What’s On - from December 2

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Drusillas Park (01323) 874100: Santa’s Christmas Cottage, Dec 3 onwards (weekends only), Dec 10-23 daily.


De la Warr Pavilion (01424) 229111: Children’s Book Festival, all day, Dec 3. Long Nose Puppets, 10.30am; Nick Sharratt presents Funny Food, 1pm; Kay Umansky, 3pm; Anthony Browne (Children’s Laureate 2009-11), 5pm.


Brighton Dome (01273) 709709: Snow Play, 1pm/3pm Dec 3 and 4; Lorraine Bowen’s Sing-along-a-Rodgers & Hammerstein, 11am-4pm Dec 4; Christmas Tea Dance, 2pm Dec 4; Sussex Salon Series – A Fatal Embrace? Politics and the Media in 2011, 8pm Dec 6.

Brighton Museum: Indian dance at Ragamala with Amina Khayyam, 1.30pm Dec 2. In collaboration with World Sacred Music. Free event.

Coachwerks, 19, Hollingdean Terrace (01273) 562658: Spoon Carving Workshops, Nov 4/9. Booking contact Peter 07896 047 343; Christmas Decorations for Families, 3.30pm-5.30pm Dec 5; Merry Printing, 4pm-8pm Dec 6; Felt Jewellery Workshop, 12.30pm-3.30pm Dec 7; Knitty Gritty, noon-2.30pm Dec 8.

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street 0845 293 8480: Christmas Vintage Craft Fair, 10.30am-4pm Dec 4.

Latest MusicBar, 14-17 Manchester Street (01273) 687171: Christmas Party Special, Dec 7; Catalyst Club, 8pm Dec 8.

The Basement, 24 Kensington Street (01273) 699733: Supper Club, 7.30pm Dec 3.


Village Hall: Village Market, 10am-noon Dec 3.


The Hawth Theatre (01293) 553636: Christmas Party Nights, 7.45pm Dec 2-3; Blue Bird Club, 7pm-10pm Dec 7.


Chequer Mead (01342) 302000: Christmas Craft Fair, 10am Dec 4.


The Observatory Science Centre: Open Evening, 6.30pm-11pm Dec 3.


23 East Street: Norman Baker MP Surgery, Dec 3. By appointment only, please call 01273 480281.

Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road (01273) 488450: The Christmas Special Nativity Event, 4pm Dec 10. Proceeds to Chailey Heritage Clinical Services.


Plumpton Racecourse: Spinal Research Raceday, doors open 11am, first race 12.30pm, Dec 5.


Village Hall, Lewes Road: Ready, Steady, Pampered Chef, 7.30pm Dec 2. Tickets from 01273 813590 or 01273 813303.


Broad Street: Late Night Christmas Shopping, 4.30pm Dec 2.

St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Lane: Scouts Craft Fair, from 9.30am Dec 3.


Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (01243) 811363: The annual Tree Dressing event, Dec 4.


Trinity Theatre (01892) 678678: The Race For Christmas: Schools Performance, 10.30am Dec 2-6; The Race For Christmas, 11am/3pm Dec 3-4.



Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant: Brighton A5 Open Art Exhibition, 1.30pm-3.30pm Tues-Fri, until April 6.


The Hawth foyer (01293) 553636: Thread and Shutter, until Dec 3; African Mystique and Steve McDonald, Dec 5-16.


Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road, Birley Centre: Mixed-media Exhibition, 10am-4pm until Dec 21 and Jan 4-9.

Eastbourne College, Old Wish Road, Casson Gallery: Year 9 artwork illustrating the Birley Centre under Construction, 9am-5pm until Jan 6.

Under Ground Theatre, Grove Road: Feline art by Gordon Hutson at the regular coffee morning, 10am-noon Dec 3.


Chequer Mead (01342) 302000: Heroes and Villains, Dec 8-14.


Gallery North, 70 High Street: The Winter Exhibition, until Dec 24.


