Alfriston festival swings to new beat

Les Crustaces jazz band
Les Crustaces jazz band
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Alfriston’s popular village festival will swing to a new beat this year when a band from across the Channel adds a French flavour to the celebrations.

The jazz group, Les Crustaces Jazz Band, from Normandy will be playing over the four-day August Bank Holiday weekend to mark the very first collaboration between Alfriston and its new twin village of Veules les Roses.

Band leader Paul Noël said: “We’re really looking forward to playing at the Alfriston Festival. We hope to add a little bit of French fun to this this traditional English fair.

“This is the band’s first engagement outside France and we’re very happy to get the chance to bring our music to Sussex.

“Everybody in Veules les Roses is excited about our new twinning association with Alfriston, and we’re hoping this is the first of many friendly exchanges between our two villages.”

The band will be just one of a host of attractions on the Tye in Alfriston from August 23-26.

The village green in front of the Norman church has been the site of a summer fair for generations, and now it’s grown to a fun-packed four-day festival.

Visitors will find old-fashioned games of skill like tilt the bucket, toss the bale, bowl for a pig, and an egg toss challenge, along with a traditional fun fair to take them back in time.

There will also be pony rides and a bouncy castle for children.

There will also be the traditional stalls full of great local produce, tea and cakes in the village hall, prize draws, historic walking tours, and a classic car show.

An art exhibition, dog show, band music, Morris dancing, and a guided tour of Britain’s biggest new vineyard will also be on offer.

But that is not all, there will be even more on offer throughout the festival and it has something for everybody.

The aim of the festival is to give as much enjoyment to as many people as possible.

Both villagers and visitors are welcome to attend the festival.

It will be raising money for local organisations and charities in the area.

For more information about the festival and to download a full programme of events and listings visit the official festival website at http://www.alfriston-village.co.uk/festival/index.html.

The Alfriston Festival also has its own Facebook page.

This page can be found by going to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alfriston-Village-Festival-2013/318846314915833