What’s On this Weekend
Fri 13 - 15 Oct
Battle of Hastings re-enactment and events, 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, Sat 14 – 15 Oct
Learn about life in an 11th century army in Norman and Saxon encampments, meet falconers and birds of prey and medieval traders, try archery and watch cavalry displays during this popular annual event. There’s even a kids’ battle (as if they needed encouragement). It may sell out in advance so grab a ticket while you can. Entry is £38.16 each day for a family of four if booked online.
All Square, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove, 7 Oct – 12 Nov
Gallery regulars and newcomers combine in the latest exhibition at Muddy Award-winning Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove. 20 artists have 20 works each in the show and the one similarity is that every piece is square – 40cm by 40cm to be precise! Get down there for some early Xmas shopping, or a unique present to self.
Why The Whales Came, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Sat Oct 14
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller brings to life Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale Why The Whales Came. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman but after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel his secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island. Aimed at ages 7+, it’s £12 and on at 2.00pm, so well before bedtime.
Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, various locations, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 13 & 14 Oct
The Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival returns this autumn and is bigger and better, with a huge variety of talent showcasing world class puppetry, animation and object theatre for all ages at venues across the town centre. This year, Disney’s acclaimed stage musical The Lion King is partnering, so you can find out how it was first brought to the stage.
Quentin Blake: The Only Way to Travel, The Jerwood, Hastings, 14 June – 15 Oct
Sir Quentin Blake’s madcap pictures are synonymous with Roald Dahl’s work and many other children’s tales. Hastings – where the artist spends half his time, is hosting the largest UK public gallery exhibition of his work to date at the Jerwood. What’s more Blake has created a host of new images exploring challenging issues from mental health to the refugee crisis under the theme The Only Way to Travel.