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 interested in right now?

Many events can be booked through our website, others can be booked through the Hailsham Pavilion Box Office website, so don’t delay!

Here are direct links to a few of the events that have online ticketing enabled…


Whichever events you decide to attend, the festival committee hope that you enjoy yourself and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in getting involved in the Festival please drop us an email to

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 activities.

The programme is packed with information covering all of the festival events, which include something for everyone. Including art displays and workshops, food, music, dance, film, theatre, wine tastings, literature, children’s events, competitions, poetry and much more… As well as detailing all of the locations the evnts there is a full schedule of opening times for the Art Trail venues, which is kindly sponsored by Hart Reade Solicitors

Download a copy by clicking on the image above, or pop in to one of the many outlets in and around Hailsham to pick up your copy!

Please also remember to visit our sponsors page, without whom the festival could not happen.

An invitation to a special evening to launch the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture 2017 .

We would like to invite you to the launch of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture on August 9th at 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Chapter 12 Bar & Kitchen, 12 High St, Hailsham. The event will provide an opportunity to meet, celebrate and learn of the rich variety of events planned for this year’s Festival, which runs from 14th-24th September.

More details will follow next week but we would be delighted if you could join us for refreshments and entertainment as well as the opportunity to chat with local artists and business people, meet the festival organisers and learn more about the vibrant cultural community within the town.

You will also be able to pick up your copy of the Festival Programme, hot off the press!


Please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you there.

With best wishes

The Festival Committee: Tony Biggin, Jim Tipler, Josie Tipler, John Wright, Nick Collinson, Peter Willson, Paul Nunney, Neil Povey, Tamsin Webb, Verity Webb, Doug Morgan


Planning for 2017

The Festival committee have met to discuss last  year’s events and plans for the future. In general, we were delighted with the 2016 Festival, many thanks are due to everyone who gave their support, and we have had a lot of positive feedback. Please do let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements.

2017 DATES
We are moving the festival dates slightly for 2017, a little later in September, so the dates are

14th to 24th September 2017


As a spin off from last year’s successful annual Art Trail, we have set up a local Artist’s Network. In addition to having had enquiries about linking artists with service providers to work on art projects, other opportunities have arisen out of the art trail for artists to collaborate with local venues and businesses. Hailsham Artists Network hosted a networking lunch at Chapter 12 on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017 and drinks at 7pm for those who couldn’t make lunch time . All local artists and any individuals or organisations wishing to work with artists, are welcome to join the Network. Our next events are on Wednesday 29th March – Social Media training for artists at 10am in Eastbourne, and a tour of Geoff Pittman’s pottery studio in Hailsham in the evening followed by a get together and chat. Please contact the Network either on Facebook or via email.

We would like to increase the size of our committee so please do get in touch if you would like to help with plans for the 2017 Festival.