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Exhibitions & Galleries

Phyllis Oberman

 By Phyllis Oberman, Art Aficionado

From the Shetland Isles to the Isles of Scilly Art UK records over 200,000 artworks in public collections on their brilliant website and in full colour catalogues for sale.

Since 2003 works of art from over 3,250 locations – museums , universities, town halls and other public buildings were recorded, many for the first time. In 2018 the first of the nation's sculptures from the past 1000 years will begin to appear on Art UK.

Their regular e-newsletter is a good read. There is also a separate section called Art Detective that appeals for help in identifying pictures – the artist, the title - that are still a mystery in public collections.

For details click on https://artuk.org

Spanish Classics

Two museums at other ends of the UK have cooperated together to bring to London's Wallace Collection an exclusive display of classical Spanish paintings including works by El Greco and Goya. The paintings come from The Bowes Museum in County Durham which has one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Britain.

El Greco: The Tears of Peter

    El Greco: The Tears of St Peter,
    1580-89 © The Bowes Museum


Both museums' collections, of international importance, are the result of bequests to the nation by John Bowes and Richard Wallace who had acquired these great works of art over their lifetimes and wanted them to be accessible to all.

Joining the exhibition are works by Velasquez and Murillo from The Wallace Collection's own works on display.

Diego Velázquez, The Lady with a Fan

   Diego Velázquez, The Lady with
            a Fan, Spain, circa 1640
          © The Wallace Collection


The exhibition, El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum continues until 7th January, 2018. Admission is free.

For information about The Wallace Collection visit www.wallacecollection.org

For information about The Bowes Museum visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk 

Britain's Shame - The Slave Trade

Parliament banned the British slave trade 210 years ago. Now The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool is marking this occasion and its 10th anniversary and Slavery Remembrance Day with a new exhibition, Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition.

This museum is the only one in the world devoted to the transatlantic slave trade and modern slavery. The immense wealth generated by the slave trade contributed much to the development and prosperity of cities such as Liverpool and Bristol.

Liverpool ships, for example, forcibly transported as many as 1.5 million Africans across the Atlantic from 1699 until abolition in 1807. Many died on the journey and the rest of the slaves were mostly employed in the West Indian sugar trade.

Coffee Pickers in Guadeloupe

      Coffee Pickers in Guadeloupe
                  (Private collection)

This new exhibition records personal stories from Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica and the US through historical documents and rare objects. One of the most interesting stories is that of Olaudah Equiano (1745-97). He was kidnapped from his African village as a child and transported to the West Indies where he was much abused.

He eventually bought his freedom and reached England where he became active in the campaign to end the British slave trade. In 1789 he wrote his autobiography: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.

Olaudah Equiano, African slave, author and abolitionist

     Olaudah Equiano, African slave,
              author and abolitionist
     © Christy Symington MRBS

Sculptor Christy Symington MRBS produced a bust of Olaudah Equiano after discovering his amazing story and this is also in the exhibition. This work reflects her focus in making sculptures of people hidden from history. Other contemporary artworks join the historical items in this remarkable exhibition.

Entrance to the exhibition that runs until 8th April, 2018 is free. Further details can be found at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Art in Brief

Painter as Architect

The great English painter JMW Turner applied his exceptional skills to architecture when he decided to design his own 'country house' - Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham in 1813. After Turner died in 1851 and periods of different ownership the house, by then in dilapidated condition, was gifted to the Turner's House Trust.

With Heritage Lottery Fund help to the tune of £2.4million and funds donated by other organisations the house was conserved and meticulously restored. It is now open to the public for the first time.

For further information visit the website at www.turnershouse.org

Turner's House in Twickenham

    Newly restored: Turner's House
                    in Twickenham


Tate St Ives completes a transformation on 14th October, 2017 when it opens its 600 square metre of new gallery space. This will allow far more examples of the 20th Century artists who made St Ives, Cornwall's name as a major centre of modern art.