Village Hall: Sussex Woodcraft Society is holding their Annual Exhibition and Sale of Work, Dec 3, 10am-4.30pm.


Hop Gallery, Castle Ditch Lane (01273) 487744: Yuletide, 10.30am-5pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun, until Dec 22.

Lansdown Gallery, 5 Lansdown Place: Exhibition of portraits – Faces of Sussex, 10am-5pm Dec 3-23.

St Anne’s Galleries, 111 High Street: Little Wonder, Art in Small Sizes, 10am-5pm Sat/Sun, Dec 3-18.

The Hive, 66 High Street: Affordable Art Show, weekends only, 11am-4pm in Dec.


Trinity Theatre (01892) 678678: Town and Country Foundation Showcase, until Nov 19; Perspectives, until Dec 10.



The Old Chapel Centre: Ballroom Blitz, 9.15am-10.15am Thursdays; Zumba, 10.15am-11.15am Thursdays. Details from Louise 07786 425 758.


Village Hall: Arlington Art Group, untutored and informal, all ages and abilities, 7-9pm Thursdays. More information from 01323 485153.


Hotel: Birling Gap Safety Boat Association meets on the first Thurs of every month. Call 07884 101 505 or come down and speak to the crew.


Coachwerks, 19 Hollingdean Terrace: Community Caff, 10am-1pm Saturdays; Capoeira, 7.30pm Mondays; Stray Signals, 7pm first Tuesday of the month; Contemporary Dance, 6.30pm Wednesdays.

Fiddler’s Elbow, 11 Boyces Street: QUIZness Time, 8pm Tuesdays.

Heist, 57 West Street (01273) 822555: Big Trouble in Little Brighton, every Thursday 8pm-1am.

Leconfield, 116/117 Edward Street: Tuesday Teaser (Quiz), Tuesdays 9pm; MiTunes, 8pm Saturdays; Boozy Bingo, 6pm Sundays.

Mash Tun, 1 Church Street: Tin Cup Collective, five piece soul/funk band, 9pm Wednesdays; They Mostly Come at Night, Indy, rock, electro, hip hop, 9pm Thursdays.

Open House, 146 Springfield Road: Jazz Workshop, 8pm Tuesdays.

Sidewinder, 66 Upper St James Street: Open Mic Night, Tuesdays; The Sidewinder Garden Quiz, 8pm Wednesdays.

The Cornerstone, 2-6 Elm Grove: It’s Almost a Quiz, Wednesdays 7.30pm-10pm.

The Old Cells Police Museum, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew’s Square: Escorted tours Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30am. To book tel: 01273 291052. Tours free, but donations greatly appreciated.


St Paul’s Catholic College, Jane Murray Way: The Sussex Harmonisers, male Barbershop chorus, rehearse every Tuesday 7.30–10.15pm. If you like to sing, you’ll find it fun to sing with us and you don’t have to be able to read music. New voices (Baritones and Tenors especially) are always welcome so just come along and see what goes on; ring Brian Beglin on 01273 553102 for more details; or take a look at our website, www.sussexharmonisers.org.uk


Village Hall: Village Hall Market, first Saturday of every month 10am-noon. Fresh produce, usual craft stalls. More info 01435 863795.


Beechwood Hall, Beechwood Lane: Every Tuesday 10am-noon, Bumps and Babies Drop-in group. Meet other parents, soft flooring and toys for babies. More info lewesparentssupport@nct.org.uk 08442436187.


Kip McGrath Tuition Centre: Revision classes in Maths, English and Science. For details call 01892 611599.


St. Leonard’s Church Hall, Heighton Road: Over 60’s can stay healthy or work their way back to good health with movement to music at an Extend class. Wednesdays 2.15-3.15pm. Further details from Jenny on 01273 515373.


United Reformed Church hall, Upperton Road: Concentus Chorale. Rehearsals Mondays, 7.30-9.45pm. For details ring 01323 643358 email supergran009@aol.com


Art Classes in Hailsham, ring Eileen on 01424 532866 for details.

