Lewes Fossil Festival September 2016

During the month of September the Lewes Town Partnership, with a range of partners, is coordinating a month of fossil fun and Gideon Mantell-related events in Lewes. Look out for the Hunt the Bones prize dinosaur hunt around town running throughout the month.

During Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10 Sept there will be a chance to view original Gideon Mantell publications in the Barbican House Museum Library and on Sunday 11 September to visit his birthplace in Station Street.

Mantell’s dinosaurs: Saturday 17 September at Lewes Castle. Drop in to learn about Gideon Mantell and handle real dinosaur bones. Between 1-4pm. All ages welcome. Usual admission applies. No booking required

Saturday 24 September will be a day of family fun dinosaur related activities on the Railway Land next to the Linklater Pavilion. There will also be a series of talks in the Linklater on various themes relating to the finding of the Iguanodon. The day will include book readings by children’s author Nicky Dee ” What’s so Special about Dinosaurs?” There will be original pieces of iguanodon fossil on view in the Linklater from the Booth Museum in Brighton. Admission free.

On the Sunday 25th Sept 12 noon and 2.30pm the Iguanodon Restaurant street theatre showwill be on by the Linklater. It will feature a 35ft Iguanodon and will tell the story of the finding and identifying of the early dinosaurs. The show and “monster” has been created by Emeraldant CIC https://emeraldant.com/ who will be coming to Lewes from Dorset having already featured at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival in Scarborough and the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

If you would like to help out or participate in these events please email debby.matthews@yahoo.co.uk.

More information: https://gideonmantell.wordpress.com/

LTP setting up Lewes Christmas Festival

At the AGM of the Lewes Town Partnership last year members felt that we needed to do much more to make Christmas in Lewes a more festive event. So since the AGM we have been meeting with partners to discuss how we can have a co-ordinated and exciting Christmas in 2016, with the view to launching Lewes as a Living Advent Calendar town in 2017.

We are currently working with Friends of Lewes and the Chambers of Commerce and others to mount a three day Christmas Festival, 1-3 December. We are applying for funding for Christmas lights in the High Street, and we will be having free parking on three Saturdays, late night shopping, a Christmas Trail, a competition for schools organised and sponsored by Friends of Lewes, with prizes awarded by the Mayor in the Town Hall, and many more events. Lewes Football Club have expressed an interest in a match during Christmas, and of course as always Harveys will be playing a major role.

If you would like to be involved in the Lewes Festival project please contact lewestownpartnership@mail.com.