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 (Covid permitting) 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: http://www.heathfieldfrenchmarket.co.uk
The event is open from 09.30 until 15.30, and the next one will be on Monday 30th August 2021.
In those six hours there is something for everyone, with entertainment this year at three sites. Due to the Covid situation the 2021 event is slightly different to usual but we are bringing you almost as much entertainment, including the popular entertainment for the children.....And remember, it's all free!
On the Stage, 09.30 - 15.30:
09.30 - 11.00: 21 Whiskeys; the popular local band that brings you Folk, Roots and Americana in their own entertaining manner.
11.45 - 13.15: Howlin' Grooves; a 5-piece group playing mostly 1960s & '70s Pop, Soul, Motown, R&B etc.
14.00 - 15.30: Fat Belly Jones; the 8-piece Ska & Soul band that will have you dancing in the street.
Unfortunately we have been unable to bring you the brass bands this year due to insufficient space on the stage to distance the players.
Union Church, open throughout for refreshments. Entertainment as below:
10.00 - 11.00: Tilsmore; Heathfield based guitar/vocal duo Beverley & John.
11.15 - 12.30: The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band; ever popular Le Marché 6-piece.
12.45 - 14.00: Saxonymous; new to Le Marché, this saxophone quartet plays music you will know & love.
In the event that the Covid situation prevents this entertainment being indoors then it will appear nearby, outdoors under a gazebo.
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.
For yourself and the safety of others, please wear a face covering in crowded or indoor situations. Thank You.
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.