Welcome to Steyning Festival 2020
We are ready and raring to go, with a slimmed down version, but with our usual packed programme of events, with something for everyone. The Big Top will take centre stage on Fletchers Croft with the bar and cafe open throughout the five days of fun and frolics.
The Festival will launch with a Folk evening on the 20th May, featuring two bands; the Servants Ball, who bring together a cultural scrapbook of British musical history; ancient English dance tunes, banjo music, step dance tunes; and our very own local band Once a Harbour, who bring their own sparkling brand of folk/country with shimmering strings, radiant reeds and heartfelt harmonies!
The weekend is a smorgasbord of fun for everyone! Saturday is a combination of live music, featuring the Razz Up and Art in the Park, where there will be lots of activities to participate in including, life drawing, clay making, watercolour painting, also help build a tree from recycled materials and create a mural, followed by an evening of comedy with Lucy Porter and Special Guest.
Sunday is Green Day, everything to do with mind, body, soul and planet; featuring a repair shop, electric cars (exhibition and questions) and talks including on green beauty and the importance of bees. The star of the day will be a gigantic inflatable whale, which you can step inside and experience an interactive show.
Monday is May Marvels Family Day, with lots of entertainment from a fairground roundabout, to puppet shows, a coconut shy, circus skills workshop, storytelling, beat the goalie competition and a classic car show.
For the smaller festival goers amongst you, as well as the weekend’s packed programme of events we also have Steyning’s very own awarding winning children’s author Julia Donaldson!
There will of course be the usual favourites; the Theatre Trail, Walks, including Wiston Wines, Graveyard Gossip, Talks and Literature events from among others Jonathon Aitkin, Danny Dorling, Monisha Rejesh and Polly Samson. As an added extra there will be also be a Pre Festival event at Wiston House. As well as all of this the Art Trail will be on during the Festival in and around Steyning and Upper Beeding.
For those music lovers amongst us we have a mix of classical concerts at Jarvis and in the Church. There are two big music events in the Big Top on Friday and Sunday nights. Back by popular demand is Craig Charles, as well as The Allergies and DJ Format.
Finally, this Festival would not happen without a huge amount of work by a lot of people.
If it is to keep going, Steyning Festival needs YOU!
Have a great Festival.