Four Courts Festival Weekend

Join us at Four Courts Wellbeing Hub on the final weekend of the festival for live music, exhibitions, outdoor art, food and community!

“Sharp edge of our grief” – film, live music & conversation

Two artist teams take Mary Seacole’s book on a creative journey. Join us at Archer Lodge for the screening of a film by Rod Morris, Etienne Cutmore-Kourouma and Jac Holt, and live music from Sam Brown, Hannah Collisson, Catherine Rahjans & Elizabeth Rajhans

Shop Window Displays

The independent businesses in the town offer their perspectives on Mary Seacole’s book in a trail of window displays…

Outdoor Art Trail

Explore the art trail to explore the book! The outdoor art in the open spaces of St Leonards-on-Sea invites you outside for multiple visits to consider what this heritage book means to you

Kings Road Street Party

Fun for all the family this Easter Sunday, 11am-3pm on Kings Road, St Leonards, feat. dog show, family workshops, games, live music & poetry stage. Don’t miss it!

Bohemia Creative Quarter Sunday

Pick up your hand-made festival passport and explore the creative businesses in Bohemia Creative Quarter, complete with activities and live music…

Planning Underway for April Community Events

A Town Explores A Book is all about community, and planning is already underway for two big events in April that come under the festival banner, and will bring together lots of independent local businesses.

Press Kit

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14–18 April 2022: Earthed An experiential theatre performance: a promenade theatre performance exploring two women’s magical childhood hideouts.  Running over the final Easter weekend, Thursday 14–Monday 18 April, performers Yasmin […]

The Diddakoi Zine

The Diddakoi Zine The festival mentee team include artists of Romany and mixed race heritage. Their zine, created by Esme Fisher and supported through Artist Digital fringe funding that Esme […]

1–18 April: disPLACED exhibition

1–18 April: disPLACED exhibition Southwater Area Community Centre,1 and 2 Stainsby Street TN37 6LA,Entrance on the railway side of the building, free. Curator Nick Hill has steered a focus on […]

#ATEAB23 Crowdfunder a Great Success Raising Over £7,000!

The festival community showed up and and showed overwhelming support for #ATownExploresABook23 and our aim to offer creative workshops and activities to thousands of school-age children. As the Crowdfunder closed on 25th October, our total had reached £7,607.

1-18 April 2023, #MarySeacole

Introducing the book choice for A Town Explores A Book 2023 The book choice for #ATownExploresABook23 is Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, a travel writing book by nineteenth-century adventurer Mary […]

Gensing Gardens

In 2022 ATownExploresABook hosted a programme of events, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the 150th anniversary of Gensing Gardens.

Become a Mentee

Joining the #ATownExploresABook festival mentoring programme Our mentoring programme funds early career artists to experience festival planning and delivery by working alongside the #ATownExploresABook artists on projects. The scheme supports […]