For more information visit www.tate.org.uk

Henri Matisse, The Moorish Screen

Henri Matisse, The Moorish Screen
  1921 Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950


The Royal Academy in London has a colourful show, Matisse in the Studio, until 12th November, 2017. This reveals how Matisse, throughout his life collected objects that interested him that he incorporated into many paintings.

Most intriguing are the items - vases, exotic textiles, pieces of sculpture - that are often displayed alongside the paintings they inspired. 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the RA and a major building scheme will be unveiled greatly increasing the size of the building and adding many new features. It will link the familiar structure on Piccadilly with the Burlington Gardens building behind it

For more information about The Royal Academy visit www.royalacademy.org.uk

Favourite Gallery or Museum

If you have a favourite local art gallery or museum that you would like to share with Sixtyplusurfers readers, please send the details to Phyllis Oberman care of Sixtyplusurfers to: jennyitz@hotmail.com

Please mark your email favourite art gallery and museum for Phyllis Oberman's column.
 

 Traditional Victorian
  Halloween at Blists
  Hill Victorian Town


Celebrate Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town


Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate Halloween in traditional style during the autumn half-term, 21st - 29th October.

The Victorians marked All Hallows Eve with some curious customs and unusual rituals such as carving turnips (rather than the modern day pumpkins) into Jack-o-lanterns to frighten away evil spirits.

Visitors can play light-hearted divination and fortune telling games with the townsfolk in their cottages, follow a trail around the historic streets to discover more about Victorian Halloween traditions and ‘meet’ Sweeny Todd, the demon barber who will be looking for more victims to dispatch.

Meet Sweeny Todd, the demon barber who will be looking for more victims to dispatch

In Victorian England, Halloween was marked by the popular practice of ‘souling’, when children, and sometimes poor adults, would dress up and go around door-to-door offering prayers and songs in exchange for Soul Cakes, paving the way for our Trick or Treat custom.

A selection of these simple round spiced cakes, which were often marked with a cross, will be on sale in the Town’s bakery.

Every day between 12 noon and 3pm (apart from Sunday, 29th October), everyone is invited to take part in the national Big Draw Festival to create spooky scenes of the Town using the Victorian pointillist painting technique, but with modern spray paint.

With this method hundreds of dots of pure colour are applied to a picture; rather than mixing colours on a palette it relies on the eye of the painter to mix the colours. The completed scenes will be displayed at Ghostly Gaslight on Saturday evening, 28th October.

Admission Information

Celebrate Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town

One of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill is open 10am to 4pm, apart from 28th October when it closes at 3pm to prepare for the Ghostly Gaslight evening event.

A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited daytime entry into all ten museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 16, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply).

Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge.

Celebrate Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town

The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.

For further information visit the Ironbridge website at www.ironbridge.org.uk

Or call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424.
 

Retirement & Hobbies

Jennie Bond Calls
for Your Change


Jennie Bond calls for your change


Jennie Bond urges you to donate your
 old pound coins to Barnado's

Media royalty Jennie Bond is urging people to donate their old pounds to help Barnardo’s change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

The former BBC Royal Correspondent has helped families make money by selling their valuables on the channel’s Cash in the Attic and now she wants people to hunt out their coins for a great cause.

Jennie says, “Unlike the antique treasures unearthed on the hit TV show, the old round pounds will be worthless when they cease to be legal tender on 15th October 2017.

“But for Barnardo’s they are hidden treasures as every pound will help it continue its vital work supporting disadvantaged children.

“I appeal to everyone to search their homes from sides of sofas, on window sills and even the attic for old pound coins, as each one will make such a difference to children’s lives.”


Jennie Bond urges you to donate your old pound coins to Barnardo's

Figures reveal the living room is a good place to start looking as the average Brit finds £3.27 a year down the back of the sofa alone – that’s more than £39 million.

And the research by security company Yale found the average person has £12.70 in coins lying around – that’s more than a third of a billion pounds across the nation's 27 million households.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan says, “Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future.

“But we cannot do it without you. Every single one of the old round pounds you donate will really help to make a difference for every child supported by Barnardo’s.”

