Participatory Event

01/03/15 What a Load of Scallops, 11am outside Rye Bay Fish The finale of the Rye Bay Scallop Week, is this fun race involving wheelbarrows of scallops and a chance to win the prestigious wooden scallop.  Email to enter a team of 2 – 4.

31st Hastings Half Marathon, Seafront, Hastings, 1.30am Come and be part of this popular test for both local, national and international runners, either as a participant or an encouraging spectator! Also a Mini Run for ages 11 – 16. Good luck to all runners! More info here.


Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th March 2015  7.30 – 9.30pm , ‘Spring Star Search’ 4 week course for beginners at The Observatory Science Centre. A course designed to help you recognise the constellations so you will be able to navigate your way around the night sky.  Incorporating lectures in one of the telescope domes looking at the whole sky using the naked eye (weather permitting). Cost £60, Booking Essential.

14/03/15,  7pm – 11.30pm, ‘Science of Beer, Curry Night’ at  The Observatory Science Centre An adults-only evening combining a fun science show/talk all about beer with the chance to sample some local brew! Plus a curry and a voucher to sample a free beer of your choice (soft drinks and wine are also available).  If there is good weather, there is a chance to look through the Centre’s historic telescopes, at some fascinating night-sky objects including Jupiter. Cost £28, Booking Essential

20/03/15 Centre opens early at 7.30am, The Observatory Science Centre ‘Partial Solar Eclipse’ ‘Visitors to the centre will be able to see about 86 – 90% of the Sun’s disc being eclipsed.  It will not go completely dark, but it will be very dim light. The Centre will be projecting images of the Sun and using their Solar Telescopes to observe this phenomenal event safely. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! Cost Normal Admission Price.



01/03/15 Lift the Lid: Things to Make, the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 1.30 – 4.30pm Playful, drop-in art and craft activities for all the family, inspired by Ladybird’s ‘Things to make and do’ and ‘toys and games to make’ books. Free.  More info.

09/03/15 Tales for Toddlers, the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 10.15am – 11am & 11.15am – 12pm A fun-filled session of stories, rhymes, songs and creative activities aimed at pre-school children and their parents or carers.  With Kevin Graal. This one is a ‘Ladybird Live Special’with the chance to win some fantastic prizes from Ladybird books.  No need to book, though spaces are limited. Free. More info.

13/03/15 Superworm Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum Join the children’s book character Superworm on his forest adventure! The whole family will enjoy a self-led Superworm activity trail, which should appeal to children ages 3 – 8. More info.

27/03/15 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Batemans 11am – 5pm Follow the Spring Bird Explorer Trail with the family, spot nests and work out who laid the eggs.  A reward of a Cadbury’s Egg Head prize for those who complete the eggy quest. Normal admission plus £2.50 per child.

28/03/15  – 12/04/15 Easter Archery Budding outlaws can test and hone their archery skills at the castle. Can you hit the target or wound the deer or wild boar? Call 01580 831324

28/03/15 – 12/04/15 Easter Outlaw Trail This Easter Trail will have you exploring all around the grounds, solve the puzzle and claim the prize of a Cadbury’s Egghead.

31/03/15 ‘Man in the Moon’ half day workshops, The Observatory Science Centre, 10.30 – 1pm or 2pm – 4.30pm A children’s workshop to learn all about the features of the Moon through fun, interactive activities.  Make some fantastic craters and hear about the mysteries of the “Man in the Moon” £10.75 per child. Booking essential.

31/03/15 Meet Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty House, Drusillas Hello Kitty is visiting her home at Drusillas on several occasions through the year, visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself.  Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.


06/03/15 ‘Elvis Night and Disco’ Hastings United FC Clubhouse 8.30pm – 11.45pm HUFC Supporters Club present ‘ELVIS – ALOHA FROM HASTINGS’ featuring one of the South East’s best Elvis tribute acts Andy T King, with a full disco afterwards. This is a free event, donations to the HUFC Supporters Club appreciated.

14/03/15 An Evening with Cripps and Saunders – Classical Vocal Duo 7pm – 9.30pm, The Emmanuel Centre, Battle  Jill Saunders (soprano) and Alison Cripps (mezzo-soprano) are performing a classical vocal recital, performing a selection of opera and arias from the early baroque, classical and romantic periods. Refreshments included in the ticket price of £12 on the door, or £10 in advance. Tel 01424 777029


07/03/15 Spring Fair in Battle Memorial Halls 10am – 3pm An array of handmade and unusual items along with a delicious choice of foods. You can also hire a stall – traders, crafters, businesses and caterers welcome.  Free entry for visitors on the day.

The Arts

07/03/15 Moscow Ballet La Classique – Swan Lake, The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 7.30pm – 9.30pm World-renowned Moscow Ballet – La Classique present this timeless favourite set to Tchaikovsky’s emotive music. The ballet is a favourite of ballerinas and audiences alike; all leading dancers want to dance Swan Lake during their careers and audiences want to see them dance in the ultimate fairytale ballet!  Cost £15 – £23.50 More info.

08/03/15 Here comes the girls! Art exhibition at Saffron gallery, Battle To celebrate International Women’s day, this is a major exhibition of female artist to celebrate inspirational, diverse and talented women. The exhibition runs until 2nd April 2015. More info.


08/03/15 Spring Wedding Open Day at The George in Rye, from 11am Have a look around the hotel and our ballroom, and check out wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting on the day. Find out more about bespoke weddings and wedding receptions at The George, an elegant townhouse hotel, which can be used by you and your wedding guests. The day is free to all brides who register with your email at

Mothering Sunday

15/03/15 Mother’s Day Lunch at Bodiam Castle 12 – 2pm Treat your Mum to a day out at Bodiam Castle this Mothers’ Day, with free entry to the castle and a delicious 2-course lunch specially prepared by our chef Phil. £25 per adult, £15 per child (under 10 years old) Book on 01580 831324

15/03/15 Mothers’ Day Tea at Batemans 2.30 – 4.30pm There’s a special English tea created for Mums on Mother’s day by our chefs. Indulge and enjoy your day with your family in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Normal admission, plus £15 for tea. Book on 01435 882302

15/03/15 Mother’s Day at Merriments Gardens 11am Half-price garden entry at Merriments. All Mums booked in the Garden Terrace Restaurant for lunch will receive a pretty gift-wrapped Primula. £3 for adults and kids are free.

15/03/2015 Mums Go Free at Knockhatch Adventure Park Mums can enjoy free entry to the park, when accompanied by a full-paying child.

15/03/15 Mother’s Day at Blackstock Farm, From 1pm 3-course lunch in a rustic barn with excellent food prepared by a triple rosette winning chef. Enjoy access to the grounds after lunch, enjoy lakes, woodland, wildlife and other animals. Early Easter egg hunt for the children in the indoor play area. £19.95 for adults, £14.95 for children (3 – 12 years) More info.

15/03/15 Mother’s Day Breakfast, Lunch or Tea from The Soup Dragon, Hastings They can deliver their lovingly prepared goodies ready to spoil Mum and make her feel very appreciated!  Give them a call on 01424 427624 or email to discuss your requirements. More information here.

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