly Cool Dancing - Rock The House

At the Assembly Hall Theatre, T. Wells. 6.30pm. Tickets: £8.95. 01892 530613.

Fri. 31st March - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

At the Old Chapel. Alfriston at 7.30pm. The ex-Steeleye Span bowman and his band deliver Irish folk in the shape of slipjigs, French style Jazz, and African beats and rhythms. Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414.

Fri. 31st March - Forever Eagles

At the Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne. 7.30pm. Forever Eagles presents the complete history of the Eagles, recreating the sublime musicianship, flawless vocal harmonies and ultimate showmanship that was The Eagles. Like The Eagles, lead vocals on the classic hits are shared between the performers, who are drawn from a pool of supremelytalented musicians. £23.00. 01323 412000.

Fri. 31st March - 1066 Rotary Choirs Competition

At the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. 7pm. This is the 7th year of the 1066 Choir Competition, which has grown in both size and enthusiasm since its inauguration in 2011. Since the competition began over £10,000 has been raised for Rotary charities. 01424 462288.

Sat. 1st & 2nd April - Great Dixter Spring Plan Fair

At Great Dixter, Northiam, Kent from 11am - 4pm. A small but special

Mon. 3rd April - Amy Macdonald

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

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Whats on magazine march 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 march 2017  

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