Jeffrey's pick of things to do in the south east corner of kent and sussex this weekend

by The Editor

Things to do in Hastings & Surrounding areas...

Saturday 14th:
Up In The Air. Cert 15. 12th-15th Aug. 8pm. Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings. 01424 720393. is generally an amazing little place...

Boot Fair, Stone In Oxney Cricket Club, 2pm (sellers 1pm). Cricket Ground, TN30 7JN. 01233 758640.

Bethersden Cricket Club Boot Fair, Saturday 14th August, Bull Ground, Bethersden (off A28). Boots £7 each. Gates open 7.00am, refreshments available.

EDENBRIDGE LARGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON BOOTFAIR Gabriels Farm, Marsh Green, Edenbridge TN8 5TP Every Sat / Sun No Booking necessary. £10 per pitch Van or Car Stalls 1pm - Buyers 50p Toilets and refreshments no unauthorised sellers of food and drink 07807 - 259561

JUMBLE SALE Saturday 14th August, 2.00pm-4.00pm at Chiddingly Village Hall. Proceeds in aid of the hall upkeep. Tea available.


Sunday 15th:

Every Sunday General Market, Staplehurst Railway Station car park. Great variation of stalls incorporating everything that is needed in and out of your home. No charge for parking. Includes Boot Fair. All toilets and refreshments. Hard standing. Contact Joy: 01474 709938/ 07849 430415/ 07855 706055

NEW BOOT FAIR, Wadhurst Cricket Club. Sunday 15th August 2010. Washwell Lane (off High Street), Wadhurst, TN5 6BN. Sellers from 7.00am. Buyers 7.30am. £10.00 per pitch. Refreshments available. 07788588625.

Poultry Auction Nettlestead Village Hall, Sunday August 15th. Doors open 10am, sale starts 11am. Door entry £1. To book lots in 01322 666089.

Finchcocks Musical Museum. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during August from 2-6pm. No booking required. Informal musical demonstrations whenever the house is open. Cream teas and light refreshments available in the cellar restaurant. Enquiries tel: 01580 211702 email

update from

August 11 2010

Plums are our particular speciality and this season the crops look really good. We expect the picking season to last at least until the middle of September, so several trips to the farm are in order!

We are already picking the Lancelot variety which is much better than anything else around at the moment, for cooking as well as eating. The large, dark Brighton Belle will start on about the 16th, though they are much better if left to ripen further. Avalon and Excalabur will also be ready for picking around that time.

Victorias are later than they have been for many years, and I doubt there will be many before 24th August. Usually this means they will continue well into September, with Marjories Seedling, Guinevere and Warwickshire Drooper going right through the month. Damsons will also be late.

The dessert apple crop is lighter this year, but there will be plenty of Estival and other varieties for our customers. We have started picking Sunrise apples and the flavour should come into the Estival in about 10 days time.

Bramley are plentiful and the main pick will be in September.

Cobnuts are very good this year.

We will continue to have raspberries until October and I no longer think that the autumn varieties have inferior flavour. Try some of the Joan J or Autumn Treasure if you have not already done so.

Blackberries are also good this year.

Let us hope the weather continues to do us favours, making this a memorable year on the farm.

Tom Maynard  


Eat at The Curlew