Hurst Festival
15th - 30th September 2018

Hurst Festival 2017

Hurst Festival 2017 took place from Saturday 16th September until Sunday 1st October.  We put on over 80 events for the community to enjoy over two weeks and our aim this year was to get our audience to step out of their comfort zone and try something new!

Here are a few headline numbers from this year:

Duration of Festival: 16 days
Number of events: 85
Number of free events: 23
Number of kids's events: 10
Number of event categories: 7
Number of venues used (including soirees in people's): 24
Total number of tickets sold: 3,234
Number of sold out events: 16
Age of youngest participant – 4 (children aged 4 from St Lawrence School submitted their paintings of Wolstonbury Hill for our art exhibition)
Age of oldest participant – 99 (at nearly a century old Fergus Anckorn is the oldest member of the Magic Circle)
Number of volunteers who helped run events and distribute brochures: 63
Number of people at Super Sunday launch party (estimated!): 2000
Number of visitors to Wolstonbury Art Exhibition: 1,500

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 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 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 2016 Festival programme can be downloaded here.