The UK’s leading children’s charity is issuing special coin packs before the pounds go out of circulation on October 15th so it’s easy for supporters to donate coins found.

Jennie Bond urges you to donate your old pound coins to Barnardo's

For every £1 donated, we spend 91p on charitable activities, 3p on governance and pension finance costs and the remaining 6p on raising the next £1.

To order your pack simply call the Supporters Relations Hotline on 0800 008 7005

Or email supporterrelations@barnardos.org.uk

Alternatively any old pound coins can be handed in at Barnardo’s charity shops or you can donate online at https://donate.barnardos.org.uk

 

 Ticket Lines Open for
   Knitting & Stitching
    Show Harrogate


Learn new crafts at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Looking for exciting new craft projects to enjoy in the colder weather? Ticket lines are now open for The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate which takes place at Harrogate Convention Centre from 23rd-26th November 2017.

This unique show is the biggest event for the UK’s textile art, craft and design community and there is no better place to get great ideas, learn new skills and meet like-minded people. The Harrogate show attracts thousands of visitors from across the North of England and hosts Textile Galleries by world-leading artists and groups.

Headline exhibitions for 2017 are:

Learn to sew at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Units of Possibility - The Reknit Revolution (supported by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum) by Amy Twigger Holroyd in which the knit designer and maker shares an array of inventive and satisfying techniques to rework the garments in our wardrobes.
 
Traces in Cloth by Diana Harrison – a presentation of selected past exhibition projects, together with a new collection of material showing the marks left behind in cloth through carefully controlled use of dye, stitch and print.

Precious Memories by Jo Beattie – a reflection on memories of people, objects and places, the work is drawn on a sewing machine and developed with other mixed media techniques producing 2D and 3D images.

The Sewing Machine Project by Studio 21 – an exhibition which explores all aspects of the sewing machine. Each member has produced a comprehensive body of work that reflects their personal interest in this transformational machine.

Learn to sew at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Other artists appearing are Ann Small (Layered Cloth), Barbara Füereder, Diane Grant (Forget Me Not), Fi Oberon  (The Natural World of Needle Felting), Hilary Hollingworth (the stones cry out), Hilary Waters Fayle and Sarah Waters (Stone).

Textile artist groups exhibiting work are: Hands up for Uganda (Barkcloth Reinvented), Hue (The Old Ways; re-patterned), New Embroidery Group (Moving On), Quinary (Edges) and the Royal School of Needlework. The show also features competition-winning quilts from this year’s The Festival of Quilts and a showcase of work by leading young textile graduates.

Learn new crafts at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate offers something for everyone, from complete beginners looking to start a new hobby to experts looking for inspiration for ambitious new projects. In The Learning Curve programme (in association with Groves), top craft tutors host over 160 practical workshops covering every aspect of textile craft. In The Dressmaking Studio (in association with Vlieseline Freudenberg), sewing experts explain the basics of dressmaking while in The Creative Living Theatre, there are demonstrations by well-known knit and stitch stars.

There are knitting and crochet drop-in sessions from the UK Hand Knitting Association and Craft in Action features demonstrations by accomplished textile crafters. Artists in Action (in association with Art Van Go) presents artists at work as though in their own studio. There’s also an unbeatable opportunity to stock up on fabric and other essential supplies, with hundreds of specialist retailers under one roof.

New for 2017 is the glamorous McCall Pattern Company Cocktail Party in aid of the Eve Appeal. Following its popular Vintage Sew-alongs and tea parties, McCall is launching The Cocktail Hour. Shimmy into one of Vogue® Patterns elegant Cocktail Collection designs (available from www.sewdirect.com) and for every pattern sold, McCall’s will make a donation to the Eve Appeal. Cocktail Hour takes place at 4.30pm-6pm on Thursday 23rd November.

Learn to sew at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Tickets cost £26 (+£1.50 booking fee) and include full entry to The Knitting & Stitching Show on the 23rd, entry to The Cocktail Party with cocktails, finger buffet, tea and coffee, a donation to the Eve Appeal and a photograph of your stylish creation.

