Photo. by Pete Coleman.
Each year, on August Bank Holiday Monday, Heathfield holds its French Market. The Station Road area, from the junction with the High Street is closed to all traffic and the place abounds with market stalls (French and English), plus a day of FREE entertainment for all age groups, although we cannot cater for heavy metal fans as the stallholders have to be able to hear their customers!. Stay with us on this site for full details of the entertainment but, for general information regarding the event, please visit the official site:
The event is open from 09.30 until 15.30, and in 2018 the date is Monday 27th August........
In those six hours there is something for everyone, with entertainment at four sites. Favourite with the youngest visitors is the State Hall, where the Kings Church gives the community full use of its facilities for the day, meaning that the Punch & Judy, magic, balloon modelling and the like, keeps them amused for hours. It is important to remember that whilst the entertainers enthral the children with their skills, they are not your childminders and you must supervise your little darlings at all times.
A host of musical magic awaits you on both the Main Stage and in the High Street (outside the traffic-free area), plus easy listening in the Union Church.
2018's programme of entertainment is to be announced.
There was a Beatles theme to much of the entertainment in 2017 in order to celebrate 50 years of their song ‘All You Need is Love’ which, appropriately for LE MARCHÉ, started with the French National Anthem. See below for what you missed!
On the Stage, 09.30 - 15.30:
09.30 - 10.30 Warbleton Brass Band. Upbeat music to get us into the groove. Their performance will include ‘Penny Lane’. Love the piccolo trumpet solo.
10.45 - 11.45 21 Whiskeys – Foot-stomping Americana. Back by popular demand!
12.00 - 12.45 A sort of e-l-a-s-t-i-c band. The Electric Mouse Band will kick off with 1960s/’70s music and then be joined by a few brass players from Heathfield Silver Band plus the WarbleSingers choir to perform ‘Let it Be’ and ‘All You Need is Love’.
12.45 - 13.00….inChoir. As their slogan states: ‘Modern choirs for people who love to sing’.
13.00 - 14.00 Heathfield Silver Band with an upbeat selection of popular brass band music. They will be joined at about 13.50 by inChoir for a performance of ‘Hey Jude’.
14.00 - 14.20….inChoir.
14.30 - 15.30 Howlin’ Blues. Not just blues today from this popular Eastbourne based 5-piece as they are joining in the Beatles theme by playing ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
In the High Street, 10.15 - 15.30:
10.15 - 11.15 The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band.
11.30 - 12.00 WarbleSingers. All the way from sunny Warbleton.
12.15 - 13.00 Sussex Stompers (part 2).
13.15 - 13.45 Muso Bango and Dave. African type Drumming Band.
14.00 - 14.45 Duo Romantique. Local Guitar/Violin Duo.
15.00 - 15.30 Muso Bango and Dave (part 2).
Union Church, open throughout for refreshments. Entertainment as below:
11.00 - 12.00 Remnant. Appearing as a duo today (normally a trio), their performance will include ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
12.30 - 13.15 Duo Romantique (Classical Guitar/Violin Duo). They are just the thing to serenade you whilst you have your lunchtime refreshments.
The Union Church may supplement the above with entertainment of their own. Look out for notices on the day.
State Hall (Kings Church), open throughout for refreshments but entertainment 10.30 - 14.00. Main venue for children’s entertainment:
10.30 - 11.00 Marco the Magician entertains the children.
11.30 - 12.00 Andy Bosco entertains the children.
12.30 - 13.00 Marco the Magician entertains the children.
13.30 - 14.00 Andy Bosco entertains the children.
When not in the State Hall, which is the main fixed venue for children’s entertainment, Andy Bosco and Marco the Magician tour the closed streets entertaining. Marco and Andy Bosco are professional children’s entertainers.
There may be changes to the entertainment programme due to circumstances beyond our control…..But it’s free!
THE WHOLE EVENT IS FREE TO VISITORS. IF YOU ENJOY YOURSELVES, PLEASE PUT A DONATION IN THE COLLECTING BUCKETS (if you are able), WHICH ARE FOR SPECIFIC GOOD CAUSES EACH YEAR. ALSO, PLEASE SUPPORT THE TRADERS AND THE PROGRAMME ADVERTISERS IF YOU CAN. IT IS THEIR SUPPORT THAT ALLOWS THE ORGANISERS TO STAGE THE FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME. Thank You.
This event is not profit-making (if there is any surplus then it goes to charity) and is organised and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to help please ring Richard Ridley on 01435 897536.