Hurst Festival
17 September - 1 October 2016

Hurst Festival 2016

The Hurst Festival took place from Saturday 17th September to Saturday 1st October 2016. This year's festival was bigger than ever with over 85 events across multiple venues in the village of Hurstpierpoint. Planning for Hurst Festival 2017 will begin towards the end of 2016 so if you have any suggestions for performers, events or venues, we'd love to hear from you,

Categories this year included popular and classical music, arts and crafts, comedy, literature, film, theatre, kids' workshops and country pursuits.

So what is Hurst Festival?

Hurst Festival extends over a fortnight at the end of September every year, bringing together the amazing local talent within our village and leading international performers who have a connection with Hurstpierpoint, the village we live in and love.

The overarching aims of the Festival are to entertain and also to offer an opportunity to widen perspectives by offering a diversity of cultural events. We showcase the work of musicians, singers, writers, thinkers, actors, brewers, farmers, artists and a great deal more.

As is traditional, the Festival opens with the Village Community Day on the opening Saturday with a huge array of free events and activities around the village, centred around the High Street, the Village Green and the Recreation Ground. This year our Community Day was been renamed Super Saturday in a nod to the Rio Olympics taking place in 2016

How can I help?

Hurst Festival is much more than a two week series of events. All year round the committee, a team of helpers, friends and artists work to build our programme of top quality performances. If you would like to support the Hurst Festival, there are several ways to do so:

  • We always need helpers for events during the festival (setting up, running the bar, checking tickets etc..) - please send an email to if you are interested in joining the helpers' team.  
  • Please consider supporting us by becoming a Festival Friend. For an annual donation of £20 (or more if you wish) you will have priority booking, an advantage for smaller capacity events and your name will go into a draw to win a case of wine from Southdowns Cellars if you join before the end of this year's festival. To join, click on Friends.

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The Festival Programme content can be viewed here

An entry form for the Treasured Transport event can be downloaded here