Plans take shape for this year’s Uckfield Festival

Plans are taking shape for this year’s Uckfield Festival which takes place from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 15.uckfield-festival-logo-un

Major events will include the Big Day Out on Saturday, July 7; a classic car and bike show on Sunday, July 8; a dance day on Saturday, July 14, and the ever-popular kit car grand prix on Sunday, July 15.

Musical highlights will include jazz on Thursday, July 12, with young musicians from the Ridout family. Alexandra, who plays the trumpet, won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award in 2016. Her brother Tom, who plays the sax and recorder, was runner-up in the same year.

The Big Day will include a colourful parade of children from 13 schools carrying handmade puppets and accompanied by the carnival group Spiritus and Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

Commercial, charity and society stalls will be found on the Luxford Field, along with horses and dray from Harveys Brewery.

A variety of events is planned including Lazer Quest, and a Fun Dog Show. A sponsor is still being sought for rosettes and treats.

On the evening of the Big Day a cabaret-style comedy evening is planned, and a sponsorship opportunity is available here.

Classic cars and bikes and related memorabilia will be brought together on the Luxford Field for a show on Sunday, July 8. There will also be bands, food and beer. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

Each evening from Monday to Thursday, July 9-12, there will be free entertainment in the Luxford Restaurant at Uckfield Civic Centre when the Festival Club takes place. A different musical genre will feature each evening.

There will be a concert at Bridge Cottage on Tuesday, July 10, with Faroul Medieval and Renaissance Music, and the Ashdown Singers will bring music from World War 1 to Cornerstone Church, in New Town on Wednesday, July 11.

There will be folk/indie music at Uckfield Civic Centre on Friday, July 13, and a Northern Soul disco at the Cinque Ports Club the same evening.

The dance day on Saturday, July 14, will involve local dance groups with workshops during the day followed by a performance in the evening.

More than 20 schools will take part in the kit car grand prix at TR Fastenings car park, on Sunday, July 15, and churches are coming together to organise a family event on the Luxford Field from 2-4.3pm.

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture and fireworks will mark the end of the 2018 festival on the evening of Sunday, July 15, at Uckfield Rugby Club in conjunction with Uckfield Concert Brass. Bring a picnic, there will be a bar.

Sponsors are needed for all events and adverters sought for the Uckfield Festival Programme.

More details about festival events will be revealed as time goes on.

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