Hurst Festival
14th - 29th September 2019

Hurst Festival

What is Hurst Festival?

The 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 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.

How can I help?

Hurst Festival is much more than a two week series of events. All year round the committee, a team of volunteers, 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:

  • Volunteering: Volunteers are the backbone to the festival and we are always in need of help during the Festival - If you are interested in joining our team of Volunteers then please contact
  • Friends of the Festival: Please consider supporting us by becoming a Friend. For an annual donation of £20 you will be invited to an exclusive Friends evening for the launch of the Brochure and have acces to priority booking, a must for some of our extremely popular 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 Friends.

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If you are interested in Volunteering click here to download our Volunteer Info Form and email it to

The 2018 Hurst Festival was a resounding succes, with more events on offer, more variety and more tickets sold than any other year! The Festival managed to reach a wider audience this year too with people coming from all over Sussex, and beyond, to enjoy the incredible Arts on offer.

"On behalf of all of us at Danny who attended the world premiere yesterday evening ...[I would like] to thank you for a great evening of historic drama and entertainment." Richard Burrows, Danny House. (In regards to Winning The Peace, which recieved it's world premier at the Hurst Festival 2018)

"It was a great weekend full of fun, interesting people to see and talk to and great food. We can see that the Festival is a great success. Thank you very much." Peter Hayes, Stroud, Glocs

"I'm so pleased both events were so well attended. Super Sunday saw 60 young people come through aged 7 to 17.
I believe the Saturday skate park session saw approx 15 11+ come through and help with the design and creation of the murals. Despite inclement weather we got it all done!" 
Tom Gouldon, Graffiti Artist

"Wonderful evening - friend,s family and a legendary muscian!" Kenton Green, regarding the Mark Chadwick Acoustic Gig

"I found myself witnessing the most inspirational talent, commitment and artistic integrity very much alive in our ... village centre, transformed by James Wilton and his incredible dance company realising the story of Moby-Dick in a creative, affecting and oh, so refreshing way, that literally blew everyone away. These passionate, disciplined practitioners cut the edge right here in HPP and deserve celebrating. More, please. Bravo." Sara Markland, Hurstpierpoint

"This was phenomenal!!!! I had goosebumps, it was incredibly moving and powerful!!!" Catherine Ferrer, Hurstpierpoint (regarding James Wilton Dance Company)

"Amazing evening. Thank you Hurst Festival for organising such a high calibre of artists and performers. What a treat this week has been!" Marion Worsley (regarding Matthew Barley, Cellist)