Crowds watching the Uckfield Festival children's procession last year.

Uckfield Festival begins today

The bells of Holy Cross Church will ring out in Uckfield tonight to mark the launch of the 18th Uckfield Festival.

Ringers will sound a quarter peal, starting at 6.30pm, which will last about 45 minutes.

The Big Day Out and always-spectacular children’s procession take place tomorrow. Details can be found on our Uckfield Events website, and there will be a reminder of timings on Uckfield News tomorrow.

Spiritus drummers giving the parade a good beat

Spiritus Drummers ready for last year’s Uckfield Festival parade.

Uckfield Theatre Guild will also be hosting a talent showcase in the evening at the Civic Centre.

Sunday will be busy with a classic car and bike show on the Luxford Field, the Uckfield Lions 10k run, which starts and ends at Uckfield Rugby Club, an historical walk starting at Bridge Cottage, and, in the evening, the Billy Walton Band supported by Uckfield’s own Red Butler.

Two festival events have already sold out, Jazz in Bridge Cottage with the Piers Clark Trio, on Tuesday, July 11, and an evening of guitar playing with award winning virtuoso and composer Laura Snowden, on Thursday, July 13.

But there’s plenty more going on. You’ll find a list here on the Uckfield Events website.

Annual favourites include The Uckfield Grand Prix on Sunday, July 16, when children from local schools will race kit cars they have built, and customised, themselves.

On the same day Sunday Funday organised by Churches in Uckfield, will take place on the Luxford Field.

Other fun events include Our June’s Wedding at St Mary’s Church, Buxted, on Saturday, July 15, when the audience will play the part of guests watching a drama unfold in someone else’s family.

And on the same day during the evening there will be Comedy with Dr Phil Hammond, an NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist, activist and whistle-blowing stand-up comic.

The Festival Club will take place each evening from 6-7.30pm in the Luxford Lounge at the Civic Centre and feature local artists.

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