Esther Featherstone

Esther smashes zumba world record!


Fabulously fit zumba instructor Esther Featherstone is on top of the world after completing her record breaking 36.5 hour zumbathon and raising around £20,000 for charity.

Joined by around 250 zumba enthusiasts, including regulars from classes at the King Edward Hall, Esther led continuous sessions throughout the day and night to claim world record status. The event, held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, was organised to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice in North Chailey.

“I was completely overwhelmed by the whole experience,” said Esther from Noah’s Ark Lane, who took four days off to recover.  “I know now how Team GB felt at the Olympics!”


Esther Featherstone played Tweenies character

By Claire Cooper, reprinted from p.18 of August's Lindfield Life magazine

You may have stood behind her in the queue at the supermarket, sat at the next table in the local pub or even shared an energetic zumba class but never realised you were in the presence of one of the best loved children’s characters of this generation.

Now Lindfield Life can reveal the world famous celebrity who has made the village her home.

Zumba teacher and professional photographer Esther Featherstone is better known to millions of children (and many young adults!) as Bella from the Tweenies!

Esther brought Bella to life in 2001 and spent two years as a Tweenie, touring the world, appearing in 27 episodes for BBC and making DVDs which are still watched worldwide.

Esther explained how she landed the coveted role after graduating from the Italia Conti drama school.

“I was spotted while appearing in the drama Children of Eden and invited to attend an audition,” she said.

“The Tweenies  were already up and running but the original Bella was moving on and they were looking for a replacement. I auditioned for the experience, never believing that I would stand a chance of getting the job!”

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