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

Welcome to the Twentieth Uckfield Festival!

Yes, we are now in our twentieth year and bigger and better than ever! The ten-day-long Festival is Uckfield’s big community event of the summer. On 6th July our Big Day, hundreds of children from twelve local schools parade in the High Street and dozens of community groups join in a day of festivities on Luxford Field. All that day and throughout the week there is wonderful entertainment; something for everyone.

New this year! Kites flying on Luxford Field! A walking tree in the children’s procession! A Magic Lantern show! Jazz meets classical Frederick Handel! Rudyard Kipling turns up in Uckfield! And we finish with a fantastic evening of the music of George Harrison the quiet Beatle.

Plus so many now established favourites. Festival Club – free gigs every night! Classic cars! Bands on the field! Kit car Grand Prix, Childrens’ storytelling, Northern Soul, Guided walks!

On the 7th of July spend an evening with Rudyard Kipling in this wonderful evocation of the Sussex author’s life. Author and local historian Geoff Hutchinson takes us back to the year 1933 and invites us to spend some time in the company of Rudyard Kipling as the great author relates tales from his eventful life through his books and his verse.

Also on this day, be sure to watch out this year for the classic car show.

Next up on the 8th of July, we have Peppers Ghost with a fascinating collection of Victorian magic lantern images which they use as the basis for their show. They accompany the slides with music, songs, poetry and readings.

After a thrilling concert with the Ridout Family in last year’s Uckfield Festival Tom Ridout returns on the 9th of July with his own trio in a groundbreaking new project.

A welcome opportunity on the 10th of July to hear the beautiful voice of Natasha Norodien, whose singular interpretations of traditional ballads and covers of material by folk influenced songwriters are inspired, she says, by such greats of the folk revival as Sandy Denny, Joan Baez and Mary Black.

Saturday evening 13th of July features a fun picnic evening of music and fireworks hosted by the Rugby Club.

Up next is the Uckfield Grand Prix with a 10 am warm up followed by an 11 am start on the 14th of July. 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 customized.

And to finish off the ten days of fun, on the night, of the 14th of July we have a very special event of George Harrison played by the wonderful ten piece “All Things Must Pass Orchestra.” Be sure to book early for this!

All this could not happen without the unstinting work of the small band of volunteers who work throughout the year to put this on. Thank you, Festival Committee! And a huge thank you to our so generous sponsors, our advertisers, the venues, Gale & Woolgar for the box office, Ron Hill Photography. Thanks to Uckfield Town Council for their financial support, Andrew Ledward for inspecting our accounts. Thanks go to East Sussex National Hotel for hosting our monthly meetings and Mansell MacTaggart for using their signs to advertise the Festival. Thank you also especially to all the sponsors for sponsoring specific 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 for producing events.

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

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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
via the Uckfield FM Website www.uckfieldfm.co.uk

THE UCKFIELD FM DISCO

Come and join us for our retro 70’s, 80’s Disco at the Civic Centre – Fantastic music hosted by the team from

RB Arts Academy

Spirit Elite is the only Allstar squad in Uckfield, East Sussex. Our aim at Spirit Elite is to teach children about teamwork and sportsmanship and how important this is to

RB Arts Academy

Spirit Elite is the only Allstar squad in Uckfield, East Sussex.

Our aim at Spirit Elite is to teach children about teamwork and sportsmanship and how important this is
Starting point - UCTC

Grand Children’s Parade

From Uckfield College arriving at Luxford Field at approximately 1pm via the High StreetMany Primary Schools, Uckfild College, Spiritus Carnival Arts Group and Uckfield Performance Ensemble, Theatre Guild
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/

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

UCKFIELD BIG DAY LUXFORD FIELD

Walk a short distance and enjoy the day on Luxford Field. Thanks to Wealden District Council, LUXFORD FIELD CAR PARK will

Uckfield Theatre Guild

Uckfield Theatre Guild and friends present an evening of variety, with performances of songs from musicals through the ages, by all ages, for all ages.

