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Heat in the kitchen, West Dean’s 20th Chilli Fiesta three day festival with camping (21 May 2015)

Chillies take centre stage as celebrity chefs demonstrate their favourite recipes, with a chilli twist.
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Celebrate the 20th Chilli Fiesta at West Dean, three day festival with camping and fireworks (20 May 2015)

West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta (7, 8 and 9 August 10.30am – 11pm, Sunday 9pm) turns 20 this year. One of the biggest and original chilli festivals in the UK it has grown from humble beginnings in 1995 to become something of a national treasure.
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West Dean College appoints new Head of School of Conservation (29 April 2015)

West Dean College has appointed Shayne Rivers MA (RCA), a world renowned expert in the conservation of furniture and Asian lacquer, as Head of Conservation. Rivers joins the College after 16 years at the Victoria & Albert Museum where she was Senior Conservator, responsible for collections care and conservation.
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Design and Craft Fair featuring MADE (19, 20 and 21 June)
20th Annual Chilli Fiesta (7, 8 and 9 August)
Apple Affair (3 and 4 October)


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