Yorkshire and the North of England has a long textile history and thriving textile scene, but according to leading figures from the textile world, children lack opportunities to explore their creativity in school. Artists, designers and craftspeople appearing at The Knitting & Stitching Show support the Campaign for Creativity to protect creative and craft subjects in education and to encourage more adults to explore their creative side to improve health and wellbeing.

Learn new crafts at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

Visitors to The Knitting & Stitching Show can support the campaign by signing a petition on change.org and by taking part in some craft activism. Supporters are stitching signatures for a unique cloth petition which is travelling across the UK before being presented to the Education Secretary later this year. Stitched signatures can be made at or brought along to the Harrogate show or sent to the campaign HQ at: The Campaign for Creativity, Twistedthread, 58 White Lion Street, London N1 9PP.

Tickets for The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate cost £14.50 in advance (concessions £13) with a wide selection of options available at www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com

or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6100 from outside the UK).
 

  Stunning Autumn
    Display at Hever
   Castle & Gardens

 

Enjoy the Autumn colour at Hever Castle & Gardens
 

Hever Castle & Gardens are gearing up for an extraordinary display of Autumn colour and offering visitors their first-ever guided tours of the lake.

Scientists are predicting a fantastic display of colour for 2017 following some stressful growing conditions including a drought in April and the prolonged heat in May and June.

Head Gardener Neil Miller says, “If we listen to the experts then we are due for a once in a lifetime display of Autumn colour this year. It certainly was dry in late spring and the sunny weather we’ve experienced this summer will have concentrated the sugar in the leaves which speeds up the appearance of red hues so the tree collection planted by William Waldorf at the turn of the 20th century will be suitably impressive. We want visitors to enjoy the spectacle as the rich yellow, red and orange leaves of beech mingle with liquidambars, tulip trees and Japanese maples, all contributing to an explosion of colour.”

Admire the Monet style bridge at Hever Castle & Gardens

The Hever Castle gardening team will take visitors on tours of the lake area taking in the waterfalls, the new Monet style bridge, three second world war pillboxes built to defend key crossing points on the River Eden, the changing trees, vivid wildlife and the impressive Japanese Tea House.

The team are keen to point out the foraging opportunities in the woodland and will be talking about fungi and identifying different species.

Neill Miller adds, “There’s much to see in the lake land area of the Garden including the new Monet bridge and this will be the first year we will take visitors on guided tours. We very much want the visitors to set the agenda and let us know where they want to go and what they want to see. We will be armed with our fungi identification sheets and will be on the look out for the fantastic wildlife that have made the lake area their home.”

Visitors are also welcome to take their own self-guided tours with the help of an Autumn Colour Trail. The trail will encourage visitors to look out for trees of note and interest within the grounds, including some of the Scots Pines beside the lake which were brought to the garden from nearby Ashdown Forest by former owner William Waldorf Astor during the creation of the garden in 1904 -1908.

Enjoy the Autumn colour at Hever Castle & Gardens

Admission information

Admission Prices – Gardens only: Adults £14.20; Seniors £12.70; Student £12.10, Children (5-15) £9.00; Family ticket £38.90.

Gardens open at 10:30am; Castle opens at 12 noon. Last admission 4:30pm; final exit 6pm.

For more information about Hever Castle visit www.hevercastle.co.uk
 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

     Win a Dremel
  Hatch Project Kit


Win a Dremel Hatch Project Kit


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Dremel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Hatch Project Kit so that you can make beautiful pictures in the comfort of your own home.

If you’re looking for a new hobby, are already a keen crafter, or want to dive into the creative realm but don’t know where to start, the Dremel Hatch Project Kit (RRP £39.99) is perfect for you.


The Hatch Project Kit is an all-in-one product that contains the inspiration, instructions and materials you need to paint and create your own piece of art

Brand new this season, the Hatch Project Kit is an all-in-one product that contains the inspiration, instructions and materials you need to paint and create your own piece of art.

