Heathfield LE MARCHÉ (French Market) Entertainment
View video of 2019 on YouTube featuring Sway Allstars, The Yum Yums, Warbleton Brass and Heathfield Silver Bands, Sussex Stompers Jazz Band, Duo Romantique, Horsham Accordion Band, Silk & Steel, Cake and Wine Club Choir, WarbleSingers, Hailsham Air Cadet Drummers, Marco the Magician and Andy Bosco.
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, but the next one will be in 2021 due to the Coronavirus.
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, in the High Street (outside the traffic-free area), and in the Union Church.
*Our entertainment organiser likes to keep things local if possible and this year is no exception; however, our headline act this year is Sway, a professional band that is used to travelling the World and playing for the likes of Richard Branson, but two of its members, Angela and David Brooks, are Heathfield residents. Sway plan to appear as a seven-piece: Keyboards (David), guitar, bass guitar, drums, and three vocalists (including Angela). They will be starting at 2pm on the day (until Le Marché closes at 3.30pm) and part of their performance will include the Cake and Wine Club Choir, which is run by Angela in Heathfield and does much good in the community. So, don't miss Sway, we are really pleased to have them and, as you watch them for free, you might like to take in that David is Gary Numan's keyboard player and Angela has been backing singer for many famous vocalists including Robbie Williams and James Brown! Enjoy! https://swaytheband.com
Below is the programme that you may have missed in 2019 and Sway Allstars were to be headlining in 2020 but the event has been cancelled this year.
On the Stage, 09.30 - 15.30:
09.30 - 10.30: Warbleton Brass Band kicks off the event with an upbeat selection of brass band music.
10.40 - 10.50: Hailsham RAF Air Cadet Drummers (in front of stage).
11.00 - 12.00: The Yum Yums. Local 4-piece rock/covers band (not the Norwegian band with the same name!).
12.15 - 12.30: Hailsham RAF Air Cadet Drummers (in front of stage).
12.30 - 13.30: Heathfield Silver Band. Popular upbeat music to get us into the groove.
13.30 - 13.50: Duo Romantique, violin/guitar duo (near stage).
14.00 - 15.30: Cake and Wine Club Choir followed by Sway Allstars (see * above).
In the High Street, 10.00 - 13.45:
10.00 - 10.30: WarbleSingers choir.
10.45 - 11.30: The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band.
11.30 - 11.50: Hailsham RAF Air Cadet Drummers.
12.00 - 12.45: The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band.
13.00 - 13.45: Silk & Steel. Local vocal/guitar duo.
Union Church, open throughout for refreshments. Entertainment as below:
10.00 - 10.45: Silk & Steel. Local vocal/guitar duo.
11.00 - 12.00: Horsham Accordion Band.
12.00 - 13.00: Duo Romantique, violin/guitar duo.
13.00 - 14.00: Horsham Accordion Band.
Additional entertainment will be provided by the Union Church from 14.00
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.