Written by Phie Bannister
You don’t have to travel far for a festival this summer. East Sussex is absolutely spoilt for choice. Whether you want a chilled, family-friendly affair, a foodie extravaganza or something a little wilder, we’ve got you covered.
Glyndebourne Festival, Glynde
June to September
Three months of world class opera, countryside picnics and fine dining, right on your doorstep.
These Hills Beer Festival, Lewes
Friday 24 to Saturday 25 June
A beer festival with street food and live music.
Battle’s Big Weekend, Battle
Saturday 25 June
Family fun for all with a bar and bbq, summer fete, games, car show, arena events and more.
Hastings Beer and Music Festival, Hastings
Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July
A four-day celebration of local alcohol and food, musicians, DJs and film, all with an incredible sea view.
Love Supreme, Glynde
Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July
A world-famous three day jazz festival with optional camping.
Eastbourne Rock Fest, Eastbourne
Friday 8 July
An evening of live rock music for over 18s only.
Firle Fest, Firle
Friday 8 to Saturday 9 July
Live music, food, refreshments, beer tents and optional overnight camping.
The Old Town Music festival, Hastings
Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July
A three-day charity music event filled with rock music, retro big bands and a celebration of local artists.
2k Festival, Polegate
Saturday 9 July
A one-day music festival with live DJs, food stalls, bars and overnight camping.
Where Love Lives, Ringmer
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July
A boutique family-friendly camping festival with live music, artisan food and drink, mindfulness, yoga and children’s entertainment.
Eastbourne Pride, Eastbourne
Saturday 23 July
A rainbow-coloured day of celebrations, entertainment and processions for Eastbourne’s LGBT community.
Southern Sunset, Hastings
Saturday 6 August
A dance music festival for over 18s only.
Rye Jazz and Blues Festival
Thursday 25 to Monday 29 August
A renowned 5-day celebration of jazz and blues music with free performances, ticketed concerts and fringe events.