Uckfield Festival just two weeks away!

The most comprehensive guide to the 2018 Uckfield Festival in association with the free magazine delivered to all houses in Uckfield.

It’s Festival time again! And twenty eighteen’s Uckfield Festival gets underway on Friday 6th July with the now customary quarter peel of bells at 6.30 pm, rung by The Holy Cross Church bellringers. But this year, there is an additional event a little earlier at 1.30, when pupils from Uckfield Community College will perform a series of short plays under the title, ‘A dramatic Afternoon’ on Bridge Cottage Forecourt. It’s free to watch, so if you have time, give them your support!

And at the Alma Arms in Framfield Road, there is a free performance from Long Man Morris Dancers from 8. While at the Uckfield Civic Centre, you can dance at Uckfield FM’s retro 70’s to 90’s disco.  Platform shoes, shoulder pads and anything else from these decades still in your wardrobe are optional! It all starts at 7pm and tickets are available from the Uckfield FM Website.

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

It’s Saturday 7th July and that can only mean that it’s the Festival’s Big Day where from 10 in the morning to 4.30pm you can be entertained, amused, fed, support local charities and businesses and generally have a lot of fun.  Your Festival Guide that has dropped through your door or the Festival website have full details but here’s a taster of some of the entertainment you can expect: The magnificent Harvey’s Brewery Dray Horses will be on show, there’s an exciting and thrilling outdoor circus theatre show, a funny walkabout performance, dancers and music. It all starts with the Dog Show at 10 am and of course, the Grand children’s parade arrives around 2pm. To help with parking, the Car Park opposite the train station, wil also be free for the day.

Also on Saturday from 9am there is a craft and artisan market at Bridge Cottage and in the evening if you fancy a laugh, the Festival has a Comedy Gala in the Civic Centre from 7.30.  Tickets are £18 on the door and £15 in advance.

Further information and how to buy tickets for all these events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

 

Over 45 historic classic vehicles and over 30 bikes will meet on Luxford Field in the centre of Uckfield on Sunday 8th July for a rally with music and food stalls from 10 am to 4pm. Bring the family and perhaps a picnic, to enjoy a bygone era of motoring.

If you enjoy running, then the Uckfield and District Lions 10K Fun Run starting from the Uckfield Rugby Club in Nevill Road covers an off-road route. It’s £10 to enter and you will be supporting Prostrate Cancer Research.

If you prefer walking instead, then be at Bridge Cottage at 4.30 pm where Brian Phillips of Uckfield & District Preservation Society will lead you around rural New Town on a 4 mile circular walk. And you can bring your dog too. There’s no need to book and donations are welcome.

And to round Sunday the 8th off, Patrick Bond, poet and photographer of nature, gives an audio-visual presentation of poems and photographs exploring the natural world’s legacy on the Uckfield to Lewes railway line. It starts at 7.30pm in Bridge Cottage. Tickets are £5

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

During Festival week, from Monday to Friday at 6 o’clock, different and varied artists will entertain you in the Luxford Lounge at the Civic Centre. The Crazy Jane Trio will sing well known songs across the decades on Monday 9th July.  They sing well known songs from the forties through to the present day and encourage you to join in! Each artist at the club is performing for you for free so go along and support as many as you can. Each evening a collection is taken for the performers.

Further information and how to buy tickets for all these events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

Now I wonder how the acappella folk group, Hedegrumble decided on their name? Well, if you go along to the Festival Club on Tuesday the 10th, in the Luxford Lounge of the Civic Centre, perhaps this eclectic foursome will explain!  Entry is free with a collection for the group.

While in the historic setting of Bridge Cottage at 7.30pm, appropriately, medieval and renaissance music, played on period instruments will reproduce the kind of atmosphere that would have been in the cottage during the 14th to 16th centuries.

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

On Wednesday 11th July, you can add your memories of Uckfield to the history of the town for future generations, at the Bygones and Memories Coffee Morning from 10 am in Bridge Cottage.

At the Festival Club in Luxford Lounge in the Civic Centre from 6pm, String Theory will entertain you with feel-good music.  Entrance is free with a collection taken for them.

A little later at 8, in the Cornerstone Building, The Ashdown Singers Chamber Choir will perform a concert of music from The Great War. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 if purchased in advance.

And finally, on this musical Wednesday, you are invited to relax and enjoy an acoustic session in the Alma Arms on Framfield Road with performances from local musicians, poets and singers.

Further information and where to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

Events on Thursday 12th July are varied and start at 10 am in Uckfield’s Civic Centre with a Business networking Expo where local businesses and charities will showcase their products and services to the public.  Everyone is welcome and entrance is free.

If you love everything vintage including dressing up, then a Vintage Tea at Bridge Cottage is the place to be seen and enjoy the atmosphere.  It’s £15 per person and starts at 2.30pm

At the Festival Club in Luxford Lounge at the Civic Centre at 6pm, Uckfield singer Natasha Norodien, will interpret traditional ballads and those of folk singers such as Joan Baez.

And why not stay for Hotshots Dance Le Roc, at the Civic Centre from 8.  It’s free, so get your dancing shoes on and just turn up!

But if Jazz is your thing, then you are in for a treat at The Cinque Ports Club from 7.30pm, where the extraordinary and award winning Rid-out family, show off their talent. Entry is £10

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s nothing superstitious about the entertainment. It all starts at 6pm at the Festival Club in Luxford Lounge at the Civic Centre, where Kevin Russell plays everything Retro.  Iconic artists such as Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Bob Dylan find their way into his repertoire.  Entry is free with a collection for Kevin.

The ever-popular Northern Soul DJ’s will be at The Cinque Ports Club from 7.30 pm.  You buy your ticket at the door for £6

While in the Civic Centre from 8:15, enjoy classic rock and Americana with local performers Far Cry who will be supported by Sam Brothers.

Tickets are £10 and the hall will be set out cabaret style with the bar open throughout the evening.

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

If you find the thought of a gym intimidating but want to get fit, then perhaps a look around Anytime Fitness in Bell Walk on Saturday 14th July, or joining in on a free class will help. They welcome you between 10 am and 4pm.

The Festival has always been famed for its variety of musical entertainment and at 7.30 pm in the Civic Centre, the life story of Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues, is told through music by Julia Titus, with support from local duo Barber and Taylor.  This heart-warming evening is £14 per person.

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk

Those dare-devil school kids are back again on Sunday 15th July for the Kit Car Grand Prix! Racing starts at 11 am on the car park of TR Fastenings on Bell Brook Industrial Estate.

The Churches in Uckfield invite everyone for a Free, Fun, Family Afternoon on Luxford Field between 2 and 5 pm. There will be refreshments, fun stalls and bouncy castles.

We’ve all heard of Brexit, well at 4.30pm Brian Phillips of Uckfield & District Preservation Society escorts you on a 4 mile ‘Uxit’ walk, to find out how Uckfield is separated from Buxted and Framfield.  You can just turn up. It’s free although donations are very welcome.

And although this is the last day of the festival sadly, it’s going out in style with a Grand Finale at Uckfield Rugby Club on Hempstead Playing Fields featuring Uckfield Concert Brass, Debs Dancers, Harlands Primary School Choir, mezzo soprano Niki I-anne-toe-vich and fireworks.. Bring a chair and a picnic or buy from food stalls at the event. This is also the venue where the Grand Festival Raffle is drawn. Kids under 11 are free. For everyone else it’s a fiver.

Further information and how to buy tickets for events is available at uckfieldfestival.co.uk 

Keep tuned to Uckfield FM for the very latest information on the full program and not just bits!

Image by Ron Hill

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