Summerheath Hall, Summerheath Road: Old Time Dancing, Wednesdays 7.30pm-10pm, £2 per evening incl refreshments. Details from Edna 01323 847506 or Dave 500180.


Village Hall: Village Hall Market, second Saturday of every month 10am-noon. Fresh produce, usual craft stalls. More info 01323 811286.


All Saints Arts Centre, Friars Walk: Oyster project Drop In and Community Cafe, every Wednesday 11.30am-2.30pm. Home cooked hot lunch with veggie option, snacks.

Children’s Centre, YMCA: Every Friday 10am-noon Bumps and Babies Drop-in group. Meet other parents, soft flooring and toys for babies. More info lewesparentssupport@nct.org.uk 08442436187.

Crown Court bus stop: In and Out of Twittens, tours around Lewes High Street finding bits not in the guide books, 11am/2.30pm Wednesdays, June-Sept, £3.50. Details (01323) 890179.

Dairy Studio: Young artists (11+) and little artists (8+) paint in a professional art studio, alternate Sundays in term time, call Susie 858438/www.dairystudio-art courses.

Elephant and Castle (upstairs): Concertinas Anonymous, informal sessions for concertina players, 8pm second Tues evening of the month. Admission free.

Hesketh Potteries: Painting on Pots, Saturday, 10am-4pm. Adults and children welcome. Call Chris 01273 487150 or just pop in.

Lewes FC: Five week Health and Lifestyle Information Course, Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm. £2 per session.

Lewesiana, High Street: Introduction to DSLR photography classes, 6.30-9pm Mondays from Sept 5. Jerry 07711 519948.

South Malling Parish Church: Sussex Harmony, a small group of singers and instrumentalists perform the music of old rural England and America. Practices Thursdays 8-10pm. Try it out with a friendly, enthusiastic group. Ring Paula Arthur 01435 830934 and get lots more details from www.sussexharmony.org.uk

The Body Workshop: Zumba Weight Loss Sessions, 11.30am-1pm Tuesdays. For details and to reserve your place call Julie 07733 099735.

The Pelham Arms (01273) 476149: DJ Task Saturday Safari, every week from 8pm.

The Tetley Hut, Ham Lane: Lewes Sea Cadets, 6.45-9.15pm Tuesdays, for boys and girls aged 12-18. Sailing, canoeing, barbecues, national vocational qualifications and much more. Contact Heather Wells 01273 487234 or email tsdefiance.lewes@btinternet.com

YMCA, Westgate Street: Egyptian Dance general level 13 week course, beginners welcome, 7pm-8.30pm from Sept 8. To book ring 07710362229, (01273) 206944.


Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road: Newhaven Community Choir – new choir for Newhaven. £5 a session, first session is free, 7-9pm. No need to read music of have previous singing experience, just come along. For details/ bookings ring Stella Clifford 01273 611861.

Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road: Aerobics, 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesdays; Ballroom Blitz, 11am-noon Wednesdays; Zumba, 7.30pm-8.30pm Wednesdays. Details from Louise 07786 425 758.


Church Hall, Bramber Avenue: Two Left Feet, line dance class for absolute beginners, Wednesdays, 9.45-10.45am. No partner needed, suitable for all ages. Phone Joy on 01273 587714 for details.

Kempton House, Cavell Avenue: Over 60’s can stay healthy or work their way back to good health with movement to music at an Extend class. Wednesdays, 10-11am. Further details from Jenny on 01273 515373.


Castle Car Park: The Pevensey Ghost Walk with Robert Stevens Bassett, every Saturday, 7.30pm.

The Bay Hotel, 2 Eastbourne Road (01323) 768645: The Big Jazz, new weekly Jazz Night, every Tuesday 8-10.45pm. Free entry.


