Le Marche, Heathfield’s Anglo-French Market takes place for the 17th consecutive year on August Bank Holiday Monday.
Committee chairman Richard Ridley said: “Every time we just try to improve on the last year’s – it certainly appears to be a winning formula with something for everyone – young and old alike. Thousands of visitors will flock into Heathfield for the day from far and wide for this very popular event.”
Everything about Le Marche is free - free entertainment, free park and ride and free access to more than 60 stalls and attractions. Half the stallholders are from Normandy and will display a colourful selection of fruit, vegetables, cheeses, patisserie, crepes and gifts. Station Road and Station Approach are closed to traffic and the market opens at 9.30am and closes at about 3.30pm.
The aim is to promote Heathfield by inviting visitors to come along and enjoy the day and see what it has to offer. Richard says many are pleasantly surprised and revisit the High Street later.
As in previous years, there will be music, magic and entertainment at four separate venues to suit all ages (www.heathfieldfrenchmarket.co.uk) and more town shops are opening on the day - some even reported record takings last year.
Heathfield firefighters will hold an open day at the fire station and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is organising the street collection.
New committee volunteers are urgently needed to help organise the event next year as some members are stepping down. To find out more contact Richard: 07970 237723 firstname.lastname@example.org.