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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL / here's what we're about

This year we celebrate the 19th 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.  We encourage small local businesses to have a pitch to promote or sell their wares. The Festival takes place during the second week of July.

Dorothy Sparks

Chair – Uckfield Festival Committee

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Bridge Cottage

F B Pocket Orchestra

An evening of hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dance music of the 1920/30’s. Join us for the concert or come along to the music café downstairs. Please book

Holy Cross Church Bellringers

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
Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre

The Uckfield Fm Retro Disco

Come and join us for a retro 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Disco at the Civic Centre – Fantastic music hosted once again by Uckfield FM’s Breakfast presenter Gary King.
Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield

Long Man Morris Men

Morris dancing performance at the Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield.
Luxford Field

Uckfield FM Live

Uckfield FM live from Luxford Field with well-known Uckfield FM presenters, plus live inserts for the rest of the day.
Uckfield Field

Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses

A great attraction will be the magnificent Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses on show. (Sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery, Lewes)
Arena

Live Entertainment from Applause Rural Touring

There will be live entertainment throughout the day in the Arena with MC Christine Skinner. Arena performances include the amazing Beautiful Creatures Theatre: Rat Choc Chip show (supported by Applause Rural Touring) Rat
Arena

The Wind and The Sun show

In the Arena; an exciting and thrilling two person outdoor circus theatre show by Serious Mischief and Tell-Tale Hearts. The Wind and The Sun   Two rival siblings battle the elements
Uckfield Field

Bicycle Safety Check

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
Uckfield Field

Jewellery Cleaning Service

George Moss jewellers have a free jewellery cleaning service on the Big Day with donations to the Festival.  Call in with your cleaning needs. George Moss: https://georgemossjewellers.com/

Fun Dog Show

Bring along your dog, waggiest tail, most beautiful eyes etc. Entrance £1 per class per class. (Sponsored by Ems Gearing Photography and Windmill Feeds)

Universal Dance

Universal Dance offers classes and training in all Street Dance styles, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Commercial Dance, Musical Theatre, Pre-school Dance and Adult Fitness.
Uckfield Field

Spirit Elite

Spirit Elite began in May 2015, when head coach Bexx felt that there wasn’t a competitive cheerleading squad on offer for the children in Uckfield. Starting with

Uckfield Field

Deb’s Dancers

Established since 1989 and situated in Uckfield, ‘Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts’ offers professional training in the performing arts including

East Sussex National Hotel’s Silent Auction

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
Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC)

Grand Children’s Parade

Grand Children’s Parade from Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC) arriving at Luxford Field at approximately 2pm via the High StreetMany Primary Schools, UCTC, Spiritus Carnival Arts Group and Uckfield
Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre

Comedy Gala

An evening of stand-up comedians led and introduced by their hilarious Master of Ceremonies, Chris Betts. CHRIS BETTS “His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness.
Bridge Cottage

Craft and Artisan Market

Vibrant market full of artisans and crafters. Our truly talented stallholders will have a wonderful selection of hand crafted items for sale that you will love. Pop the date
Uckfield Rugby Club on Nevill Road

Uckfield & District Lions Club 10k Run

The 9th Uckfield and District Lions Club 10k Charity Run will take place on Sunday 8th July at 10am. Starting from the Uckfield Rugby Club in Nevill Road it
Luxford Field

Classic/Historic Car and Bike Rally

Last years event was a sterling show of Classic, Custom and Historic vehicles and we’re hoping this year’s event will be even bigger!  
Luxford Field

The Vincents

Great music with The Vincents between 11.00am and 12.30pm
Luxford Field

Nigel Bagge Band

Great music with The Nigel Bagge Band between 1.00pm and 2.30pm
Bridge Cottage

Walk – ‘Rural New Town’

Historical walk.    (4 miles, 2 hours). Led by Brian Phillips of Uckfield & District Presevation Society.  Across Selby Meadow, Harlands Farm and pond and Boothland Wood, past historic features. 
Bridge Cottage

Patrick Bond, Poet and Photographer of Nature

An audio visual presentation of poems and photographs exploring the natural world and its legacy on the Uckfield to Lewes railway line. Patrick brings years of experience as a poet
Luxford Lounge

Festival Club – Crazy Jane Trio

We start the festival club today with our own Jane Pritchett’s trio. They sing well known songs from 1940s to the present day whilst giving the audience an opportunity
Luxford Lounge

Festival Club – Hedgegrumble Acapella Folk

Hedgegrumble is a rumbling acapella powerhouse.  This eclectic foursome found themselves nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and yearning for a new musical challenge. The conditions were perfect
Bridge Cottage

Faronel Concert

Medieval and Renaissance music played on period instruments. Bridge Cottage
Uckfield

Ceroc Zeal

Learn to partner dance try a FREE lesson. A blend of dance styles with no complicated footwork we can teach you a whole routine to music in just 45minutes.
Bridge Cottage