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

Classic/Historic Car and Bike Rallly

To all those with an interest in historic/classic cars and bikes, the Uckfield Festival are again looking for interested parties to take part in this year's event. Great music with
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

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 to

Pepper’s Ghost

Peppers Ghost, a charming evening's entertainment featuring an authentic Victorian magic lantern, beautiful, funny and nostalgic images combine with live music, songs and readings to make a fascination and
Bridge Cottage Bar

Tom Ridout’s “Handel on Jazz Ensemble”

After a thrilling concert with the Ridout Family in last year’s Uckfield Festival Tom Ridout returns with his own trio in

Dancing with Bears

Pre-school children’s stories and songs with Lucy and Jane at Uckfield Library. Please bring along your bears to share in the fun.
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

Festival Club – Stuart Bligh Solo Acoustic

Stuart Bligh is a very popular local guitarist/vocalist, often seen fronting his blues band, The Big Blue. This evening, it’s one man with his
Bridge Cottage.

Natasha Norodien

Natasha Norodien an Uckfield based musician of traditional folk, influenced by the likes of Sandy Denny, Joan Baez and Kate Rusby.  Natasha performs her
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

Festival Club – Lewis & Clark Jazz Duo

Drawing mainly on the music of the 1920s-1940s, with a particular emphasis on New Orleans jazz, you’ll hear tunes popularised by the likes of
Weald Hall and Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield FM & Civic Centre Business Networking Expo 2019

Following last year’s Expo. Up to 40 local businesses will once again be showcasing their products and services. It’s an opportunity for members of the public and

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

Walk – Was this the Wild West?

Historical walk. (6 miles, 3 hours) An unfinished railway; crime, industry and transport at Shortbridge, as well as peaceful fields and woods.

Tickets from www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk or from Bridge Cottage 01825 760734

Guided tour of Bridge Cottage

Have you ever wondered how Bridge Cottage was constructed, who lived there or what happened during the recent refurbishment? Or just want to see inside? Come and join a
Main Hall, Uckfield College

Celebrate Youth

The Uckfield Volunteer Centre will be celebrating the contribution young people make to our community with music and dance and

Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

Red, Green and Blue

Tonight’s male/female duo bring a stunning finale to the week’s early evening music. Red, Green and Blue is a multi-instrumental acoustic folk/pop duo who weave together original
Alma Arms

Morris Dancing and Music

Morris dancing performance. Long Man Morris and Shalesbrook Morris will be dancing followed by music in the bar afterwards.

Alma Arms / Free  

Cinque Ports Club

Northern Soul

Only the best Northern Soul. Across the Board & Classic Soul will be played at this great venue with its large wooden dance floor

Adjacent Waitrose Car Park, Hempstead Meadow Reserve

Nature Reserve Open Day

Guided walks by Geoff Pollard, Uckfield Town Council Ranger in conjunction with Uckfield Rotarians. Refreshments and an Exhibition

Bridge Cottage Craft & Artisan Market

Wonderfully talented local crafters and artisans have made their items to sell with love & passion. There is always something different to see. Refreshments available

Luxford Field

Family Kite Day

Bring your kites to Luxford Field for a family celebration of the ancient art of kite flying! Members of Brighton Kite Flyers will be
Uckfield Rugby Football Club, Hempstead Playing Fields, Nevill Road, TN22 1LX

Picnic and Proms Firework Concert

A super family evening at the Rugby Club. Uckfield Concert Brass, Debs Dancers. Come and enjoy Last Night of the Proms and
TR Fastenings Car Park, Bolton Close TN22 1QW

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
Civic Centre

All things Must Pass Orchestra

An unforgettable evening bringing to life the music of master guitarist, Beatle George Harrison. Enjoy Harrison’s incredibly diverse musical output with

Walk – Old New Town and Ridgewood

Historical walk. (4 miles, 2 hours). Led by Brian Phillips of Uckfield & District Presevation Society. Lost 19th century churches, breweries and pubs, traces of
Weald Hall,  Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival

People get ready for an explosion of tremendous music with a tidal wave of blues, soul, jazz, rock and everything that's good about music. This popular annual

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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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

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01825 763292

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