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Sussex Summer Festivals 2016 Guide

Published On April 25, 2016 | By Sarah Ryman | Homepage, Music & Nightlife Features, Things to do features

Did someone say SUMMER? Dig out the flip flops and get ready for one to remember with our Sussex Summer Festival Guide 2016! The following 16 festivals are all listed in date order and will help you pick the perfect summer festival.

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Foodies Festival

The UK’s largest celebration of food & drink returns to Hove Lawns for its seventh consecutive year.  The ever-growing festival sees tens-of-thousands of visitors feast on a vast array of culinary activities. Top chefs demonstrate their skills in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and kids can join in at the Children’s Cookery Theatre. A vintage tea tent, a chilli market and a new tasting theatre where experts introduce festival-goers to new trends including raw food, Japanese soul and vegan are just a few of this year’s additions.

Date/s – 30th April – 2nd May 2016
Location – Hove Lawns Brighton, Brighton
Price/s – £14 day ticket BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Great Escape

Europe’s biggest festival for new music returns to Brighton transforming the City into a mecca of emerging talent. The Great Escape festival presents over 400 up and coming artists from across the world to 18,000 music fans and industry delegates at 35 walkable venues across Brighton, spilling future sounds into the city’s streets, bandstands and open spaces. This is the best place to discover your new favourite band and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.

Date/s – 19th – 21st May 2016
Location – Across Brighton
Price/s – £59.50 3 day pass BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Fringe

This vast celebration of all things creative has grown out of, and is inspired by, home-grown talent and has become the largest Fringe festival in England. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton & Hove. The Fringe is committed to helping the arts flourish and is completely open-access, which means anyone can put on an event. A wide array of critically acclaimed shows and performers appear, attracting a huge audience every year and this year there’s over 900 events.

Date/s – 6th May – 5th June 2016
Location – Across Brighton
Price/s – Various (2015 average ticket cost just £8.80). 150+ shows free.  BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Brighton Festival

Now one of Europe’s leading arts festivals, this annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events takes place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks.

Brighton Festival celebrates 50 years of commissioning and producing innovative arts and culture with Guest Director Laurie Anderson at the helm this May. Known for its ambitious and daring programme that aims to make the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere, Brighton Festival draws some of the most innovative artists and companies (and adventurous audiences) from the UK and around the world.

Date/s – 7th – 29th May 2016
Location – Across Brighton
Price/s – Various BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Elderflower Fields

A wild weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration designed with families in mind. Celebrating its 5th birthday this May, Elderflower Fields is about giving kids the chance to enjoy new experience in sports, arts, wildlife, food and the great outdoors. Weekend tickets include a fabulous ‘So Sussex Sunday’ family picnic in the idyllic location of Pippingford Park in Ashdown Forest. Eclectic music, a woodland spa and some of the finest local food & drink make this a perfect family escape for the May Bank holiday. It’s easy to see why so many return to Elderflower Fields each year for this unique family experience.

Dates – 27th – 30th May 2016
Location – Ashdown Forest, Sussex, TN22 3HW
Price/s £105 Adults, £55 Kids & £10 under 5’s free BUY TICKETS HERE

funkFunk The Family / Funk The Format

Hove Park will be transformed again into a musical wonderland for families for a full day of fun this bank holiday with an addition of an ‘adult only’ Sunday.

The first ever Funk The Format sees legend acts including Soul II Soul and Norman Jay bring a touch of Nottinghill Carnival to the city, plus some regular Funk The Format’s club night DJ’s playing soul, reggae, latin, jazz, and funk.

Dates – 28th & 29th May 2016
Location – Hove Park, Sussex, BN3 7BF
Price/s £10 – £45 BUY TICKETS HERE


An award winning festival celebrating sport, dance and exercise in Brighton & Hove. Each year hundreds of fun events, activities and demonstrations take place across the city showcasing all the amazing and varied opportunities that make Brighton & Hove a great place to get active!

Working with over 100 different sports clubs and activity providers, the Festival provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities living in the city.

