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Tickets now on sale at Eventbrite, also from Trinity Wholefoods and the Hastings Tourist Information Centre.

We return for another day of music, food, swimming and cameraderie in the beautiful surroundings of Ashburnham Place, Nr Battle, TN33 9NF.

This year we will be formally launching Hastings as a Community of Sanctuary, part of the national City of Sanctuary Network. We aim to bring people together across cultures and communities in a demonstration of hospitality and welcome.

  • Music – we have an amazing line up with Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, the Citizens of the World Choir, Los Twangeros, Samaki, King Size Slim and more.
    (sadly Sarah Jane Morris is no longer able to be with us but she sends her love and support for the event – and we’ll ask her again next time!)
  • Spoken word – a great posse poets hosted by The Whole Shebang and headlined by the wonderful John Hegley.
  • Eating together – everyone is invited to share in a communal picnic, bring food, brings friends, make new friends.
  • Activities – the day will be full of activities for all ages with workshops, discussions and children’s activities. We will repeat the hugely popular tours of the Ashburnham kitchen garden and grounds, and opening up the beautiful lake for wild swimming.
  • Catering – as well as the communal picnic, we will have food available to buy and a locally run bar.
  • The event will run from 12noon – 8pm, with a more family focused daytime session (12-4pm) and a music-focused evening session (5-8pm).

Tickets £15, U18 £5, U5 free
Shuttle bus tickets from Hastings £2 each way
Available at Eventbrite

Also from Trinity Wholefoods (3 Trinity St, Hastings TN34 1HG) and the Hastings Tourist Information Centre (Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, TN34 3UY)

Sorry no dogs allowed on site

By kind support of Ashburnham Place who provide conference and team building facilities for local and national organisations, for more information please visit

At 4pm in the Ashburham Place main house, the East Sussex Community and Faith Action for Vulnerable Syrian Families (ESCAFA) are holding a Forum for anyone who is currently involved, or who may be interested in being involved with Syrian Vulnerable Families in East Sussex. The Forum event will include updates from the local government around the Syrian Resettlement Scheme; good news stories & summaries of what’s going on in community groups around East Sussex, as well as an opportunity for complimentary drinks and treats whilst meeting others in your Borough to discuss local opportunities of being involved with these families yourself. Come along!



Sunday 4 June 2017 : PICNIC BY THE LAKE

Join us for a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Ashburnham Place, Nr Battle, TN33 9NF.

Live music stage in the walled garden
Wild swimming in the lake
Children’s activities from Treasure Tots
Craft workshops
Drumming workshop with Julian
Singing workshop with Chan Reid
Salsa dancing
Talks and debate
Woodland walks

And more…

Irresistible food will be available from Nicki’s Kitchen or bring a picnic

The Wind Ups, Danny Goring, Irish music from Hastings CCE, Hannah Atkins, Bruise, King Size Slim.
Plus local choirs La Pasionarias and The Shady Pines.


Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th November 2015: FAIR TRADE SALE

  • Fair-trade open house
    Go have a browse, buy some wares, raise some funds, and enjoy a coffee and homemade biscuit.
    Wednesday 18th 10am-3pm and 7-9.30pm
    Thursday 19th 10am-3pm
    20 Beaufort Rd, St Leonards on Sea. TN37 6QA

    Sunday 22nd November 2015: TABLE TOP SALE
  • This is to raise money to support Syrian Refugees in Greece.
    Refreshments, cakes, jewelley stalls, crafts, cuddle bunnies, cards and lots of gifts, also tables selling bric a brac, books, dvds and plants
    9am-12.30pm, Youth Centre, Station Rd, Bexhill.
    Tables are £8.
    Please ring 07788 973013 if you would like a table, want more details or can offer help on the day. Donations of cakes and plants be brilliant. Alternatively message enquiries to Jane Schubert who is organising the event.

Sunday 29th November 2015: SONGBIRDS FOR SYRIA

  • Please join us for an all-day, all-female benefit gig featuring at least 18 female singers and musicians from Hastings and St Leonards.
    Artists include:- Claire Hamil, Beccy Byrne, Chantelle Duncan, Tazina Frank, Alice Barnard, Poppy Prescott, Oudilin, Andrea Knights, Lily Kim, Victoria Howarth, Gail Edmonds, The Shady Pines and Helen Sharpe.
    Tickets £10.00 each or £15.00 for two (kids under 14 go free) : available from The Observer Building or email
    Join us for a whole day of singing, food, drink, and kids cinema, it’s going to be one to remember!
    Observer Building 11.00 am to 10pmSONGBIRDS FOR SYRIA.jpg

Sunday 17th January 2016: JUMBLE SALE

  • Please join us for the largest (hopefully) jumble sale Hastings has ever seen. There will be tables and tables of bargains (with a few gems worth hunting for).
    Min £1 donation as suggested entry fee
    Observer Building, from 11amHSR JUMBLE SALE.jpg


  • Watch this space! xHEARTHUT LOGO
    PREVIOUS FUNDRAISERS:Sunday 8th  & Monday 9th November 2015: REFUGEE ALL STARS 

    • A special chance to see the film of the all inspiring Refugees All Stars at the Electric Palace.
      And as an extra special bonus there will be a side order of raffle with some amazing and generous prizes.
      Tickets £5 book at
      Sunday 8th Nov at 12.30 and Monday 9th Nov at 8pmALL STARS REFUGEES

    Wednesday 11th November 2015: ELLIS

    • This short (14 minute) film stars Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro, was written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth and is directed by French artist, JR, whose Unframed art installations in the abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex serve as the set for this powerful and timely film. Please join us for a free screening followed by readings by spoken word performer, Kate Tym, conversation about immigration, refugees, art and more.
      The Observer Building 7pm – 10pmELLIS ISLAND