insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 08 - October 2015 - Page 26

EVENTS Eastbourne Beer Festival // 8-10 Oct Photo credit Graham Huntley Battle of Hastings Re-enactment // 10-11 Oct Eastbourne Beer Festival returns to the Winter Garden, Eastbourne. Now in its 13th year this annual beer festival is as popular as ever so make sure you get your tickets fast! With a range of over 160 cask ales plus ciders and perries, international bottled beers, and wines you will be spoilt for choice. Plus enjoy food, live music and pub games at each session. Hundreds of re-enactors from across the UK and France will fight on the battlefield along with the horses of the Norman cavalry. With the wood smoke drifting from the white tented encampments the scene is set for the epic clash that defined English history. A packed programme will keep the whole family entertained throughout the day. Get up close to the knights and their horses in the cavalry encampment and immerse yourself in medieval life. Watch the chainmail and weaponry makers, and take an entertaining look at the Bayeux Tapestry. Discover the events leading up to the battle in a specially commissioned play. Marvel at the medieval falconry and see if you have what it takes in the have-a-go archery. Pre-booking is recommended. From 6pm on 8 Oct. Price: from £6 Winter Gardens, 14 Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP / 01323 412000 Battle Abbey, High Street, Battle TN33 0AD / 0870 333 1183 VanKan Celebrates Sinatra // 17 Oct 2015 is the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth; 100 years of swing and jazz hits that remain timeless. Brighton-born Matthew VanKan indulges in the songs and sentiment of one of the best-selling artists of all time and greatest singers of the 20th century – the ‘King of Swing’. Seeking to discover why Sinatra’s songs resonate so strongly to this day by stripping away the big band arrangements leaving them bare and exposed. Accompanied by pianist Joe Armon-Jones and bass player Nick Ereaut, Matthew finds his own personal connection with the lyrics, re-phrasing them playfully and wondering what modern day classics Frank might have attempted to cover had he been around today. Ben Fogle: Call of the Wild // 9 Oct Self-confessed urbanite Ben Fogle has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel. In this audio-visual supported talk, Ben recounts how he became drawn to, and so enamoured with, adventure, travel and the harsh challenges associated with a life in the wilderness, from his first adventures travelling across South America to some of the toughest trials known to man. 8pm. Price: £17.50 The Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE / 01273 725230 7.30pm. Price: £23.50 Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ / 01903 206206 One Man Madam Butterfly // 18 Oct Combining the scale and passion of opera with the intimacy of a one man show, Ignacio Jarquin presents the award-winning Madam Butterfly: The One Man Opera. Drawing upon traditional Japanese sto