Dates10th June – 10th July 2016
LocationVarious Venues, Brighton

yoga campYoga Camp

A fantastic opportunity to get away with family and friends for a relaxing healthy weekend of activities and yoga. Not quite a retreat and not quite a festival. Yoga Camp is a new experience for 2016 held at The Mac’s Farm in Ditchling with all levels of adult and family yoga which you can choose to dip in or out of or just visit for the day.

Catering for quiet adult camping and family camping the theme of wild wellbeing is continued through excellent food and campfire evening entertainment. YogaCamp is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to meet new friends.


Date/s 10th – 12th June 2016
LocationThe Macs Farm, Ditchling, Sussex, BN6 8TG
Price/sfrom £39.50 day ticket – £225 family weekend ticket BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016

Blues on the Farm

Celebrating 25 years this summer, Blues on the Farm is set in 40 acres on the Sussex Coastal plain, a couple of miles south of Chichester. Presenting high quality music from World-class musicians in a family friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere.

The Sunday Times describes the event as “The friendliest festival in the UK“; while The Independent has also reported very favourably on the festival, highlighting in particular the “astounding precision” of the event’s organisation and likening it to “A little piece of the Mississippi Delta on the Chichester Plain

Date/s 16th – 19th June 2016
LocationPump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7EH
Price/s£12 – £129 BUY TICKETS HERE

love supreme jazz festivalLove Supreme

Back for it’s fourth year, Love Supreme is now firmly on the festival calendar as one of the best Jazz events in the UK. Glynde Place hosts 15,000 guests and showcases over 50 acts on four stages. Jazz greats, international legends, cutting edge artists, and an array of Jazz, Funk and Soul DJs bring this stunning Sussex location to life.

Weekend and day guests can enjoy excellent food and drink, artist Q&As, a fairground, classic album playbacks plus some special weekend glamping options including hobit huts and gypsy caravans.

Date/s – 1st – 3rd July 2016
Location  Glynde Place, Sussex, 
Price/s – £59.40 – £159.50 BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Lewes Live

This two day music festival, in East Sussex, offers something for everyone with a diverse and exciting range of music including Americana, Folk, Indie and Reggae from local, national and international acts. Previously likened to the early days of Glastonbury, there are family attractions, great food, a beer & cider festival plus FREE camping for all ticket holders. With tickets starting from just £20 check out the website for the latest line up and tickets.

Date/s – 8th – 9th July 2016
Location  North of Lewes, off the A26, BN7 2HZ
Price/s – £20 – £40 BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Chilled in a Field

This award-winning family festival moves to its new home of The Hop Farm on the Sussex / Kent boarder.  Grown from the ’90’s London party scene, Chilled in a Field is a small, independent festival for grown up ex-ravers and their kids. The weekend offers dance music from some of the UK’s top independent labels, a real ale festival bar with local beer and cider and a range of delicious street food. There’s activities for children and adults all day with bands, musicians, artists, science, theatre and performances, DJ’s and dancing well in to the night.

Date/s – 29th – 30th July  2016
Location – The Hop Farm, Kent
Price/s – £25 – £99 BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016


Widely recognised as the biggest and most popular Pride event in the UK, Brighton’s Pride is a glorious, life-affirming spectale fuelled by pride, love and campaigning. A day filled with world-class entertainment and celebrations with a sparkling array of internationally renowned performers, artists, DJs, musicians, campaigners and cabaret stars. From the star-studded main stage to the many dance areas, the huge Legends Cabaret Big Top, the Urban Dance Tent, the grizzly Bears and Men’s tent, the unique Pride Literature Live Tent, the Family Diversity Area and the Community Village with its mix of stalls by local and national charities, groups and organisations, there really is something for everyone at Brighton Pride.

Date/s – 1st August 2015
Location – Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6SD
Price/s – £17.50 BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Starboard

The Starboard Festival is a brand new festival of outdoor performance by, for and with children and young people from 0 to 21. Created in response to the inspiring and newly built Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) this festival will create magical moments for children, young people and their families. The festival will contain an eclectic mix of live shows by local performers (by local schools, colleges, youth theatres and artists with a local following), plus outstanding family friendly shows from across the country.

