Local attractions

The Lewes Chamber Music Festival

The Lewes Chamber Music Festival is celebrating its fifth year by drawing in to Lewes its largest number of leading chamber musicians to date – 20 string, woodwind and vocal performers will appear in eight concerts over three days.

 This year’s programme sees chamber music from Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, Ravel and Faure alongside more unusual works by composers such as Bartok, Berg and Schoenberg, as well as showcasing pieces by less well-known but intriguing composers such as Cécile Chaminade, Gabriel Pierné and Henri Dutilleux. It is this kind of innovative and exciting programming that gives the Lewes Festival its edge and excitement for audiences.

As is always the case, the Festival has attracted leading talent, including this year the exceptional violinist Alina Ibragimova, who as well as performing in the final festival concert, joins viola player James Boyd and Glyndebourne conductor Jonathan Cohen on cello to present a programme of Beethoven string trios on the Saturday evening. As well as some familiar faces, the Festival welcomes nine musicians who will be performing in the Lewes Festival for the first time. This includes a range of woodwind performers, allowing works such as the Dohnanyi wind sextet and the Schubert Octet to be enjoyed by appreciative Lewes audiences.

Tickets cost just £14-£16, with an all-EIGHT-concert pass at only £100, and can be bought online at www.leweschambermusicfestival.com.

Thanks to Cavatina Chamber Trust all tickets for those under 26 years old are free of charge.


Stay Lewes, Coast & Country

Stay Lewes, Coast & Country is the official visitor website for the Lewes area, which has been refreshed, mobile enabled and made more user-friendly to the visitor.

It includes an events calendar, ideas for days out, places to stay, places to shop and eat and has a ‘Locals Love’ section sharing the favourite places that only locals know.

There are daily tweets @enjoylewes from the team at the Tourist Information Centres, who are also on hand with a welcoming face-to-face service at the TICs in Seaford and Lewes.

To help you enhance your visit to Glyndebourne – www.staylewes.org

(Photo © Xavier D Buendia)


Farley Farm House

Tucked away in the Sussex countryside, Farley Farm House conjures up an extraordinary atmosphere that testifies to its position as a meeting place for some of the key personalities in 20th-century art.

Lee Miller and Roland Penrose came to live in Farley Farm House in 1949 and for the next 35 years they amassed a collection of contemporary art treasures, many created by their friends and visitors including Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Paul Éluard and Joan Miró. These works and numerous others are exhibited in the house alongside those of Penrose and Miller giving the visitor a fascinating look into the surrealist world.

Today the collection is managed by the Penrose family as a privately run archive and museum. Each Sunday (April-October) the house, sculpture garden and gallery open to visitors. Private group tours can also be arranged.

Plan your visit at farleyfarmhouse.co.uk.