Welcome to the Steyning Festival 2014!

Saturday 24th May to Sunday June 8th

Exciting News! The full programme is now online so you can see what’s on offer and make a note of events you don’t want to miss. Tickets are not on sale just yet though! Priority Booking period for Friends starts Thursday 17th April at the Friends of the Festival Priority Booking Evening. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday 22nd April.

Stop Press! A Serious Night Out: Comedy Store Players line up announced!

Steyning Grammar School Shooting Field Drama Hall

Saturday 24th May, 8.00pm – doors and bar open at 7.15pm £17.00


Left to right: Neil Mullarkey, Josie Lawrence, Nial Ashdown, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson

Calling all children!

There are two major opportunities for children of all ages to take part in the Steyning Festival.

The Children’s Parade

The Children’s Parade will start the Festival off on the morning of Saturday 24th May. The theme is Steyning Welcomes the World and there will be five big animals to represent the five continents and we will have the wonderful Barulho Samba Band to accompany us. The children are all dressing up as animals. They can join a workshop to make the costume or we can supply you with a pre-printed t-shirt and a mask to decorate at home. Alternatively, you can do you own thing – wear a onesie or make up your own costume, It is entirely up to you. There will be a prize for the most ingenious costume!

The parade will start from Steyning Grammar School Church Street site at 11.00am. We will process along Church Street, down the High Street, along Tanyard Lane and back up to the school. It will take just under an hour. We will meet at the school at 10.00am to get everyone organised.

If you would like your child to take part, please contact Katherine Lawrie: klawriejewellery@btconnect.com  tel: 07866 835640

We need your child’s name, age, contact telephone number and email address. We also ask that each child has a known adult they can rely on if they need any help during the parade.

Adults can also get involved.  Teams of people will be carrying each of the animals, so if you and your friends fancy being the lumbering bear, the sneaky shark, the plodding elephant, the soaring eagle or the pouncing tiger, we’d love to hear from you.

The Emerald Crown

This is a delightful children’s musical created for the World Wildlife Fund.  The theme is the conservation of the rainforests and it tells the story of how the animals beneath the ‘Emerald Canopy’ work together to protect their habitat from the developers who are destroying the trees for profit. It is full of witty verses and catchy songs and  which children love singing.

The performances (Saturday 7th June) will be conducted by Aedan Kerney, who was, for many years, Director of Music at a major local secondary school and continues to work with children and adults in a variety of settings.  It will be animated by Jan Hobson who is a long-standing governor of Steyning Grammar School and who has directed Junior theatre and School productions at the Grammar School for the last fifteen years. Both these wonderful people love to work on new projects with keen students and are very much looking forward to the ‘Emerald Crown Experience’.  We are privileged to have them working with us on this and it will be a wonderful opportunity for the children.

Ideally children should be at least seven years old and will be asked to learn a number of songs. In addition there will be the opportunity for movement, narration, soundscape and rap. Rehearsals will be as follows:

Saturday 26th April, Penfold Hall, 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Friday 9th May, Catholic Church Hall, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Friday 23rd May, Catholic Church Hall, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Dress Rehearsal: Friday 6th June in St Andrew’s Church, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

We will provide snacks and drinks for each of the rehearsals and performances but it would be helpful if they could bring a packed lunch for the full-day rehearsal on 26th April.

If you would like your child to take part, please would you send an email with their full name, age, address, telephone number and the name of the school, to:  admin@steyningfestival.co.uk. We will then contact you with further information and consent forms.

Steyning Knit Bomb!

steyning-knit-bombKnitters – get knitting for Steyning now!

So what is a knit bomb?

Yarn bombing, yarn storming or guerrilla knitting is a type of street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint. Knit bombing can happen anywhere from lampposts to bicycles, trees to statues. Generally with a warm hearted message, this form of cosy art is making us all smile.

How to Knit Bomb

Choose something easy, like a lamppost or a railing. This way you’ll be able admire your handy work instantly and move on to a larger more challenging project.

Make your knit bomb tight. You don’t want a saggy bomb so if the rail is 18cm then make your knitting 16cm and stretch it.

Attaching your bomb. Some people stitch them some people use cable ties. Either works or a combination of both, stitched seams but with a cable tie at the top and bottom for added security.

Leave a name tag so that we can identify your work, I’m sure you’re very proud and we are too.

Take photos and tell the world. Let us know your progress on our Facebook  or anywhere else for that matter. This is a community project so we’re all in this together!

And lastly, we’ve sought permission from the council for people to contribute to our knitting project so you won’t need to don your ninja outfits and creep out at the dead of night – unless you want to of course. . .