Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit steyningfestival.co.uk.

Wildfires Festival

Wiston House, Steyning Road, Steyning

Monday-Wednesday May 28-30

Tickets £4-£99

Wildfires is a festival that brings communities together from around the country and the globe to experience God’s presence. During the three days, participants spend time together partying, praying, worshipping, growing in community and welcoming the Spirit into their midst. Spaces are devoted to delving deeper into the heart of who we are and who God is, with children and youth work prioritised. There’s a Wildfires camping village with communal areas and marquees, and participants have access to the Big Church Day Out South on May 26 and 27.

Email info@wildfiresfestival.com or visit wildfiresfestival.com.

Glastonwick 2018

Church Farm, Coombes, and Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Friday-Sunday June 1-3

Glastonwick 2018 is Adur’s 23rd annual beer, music and poetry festival featuring three days of entertainment from 21 bands, music and poets, all performing their own original material. On the line-up on Friday, between 6pm and midnight, are Doctor Bongo, the poet laureate of sex and laundry, a musical antidote to both Trump and Clinton from David Rovics, Brighton post-punks Popguns, Hastings dance machine Matilda’s Scoundrels and listen to the mating sounds of South American frogs with Peter & The Test Tube Babies. On Saturday, the line-up includes Derbyshire poet Sophie Sparham, ‘genius and rude anagram’ Robin Ince, reggae band Smiley & The Underclass, Yorkshire one-man band Joe Solo, Barnstormer 1649, where early music meets punk, Brighton’s Helen McCookerybook, Mel and Sonny’s sonic blast Combat shock, poet and disaffected middle-aged woman Janine Booth, metal soul band Ese & The Vooduu, rockers East Town Pirates and Northampton grime/ska/rap/reggae/punk/satire group  Karl Phillips & the Rejects. Sunday’s line-up includes the John Ward Trio, Black Country political power-folkster Jess Silk, surreal Shoreham satyrs The Lovely Brothers, Steve Lamacq’s favourites The Lovely Eggs and cross-cultural punk rocker Babar Luck.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

West Dean College, West Dean

June 1-3, 10am-5pm

West Dean College, which has inspired artists, makers, designers and writers through the legacy of founder, artist and Surrealist patron Edward James, hosts a festival of contemporary arts and craft. Visitors can buy high quality crafts and prints, watch demonstrations, get hands-on in workshops and drop-in sessions and view installations from emerging artists. It’s also a rare opportunity to explore West Dean House and view material from the Collection. There is also a drop-in hands-on Craft Hut Trail round the gardens.

Phone 01243 811301 or visit westdean.org.uk.

Brighton Vegan Summer Festival

The Level, Union Road, Brighton

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3

Tickets £5 per day/£8 full weekend

At this huge outdoor vegan celebration will be more than 100 stalls, 10 world food caterers, talks,  cookery demonstrations, live entertainment and live music. There will also be workshops offering free nutritional advice and highlighting the best aspects of living without animal products.

Visit veggies.org.uk.

Living History Festival

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3, 10.30am-5pm

During this weekend, visitors can experience 1,000 years of history from Saxon times to the 20th century, discovering what happened at a medieval tournament, how Saxon craftspeople made beautiful items, what were the sights and smells of a Tudor market and how did you survive in the Victorian era with little money? This year, the festival includes the centenary of the British Percheron Horse Society, with members of the society’s horses taking part in arena re-enactments connected with British history. The society will also display modern uses of the Percheron, including showing, competition driving, riding, plus farm and forestry work. Picture: Russell Cobb Photography.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.

The Floral Fringe Fair

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3, 10.30am-5pm

Entry £7.50/u14 £2/u4 free

This eclectic, quirky, foodie, arty plantaholics wildlife event with a vintage twist takes place in front of the John Nash-designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806, on the 1,416 hectare Knepp Estate. New for 2018 is a steampunk twist. Visitors are invited to dress in vintage style and there’s a chance to buy food from local producers and enjoy a picnic by the lakes.

Phone 07939 272443 or visit floralfringefair.co.uk.

The Henfield Festival of Gardens & Arts


Various venues, Henfield

Saturday-Sunday June 9-10


Celebrating the community and future of the village of Henfield, the festival invites artists to display and sell their work, musicians to perform, community venues to become the location for art to be displayed and music to be performed, and residents to open their gardens to the public. Pictures: Mike Ainscough.

Visit henfieldgardensandarts.net.

1066 Cycling Festival

Stade Open Space, Hastings, and De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10, 11am-3pm


The third 1066 Cycling Festival takes part over two days in Hastings and Bexhill. Activities include the Savage Skills Stunt Team, Sustrans family friendly bike ride, the Freedom Leisure challenge, Bike decorating competition with Sustrans, pedal-powered Scalextric, Smoothie Bike, have-a-go on balance and adapted bikes, Source Park trials on BMX bikes, Beat the Street, ProBikeWash, Electra Bikes, the USA’s favourite bike, and the Brompton Challenge with a chance to win a £50 Handsome Bicycles voucher.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.

Brighton Bear Weekend

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Thursday-Sunday June 14-17

Billed as the south coast’s biggest annual bear event, Brighton Bear Weekend has a committee that organises events to raise money for the Rainbow Fund, which gives grants to LGBT organisations in Brighton and Hove. Its 2018 logo has been designed by illustrator Bobo-Bear and among the events over the weekend are a Bear-B-Que, Bear-a-Oke, Ca-bear-et and a Bear Bust.

Email brightonbearweekend@gmail.com or visit brightonbearweekend.com.

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