Participants in a previous Uckfield Festival parade.

Uckfield Festival programmes to land on doormats during first week of July

Uckfield Festival programme should be landing on doormats during the first week of July ready for the annual event which runs from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 17.

The festival will be launched on July 8 with a quarter peal of bells rung on the eight bells in the tower of Holy Cross Church.

Hollywood Party Night

Also on that evening will be a Hollywood Party Night celebrating the film theme of the festival and the centenary of the Picture House.

The event will take place at the Picture House Restaurant with cocktails and canapes being served on arrival, followed by a four-course film-themed dinner accompanied by live entertainment. Read more about the Hollywood Party here:  Red carpet and paparazzi at Picture House Hollywood Party.

The same night there will also be a showcase for youth acts and bands in the Weald Hall at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Big Day Out

Saturday, July 9, is the date for Uckfield’s Big Day Out which includes the Big Day Parade involving local schools with support from SameSky, Spiritus, and Batucada Carnival Arts Groups with their drumming bands, together with Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

There will be a variety of community and commercial stalls on Luxford Field from 9am to 5pm, and a display of classic cars, a fun dog show and performances in an arena, including from Universal Dance, Uckfield Singers, Debs Dancers and Spirit Elite.

The grand parade will leave Uckfield Community Technology College at 1.30pm and arrive at Luxford Field via the High Street at about 2pm.

Ten days

Other activities planned for the ten days include classical concerts, Last Night of the Proms with Uckfield Concert Brass, blues, Irish, folk, soul and other music genres.

There will be drama at Uckfield Community Technology College with five-star Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut of ‘On the Box’, a TV stage show about a day in the life of a TV that has been left switched on.

There will be free entry each weekday night to the festival club which will be held at the Luxford Lounge, at the Civic Centre, from 6 to 7.30pm with performances from local musicians.

History walks

There will be the chance to learn more about Uckfield too on history walks.

Uckfield Festival will be holding a draw promising high-value prizes with proceeds going towards the costs of putting on the festival and donations at free events will also be appreciated.

• Contact details for Uckfield Festival can be found 24/7 in their listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Arts, Drama, Festivals, or Music.

•  Details of Uckfield Festival activities can be found on the Events page of the Uckfield News website if you would like reminders closer to the time.

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