The Horsted Place Hotel is celebrating its Pearl anniversary this year after original starting out as a picturesque home. The building was constructed in 1851, set in the countryside, and remains to this day set apart from but relatively close to the busy A26 road outside of Uckfield.
The hotel has in the past accommodated the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. If you wish to stay in either of those rooms you can ask for either the Windsor Suite or the Edinburgh Room.
Whilst the hotel goes under frequent renovations to both it’s interior and furniture it has always remained in the same style and would still be recognizable from 50 years ago.
Horsted Place was originally built for Francis Barchard who was a London businessman. His legacy lasts till today where his intials and heraldic eagles can be viewed on the staircase within the building. This historic staircase was actually exhibited at The Great Exhibition in 1851.
Their 30th anniversary will be celebrated with an afternoon tea party that will be hosted in the former orangery however if you are hoping to get a ticket you may well be out of luck as most of the tickets have already been sold.
Mark your calendars and keep them clear for the Heber Opera will return to Uckfield on May 29th. The opera will bring with it an entirely new production as well as a new director, Dorothy Withers. The Heber Opera will perform The Pearl Fishers, comprised of a cast of four principals and 20 in the chorus. The opera will be hosted at the Uckfield Civic Centre at 6pm.
In case you are wondering, the performance will be in English. The new director, Dorothy Withers, was formerly a soloist with the opera and has been with them from the very started and has now been joined by her husband, Michael, as the musical director.
Their goal for the performance is to bring drama accompanied by the highest quality singing. The opera written by Georges Bizet is famous for the Sacred Temple duet named Au Fond Du Temple Saint. The story behind the opera is based on the job of pearl diving in the Far East.
If you are interested in attending, tickets are now available online at ticketsource.co.uk or via the Heber Opera official website.
There are two halloween parties available for children on Friday night. The first one is at the Civic Centre, organised by King’s Church and the second is at Barney’s Playbarn located on Bellbrook Estate.
The event at King’s Church is free for primary school aged children. The event will take place from 6-8pm, dress code is “dress for mess not to impress”. Parents are also welcome and whilst waiting can always have a drink in the Luxfords Bar.
The event at Barney’s costs £8 per child, payable either at the centre or by phone on 01825 764575. The event starts at 5pm and will finish at 7pm.