Local events

BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS TO MUSIC
25th October, 6.30pm – 9pm
Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech Road, Cowbeech, Eastbourne
Kids fancy dress and carved pumpkins from 6:30pm BBQ and Hog roast available from 6:30pm Bar in the field from 6:30pm 6:45-7:00pm lighting of the bonfire 8:00pm fireworks

SPRAT & WINKLE RUN
20th October, 10am-4pm
Winkle Island, Rock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings
Featuring around 70 different commercial vehicles. Named the Sprat & Winkle Run because the finish is at The Stade, Winkle Island.

HAILSHAM BONFIRE
19th October 7.30pm
The town will be turned into a blazing spectacle with the staging of the annual Guy Fawkes celebrations.
The grand procession will form up and up to 1,000 flaming torches will light the night sky as the massed societies make their way back through the town centre where the bonfire will be lit.
Fancy dress prizes. Marching bands
Spectacular firework display.
Surprise set piece as finale.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW
12th & 13th Oct, 10am to 3pm
Rock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings.
Show of classic cars and motorcycles up to 1988 (plus later exceptional vehicles). Free admission. Refreshments nearby. Street cruise each day from 1.30pm.

QUIZ! (FUNDRAISER FOR DISCOVERY CENTRE)
12th October, 7pm – 10pm
Northiam Village Hall.
Returning following the success of last years event. £5 per person – teams of up to 6. Bring your own food and drink. Booking essential. Contact Anne – aey@live.co.uk
The questions won’t be all about wildlife, nor sport, but there may be a few, and some “local knowledge”!

NINFIELD BONFIRE NIGHT
12th October from 7.30pm
Procession and firework display will follow the route of Church Lane onto the Green into Manchester Road, Coombe Lane and Standard Hill, onto the High Street, The Green and back into Church Lane leading onto the Recreation Ground.

HASTINGS WEEK
12th-20th October
A week long celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066. The Classic Car Show, National Town Criers Championship, Battle of Hastings re-enactment and the grand finale of the Hastings Bonfire Torchlight Procession are just some of the exciting events on offer and are sure to keep everyone interested.
www.1066.net/hastings-week

EASTBOURNE BEER FESTIVAL
10th – 12th October.
Dvonshire Park, Eastbourne.
Featuring a wide range of thirst-quenching beers and ciders.
Ticket prices from just £7 with discounts for CAMRA members.
Free festival tasting glass and tasting notes included in the price (collect on the night).
eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk

NORTHIAM BONFIRE PROCESSION
5th October
Traditional Sussex Bonfire Procession & Fireworks leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the village) at 7.30pm, heading into the village, and returning for the lighting of the Bonfire at about 8.30pm followed by fireworks. Entry £1. Street collection for local good causes.
www.northiambonfiresociety.co.uk

EASTBOURNE BONFIRE SOCIETY PROCESSION
5th Oct, 7.30pm to 9pm
Eastbourne Bonfire Society stages a colourful procession along the seafront with a giant bonfire and firework display as the finale. Part of the local “bonfire” tradition it attracts other regional societies to the procession. Everyone welcome!
www.eastbournebonfiresociety.com/

HASTINGS OKTOBERFEST VIER
5th Oct, 2pm to 9pm
St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.
Beers Bands Bratwurst & more!
Great German beer & bratwurst.
DDFK Oompah Band, with The Rockitmen closing the night and more acts to be announced. Fancy dress very much encouraged.
www.musicglue.com/stmaryinthecastle
Early Bird £6/Standard £9

CAR FREE DAY STREET PARTY
22nd Sept,12 pm – 6 pm
Hastings first car-free day taking over the seafront road from Warrior Square gardens to the White Rock Theatre.
A programme of activities centred around sustainable transport and bringing the community together to reclaim the seafront road for the afternoon. Bike rides, games, music, plants, decorations, children’s parade and much more!

THE BIG BEACH CLEAN WITH THE MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
21st Sept at 10am – 12pm
Birling Gap and Seven Sisters
Join in and help clean the beach and survey the rubbish collected to help look after the marine conservation zone at Birling Gap. Booking essential
mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events

EASTBOURNE & LEWES WALK FEST
20th – 29th Sep
Eastbourne and lewes walk fest is back and is set to be bigger and better this year with even more walks than before! A ten-day festival is being held to encourage people to get out and about and active. Put on your walking shoes and come and join one of the many walks taking place
www.eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org

BLUEBELL RIDGE AUTUMN FAIR
22nd Sept 11am to 2pm
Bluebell Ridge CRC, Chowns Hill, Hastings
This is a purrfect day out for the whole family with a variety of stalls, including face painting, children’s games, pet items, raffle, tombola, refreshments and much more. The cattery will also be open for you to meet our resident cats who are looking forward to seeing you. Free entry – donations are very welcome. www.Bluebellridge.org.uk

FRED CUMING EXHIBITION
14th to 28th September
Bridgepoint Rye, Rock Channel, Rye
To celebrate nearly 90 years, 50 years based in the area, Fred has chosen a selection of paintings and sketches, including his sketches for a portrait of Stephen Hawking.
bridgepointrye.com

SEAFOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
14th & 15th September
The Stade Open Space, Hastings.
Enjoy delicious fish dishes from local restaurants and wines from local vineyards, along with a range of the best produce the area has to offer. Weekend wristbands cost £2.50 In advance from the hastings tourist information centre, or £4 on the gate. Under 18s go free.

LARGEST GATHERING OF MERMAIDS
7th Sept, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Marina, Bexhill, East Sussex
Join us, as we attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest gathering of mermaids on the beach behind the De La Warr pavilion. Mermaids, mermen of all ages welcome.
www.bexhillseafestival.co.uk/mermaid-gathering/

MUSIC AT ST MARY’S
7th September
St Mary’s Church, Northiam TN31 6NN
Renowned organist and composer Nathan James’ varied programme on the church organ will be complemented by a delightful piano recital by David Ruddock.
Tickets £12.50 In advance from 01797 253261, £15 on the door

DRAGON BOAT RACE
7th Sept
Bewl water, Bewlbridge Lane, Kent, TN3 8JH
Since the event began in 1998, over £2.7 Million has been raised for more than 400 local, national and international charities. Up to 60 dragon boat teams with crews of 16 paddlers in fancy dress (plus a drummer) race in chinese-style dragon boats over a 250-metre course.
www.bewlwater.co.uk

DAHLIA DAYS
4 Sept – 14 sept
Pashley Manor gardens, Ticehurst.
Over 40 varieties of this diverse perennial are planted throughout the garden; pinks in the rose garden, sunny yellows in the golden beds, whites in the elizabethan garden, purples in the pool garden and more.
www.pashleymanorgardens.com

KITCHEN GARDEN WEEK
2nd July daily until 7th July
Pashley Manor gardens, Ticehurst.
10am to 5pm. Admission £11.00
Kitchen gardener on hand to answer questions; garden produce menu in the café. Gift shop and plant sales.
www.pashleymanorgardens.com
or call 01580 200888 for more information