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Fabulous festivals in Sussex this summer 2022!

Xtina, 5ive? Who will you meet this summer at one of Sussex's amazing music, food and art festivals. Tent pegs secured - let's party!

Brighton College / Brighton Pride Parade by Tabatha Fireman for Brighton Pictures

Whatever you’re into there’s a festival for you this year in Sussex – forget skidding across a muddy field with a plastic cup, festivals now are slick events both inside and out. From gourmet food to Grammy award wining music artists, there’s something for every age and interest. Lanyards on… let’s do this!

Brighton Pride, We are Fabuloso, Preston Park, 6 -7 August

Christina Aguilera, Sophie Ellis Bextor & Paloma Faith amongst the headliners announced for this fabulous event. Some ticket bands already sold out so get in quick!

Good Vibrations, Pippingford Park, 5-7 August

This event for all ages to enjoy music and wellness is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown forest. Dance to incredible musicians from around the world; wake up to wild swimming, free yoga and dance workshops; stimulate your mind with daily talks and conversation; explore the forest with guided walks and take the weight off with a cold beverage in our onsite pub.

Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival, Southover Grange, Lewes, 11 June

Sign up to hear more about this little celebration of fabulous Sussex produced sparkling wine & gin. 

Ben & Jerry’s Sundaes On The Pier Festival, 6 August

With live music and serious festival fun the star-studded line-up includes headline acts Soul II Soul. Plus revellers will also be challenged to scale the enormous Cookie Dough climbing wall and frolic in the Banoffee Pie ball pit. We’re in!

Into the Wild Gathering, Chiddingyle, Sussex, 26-29 August

This nature based festival has World music, over 200 workshops, wild crafts, award winning kids area, bush-crafts, stargazing, inspirational learning, wild crafts, dance, choirs, yoga, theatre, hot tubs, saunas, talks, films and more!

Into the trees, Pippingford Park, 9-11 September

Puppets, archery, weaving and kayaking are just some of the activities on offer here. Alongside music, talks and demos, its one for all the family. Camping tickets are on sale now, day tickets from April.

Into the trees

Eastbourne Vintage Festival, Gildredge Park, 26-29 August

Vintage finds

On the bank holiday weekend retro fans can step back in time from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, with an array of classic vehicles, antiques, music, Victorian funfair, open-air cinema plus a prize for best-dressed.

Elderflower Field Family Festival, Pippingford Park, 27-30 May

Small, safe and friendly festival, designed especially for families with younger children letting them be a little bit wild and free, with great food and the arts for all.

One Love, Wiston Estate, 12 – 14 August

Heather Small & Julian Marley and a great line up of DJ’s amongst the acts at this fest with ‘Tea & Toast Glamping’ and holistic areas.

Pub in the Park, 8-10 July, Tunbridge Wells & 16-18 September, Brighton

Join chef Tom Kerridge and his foodie friends on a 9 stop tour. With a curated line-up of award-winning and Michelin-starred eateries and chefs on stage. Plus performances from chart-topping acts including, Craig David, Rag’n’Bone Man, Kaiser Chiefs, Professor Green, Sister Sledge & Supergrass.

Brighton College at Brighton Pride, Pic: Tabatha Fireman for Brighton Pictures

EFestival, Wester Lawns, Eastbourne, 29-31 July

Craig Charles on the wheels of steel, Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra & the School Disco Band in this new eco-festival.

Eastbourne Feast-ival, Hampden, 27-29 August

The Jam, Beatles, ELO and Robbie – just some of the tribute acts on stage here, alongside street food and inflatables for the kids! Early bird tickets on sale now.

Charleston Festival, near Lewes, 19-29 May

Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch will be in Sussex

Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch, Zandra Rhodes & author Monica Ali are just three of the big names at this arts festival. With talks and performances from leading and emerging artists, writers, thinkers and changemakers, expect books, poetry, fashion, film, science and politics, with over 40 live events bringing together more than 100 speakers. Priority bookings from February.

South Downs Folk Festival, Bognor Regis, 22-25 September

Headline shows featuring Lindisfarne, Spiers & Boden, The Leylines and The Men They Couldn’t Hang, plus support in The Alexandra Theatre in the town centre. A myriad of other venues across the town will enjoy live music, a real ale festival, shanty singing sessions and more.

Chiddfest, Beer & Music Festival, Chiddingly, 22-24 July

Five (well Three) headline at Chiddfest

Festival of Chichester, 11 June – 10 July

A month-long celebration of the arts with classical music, rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, cinema, spoken word, community concerts and shows, arts & crafts, dance, theatre, church, food & drink, walks and tours, sport and a lot more.

Fake Festival, Horsham, 20 August

Tributes to Oasis, Guns ‘N Roses and Kasabian are just some of the homage bands performing. Early bird tickets on sale now.

Cuckfield Music Festival, 11-19 June

Hannah Corcoran at the Cuckfield Music Festival

The 3rd Cuckfield Music Festival aims to bring world-class musicians to Mid-Sussex allowing audiences to enjoy a variety of musical genres on their doorstep. So whether your taste is choral, orchestral, classical, operatic, jazz, brass or modern and popular music, there is sure to be something for you.

Brighton Festival, 7-29 May

Beach Life Music Festival, Eastbourne, 16-17 July

Showcasing local music, street food delights and seafront sports! Beach Life kicks off the summer holidays with music on stage, street food vendors and a chance to see the UK Windsurfing Slalom! For up to date event details follow their Instagram.

Legends Festival, 1-2 July, Shoreham

The UK’s largest celebration of the world’s greatest pop and rock acts is steaming into Shoreham-by-Sea. With an line up of 10 tribute acts including Robbie Williams & Queen and you can bring your own picnic!

Bring on the picnics!

Worthing Food & Drink Festival, Steyne Gardens, 10-11 September

With over 60 Food & Drink stalls, cooking demos, entertainment and the famous chilli eating competition (yikes!) there will be something for everyone at this free event.

Locally Sauced, Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, 23-24 July EVENT CANCELLED CONTACT ORGANISERS FOR REFUNDS

A new hotspot for food and festival lovers celebrating the best food, drink and produce from across Sussex. Enjoy live bands plus an array of eateries, bars, independent local producers and lifestyle stores. Plus cookery demos and a kids area.

Brighton Fringe, 6 May – 5 June

For monthly events in Sussex see our What’s on guides.

2 comments on “Fabulous festivals in Sussex this summer 2022!”

  • Mel Millea February 23, 2022

    Hi, Worthing has a fabulous Food festival 10/11 September in Steyne Gardens. Pl give it a mention.

    • maddy February 23, 2022

      Thanks Mel! Great tip, have added it in x


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