Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without a festival! Here are some of our favourites happening across the county in July and August:

Hastings Beer & Music Festival, The Oval, Hastings, 4 to 6 July

Organised by the Hastings Round Table, this four-day annual event celebrates the best of local beer, food, and music.

The biggest social event in the area, with 100% of profits given back to local good causes and stunning sea views from its elevated venue, it is not to be missed!

Battle Festival, Battle, 4 to 28 July

This annual arts and music festival in Battle is now in its eleventh year.

With a diverse but family-friendly focus, the festival offers an eclectic range of events and activities by internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists. Events include Battle Festival Jazz Day, a children’s writing workshop, and a hidden history walk.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, Lewes, 5 to 7 July

Now in its 11th year, this three-day greenfield jazz festival is held on the first weekend of July in the stunning surroundings of Glynde Place.

10-time Grammy-winning Chaka Khan will headline the Sunday night in celebration of 50 years in music. Other artists performing include Dionne Warwick and Olivia Dean, in her debut headline festival performance.

Rye Food & Drink Festival, Rye, 5 to 7 July

This fabulous free food festival returns to Rye Salts Event Space for a second year.

There’ll be a great selection of local, national, and international stalls offering scrumptious street foods, great grocery treats, and quirky arts and crafts. A range of entertainment for the whole family includes live music, a variety of activities for children and an alfresco dining area.

St Leonards Festival, St Leonards on Sea, 13 July

This free, fun, family festival celebrates St Leonards’ community and arts with a market, performers and a parade.

This year’s theme is ‘Flora and Fauna’ so feel free to dress up in your best plant-themed outfits for the day.

Mini CrowFest, Crowborough, 13 July

This free one-day community event will bring together a range of local talent on Goldsmiths Recreation Ground from 1pm.

As well as live music, there will be the usual Summer Fair activities including market stalls, food and drink, and live entertainment.

Beachlife Music and Street Food Festival, Western Lawns, Eastbourne, 13 and 14 July

The south coast’s coolest, funkiest weekend returns this July and is guaranteed to keep you entertained all weekend long.

Featuring a Music Stage & Bar, gourmet delights from across the world, Skate Park, Roller Derby, funfair and more, there’s something for everyone.

Good Vibrations Society, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, 2 to 4 August

Good Vibrations Society is a three-day festival where old and young can enjoy music and wellness in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown Forest.

Dance to incredible musicians from around the world, wake up with wild swimming, enjoy free yoga and dance workshops, or explore the forest with guided walks. Come and enjoy a weekend of music, ecology and wellbeing to nourish your soul.

Hidden Beach Music and Wellness Festival, The Oval, Hastings, 17 and 18 August

This two-day community event combines wellness sessions and workshops with live music and spoken word performances.

Enjoy delicious food, unique stalls, and children’s activities in a family friendly, seaside atmosphere.

Battle Folk & Fable Festival, Battle, 23 to 25 August

Battle Folk & Fable Festival runs over the August bank holiday in the town’s Market Square.

A wide range of exciting events and activities are planned including live music, storytelling, a children’s puppet show, and an artisan craft market.

East Sussex Living History Festival, Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker, 24 to 26 August

Step back in time at the East Sussex Living History Festival as you wander through a variety of living history encampments.

From medieval knights to Renaissance artisans, visitors can interact with historical reenactors who are passionate about bringing history to life. Expect cooking, clothing, craft, religion, medicine, maille and weapon production, scribery and much more!

Festival tips

Summer festivals are very popular so it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Do check before travelling to ensure venues and/or times haven’t changed.

Leave non-essential valuables at home.

And of course, this is the UK, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Don’t forget your wellies!

Finally, please love our countryside and coastline, and leave no trace.


For more information about other events and activities taking place across the county this summer, read our What’s on in July article.

Photo credit: Love Supreme