About the Festival
This year we celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Uckfield Festival. We have information about all the acts, entertainment and activities that are taking place over the 10 days of the festival. There will be lots for everyone – so come and enjoy the feast of fun that we’ve planned for you!
Uckfield Festival started in the Millennium Year 2000 as a ‘one off’ Festival organised by a group of Uckfield people who wished to improve the cultural life of Uckfield and to promote the talents of local people, together with fostering a sense of community. Due to that year’s success it was decided to continue.
We have had a Festival each year since, growing in size, advancing the education of the public in the arts, of music speech, drama, dance and the visual arts. We have provided the platform for the Art Trail, UckfieldFM, The Film Society, workshops for schools to make puppets for the Children’s Parade on the Big Day, several talented local musicians and singers have played at our events and later their careers have become National, European and International.
The community is served by the Big Day when the societies and clubs have pitches which allow them to promote themselves or make enough money to sustain them during the following year. The Festival takes place during the second week of July with the Uckfield Festival Big Day on the second Saturday of July.
Chair – Uckfield Festival Committee
COUNTDOWN TO THE FESTIVAL
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.
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.