WHETHER YOUR IDEA OF A FESTIVAL is a night under the stars, joining in an impromptu ceilidh, running around with the kids chasing bubbles or barrel-loads of beer, we’ve got something to suit all tastes and budgets in our Here & Now 2019 festival guide.
Worthing Surf Music Festival 5 May, 2-11pm. Bar 42.
Back for a second edition of all things gnarly, this all-day surf music extravaganza features Surfin’ Lungs, The Space Agency, The Squadron Leaders, Terrorsurfs and Waterboarders. Freelance journalist Travis Elborough will be talking surf music while you kick back with a beer on the sun terrace. Tickets £7 adv from Train of Thought or Skiddle.
S’koolFest 15 May, Pavilion Theatre.
Nine years in, this unique event showcases musical talent from local schools and colleges. Don’t miss the opening performance, put together by Siggi Mwasote of gospel choir Spring Into Soul, when singers from schools across Worthing participate in a ‘Soul Choir in a Day’ after just one afternoon at the Lido learning and rehearsing. Tickets £4/£2
Southwick Beer Festival 24-26 May, Southwick Community Centre.
Have we mentioned beer yet? With over 30 gravity ales in a range of strengths, a new keg bar with the chance to meet local brewers plus a special cider bar, this fundraising community event packs a punch. Home cooked food including a BBQ and the famous festival curry plus live music throughout the weekend add to the friendly atmosphere. Tickets £6 adv.
Elderflower Fields 24-27 May, Pippingford Park.
This award-winner is especially designed for children, offering a wild weekend of music, sports, nature and the arts in themed areas with enchanting names such as Tumbledown Meadows and Lazy Glades. There’s pond dipping, nightjar walks, a climbing wall, a huge family picnic on Sunday and even our very own Dan from TotRockinBeats. Weekend tickets £130.
Kew Science Festival 25-26 May, Wakehurst.
A weekend of wild workshops, hands-on experiments and behind the scenes tours to show how science is making a difference at Kew. Set in and around the Millennium Seed Bank, meet Kew’s scientists, hold the world’s largest seed, chat to a giant glowing fungus and experience the best-tasting chemistry lesson. Adults £14/children FREE.
Glastonwick 31 May-2 June, Church Farm, Coombes.
Glastonwick is an annual beer, music, poetry and more beer festival compered by Attila the Stockbroker. There will be 75+ cask-conditioned ales from small independent breweries, plus farmhouse ciders and perries and plenty of food. Music, tractor rides and entertainment for kids complete the line-up. Tickets from £50 (£65 camping).
Beach Dreams Festival 21-23 June, Beach Green, Shoreham Beach.
Now in its 21st year, Beach Dreams is a free community event run by volunteers with music, attractions, food and culture for the whole family. The festival starts with two large processions from all the local schools and samba bands filling the streets as they march towards the festival site from both corners of Shoreham Beach. This year’s theme is Beach Party. FREE
CoreFest 2019 22-23 June Hft Sussex, Eastergate Lane, Walberton.
Back by popular demand, CoreFest is a two-day independent inclusive charity music festival set in beautiful orchards. Based on the belief everyone has the right to enjoy live music, it offers facilities such as reduced crowds, disabled toilets with adult changing, an accessible campsite and wheelchair-friendly pathways. FREE but pre-booking advised (£15 camping).
MUSH Festival 29-30 June, Various venues, Worthing.
Mush is a new free music festival presenting live bands and DJs and alternative art in venues across the town centre, including Bar 42, New Amsterdam, Coast and The Corner House. It also promises urban art shows at the Yard Gallery and Train of Thought. FREE.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 4-7 July, Goodwood House.
Held in the parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party. From the thrills of the cars and bikes blasting up the infamous Hillclimb to unrestricted access to legendary cars and their drivers, it’s an opportunity for speed enthusiasts to get their summer in gear. Tickets start at £39.
Brighton Kite Festival 6-7 July, Stanmer Park.
The hills around Stanmer Park brighten up with teddy bears, octopi and even a gigantic Superman at the annual Kite Festival. It’s a great way to give kite flying a go for the first time, and there are some breathtaking aerial displays from the experts plus food and a small funfair. FREE
Love Supreme Jazz Festival July 5-7 July, Glynde Place, Lewes.
With a stellar programme featuring the likes of Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum playing to crowds of 15,000, Love Supreme is the jewel in the crown of the jazz festival season. Choose from four stages, luxury and standard camping, chill out and relaxation zones and plenty of family activities. Weekend tickets from £135 (£159 with camping).
Worthing Lions Festival 27-28 July, Worthing seafront.
Always a winner, this seafront festival includes a funfair, vintage bus rally, classic cars on show, food stalls, street entertainment and the showdown firework display off the end of the pier. FREE
South Downs Folk Festival 19-22 September, Bognor Regis.
Returning for its seventh year, this Bognor-based festival offers dancing, singarounds, music workshops, food and ceilidhs alongside performances from acts such as The Young ‘Uns, Oysterband and rock-folk legends Lindisfarne. Tickets from £75.
Oktoberfest 4-6 October, Steyne Gardens.
New for 2019, Oktoberfest will be coming to Worthing together with dirndls, lederhosen and a live oompah band. Sited in a gigantic marquee on Steyne Gardens, there will be a 20-metre bar with classic German draught beers as well as wine, spirits, soft drinks and traditional hot food. Tickets from £15 (early bird).
Part 2 of our Festival Guide will be in the June Issue, if you have or know of any local festivals please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org