Date/s2nd – 17th July 2016
LocationHove Park

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Wild Life

SJM Concerts, the promoters behind V-Festival and Manchester’s Parklife, return to Shoreham Airport near Brighton with Wild Life festival for its 2nd year. With a line up to knock your winter socks off and your summer dancing shoes on, Wild Life presents a huge range of top name performers. Winner of UK Festival Awards ‘Best New Festival 2015’ this year is sure to go with another enormous BANG!

Date/s11th – 12th June 2016
LocationShoreham Airport near Brighton
Price/s£65.65 day ticket BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016England’s Medieval Festival

England’s Medieval Festival is a truly one-of-a-kind event, with a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the spectacular magic of the past. The largest event of its kind in the UK, Herstmonceaux Castle is a fairy tale setting for wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses of all ages, and from the moment you arrive you are surrounded by the sights, smells and excitement of the past.

Guests can enjoy realistic historical re-enactments, battles, performance, horses, archery, music, traditional crafts, food, drinking, shopping, medieval glamping (yes, it’s a thing) and onsite B&B accommodation near the castle.

Date/s – 27th – 29th August 2016
Location – Herstmonceaux Castle, BN27 1RN
Price/s Weekend tickets £37-£72  BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016The Big Kahuna

A brand new three day music festival taking place at Holmbush Forest in Horsham over the August bank holiday. Promising to be a firm new medium sized event on the festival circuit, the line up so far includes Happy Mondays, Boney M, The Skints, Toploader, Mr C, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Dub Pistols, 808 State, X-Press 2, Bushwacka! Utah Saints, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Norman Jay MBE, Marshall Jefferson, Rhythm Masters and many more. There are 9 themed areas in the forest, with theatre, silent disco, a multitude of bars (craft ale, rum, vodka and beyond), food, bush craft, arts and crafts experiences and workshops.

Date/s – 26th – 28th August 2016
Location – Holmbush Farm, Horsham, RH12 4SE
Price/s – Weekend tickets £130  BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Big Green Cardigan

The Big Green Cardigan is an intimate, bijou festival set amongst the East Sussex countryside. Proud of its reputation for a disregard of genre and for a stress-free atmosphere – as they say “Good music is good, no matter what kind of music it is,” Real music, real musicians; it doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of them, discover something new while enjoying a pint of local brew and locally produced food. For over 18s only, the Big Green Cardigan is a hassle-free, relaxed way to end the perfect summer.

Date/s – 9th – 1th September 2016
Location – Hawkhurst Road, Nr Battle, TN32 5SA
Price/s – Weekend tickets £55 BUY TICKETS HERE

Sussex Summer Festivals 2016Boundary Festival

Taking the best of Brighton’s creative energy, lust for life and generosity of spirit, Boundary Brighton is a brnad new festival taking place on Saturday 17th September with four stages of music, a vintage fair, delicious local food and other unexpected treats. International DJs and Live acts will bring together house, dub, bashment, techno, drum and bass, breaks, electronica and even a little crazy jazz with each stage offering different styles.

Date/s – 17th September 12pm-10pm
Location – Stanmer Park, Lewes Road Brighton BN1 9QA
Price/s – Register for pre sale tickets, on sale Tuesday 26th April here

South Downs Folk FestivalSussex Summer Festivals 2016

Three days of seaside folk and fun! Presenting the best of British roots acts for one of the last music festival flings of summer. A three day event throughout Bognor Regis, the Southdowns Folk Festival has a lot going on. Dance sessions – workshops – festival food fayre – art and craft shows – archive folk film – children’s entertainment and much more. Bognor Regis presents afternoon and evening concerts as well as a host of free music and dance events on two stages.

Date/s 23rd – 25th September 2016
LocationBognor Regis, Throughout the city centre
Price/sFamily tickets £140 / Weekend tickets £62 (Under 16s £31) BUY TICKETS HERE

See you in a field somewhere this summer!

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Sarah is a Brighton based freelance marketeer specialising in the family market. A mum of 2, Sarah blogs about her quest to find that perfect family moment @afieldsomewhere