About Us

The Festival came about because of the wealth of talent in our villages. It has one aim – to provide people with two weeks of enjoyment during which we can meet each other, experience something new and generally feel part of the community. In 2010, more than 8,000 people came to well over sixty different events which is a pretty good indication of success! We are exceedingly grateful for the support and enthusiasm of so many people who help us in so many ways.

Hurstpierpoint Festival Committee 2016

Simon Anckorn, Caroline Bates, Margaret Carey (co-Chair), Ian Deeley, Lucy Driver, David Hughes, Becca Laurence, Guy Lovegrove, Michel Olszewski (co-Chair), Shaughan Parish, Carey Tighe, Fraser Trainer, Ray Traynor, Steph Traynor and Steve Whitehead

Festival Administrator: Charlotte Snook 

Friends Secretary and Box Office Manager: Zoe Deeley

Trustees: Derick Bostridge, Margaret Carey, David Gold, Claire Levin, Michel Olszewski (Chair), Shaughan Parish and Bob Sampson

Company Secretary: Barry Budibent

How did it all start?

Back in 2003, a couple of long-term Hurst residents recognised what an extraordinarily vibrant and talented community exists in the village and that gave them the germ of an idea.  Drawing in a few more people, they held a one-day 'taster festival' in May 2004 in the Village Centre, with drama, music, singing, children's performances - everything that could be packed into a relatively short time-span. It was a resounding success with over 500 people attending during that one day.

Building on this enthusiasm and the energy generated by that one day, plans were quickly underway to create a full length festival to take place each September. A committee was formed well, there has to be one - but it's a very friendly group, meeting over a few bottles of wine in various homes! The first two-week festival was held in September 2005 and ever since we have put on an amazing range of events each year.

We can't do this without all the fantastic support we get from helpers, sponsors and businesses. It takes thousands of hours of work to put together a programme of some 70 events over the fortnight and we do our best to provide something for everyone. As soon as one Festival ends, we start work on the next one, so if you've an idea for next year, and would like to work with us, please get in touch.

Hurst Festival Committee