Bellringers will ring in the start of Festival week with a quarter peal, which lasts about 45 minutes. One of the bells in the tower is inscribed with the date 1779.
10.00am On the field there will be a large number of varied community and commercial stalls.
A great attraction will be the magnificent Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses on show.
(Sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery, Lewes)
There will be live entertainment throughout the day in the Arena with MC Christine Skinner. Arena performances include ‘Culinary Duel’ A cook off like no other! Physical humour, high energy dance, acrobatics and innovative audience participation.
(supported by Applause Rural Touring)
A bike repair and maintenance expert, Nick Alff from Hastings Cycles, will be on hand to give your bicycle a free safety check and basic service. He will also be able to offer tips and advice on simple bicycle maintenance. So, why not come to the Big Day on your bike.
Big Day Arena
Sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare Uckfield)
10.00am Fun Dog Show Bring along your dog, waggiest tail, most beautiful eyes etc. Entrance £1 per class per class.
(Sponsored by Paws and Claws and Handsome Hounds)
11.00am onwards – Arena Performers – Dancers, Singers, Bands and Specialty acts. (times subject to change). Live entertainment throughout the day with MC Christine Skinner.
11.00am Annika Brown
11.30am Universal Dance
12.00 noon Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)
12.40pm Karate Demonstration by TSM Martial Arts
1.00pm The Sussex String Band
2.00pm Grand Parade arrives
2.30pm Culinary Duel
(Supported by Applause Rural Touring)
3.10pm Deb’s Dancers
3.40pm Crossfit display
4.00pm Natasha Norodien
4.30pm Spirit Elite
Look out for East Sussex National Hotel’s Silent Auction pitch. You can bid for any of the following. All proceeds to Uckfield Festival Association to provide more entertainment and facilities for the residents of Uckfield. Easy to do, just look at what others have bid and up it by a few pounds.
|Lot 2||Lot 3||Lot 4||
|B&B with a Rhassoul Mud Treatment for 2 guests (excluding Saturdays) Complimentary upgrade to a Suite – Subject to availability valid for 6 Months||7 Days pass at the Leisure club||Alfresco Theatre & BBQ for 2 guests||Golfers Mid-Week 4ball||Full Afternoon Tea & Spa Day for 2 guests||Sunday Carvery for 4 guests at the Hunningtons Restaurant in the Clubhouse|
8.00pm Nick Prince – Closed Stations of Kent and East Sussex – an illustrated talk
Who remembers catching a train at High Cross Halt, Barcombe Mills or Rotherfield and Mark Cross? East Sussex memorabilia enthusiast Nick follows up his fascinating 2016 talk on local old cinemas with a look at railway stations of yesteryear in Sussex and Kent- once busy, now closed. Nick Prince is an author, researcher and historian of popular culture in East Sussex.
Have you ever wondered the origin of Punch and Judy? The very amusing Bertie Pearce will reveal all. Mr Punch – the most famous puppet character of all time. His comic irreverence gave “Punch” magazine its title. His anarchic vitality has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock and his enduring popularity has seen his likeness on goods ranging from Victorian silverware to computer video games.
Bring your friends. Tea/Coffee provided. This is not a Punch & Judy show, so unsuitable for children. (Sponsored by Uckfield and Lewes Decorative and Fine Arts)
Following the last Business Expo in July 2016 during the festival, 40 local businesses will once again be showcasing their products and services.
It’s an opportunity for members of the public and other business people to come and chat with those exhibiting and find out more about what they do in the area. A great selection of different types of businesses including charities and other organisations ready to explain how they can contribute to local life.
Witness history in the making at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre. We will be burying a time capsule outside the Cottage. The capsule will be filled with contributions from local schools and community groups to show future generations what life in Uckfield was like in 2017. Come and help us mark this historic event at our special time capsule ceremony.
This is a free event on the Bridge Cottage forecourt. Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre will also be open to visitors (£3 adult, £2 child).
It’s June’s big day! Time to crack open the bubbly, overly large hats, and grandma’s pearls for a proper wedding, the happiest day of any woman’s life. However, what with an overly joyous father of the bride, nervous groom, lost best man, disgruntled mother-in-law-to-be, and a… well, where is June?
Things could turn out very differently to the fairytale wedding everyone was hoping for.
Our June’s Wedding’ is for all the family – a warm, gentle, and funny show authentically spread over two locations and where the audience become guests at a wedding where all the drama happens to someone else’s family!
A drama by Theatre Exchange in association with Farnham Maltings.
(Supported by Applause Rural touring)
Starts in St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Buxted and continues in the church hall on the same site.
Tickets Adults £10, Children £5 (Suitable for 7 years and above)
Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist, activist and whistle-blowing stand up comic – tours with two thoughtful and topical comedies rolled into one show, covering subjects he is passionate about; living well, staying sane, dying with dignity and saving the NHS.
Dr Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, an investigative journalist for Private Eye, comic and author. Phil has appeared on ‘Have I got News for You’, Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, The News Quiz, The Now Show, Question Time, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, The One Show and Countdown.
“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet.” The Guardian
“Hugely enjoyable, well crafted, poignant stand up” Broadway Baby 2016 ****
Tickets £15 Book online through Uckfield Festival Website
(Sponsored by Kamsons Pharmacy)
11am warm up, 12 noon start.
Approximately 20 teams of 10 and 11-year olds from Uckfield and District Primary Schools compete in this exciting annual Festival event with the Kit Cars they have built and customised.
Organised by Uckfield Community Technology College and Uckfield Rotary Club, this always promises to be a massively popular event with a nail-biting finish. Burgers, Ice cream, cakes and drinks available. Prize giving approx. 4pm.