Hurst Festival
17 September - 1 October 2016

About Hurst Festival

Hurst Festival was conceived 12 years ago by a merry band of friends over dinner, impressed by the wealth of talent in our village. It has one aim; to provide people with two weeks of enjoyment in September during which we can meet each other, experience something new and feel connected to our community.

Since those early days, Hurst Festival has grown year on year to offer more than 85 events to thousands of locals at venues all across the village of Hurstpierpoint.

Hurst Festival is not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers and the diversity of the events we offer is only possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Hurstpierpoint Community Charity Shop and Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council.  Indeed, the Charity Shop has donated more than £50,000 to us during 12 years. We are also dependent on the support of our sponsors and the community who come together to help out at events, host events and make the festival a success.

As a community organisation we are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee or to volunteer at events. If you're interested, please email

Hurst Festival Committee 2016

Margaret Carey (co-Chair), Michel Olszewski (co-Chair), Simon Anckorn, Caroline Bates, Ian Deeley, Lucy Driver, David Hughes, Becca Laurence, Guy Lovegrove, Colin Matthews, 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: Michel Olszewski (Chair), Derick Bostridge, Margaret Carey, David Gold, Claire Levin, Shaughan Parish and Bob Sampson

Company Secretary: Barry Budibent

How did it all start?

The first Hurst Festival took place in 2004 as an afternoon of events at the Hurstpierpoint Village Centre showcasing some of the amazing artistic talent in the village. Over 500 people turned up and the founders realised that their idea had serious potential. Building on the 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 and bouncing ideas around 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 over 80 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