A great Hurst Festival ahead for 2018...

By Katherine Jackman

Hurst Festival is delighted to announce Hurst Festival 2018 dates of Saturday 15th September – Sunday 30th September 2018.

Bringing together local, national and international talent, Hurst Festival caters for all with a varied programme including Children’s Workshops, Classical Music Soirees, Theatre, Art Exhibitions, Talks, Comedy, Cinema, Walks and Bushcraft.

One of the themes in 2018 will be around PEACE, to commemorate 100 years since the peace terms were discussed at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint in October 1918 for the armistice that brought peace at the end of the First World War.

Hurst Festival organisers say they will be encouraging performers and artists to involve the theme of PEACE, if they wish, within their work. This could be any form of expression to show the ways that people find peace in their lives, peace in our world, peace in our time or whatever your concept of peace may be. 

Hurst Festival is a 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. 

We are open to proposals for events and venues and as a community organisation we are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee or to volunteer at events. If you’re interested or wish to advertise in the Hurst Festival Brochure (11,500 circ.) please email info at hurstfestival.org.

Hurst Festival 2017 is nearly upon us

By Charlotte Snook


The 14th Hurst Festival runs from Saturday 16th September until Sunday 1st October and has over 80 events for people to choose from including music, theatre, comedy, film, dance, literature and art. We have just one request for people this year – and that’s to TRY SOMETHING NEW!

This year sees the biggest ever community day, called Super Sunday, on 17th September. Hurstpierpoint High Street will be closed for a village wide street party – the first this year – with lots of free activities for the whole family. The High Street traders are working closely with Festival organisers to create a day filled with food, drink and street entertainment. Come along and join in from 12.30pm until 5pm.

Highlights of the Festival programme this year include the opening Saturday night at the Village Centre where the Rollin Clones will perform a set of hits spanning five decades of one of this country’s best ever bands (the clue is in the name!). We also have two fine classical concerts at Danny House including mezzo soprano Lucy Goddard and local piano virtuoso Rachel Fryer. A must for jazz lovers is our closing night concert on 30th September; an exclusive tribute to Thelonious Monk, created by Mark Travers.

This year also sees some fantastic theatre productions. Local boy and Edinburgh Fringe performer John Hinton brings his wacky, wonderful and hugely educational ‘The Element In The Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy About The Death and Life of Marie Curie’ to Hurst College for one night only on Monday 18th September. Festival favourite Sam Nixon will also be performing Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Putting It Together’ for two nights on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September. And let’s not forget Hurst Players’ production of the classic Hobson’s Choice, on during the first week of the Festival. We also welcome back the wonderful Wishworks Puppets who will perform two zany shows for the whole family on Saturday 23rd September.

Finally, for lovers of Britain’s Got Talent we have a few treats in store. David Walliams Golden Buzzer act from 2015 Lorraine Bowen is performing two exclusive shows for us – one for kids on Saturday 16th and the other for adults on Friday 22nd September. Secondly, the man who inspired last year’s winner Richard Jones’ act, Fergus Anckorn, will tell his story with the help of his biographer Peter Fyans on Saturday 23rd September.

To view all events and book tickets visit www.hurstfestival.org or come along to our Box Office at the Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint High Street, open every Thursday-Saturday 9.30am-1pm until the end of the Festival.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Hurstpierpoint Village Fair - lead up events to Fair Day 2017

Hurstpierpoint Village Fair (St Lawrence Fair) has many events in the run up to Fair Day

Hurstpierpoint Village Fair (St Lawrence Fair) has many events in the run up to Fair Day

Here's the line-up of extra events that take place ahead of the big 2017 Fair Day (formerly St Lawrence Fair) in Hurstpierpoint. 

Hurst's Got Talent - Sat 17th June 3.30pm

Pet Show - Sun 18th June 12.30pm

Cuckoo In The Nest competition - 17th-28th June 2017
Spot the unusual item in any Hurst shops window

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Fri 30th June 2017, 12.30pm

Junior Disco - Fri 30th June, 6pm

Family BBQ, bar and live music on The Rec - Friday 30th June 2017, 7.30-11pm

Hurstpierpoint Village Fair Day - Sat 1st July 2017

(including the Village Run during the afternoon)