6th Form Centre, Mile Oak Road: Open Rehearsal, potential new singers warmly invited, 7pm-9pm Mondays, until May 28. Call 01273 419665 for details www.sussexvoiceworks.co.uk

Blank Studios and Gallery, 108 North Street: Into the Wild Centre of Creativity, 5.45-7.45pm Tuesdays. Contact 07757 747 027 or evaweaver@talk21.com


Football Club, Anchor Field: Ringmer Barn Dance Group: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8pm (no meeting in September). £3. More information from 01273 814254/812760.

St Mary’s Room, Ringmer Village Hall: Lewes District Art Club meets 2-4pm every Tuesday for a varied programme of demonstrations and workshops. New members welcome. Phone 01273 812316.


Cradle Hill School, Lexden Road (01323) 492791: Seaford Choral Society rehearsals. There is no audition. Mondays in November.

Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road: Seaford Kurlers, every Tues 2-4pm, £2.50 per session. New age kurling is a fun game for everyone and all levels of abilities, played indoors on a Badminton court. Details from June Wood 01323 895376.

St Peter’s Church Hall, Blatchington: Yoga classes for the less able organised by the Seaford Group of the Eastbourne and South Wealden Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11am-noon Thursdays. £4 per lesson.

The Archway, Blatchington Road: Zumba, 10am-11m Tuesdays, 6.30pm-7.30pm Fridays; Ballroom Blitz, 2.30pm-3.30pm Wednesdays. Details from Louise 07786 425 758.


The Crown House, 57 Marina: Jazz Night with Duncan J Reeks and band Bop2Bossa, 8.30pm Tues. Admission free. More information at www.bop2bossa.com


Trinity Theatre (01892) 678678: Trinity Youth Theatre Company, Mondays until Nov 28.


Foresters’ Hall, Harcourt Road: Uckfield Community Orchestra is an orchestra for ages 8 to 88, we are a friendly and enthusiastic group and would love to meet new members of any ability. We meet weekly during term-time on Wednesday 6.15-8pm. If you play an orchestral instrument, especially strings, do come along, or call Sundari on 01342 823099. You can also view our web-site: www.uckfield-community-orchestra.co.uk

Luxford Centre: Uckfield Art Group, Tuesdays 7pm-9pm. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere www.uckfieldartgroup.co.uk or ring 01825 765021.


Village Hall: Embroidery workshop, Tues 1-3pm. Contact Wendy Connor for information 01273 479351.



Priory School, Mountfield Road: NT Lewes Centre - Medieval Art of Love and Life by Patricia Wright, 7.30pm Dec 8. New members welcome £3.

St Thomas Church Hall, Cliffe: Lewes Riverside Club – A Little Bit of Down Under by Alan Malpass, 2pm Dec 2; Christmas Through the Lantern by John and Thelma Burgess, 2pm Dec 5.


St Leonard’s Church Hall: Seaford lecture and Literary Club – The Life and Times of Bix Beiderbecke by Derek Budd, 7.30pm Dec 6.



Long Stay car park: Beachy Head Ramblers – Butts Brows and Bottoms, 10.5 miles with Gill N 01323 642065, 10am Dec 4.


Black Hill car park: Mid Sussex Ramblers – Forest Circular, 5.3 miles with Tony 01444 469470, 10am Dec 3.


Barcombe Cross car park (behind the shops): Mid Sussex Ramblers – Barcombe Circular, 5.5 miles with Bernard and Barbara (01273) 844840, 10.30am Dec 4.


Entrance to car park: Sussex Pathfinders – 8 mile walk, 10.15am Dec 4.


The Juggs pub: Beachy Head Ramblers – Kingston Roundabout, 10 miles with Mike S 01323 648958, 10am Dec 7.


Bus Station: Lewes Footpaths Group – Plumpton to Lewes, with Janet 475867, 9.45am Bus 166 to Plumpton, Dec 7.


Lay-by, next to the main entrance to Herstmonceux Castle: Glorious Views! 4.25 miles with Nick Brown, 10.30am Dec 3.


Village Hall: Polegate Ramblers – Christmas Bash, 3.1 miles with Mike 484158, 10am Dec 8 (non walkers meet 12.15pm).