01/02/2015 (Sunday) 3pm – 5pm Tea Concert The Primrose Piano Quartet perform 3 of the best-loved piano quartets from Mozart, Schumann and Brahms for a teatime treat at St.Mary’s Church, Battle, in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children . Tea and cake to be served in the interval. Tickets available at Spoilt Rotten and online. Under 18’s £5, Over 18s £15 Find out more info or book.
08/02/2015 (Sunday) 7.30 pm Neil Halstead, Danny George Wilson and Peter Bruntnell (Songwriters in the Round) at the Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings. Enjoy these three stalwarts of the alt-country music scene playing a selection of their songs and chatting about their lives in the music industry. All tickets £10. Click here for more information and booking.
12/02/2015 –17/02/2015 (Thursday to Tuesday) Hastings Fat Tuesday This is a five-day music festival based on Mardi Gras. Various venues across town embrace the event and its colourful and eclectic concerts and events to brighten up February. Find out more here.
13/02/2015 8pm – 11pm Lucky Friday – Launch of Hastings Fat Tuesday The Festival launches with music from Dr Savage and the Fat Tuesday 2nd Line, 8pm at Pissarros, South Terrace, 9pm at The General Havelock, Havelock Road and 10pm at the Jenny Lind, High Street where the Cajun Dawgs will also take the stage.
14/02/2015 10.00am – 4pm Cardi Gras with Women’s Institute at the Jenny Lind Pub Tying in with the Fat Tuesday Festival, this is a tongue-in-cheek event organised by Ore WI for those who like to party lite with sensible music, cakes for sale and tea and coffee – wear a cardigan or pay a small fine!
14/02/2015 – 15/02/2015 Grande Mardi Gras Ball at St.Mary in the Castle is about theatre and spectacle as much as music, with eye-catching costumes and colourful characters. Vote for the Mardi Gras Monarch and listen to music from the Congo Faith Healers (one of the Independent’s top 10 bands to see live in London) Tickets are available from The Crown, The Brass Monkey and The St.Leonard pubs or online.
02/02/2015 (Monday) 7.30 – 9.30 pm Further Astronomy at The Observatory Science Centre This is a 6-week course for intermediates. It provides an overview of modern astronomy by explaining scientific methods. No previous science or maths knowledge is required and the course remains within school level science. The cost for the 6 lectures is £80 Find out more about the course and booking here.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) 2pm – 8pm One Day Telescope Clinic at The Observatory Science Centre For those that have a telescope but aren’t really sure how to use it to get the best results. Small group sessions, and then practical use of the telescope later on, with advice and assistance. Tea/coffee included and an early evening buffet of sandwiches and cake. £35 per person Click for more information and to book.
04/02/2015 (Wednesday)11.00 – 3pm Bateman’s Volunteer Open Day From March 2015 Batemans will be open all year round and they are on the search for lots more volunteers to assist in the house, mill garden, countryside or the new paddle boat. Pop in for coffee, have a tour of the house in its Winter slumber and find out what roles are available. Find out more here.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) 10am – 4pm Umbrella Workshop at the Stade Hall, Stade Open Space, Hastings To help families prepare for the Umbrella Parade, families are invited to this free workshop, run by Radiator Arts, where normal umbrellas are transformed into things of beauty and wonder. Bring your own umbrella, all other materials provided.
14/02/2015 – 22/02/2015 From 11am Winter Garden Trail at Batemans Children’s Discovery Trail around the beautiful gardens. Find out more here.
14/02/2015 – 22/02/2015 Shrovetide fun for half term at Bodiam Castle Join the Bodiam household in half term and celebrate Shrovetide. Help the cooks prepare a feast or join in a game of mob football as the castle is brought back to life after a long Winter. Half-term Trail £2 More information.
14/02/2015 – 22/02/2015 Knights and Princesses at Battle Abbey Join the Academy for some hands-on medieval fun and transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat. More information.
15/02/2015 12pm Umbrella Parade at Stade Open Space, Hastings A popular family-friendly event with floats, marching bands and audience participation. Led by a 7-piece brass band playing New Orleans style funky jazz. The Parade will go along the seafront, around Pelham roundabout and to St.Mary in the Castle. Music will also be provided by drumming groups including Paseo Malanga, Dende and Sambalanco.
