A number of festivals take place throughout East Sussex and entry to many is free. Those mentioned
below are all within a short distance from Hyde House.
Spring kicks off with the Eastbourne Festival - a two week celebration of art and culture during
which there are artists’ open houses, art exhibitions and a film festival. A variety of literary, musical
and theatrical events follow with Hastings’ annual May Day Jack-in-the-Green morris dancing and
ceilidhs (pronounced Kay-lees) and the 3-week long major Brighton Festival which serves up 200
odd performances of world-class art and entertainment.
Charleston Farmhouse has its own festival which previously has included workshops to explore the
lives and personalities of the various artists, intellectuals and writers known as the ‘Bloomsbury
Group’ who were guests in this, the home of English painter Vanessa Bell.
Classical musicians, international soloists and choristers come together in Mayfield for the bi-annual
Mayfield Festival which runs for 10 days in early May. In Battle, from late May to early June, a range
of satirical and literary performances take place including celebrity one-person shows. Every Spring Bank
Holiday weekend at the end of May, Telham plays host to blues, world music, folk and young bands.
On that same Bank Holiday Monday, Steyning celebrates its heritage with traditional crafts and
The world famous operative performances of Glyndebourne Festival Opera are held between
May and August.
Every year, during the week leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend, the village of Alfriston
holds its own festival with a range of entertainment, culminating in a grand fair on the Tye (village
green). For some 30 years, the village of Chiddingly has run its own festival, which features live
music, art, dance, puppetry, theatre, poetry and storytelling. The festival usually takes place over the
last week of September/first week of October.
Throughout the Autumn, the county’s Bonfire Societies hold torchlight processions and firework
displays - a tradition begun over 300 years ago to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot.
These celebrations take place in a number of villages and towns, perhaps the most well-known being
held at Lewes.
The famous Veteran Car Run is hosted annually by the town of Brighton and if you’re visiting around
Christmas, you’ll enjoy Alfriston’s old-fashioned Village Christmas complete with period costumes,
craft stalls and carol singers.