The Hurst Festival 2016

The Festival Committee are working hard on putting together an exciting programme for this year's Festival which will run from 17th September to 1st October.  We invite you to visit the website, our Facebook page or Twitter a little later this Spring to find out more.  Online booking opens 25th July and the Box Office in the Players Theatre opens on 28th July.   

So what is the Hurst Festival?

The Festival extends over a fortnight, 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. Now an essential on the village calendar, it moved into its second decade in 2015 and this year’s programme of events will live up to its superb, growing reputation in Hurstpierpoint and beyond.

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 with a huge array of free events and activities around the village, centred around the High Street, the Village Green and the Recreation Ground.

How can I find out what's on?

Events are grouped in theme sections to make it easy for you to find those that appeal to you but we encourage you to browse through all the sections - you might just find a little gem or two that catch your eye!

Some events sell out very quickly and we encourage you to consider becoming a Festival Friend to take advantage of priority booking.

How can I help?

Hurst Festival is much more than a two week event though. All year round the committee, a team of helpers, friends, artists, sponsors and, of course, you contribute to build a great series of events. 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.

If you would like to join our email list please complete the signup form - you can unsubscribe at any time.


The Festival Programme will be available to download from here in July 2016 







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