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March 16 2012

Pictured: Catch Dr Scardo at The Cinque Ports in Seaford this Saturday.

The weekend is here once again, bringing with it at least two great reasons, or excuses, to celebrate - St Patrick's Day and Mothering Sunday. So whether you're looking to have a few pints of the black stuff, or just want to treat your Mum, get out on the towns and support your local events!

It's hard to say no to a freebie these days, so why not kick-start your weekend tonight at The Ark, where you can play as much pool as you like for free from 7pm.

Forget Paris or Milan dahhhrling. Seaford is clearly the fashion capital of the world tonight, as the M&Co Fashion Show comes to town. It's the only show to be seen at this season, so get there at 7pm for a front row seat.

If music's more your thing, there's plenty of that too: The Seaford Folk Club Singers and Musicians Night makes a welcome return to Seaford British Legion from 8pm, whilst up at The Hampden Arms in South Heighton, they'll be getting the St Paddy's Day festivities started early with Irish band Bushy Whiskas from 8.30pm.

Back in Seaford at the Vbar, DJ night 'Everything Must Pascoe' takes you from 9pm right through until the wee small hours, when the St Patricks 'craic' can really begin...

Saturday starts in a rather civilised manner with the RNLI Book Sale from 10am at The Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven, or a chance to view some local maps indicating what our coastline and valley may look like in years to come, at the Mapping The Future Event at Shakespeare Hall, also from 10am.

Over in Seaford, Seaford Baptist Church plays host to the a Mad Hatter's Tea Party from 2pm, where you're encouraged to bring your own hat and go and enjoy a day of fun.

For your weekend sporting action, get down to Fort Road to support Newhaven FC as they take on Pease Pottage in their Sussex County Division Three top of the table clash from 3pm. Then head up to The Hampden Arms from 5pm for Ireland v England in the Six Nations rugby. Whoever wins, we're sure there'll be a few Guinesses consumed!

Stay up at The Hampden until later on to catch the band Loose Moose playing live, or have a wander down the hill to Denton Church Hall for the Quiz Night from 7pm.

St Patrick's night really gets going from 8pm, with the 6Ts playing hits from the 60s at Seaford British Legion, and brilliant band Dr Scardo taking to the stage at the Cinque Ports from 8.30pm with new songs, a new drummer and new glasses for the keyboard player! Then it's over to The Ark in Newhaven from 9pm for a night of good time blues, country and Irish classics from The Cryin' Mule Kickers, or check out White Light at The Ship in Newhaven, also from 9pm.

Don't forget, it's Mother's Day this Sunday, and although we're sure you haven't forgotten, there's still time to leg it to the shops...

Now, we're not suggesting that picking up rubbish is just what your Mum always wanted on this special day, however, it is the third Sunday of the month, which means that the Tide Mills Monthly Beach Clean Up has rolled around once more. Look at it as a chance to get out in the fresh air, enjoy the beach and lend a helping hand whilst you're at it...and then take your Mum for lunch.

There's also an Antiques and Toy Fair at The Downs Leisure Centre from 10.30pm, and over at The Ark, all Mums are being promised a free gift!

To the Irish - Happy St Patrick's Day, to the Mums - Happy Mother's Day, to the rest - Have a Happy Haven Weekend!

For a full listing of events and details of times and places, go to our WHAT'S ON page.

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