Summer Festival

June 28, 2019

This ‘festival with a difference’ will celebrate the beautiful world around us through the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. It brings together the church community, the residents of Fairlight and surrounding villages for a weekend which show-cases a range of exceptional talents here on our doorstep. The church will be full of visual delights as a number of local artists exhibit their paintings alongside beautiful floral displays. A special feature will be a flower carpet designed by local artist Annie Soudain (pictured right).  In addition, there will be local handmade crafts to admire. Artworks, crafts, bunches of flowers and plants will be available for purchase during the festival, with a percentage of these sales being donated to the festival fund. There is also an opportunity to learn how to make unique Sussex posies.

Each day there will be a varied programme of music, with recitals by local musicians, and singing by Village Voices. A special highlight of the festival is a musical extravaganza with Dr. David Flood, Musical Director at Canterbury Cathedral (pictured left), on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. The festival will conclude with a Songs of Praise on Sunday afternoon at 4pm involving the pupils of Guestling School.


There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Children and young people will have their own programme of imaginative activities and games, and an exciting nature trail with Simon Young will take place in the churchyard on Saturday at 2pm.

To ensure that our taste buds are tickled throughout the three days we are offering a variety of home-made refreshments and culinary delights to enjoy in a marquee at the front of the church. On Saturday afternoon from 5.30 to 7pm there will be a BBQ in the church grounds.  There will be a chance to win superb prizes in a Grand Draw, the first prize being £100, which will be drawn at 7pm on Saturday evening.

St Andrew’s Church houses an original “Genesis Tryptych” by the renowned artist, Dr Richard Baines FROI (pictured right). Learn more about the work from the artist himself.

We hope as many people as possible will come along and enjoy the festival. We will ensure that there is plenty of parking available, including those who require disabled access. Entrance to the festival is free.

The church tower will be open every day for those who want to enjoy the magnificent views from the top of this significant local landmark, with the chance to practice bell ringing skills on the carillon in the afternoons. For more about the bells, see

Tickets for the Saturday evening concert and for the Grand Draw are on sale at Fairlight Stores and at other local businesses as well as from the Rectory on Battery Hill. A full programme of events will be available soon. The festival is open 2.30-5pm Friday, 10.30am –7pm Saturday, (followed by the concert 7.30-9.30pm) and 10.30 to 4pm Sunday. (followed by the Songs of Praise)

If you have home-made crafts that you wish to display please let us know.  Display tables will be provided.  This promises to be a wonderful celebration of everything that is special about our beautiful corner of East Sussex.  Please mark the dates in your diary so that we can welcome you, your family and friends to the festival.

The programme for the three days is as follows:

Friday 28th June

2.30 Festival opens
3.00 Music with the Village Voices and Roland Friday
2.30 – 5.00 Refreshments and afternoon teas
5.00 Festival closes

Saturday 29th June

10.30 Festival opens
10.30 – 11.45 Start the day with bacon butties, tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes and biscuits
10.30 – 12.00 Exploring the Five Senses: discovery activities for children
11.00 Mandolin recital: Jake Buckton
11.30 Learn how to make a Sussex wild flower posy with Bernard Cruttenden
12.00 – 2.30 Delicious light lunches: Dartford sausages, quiche, salads and more
2.00 Trumpet and organ recital: Andrew Gill and Patrick Cox-Smith
2.00 Children’s nature trail in the churchyard with Simon Young
3.30 – 4.00 Learn about the Genesis Triptych with the artist Dr Richard Baines
3.00 – 5.00 Afternoon teas, including children’s tea boxes
5.30 – 7.00 BBQ, wine and soft drinks
7.00 Grand Prize Draw in marquee
7.30 – 9.30 Musical extravaganza and Celebratory Organ Concert with Dr David Flood, Master of Music at Canterbury Cathedral and Patrick Cox-Smith

Sunday 30th June

10.30 Festival opens
10.30 – 11.45 Morning coffee, cakes and biscuits
10.30 – 12 pm “Exploring the Five Senses”; discovery activities for children
11.00 Woodwind Recital: Mel Grandhaie and Lynne Smith
12.30 Learn how to make a Sussex wild flower posy with Bernard Cruttenden
12.00 – 2.30 More delicious light lunches
2.30 – 3.00 Learn about the Genesis Triptych with the artist Dr Richard Baines
3.00 – 3.45 pm Afternoon teas including children’s tea boxes
4.00 Celebratory Songs of Praise featuring Guestling School Choir
5.00 festival closes


For any enquiries contact Janet Walker:  telephone number 01424 815008, or email: