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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

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
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
Alma Arms, Framfield Road, Uckfield

Long Man Morris Men

Enjoy this Morris dancing performance and relax with a drink a the Alma Arms.
£1 per class

Fun Dog Show

Variety of Dog events including Waggiest Tail! Entrance £1 per class. (Sponsored by Ems Gearing Photography and Windmill Feeds)
Arena

CrossFit

We know that happiness comes from a sense of accomplishment. In a world that gets rich on making us feel inadequate, CrossFit Uckfield exists to make you feel accomplished!

Arena

The Wind and the Sun – 1st Show

Two rival siblings battle the elements in a competition to prove their strength. This turbulent struggle of Sun ‘vs’ Wind heats up with audience participation in true street style

Universal Dance

Professional training and classes for all Dance - Ballet, Tap and Cheerleading in Uckfield. Senior Commercial Dance, Senior Street Dance , Youth Dance Companies; Graffiti & HED. We will
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

Starting point - UCTC

Grand Children’s Parade

Starting at 1.30pm from Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC) arriving at Luxford Field at approximately 2pm via the High Street Many Primary Schools, UCTC, Spiritus Carnival Arts Group and Uckfield Performance
Arena

The Wind and The Sun – 2nd Show

Two rival siblings battle the elements in a competition to prove their strength. This turbulent struggle of Sun ‘vs’ Wind heats up with audience participation in true street style

inChoir

inChoir started one Tuesday evening in February 2009. It was Shrove Tuesday, and most of the people who turned up at the venue had come for pancakes at The

Weald Ukulele Players and Singers

WUPS describe themselves as a friendly group of people who get together to strum their ukuleles, sing along to popular songs and generally have a fun time! Come and see
Luxford Field

Rat Choc Chip

Live Entertainment A very funny new walkabout performance from Beautiful Creatures Theatre. The performance will wander about Luxford Field, finding opportunities to entertain and disgust your audiences with this hilarious

Laser Quest

Super, popular Laser Quest activity. Test your skill in the exciting inflatable zone.
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/

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

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
Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre -Tickets £15 in advance £18 on door

Comedy Gala

"Young, driven and hugely talented!" The Festival has teamed up with Grinstock Comedy, nominated as Comedy Club of the South, to provide an evening of cutting edge comedy. Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre -Tickets £15 in advance £18 on door /   
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

Over 45 historic classic vehicles, through the ages, and over 30 bikes will be present with their enthusiastic owners. Maybe bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the event, or take
Start outside 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, 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

Festival Club – Hedgegrumble A capella Folk

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

Faronel Concert

Medieval and Renaissance music played on period instruments in the atmospheric setting of medieval Bridge Cottage and will feature a repertoire which would have been performed in a hall
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
Cornerstone Uckfield (opposite Applegreen Petrol Station)

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, Framfield Road, Uckfield

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,
Bridge Cottage

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

Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

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.

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.

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

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
Luxford Lounge, Civic Centre

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,

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
Suite 4 Bell Walk TN22 5DQ

Open Day at Anytime Fitness

Free classes or just look around.

Details of times of classes will be available on Saturday 7th July Big Day at their pitch on Luxford Field.

Weald Hall, 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, 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 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. 
Start outside 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
Uckfield Rugby Football Club, Hempstead Playing Fields, Nevill Road, TN22 1LX

Picnic Proms Spectacular with Fireworks

Uckfield Concert Brass, Debs Dancers, Harlands Primary School choir and the mezzo soprano Niki Ihnatowicz bring the 2018 Festival to a fantastic close with all the favourites from the
St Margaret's Church, Buxted Park

Uckfield Music Club Concert – Dinara Klinton

Dinara is an 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,
Weald Hall,  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

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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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