17/02/2015 10.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm Children’s Workshop – A Hearty Work Out at The Observatory Science Centre Children will be learning all about the heart and how it keeps you alive! They will get their heart pumping, check out their pulse and make their own stethoscope, before making heart –warming chocolates for a belated Valentines Treat. £10.75 for the workshop – suitable for children aged 6 and over. Find out more and book.
18/02/2015 Children’s Workshop – Curious about Chemistry at The Observatory Science Centre Children are invited to take part in some exciting chemistry experiments. 10.30am – 1pm for children aged 6 – 9 years and 2pm – 4.30pm for children aged 10 to 13. £10.75 per child. More information.
19/02/2015 5.30pm Space Rocket Family Twilight Special at The Observatory Science Centre Find out about the only engine that will work in space – the rocket. Make and launch a water-powered rocket which will float back to Earth by parachute. Make and race simple rocket-powered cars too. If the weather is helpful, take a look through the historic telescopes and see what constellations you can spot. £15.75 for 1 adult and one child, any extra children will be £10.75, children must be aged between 6 and 9 years old. More information.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) 3pm – 4pm Valentine’s Day Tea at Batemans Celebrate this romantic occasion with a stroll around the stunning gardens, followed by delicious English tea made especially by the tearoom chefs. Normal admission plus £15 Find out more and book.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) 6pm for 6.30pm Valentine’s Candlelit dinner at Bodiam Castle Enjoy a glass of champagne with your Valentine in the castle after hours and a talk from one of the medieval characters. Stroll down to the candlelit Terrace Room for a romantic dinner. Booking essential on 01580 831324. £30 per person. More information.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) 6pm onwards Romantic Valentine’s Meze Evening at The Royal Oak, Whatlington Treat yourself and your partner to a romantic feast of 16 Greek Meze dishes on our Special Valentine’s Meze Evening, including a complimentary glass of Bellini on arrival and a small bottle of chocolate dessert wine at the end of the meal. Meal includes starters, dips, mains and dessert (plenty of vegetarian dishes). Booking in advance is essential. £14.99 pp (minimum of 2 people) More information.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) From 7pm Thai Night at Blackstock Try something different for Valentine’s and enjoy 5 delicious courses of authentic Thai food with Thai music and ambience. £18.95 per person. Book Online.
14/02/2015 (Saturday) Valentine’s hamper or 3-course meal from The Soup Dragon, Hastings Choose from either a sharing hamper of delectable goodies, or a sumptuous 3-course meal delivered to your door. Hamper to cost £10 per person and 3-course meal £15 per person. They are also offering delivery of an indulgent breakfast with beautiful flowers from Bobo’s Flowers. Contact the Soup Dragon for more details.
21/02/2015 – 01/03/2015 Rye Bay Scallop Week Rye hosts this seven-day event every February to celebrate its locally caught scallops – which are said to be some of the best in the country. Lots of events in local restaurants featuring cookery schools, scallop themed menus and scallop shucking demos. The week culminates in the hotly contested “what a load of scallops” race with competitors racing barrows of scallops through the cobbled streets of Rye to win the highly-prized wooden scallop plaque. More information.
19/02/2015 (Thursday) Chinese New Year, Year of the Goat Celebration at The Denbigh, Bexhill For more information telephone 01424 843817 for more information.
26/02/2015 – 07/06/2015 In Focus: Edward Burra – A Rye View at The Jerwood Gallery Edward Burra (1905 – 1976) is one of the most intriguing and enigmatic artists of the 20th century. A Rye View brings together a group of his watercolours depicting Hastings and Rye. More information.
28/02/2015 – 07/06/2015 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with the Royal Philarmonic Concert Orchestra The Eleventh Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is now underway, with applicant’s video recordings and a list of 16 concerti to choose from for Stage 1. New for 2015 is a Beethoven or Mozart concerto for Stage 2, then the Semi-Final Recitals for Stage 3. The Final is Stage 4, when they will be joined by the Royal Philarmonic Concert Orchestra. More information.
20/02/2015 Grant Colyer and Robin Lown’s Palm Reading & Psychic Night 7 – 11pm at The Royal Oak, Whatlington £20 per person. More information.
06/02/2015 1st Year Anniversary at The Royal Oak, Whatlington Drinks half-price all day.
19/02/2015 St.Michael’s Hospice Pub Quiz at The Royal Oak, Whatlington 7.30pm Fun pub quiz in aid of this great charity. More information.
18/02/2015 St.Michael’s Hospice Pub Quiz at The Denbigh, Bexhill 7.30pm For more information telephone 01424 843817