Date(s) - 18/08/2018 - 27/08/2018

Various venues in Arundel

Saturday-Monday August 18-27

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Arundel Festival, which features hundreds of music, art, drama, family and free street theatre events. On its opening day, a giant 30 foot-long and 20-foot high moving, fire-breathing, musical dragon descends into the town square. It’s part of Dragon Heart Beats, a dramatic live music and street theatre experience, a darkly comic show featuring the dragon plus three other-worldly performers. Other street theatres performances include Hakuna Matata, a performer who’s just a little bit clumsy performing high-flying acrobatic tricks, Tot Rockin’ Beats, a family dance party in the town square, Juggling Jake, two giant stilt-walking French chefs called Hungry Chefs, Mechanical Fracture, a human statue otherwise known as Matt Walters, and extreme balloon artists Balloonatic. One of the most spectacular events of the festival is the Dragon Boat Race on Saturday August 25, when dragon boats of 12-16 rowers plus a drum beater race on the Arun. Other events include the Arundel Treasure Hunt, the Arundel Castle Family History Weekend, the Drip Action Theatre Trail and magic performed by Damian Jennings. There’s also a gallery trail, historic tours of Arundel, performances of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice from August 18-25 at the Priory Playhouse Theatre, London Road, Arundel, theatre at Arundel Jailhouse, There But Not There, a national commemorative project marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, at Arundel Cathedral and St Nicholas Church, a vineyard tour, A Tribute to Indian Valour, a talk by Brighton Royal Pavilion curator Jody East on how the Pavilion was turned into a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers, performances by The Hanover Band, a restaurant trail, a Teddy Bears Picnic at Arundel Lido, a talk by author Annabelle Thorpe about her new novel What Lies Within, walks and runs, Worthing Laughter Club, a sherry masterclass, a reading of the play Bette and Joan by The Singing Earth Music Company, live music and performance in Jubilee Gardens, ABBA on the Hill, an ABBA tribute band at the Kings Arms pub, a poetry workshop and poetry festival, a performance of Last Tango in Little Grimley by the Bury Players at Arundel Lido, a performance by six stand-up comedians at Arundel Jailhouse, a display of c20 performance cars in the High Street, an Indian pop-up stall, a creative writing workshop for children, yoga and meditation therapy, a mullet fishing competition, a vintage funfair, a flower and produce show, the annual duck race, a vintage parade and competition, The Waiters’ Race, ghost walks and the festival’s 40th anniversary party and fireworks.