The set comes complete with a pallet, paint, brushes, a marker, eraser, sandpaper, test wood, letter stencils and London and New York skylines, plus another 80 you can download for free. All that’s left for you to do is create your picture and hang it proudly.

The Hatch Project Kit is an all-in-one product that contains the inspiration, instructions and materials you need to paint and create your own piece of art

You can easily follow the existing templates that come with the kit, or just use your imagination to produce a truly bespoke piece of art that brings the iconic sights of London, bustle of Tokyo or romance of Paris into your own home.

If you’re more of a hands-on crafter, Dremel has also unveiled the latest addition to its multi tool range, the 4300 (RRP £139.99). From drilling jewellery and etching onto glass to polishing and carving or even cleaning grout from bathroom tiles, this product can do it all.


Dremel has also unveiled the latest addition to its multi tool range, the 4300 (RRP £139.99)

Complete with 360° adjustable LED light giving maximum visibility for enhanced precision and an improved motor for quieter, cooler operation, you can tackle the biggest and smallest of DIY tasks with detail and precision. The 4300 is also equipped with a three-jaw chuck that accepts Dremel accessories of differing sizes, meaning there’s no need for a wrench so attachment changes are a quick and easy process.

Dremel has also launched its 8220 (RRP from £109.99); a variable speed, cordless rotary tool incorporating the 360° LED light of the 4300, in addition to being powered by a 12V Lithium-ion battery, ensuring there’s the freedom of cordless technology but no compromise on power.

Dremel has also launched its 8220 (RRP from £109.99); a variable speed, cordless rotary tool incorporating the 360° LED light of the 4300

It really lets you work your way into fiddly curves and bends making it perfect for sanding down furniture for upcycling projects, carving designs into creations or even cleaning rusty garden fencing so it’s primed and ready for a rejuvenating lick of paint!

All Dremel products are available to buy online from www.dremeleurope.com/gb/en

To find out more about Dremel, other competitions to enter, hints, and tips to get the most out of your Dremel products, follow it on
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Tell us the name of this iconic building?

Tell us the name of this iconic building?

 a) Sky Tower
 b) Eiffel Tower
 c) Tokyo Tower
 d) Blackpool Tower


 To Enter the Competition

Tell us the name of the iconic building pictured above? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:
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* Please label your entry
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  RSPCA Launches My
 Big Walkies Challenge

        
Singer Peter Andre backs RSPCA’s Big Walkies Challenge


    Singer Peter Andre backs RSPCA’s
                Big Walkies challenge


Just over 90% of pet owners polled by the RSPCA didn’t like to walk in silence while exercising their pooch. While 75% like to talk, 16% go one step further and serenade their dog.

The survey also showed that:

· 9% of dog-owners only talk to their pooch to say “come on!” while 1% don’t talk at all;

· 33% of dog-owners take photos of their dog on every walk, and 11% put the photos on social media.

The survey about the public’s dog-walking habits was compiled by the RSPCA to mark the launch of the charity’s My Big Walkies challenge which will take place throughout October.

Animal-lovers who sign up to My Big Walkies
will pledge to take 10,000 steps a day throughout the month with or without your dog while being sponsored to do so. Singing to your dog at the same time is optional!

Money raised will go towards helping the RSPCA rescue animals from cruelty.


Singer Peter Andre backs RSPCA’s My Big Walkies Challenge

Dog-loving singer Peter Andre has joined forces with the charity to encourage people to sign up for My Big Walkies. He says, “It's important to remember how much happiness dogs bring to our lives. Sadly there are many dogs which are ill-treated every day and the RSPCA works incredibly hard to combat animal cruelty.

“I encourage dog-owners to sign up for My Big Walkies. Taking part will help raise money which will enable the RSPCA to carry out this vital work.

“It's also a fantastic opportunity to get out and about with your dog, while helping less fortunate dogs at the same time. It’ll be fun, great for your health and fitness, great for your dog and it's all for a fantastic cause - the RSPCA.”

