With the short British summer halfway gone, Rimante Boguzaite has rounded up a little list – in no particular order – of some of the vibrant and diverse boutique festivals and fairs in the region to help you make the best out of the remaining months. Assuming the rain doesn’t ruin everything, obviously…
Firle Vintage Night Garden
11th and 12th of August, South Downs
Enjoy a fabulous weekend of jazz and magic underneath the stars at Firle Park. This gorgeous park in the middle of South Downs is perfect for spending the weekend exploring nature and new music. Discover new amazing delicacies, camp in a unique tepee and yurt village, and wake up to relaxing morning yoga, all at Firle Vintage Night Garden. This one looks like a real magical mystery tour.
28th and 29th of July, Lewes
The line-up of this two-day music festival is sure to satisfy any music lover. With 14 bands over just one weekend and family tickets available, this festival is a great way to spend quality time with your music loving family.
19th and 20th of August, Hove
An exciting family weekend in the heart of Hove with a vibrant food and vintage markets, live music and children’s games, Brunswick Festival will be a perfect two-day break from your everyday worries. This year is their 36th! Amazing!
September 30th, Brighton
An open air club event is coming to Brighton! Multiple stages across the breath-taking Stanmer Park will leave your ears and sensations tingling with a mix of techno, drum n’ bass and house music and a brilliant line-up of renowned clubbing artists.
Weyfest Music Festival
August 18th-20th, Tilford, Surrey
Just next door in Surrey, this 10 year old festival prides itself on delivering unforgettable experience of fine food and drink, and great quality live music from the likes of Alison Moyet, Jools Holland and the Buzzcocks. From traditional ales to champagne bars, this festival set in the splendid woodland of the Rural Life Centre is bound to leave you entertained and offers a great experience event for a wide range of age groups.
West Dean Chilli Fiesta
11-13 August 2017
If you haven’t ever been to this fiesta you need to go. Originally created for the chilli lovers out there – West Dean grows loads of them in the Victorian glass houses – this has become a diverse and fun annual event that’s still geared around the mighty chilli but is diverse in its content, including music, dancing, drinking and of course, trying every kind of chilli product under the sun!
Rye International Jazz Festival
24-28 August 2017
This long-running festival is the best time to see the finest in jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, contemporary and crossover music in Sussex at any one time. The lineup this year, across multiple venues, is pretty impressive. There’s even some free events. We’re keen on the New Orleans nights and also the Freak Flag Power Trio who specialise in the music of Jimi Hendrix and Cream. Bring it on!
19-28 August 2017
Loads going on for this festival, including music, food, historical stuff, literature, art, even yoga. A really diverse program each year and worth checking out the brochure to see what’s on.
29-30 July 2017
For something that connects with ancient tradition, we love this little festival in Eastbourne. The word ‘Lammas’ comes from the old English for ‘Loaf Mass’, a celebration of the Earth’s bounty, traditionally held at the time of cutting the first corn crop. It is one of the main festivals now celebrated by the modern Pagan movement. This two day event is a showcase for local talent – music, Morris dancing, drumming and storytelling – and raises money for the RNLI to boot.
It’s time to dust off the scooter, stick on the parka and get down to Worthing Rugby Club for a festival that celebrates all things mod! With a definite 60s feel, and names paying tribute to star acts like Madness, The Who and Blondie, the event proudly presents Secret Affair and The Lambrettas as headlines. Roll out those bowling shoes and dog tooth skirts and get dancing like the Ace Face.
24 August – 3 September
If you’re anything like the team in the offices here at Title Sussex you’ll know that the most important thing in life is actually gin. And never has there been a better time to celebrate this astonishing marvel. Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival have a whole bunch of stuff going on through Autumn but we are captivated by the idea of SUSSEX GIN WEEK with lots of gin based events throughout.