sussex festivals you need to know about

So you fancy escaping the city for fields of joy? We don’t blame you. We’ve picked some of our favourite Sussex festivals that we’ve got on our list to get to this year.

Love Supreme (seen in the main photo)
Returning to Glynde this June, Love Supreme caught our eye for the location as much as the music. Situated near Lewes, the views of the Weald and the South Downs make it the perfect setting for a weekend of jazz. In 2022, the three-day festival is bringing performances from the likes of Erykah Badu, Gregory Porter, TLC, Lianne La Havas and Tom Misch. Into more than just music? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get stuck into posh nosh at the long tables of the Lazy Bird restaurant or relax with a massage or yoga class in the dedicated wellbeing area.
Friday, 1st July – Sunday, 3rd July 2022; from £74.80 for adult tickets
Glynde Place, The St, Glynde, Lewes BN8 6SX; tickets from £59.50

Charleston Festival
This ten-day festival brings together artists, writers and changemakers in the picturesque old haunt of painter and Bloomsbury Group member Vanessa Bell. Sound like your kind of thing? The full festival pass has sold out, but you can still buy day or individual event tickets to see the likes of fashion icon Zandra Rhodes and actress and activist Joanna Lumley or watch discussions on the concerns of women writers today or eugenics and the future of humanity. Make a day of it with a picnic in the gorgeous grounds (you can pre-order one from the festival). And, if you don’t have a car, there’s a shuttle bus that runs from Lewes station to Charleston for the duration of the festival or you can enjoy the scenic walk from the nearest stations of Glynde and Berwick.
Thursday 9th – Sunday 29th May, 2022; from £10
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

Bimble Bandada
The magical Bimble Bandada (pronounced Ban-dad-a, it’s Spanish) is back this July. Ok, it’s Dorset not Sussex now, but it started outside Brighton, so we reckon it still counts.  Early bird tickets will be on sale from 1st May priced at just £69 for the weekend, which we think is a bargain. The site will still be completely powered by solar energy, thanks to the likes of their main attraction, the Bimble Inn.  Performers haven’t been announced yet, but watch this space for details of the bound-to-be-juicy line-up as they’re released. They may also run the Bimble Express – a 1950s train that will take people to and from Brighton/Hove – if there’s enough interest.
29th – 31st July, 2022; from £35
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