Hailsham Festival 2020 and Coronavirus

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided, with regret, to cancel the 2020 Hailsham Festival.

We know that September is a long way away but due to current restrictions our committee is unable to meet to plan events. The programme needs to be ready to print by the end of April and we don’t feel it is wise to commit to events which may have to be cancelled later.

This isn’t a decision that has been made lightly and we hope you understand.

We are hoping to produce some one-off Hailsham Festival Extra events later in the year. We will be updating our website and social media pages with information about these as the situation becomes clearer.

Thank you for all your support over the years – we hope to make next year bigger and even better! Please take good care of yourselves at this time.


Festival Chair

We are leaving the 2019 website in place so that you can see what the festival is all about.

Welcome to Hailsham Festival 2019!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 Hailsham Festival, a celebration of talent, creativity and imagination centered in Hailsham and its surrounding area.

The Festival Art Trail is as diverse and vibrant as ever and continues to be a rich showcase for local artistic talent and skill, both professional and amateur. Exhibition spaces can be found across the area and we are sure that you will enjoy the wide range of work on display.

A highlight of this year’s festival will be a visit from the well known author and broadcaster, Michael Rosen who will be presenting a family show at the Pavilion on Thursday, September 12th, Music, dance, drama and cinema are well represented with performances in venues ranging from the iconic Hailsham Pavilion, the Summerheath Hall, Chapter 12 Bar and Kitchen and the Grenadier and the King’s Head in South Road. The Mayor’s Concert in the Parish Church will feature musicians from the church as well as a performance by Hailsham Choral Society and solo singer Abby Marsden.  And of course there’s much, much more – jazz, folk, theatre, film, poetry and literature as well as competitions and activities for children !

I have continued to be amazed at the variety, quality and richness which the festival has to offer. Thanks are due to our sponsors and supporters whose help ensures that we have the resources to take creative risks and offer a diverse programme of events. The arts represent a vital component of our culture, enriching our community and creating a vibrant landscape from which we all benefit.

I do hope you enjoy the festival.

Tony Biggin

Festival Chair