Dr Samantha Gaines, the RSPCA’s dog welfare expert says, “One of the best things about walking your dog is the opportunities it offers to form a strong bond. There is something very therapeutic about walking your dog and watching them enjoying being dogs. Having a conversation or singing to your dog shows how relaxing an experience it can be and how many of us consider dogs to be our family and friends.

“There are also the added benefits of improving your own happiness and fitness levels and keeping your dog active and their minds stimulated.

“My Big Walkies is a big challenge - 10,000 steps is about five miles a day - so some dogs will relish the chance to get out for some extra long walks however those with less active dogs due to age or health for example have got the perfect excuse to do fewer steps or leave them at home and enjoy a solo stroll.”

To find out more and to sign up for My Big Walkies, visit https://loveanimals.rspca.org.uk

Those who are unable to take part in My Big Walkies but want to support the RSPCA can text LOVE to 87023 to give £3. (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message.)

Five Great Dog Songs

Mutt-sterious Girl

Don’t Stop Retrievin’

Who Let The Dogs Out

Bark Side of the Moon

Like a Rolling Bone

And Five Dog Bands

Barkstreet Boys

Rage Against The Vacuum

Red Hot Chili Puppies

Manic Street Pooches

The Beagles

For details about the My Big Walkies Challenge click on
My Big Walkies Challenge
 

     Autumn Events at
 the White Lion Hotel
        in Aldeburgh


White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh


Take a trip to the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh during October for some fantastic events including a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, Fawlty Towers Dinner Show, National Curry Week and Diwali dining celebrations at the Sea Spice restaurant.

Back by popular demand the Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea is returning to the seafront White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh during October. Indulge your tastebuds in the scrumptious menu, which features all tasty things chocolate including homemade chocolate chip scones and an array of irresistible cakes and pastries, such as a chocolate and praline torte and white chocolate profiteroles.

Chocoholic Afternoon Tea at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh

If you didn’t get the chance to try it the first time around, or loved it so much you must have it again, reserve your table in advance to be sure of a place. Served daily from 3pm to 5pm in the hotel’s relaxed and informal Brasserie Bleue, the Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea is £15 per person including your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate; add a little fizz with a glass of sparkling Prosecco for an extra £6.50.

Changing monthly, the afternoon tea theme for November will be Best of Suffolk, featuring a selection of sweet and savoury delights from the region’s finest local producers.

The White Lion Hotel is continuing its calendar of special events throughout October. Discover how to prepare and cook the new season’s game at the next ladies lunch on Monday, 9th October with a cookery demonstration by Gerard King from Aldeburgh craft butchers, Salter & King followed by a three-course lunch for just £20 per person.

‘Basil’ and ‘Manuel’ return to the White Lion on Friday, 13th October for a night full of laughter at the Fawlty Towers dinner show with a difference. Book early to ensure places at this fun night, which is sure to be a sell out well ahead of the date. Price is £35 per person including a three course dinner.

Sea Spice, which offers classic and contemporary Indian cuisine at the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s seafront, will be having a double celebration during October with special offers marking both National Curry Week and Diwali.

Enjoy a curry in Sea Spice at at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh

During National Curry Week, which runs from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th October, everyone is encouraged to go out and enjoy a curry at their local Indian restaurant. At Sea Spice, you will be able to enjoy two main course curries for the price of one both lunchtime and in the evening.

To qualify, two people dining together will each need to make their choice from the menu of six curries; the lowest price dish will be free. Side dishes such as rice and naan, and any drinks, will be additional but there is no need to order a starter or dessert.

To celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights, which runs from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd October, Sea Spice will be offering a special feast menu for just £35 per person. Following in Diwali tradition, this will include an indulgent selection of rich desserts. The Diwali menu is being offered every evening in addition to the à la carte dishes.

For more details or to book a table in Brasserie Bleue or Sea Spice call 01728 452720 or visit www.whitelion.co.uk