Sussex Festivals

The Hurst Festival are delighted to have a close relationship with other festivals in the area. Please see details below of other festivals happening locally throughout the year.


CUCKFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL: from 11 – 19 June starts with Harveys Brass, ends with Kingfisher Chorale and has Jazz (Mingus Underground Octet), baroque, opera and more in between. There’s a strong focus on young musicians including BBC finalists, Guildhall and Royal School of Music graduates. The youngest performer is 13 year-old Aglea Carvalho-Dubost who will be performing Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No 1 as soloist in a Symphony Concert on Saturday 18th. With an Open mic night, a ‘Band of Dads’ and a concert performed by students from two local senior schools it’s a very inclusive and appealing programme details of which can be found together with a sign-up for regular news online. 


Elderflower Fields

27-30th May. Join our 10th birthday celebrations, a fantastic wild weekend of music, sport, art, performance and non-stop festival fun at the countryside setting of Pippingford Park in the Ashdown Forest. Designed especially for families with younger children, Elderflower Fields provides plenty of space to camp under the stars for an unforgettable wild adventure. The award winning Elderflower Fields adventure offers some of the finest local artisan food and drink whilst showcasing a spectacular line-up of performers from Sussex and beyond. Partnering with a host of experts in sports, arts and nature, families are invited to try new things together in a safe and nurturing environment. 



The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts, incorporating the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition, is a biennial festival that is held in even numbered years in the beautiful and historic village of Mayfield in East Sussex. The festival predominantly features classical music performed to a high standard and often attracts artists of international calibre. However, other musical genres and art forms are also represented. The Artistic Director of the Festival is the renowned conductor and composer Jeremy Summerly, known for his work with the Oxford Camerata and for his role as Director of Music at St. Luke’s, Chelsea.



The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival will take place from 23 to 26 June, with concerts in Peasmarsh, Rye and Winchelsea. Our guests include a superlative roster of world class artists. Joining Artistic Directors violinist Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester will be renowned accordion player James Crabb, the wonderful violinist Magnus Johnston and celebrated Heath Quartet. Award-winning Dutch pianist Hannes Minaar and the brilliant young 12Ensemble complete the roster. We will also be offering music workshops in five local schools, building on over 15 years of educational partnerships. Full festival programme and brochure available online.


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