“One Week in July”

The Uckfield Festival takes place during the second week in July each year. The origins of the Festival date back to the year 2000 when the Festival Association was formed to organise a Festival as a ‘one off event’ to Celebrate the Millennium. The objectives of the Festival were established by the Association and are the same today as they were in 2000. These were to advance the education of the public and offer an awareness of the arts, and in particular the arts of music, speech, drama and the visual arts. In doing this, the talents and skills of local people have been brought in to the public domain, enabling them to enhance their skills and talents.

The Big Day is held on the first Saturday of the second week of July when the whole of the community can be brought together on Luxford Field. Community, and retail, stalls sell anything and everything from crafts, plants, jewellery to food as well as fun stalls with games and entertainment. This enables groups and companies to promote themselves and fundraise and, where applicable, sell their goods.

Spin Offs. The Festival Association encourages events which have then blossomed in their own right, and these include The Kit Car Grand Prix, The Art Trail, Uckfield FM, Spiritus Drumming Band.

If you would like to be involved in the Festival please use the Contact Us Form which can be found on this website.

The Website and Pictures from 2014 can still be found here

Grand Parade. The Festival Association pays for workshops in the local primary schools where the children make puppets to display in the Grand Parade on the Big Day. This has now expanded to include local community groups as well. These workshops would not possible without the input of Spiritus, the Carnival Arts Group, Same Sky and Uckfield Community Technology College.

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Welcome to the 17th Uckfield Festival. On this website you will find information about all the acts, entertainment and activities that are taking place over the 10 days of the festival. There’s lots for everyone – so come and enjoy the feast of fun that we’ve planned for you!

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors, our advertisers, the venues, Gale & Woolgar for the box office, Ron Hill who provides a remarkable photographic record of our wonderful community event. Thanks to Uckfield Town Council for their financial support. Andrew Ledward for inspecting our accounts; Tomango for hosting our website; John Hunter for running our website. Please make sure you visit it to find out more information about events and entertainers. Thanks go to East Sussex National Hotel for hosting our monthly meetings, Mansell MacTaggart for using their signs to advertise the Festival, Uckfield FM for promoting the Festival and broadcasting from the Big Day and other events. Most importantly thanks to the people of Uckfield and the surrounding area for making it a brilliant week by giving us their support, help and producing events.

We always need more help. If you would like to get involved in any way, please call 01825 764287. Muscle on the Big Day, putting up and taking down our tent is particularly valued.

The Big Day on Saturday 9th July is dedicated to Uckfield’s thriving community, which is really something to celebrate with its 100 stalls and continuous activity in the Arena.

The Theme of this Year’s Big Day Parade is ‘Films’ in honour of The Picture House 100th anniversary. Thanks to SameSky, Spiritus and Batucada Carnival Arts Groups with their drumming bands, together with Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

We have Youth Acts and Band Showcase from local schools, a must for young people and those young at heart. Classical Concerts, Last Night of the Proms with Uckfield Concert Brass, Blues, Irish, Folk, Soul, other musical genres, Radio plays on Uckfield FM, Drama at UCTC with 5 star Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut of ‘On The Box! ‘- a witty and dynamic ‘TV’ stage show, about a day in the life of a TV that’s been left switched on. The Festival Club each weeknight from 6.00 to 7.30pm with local musicians, entrance free. Join our History Walks and learn more about Uckfield.

As our finances are stretched to the limit, we once again have a Draw, with high value prizes, please support us. See website for details. Donations at free events are also appreciated. See www.uckfieldfestival. co.uk for contact details, ticket information or any other queries. We thank our many sponsors, particularly Co-operative Funeralcare Uckfield, Lawson Commercial, Skill IS Ltd, and GP Music Promotions, for sponsoring specific events as mentioned in the programme.

 

Dorothy Sparks

Chair – Uckfield Festival Committee

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