Hailsham Arts festival is a celebration of Hailsham of arts and culture in the town and surrounding villages.
Find out what’s happening in Hailsham and surrounding areas here
Find out about Hailsham Art Trail here
Welcome to the Hailsham Festival 2018!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Hailsham Festival, a celebration of talent, creativity and imagination centered in Hailsham and its surrounding area.

The festival originated over ten years ago when it consisted mainly of its highly acclaimed Art Trail. The trail this year will include over 100 artists exhibiting at venues  across Hailsham and surrounding area, while dance, drama, theatre, poetry, literature, cinema, food, drink and music (including jazz, folk and opera) will once again be strongly represented.

From the moment I started taking part in the festival I was bowled over by the variety, quality and richness which the festival has to offer. Thanks are due to our sponsors and supporters and particularly the Chalk Cliff Trust and the Big Lottery Fund whose generous  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. Dr Tony Biggin (Chair)

What’s coming up in Hailsham and surrounding areas

Town Centre Opening Celebrations

Storytelling for Children                       

Art, Wine and Cheese at Hart Reade

View more events here

Date/Time Event
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Town Centre Opening Celebrations
Vicarage Field, Hailsham East Sussex
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wealden Writers
Hailsham Parish Church, Hailsham East Sussex
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Storytelling for Children
Hailsham Library, Hailsham
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Barndance with Contraband
Bluebell Barn, Polegate East Sussex
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Grease Singalong
Hailsham Pavilion, Hailsham East Sussex
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Stuart and Henry
Chapter 12 Bar & Kitchen, Hailsham East Sussex
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Storytelling for Adults
Dippy Doodahs Cafe, Hailsham
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Art, Wine and Cheese at Hart Reade
Hart Reade Solicitors, Hailsham East Sussex
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adrenalin Jive
Civic Community Hall, Hailsham, Hailsham
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hailsham Healthy Walks
Vicarage Field, Hailsham East Sussex

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Which events are you planning to attend?

So with less than a week to go before the start of the festival, have you planned which events you are going to attend?     Tickets are selling fast for lots of the terrific events we have in this years programme, so why not book the tickets for the event you're...

Countdown to the Hailsham Festival…

So with less than 4 weeks until the Hailsham Festival starts, have you picked up your copy of the FREE festival programme yet? Using the programme you can start planning which events you'd be interested to attend, and read more about each of the venues start times and...

What is the Hailsham Festival?

Hailsham Arts festival is a celebration of Hailsham of arts and culture in the town and surrounding villages.

When is the festival?
It starts in September 2018
How much does the Festival cost?
The event itself is free however there are some special events and exhibitions are available for a cost.
Where can I pick up the program?
You can download the program here?


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