Uckfield Bygones and Memories Coffee Morning

Come along and share your memories and pictures and help Bridge Cottage staff to capture the history of tomorrow for future generations.
Luxford Lounge

Festival Club – String Theory

The String Theory band have played throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and in Normandy.  As well as the fast swing numbers and Django compositions, they include a splattering of Latin
Uckfield

Ashdown Singers – Music of the Great War Era

The Ashdown Singers is a chamber choir of up to thirty voices drawn from across East Sussex.  Charitable work is an essential part of the choir’s ethos and over
Alma Arms

Alma Acoustic Session

An evening of melodic collaborative enjoyment performed by local musicians, poets and singers.You are welcome to join in with us or just relax and be entertained.Alma Arms, Framfield Road,
Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield FM & Civic Centre Business Networking Expo 2018

Following the last Business Expo in July 2017 during the festival. 40 local businesses will once again be showcasing their products and services. It’s an opportunity for members of
Picture House Restaurant

Festival Club – Natasha Norodien

Tonight, we welcome Uckfield-based Natasha Norodien, a lovely singer whose singular interpretations of traditional ballads and covers of material by folk influenced songwriters are inspired, she says, by such greats
Cinque Ports Club 

The Ridouts

The Ridout family is an extraordinary UK jazz phenomenon. Alexandra won BBC Young Jazz Musician Award 2016, and was runner up to "Rising Star" in British Jazz Awards 2017.

HOTSHOTS Dance Le Roc

Dance Le Roc offers a Free Beginners Lesson. You will be able to start dancing from the first night. It's a mix of Latin and Jive, easy to learn and

Acoustic Management

Acoustic Management will be playing.   Mike and Dudley perform classic hits mostly from the 60s and 70s.    Book a table or pop in for a drink.

Vintage Afternoon Tea

Bridge cottage will be transformed back in time to a 40’s Tearoom. Sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones & delightful desserts served on vintage crockery. Music of the era played on
Lawson Commercial

Festival Club – Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell plays Everything RETRO:  This will be Kevin’s third Visit to Uckfield festival, this time as a solo artist performing classic “retro” tracks across the popular genres from the 50’s,
Uckfield Civic Centre

The Jar Family

Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent

Midnight Northern Soul

The ever-popular Uckfield Soul Night returns!   Your DJs for the evening are Keith Woon, Andy Crane, Maxine Woon and Adrian Corbin.  For more information call Adrian on 07775 267015. Cinque
Uckfield Civic Centre

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

Julia Titus as Ma Bessie relates the life of Bessie Smith illustrating the story of Bessie's songs with a full band. It's a story that takes Bessie from a
TR Fastenings Car Park

The Uckfield Grand Prix

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
Luxford Field

Sunday Funday – A Fun Family afternoon for Free

The Sunday Funday will have a variety of fun stalls including Bouncy Castle, Human Fruit Machine, Coconut Shy, Angry Birds, Giant Bubbles and many more plus of course refreshments. 
Bridge Cottage

Walk – ‘UXIT?’ Crossing the Borders

Historical walk.    (4 miles, 2 hours). Led by Brian Phillips of Uckfield & District Presevation Society.  Exploring Hempstead Meadow and Mill, Buxted Park and Views Wood; finding how Uckfield
St Margaret's Church, Buxted Park

Uckfield Music Club Concert – Dinara Klinton

acclaimed international concert pianist and recording star. Sir András Schiff says, “Dinara is a real virtuoso, a born pianist, a very natural player.”   Her concert includes works by Beethoven, Chopin
Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival

Six years on and this popular festival is still going strong with great reviews from all including the music press, commenting on the quality of the acts and the

Sponsors / without their support this would not be possible

Our grateful thanks go to all our sponsors, our advertisers and the venues.

Most importantly, thanks to the people of Uckfield and the surrounding areas for making it a brilliant week by giving us their support, help and for producing events.

We always welcome more assistance, please contact us below if you would like to get involved.

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Uckfield Festival 2017: Big Day and Grand Children’s Parade

Event FAQS / find your answers

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Upon payment of a ticket, you will receive an email notification confirming your purchase alongside your e-ticket. This e-ticket will then be used as your form of entry to the Uckfield Festival.
No limit, buy as many as you want. The money raised from the Uckfield Festival will be used to make the next festival even bigger and better, so be sure to tell your family and friends.
Yes, of course, we allow children, the more the merrier! We even have a few amazing acts performed by talented children that I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss out on.
Walk a short distance and enjoy the day on Luxford Field. The large Uckfield Station car park will be free on the big day.  (Normal restrictions will apply at the Luxford Field Car Park).

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Grand Prize Draw

Support your Festival – tickets £1 Draw tickets may be purchased at any of the events listed in the programme and the Gale and Woolgar Box Office. 1st Prize:1st Prize 6 month membership at the East Sussex National Resort Health Club 2nd

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