Hurst Festival
17 September - 1 October 2016

Hurst Festival 2016

The Hurst Festival is back for its twelfth year from Saturday 17th September to Saturday 1st October. This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 85 events across multiple venues in the village of Hurstpierpoint.

Categories this year include popular and classical music, arts and crafts, comedy, literature, film, theatre, kids' workshops and country pursuits.

You can buy tickets online from Monday 25th July and via our Box Office at the Players Theatre on the High Street from Thursday 28th July. 

So what is the Hurst Festival?

Hurst Festival extends over a fortnight, bringing together the amazing local talent within our village and leading international performers who have a connection with Hurstpierpoint, the village we live in and love.

The overarching aims of the Festival are to entertain and also to offer an opportunity to widen perspectives by offering a diversity of cultural events. We showcase the work of musicians, singers, writers, thinkers, actors, brewers, farmers, artists and a great deal more.

As is traditional, the Festival opens with the Village Community Day on Saturday 17th September with a huge array of free events and activities around the village, centred around the High Street, the Village Green and the Recreation Ground. This year our Community Day has been renamed Super Saturday in a nod to the Rio Olympics taking place this year. 

How can I find out what's on?

Events are grouped into themed sections to make it easy for you to find those that appeal to you but we encourage you to browse through all the sections - you might just find a little gem or two that catch your eye!

You can also search events by day. 

Some events sell out very quickly and we encourage you to consider becoming a Friend of Hurst Festival to take advantage of priority booking.

How can I help?

Hurst Festival is much more than a two week series of events. All year round the committee, a team of helpers, friends and artists work to build our programme. If you would like to support the Hurst Festival, there are several ways to do so:

  • We always need helpers for events during the festival (setting up, running the bar, checking tickets etc..) - please send an email to if you are interested in joining the helpers' team.  
  • Please consider supporting us by becoming a Festival Friend. For an annual donation of £20 (or more if you wish) you will have priority booking, an advantage for smaller capacity events and your name will go into a draw to win a case of wine from Southdowns Cellars if you join before the end of this year's festival. To join, click on Friends.

If you would like to join our email list please complete the signup form - you can unsubscribe at any time.


The Festival Programme content can be viewed here

An entry form for the Treasured Transport event can be downloaded here