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.

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These Hills Beer Festival, Lewes

Friday 24 to Saturday 25 June

A beer festival with street food and live music.

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Battles Big Weekend, Battle

Saturday 25 June

Family fun for all with a bar and bbq, summer fete, games, car show, arena events and more.

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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.

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Love Supreme, Glynde

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July

A world-famous three day jazz festival with optional camping.

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Eastbourne Rock Fest, Eastbourne

Friday 8 July

An evening of live rock music for over 18s only.

Ready to rock?


Firle Fest, Firle

Friday 8 to Saturday 9 July

Live music, food, refreshments, beer tents and optional overnight camping.

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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.

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2k Festival, Polegate

Saturday 9 July

A one-day music festival with live DJs, food stalls, bars and overnight camping.

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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.

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Eastbourne Pride, Eastbourne

Saturday 23 July

A rainbow-coloured day of celebrations, entertainment and processions for Eastbourne’s LGBT community.

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Southern Sunset, Hastings

Saturday 6 August

A dance music festival for over 18s only.

Pull on your dancing shoes


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.

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