Month: August 2017

Foodies hungry for local produce and artisan food are in for a culinary treat as market towns stage festivals

FOODIES can indulge their passions for the whole of September as the Horsham District Food and Drink Festival kicks off this month. More than 150 events and offers from restaurants, bars, cafes, markets, retailers, farmers, farm shops and producers are expected to attract thousands of visitors as Horsham’s historic market towns celebrate the district’s fantastic food culture. The Horsham district, with its southern reaches rooted in the South Downs National Park, is famed for its award-winning artisan producers, micro-breweries, vineyards, farms, farm shops, independent retailers and eateries offering local produce. The Festival organised by Horsham District Council and sponsored...

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How a town’s art trail has evolved into a festival that showcases the talent and skills of its artists

HAILSHAM celebrates its talent, creativity and imagination when it stages its annual arts and culture festival in September. The 10-day Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture, which begins on Thursday September 24, has evolved from its origins as an art trail to a showcase for local artistic talent and skill in a series of exhibition spaces in the town and its surrounding villages. This year, the highly acclaimed art trail includes more than 80 artists in 18 venues. Music, dance, drama and cinema are represented with performances in venues ranging from Hailsham Pavilion, a ‘picture palace’ built in 1921...

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Original Chanel gown is on display in costume drama around town

HERITAGE costumes including a walking dress from 1845 and an original 1932 Chanel evening dress are being showcased in a series of venues across Worthing. It’s the second phase of Worthing Museum & Art Gallery’s Costume Trail, which is on until next summer and puts pieces from its costume collections, one of the largest in the UK, in public places. Among the changing series of displays hosted in showcases at local businesses across the town is the tarlatan walking dress, produced in 1845 and the oldest on the trail. It is on display at the seaside Pavilion Theatre owing...

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Experience the scents of wine with Jilly Goolden

“A WHIFF of blackcurrant bush and a taste of green peppers” …The way all wines are described today is the sole responsibility of Jilly Goolden. When she started as the wine ‘expert’ on BBC’s Food and Drink back in the 80s, she realised she had a problem… how to tell viewers at home how a the glass of wine in her hand actually tasted. Old-fashioned winespeak was widely used at the time, using such unhelpful descriptions as ‘elegant’, ‘ backbone’, ‘well bred’. That obviously wouldn’t do, so Jilly decided to liken the scents and flavours she found in the...

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It’s true! Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp is talking about life and being in showbusiness

HEARTTHROB 80s pop star Martin Kemp is getting up close and personal with a Sussex audience this autumn. The bass player in Spandau Ballet and EastEnders bad boy has enjoyed a hugely successful career in music, movies and TV, including his appearance this year as a judge on the BBC’s Let It Shine alongside Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Amber Riley, and has faced many personal challenges, including the diagnosis of two brain tumours and the resulting epilepsy. Now the 50-year-old silver fox will hold An Audience with Martin Kemp at The Hawth in Crawley on November 24. He...

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