Brolly good start to festival

Umbrellas at Hailsham Festival
Umbrellas at Hailsham Festival

The long wait is finally over as Hailsham gears up for its seventh arts and culture festival from this weekend.

Hailsham Festival kicks off tomorrow (Saturday September 7) where visitors will be treated to a variety of music including African music and dance, European early music,and jazz .

There will also be poetry, literary events, art exhibitions, film exhibitions, workshops and children’s events.

One of the first events in this year’s festival is the costume and umbrella parade.

People brandishing colourful umbrellas and dressed to fit the Jungle Book theme, will leave Vicarage Field at 11am on Saturday and follow a route around the town centre, returning in time for a free Opening Concert in Hailsham Parish Church. Everyone is welcome to come along with their umbrella and join in the fun.

Rythmfire Djembe Drummers and the sand dance group, The Egyptian Mummies, will also be performing from 10am in the town and there will be face painting, buskers and live broadcasts from Hailsham Festival radio.

On Sunday (September 8) The Boship Lions Hotel in Hellingly will play host to American cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, a barbeque, Cajun dance workshop and live bands. The Cajun Dawgs, Pocketsize and The Memphis Flyers will bring sounds from the swamps of Louisiana, the Appalachian Mountains and the classic American diner. The gates open at 2pm with music starting at 3pm. Tickets at £10 from Hailsham Pavilion box office or

There will also be events for children with a special cinema screening of the Aardman Amination series Creature Comforts at the Hailsham Pavilion, and for older children a free Cloneworx workshop to make your own cardboard cut out.

Throughout festival week there are after-school workshops including contemporary dance and movement, animal masks and bird paintings – to help prepare for the highlight of the kids’ programme on the second festival Saturday (September 14): The Jungle Show.

For more information and for the full programme visit