School Links Programme

We’re so happy to have the opportunity to bring a unique ‘School Links Programme’ to this year’s South Downs Folk Festival.

Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said “This is an excellent piece of news and will enable us to work with West Sussex Music, local primary schools and others, in an exciting music programme over the next few months on the theme “Songs from the Sea”, culminating in a special Schools Concert in Bognor`s Alexandra Theatre on Saturday afternoon, 23rd September.`

Emily Barden, Leader for Singing and Projects at West Sussex Music added “We are really excited about this new music project and after having contacted local primary schools, the first five to come back to us were `signed up`. The participating schools are: Nyewood Juniors, Rose Green Juniors, Southway Primary, South Bersted Primary and St. Marys Catholic Primary School. The Project will result in a massed choir of approximately 150 children aged 7-9, learning songs in a folk idiom, culminating in a spectacular joint performance at the Schools Concert. The experience will be at no cost to the children or schools, making it a totally inclusive opportunity, and is just one example of the ways West Sussex Music help schools develop their singing strategies and access to high quality music making. Friends and family will be able to come to the Saturday afternoon concert for just £5 per seat and
it promises to be a memorable day for everyone involved”.

Hazel Latus from the Regis Centre said “We are really looking forward to hosting our local primary schools as part of the Southdowns Folk Festival. The Alexandra Theatre is a superb venue for this type of event and we have the experience and facilities to make sure the Schools Concert is a big hit”.


Win a £50 meal for two at the New Bombay

Say hello to Raz and his father, who are now running the New Bombay (Bognor’s newest and oldest Indian Restaurant!).
The restaurant are giving a £50 meal voucher to the winners of our ‘Full Weekend Ticket Competition’, which will be drawn on 2nd May.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply purchase a full-weekend festival ticket by Monday, 1st May!

Many thanks to Raz and the staff at the New Bombay – the food here is flavoursome and wonderful – why not give it a try?
The Restaurant is at: 31a Station Road, Bognor, PO21 1QD. Tel: 01243 864038


Broomdasher confirmed

We’re thrilled that we now have Broomdasher booked for this year’s festival.
This is the unique sound of 16 harmonious voices whose passion, exuberance and harmonies enthrall and engage all who hear them.
These folk enthusiasts and singers are spreading music and happiness!
They’ll be performing on Saturday 23rd September at a number of different venues. Please do check back for further details.


Thank you Awards For All!

We’re excited to reveal we’ve been awarded a four figure sum from Awards For All/The National Lottery.

This funding enables us to collaborate with West Sussex Music​. Together, we’ll be working alongside a number of local primary schools to nurture musical talent and deliver a series of music performances at the Regis Centre on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd September.

The funding will also enable us to work alongside the Sussex Community Foundation. In this collaboration, we’ll enable local people to gain production and theatre skills.

Extensive Town Centre Activities for 2017

We’re very pleased to announce we’re planning more extensive Town Centre activities for this year’s event!

These will take place during 23rd and 24th September and will include the ‘Old Town’ area, plus London Road, High Street and Place St. Maur (next to the Regis Centre​).

Activities include dance groups, live music, markets, children’s entertainment and more…

More details soon!

Ticket Offer…

Ticket offer!
Book full weekend tickets by post, online or at the Regis Centre on or before 1st May and you will all be entered into a draw to win:
*a £50 meal for two
*and the chance to meet all the headliners at the Festival between 21-24 Sept
Can’t say fairer than that…

Folk Icon Martin Carthy replaces Shooglenifty on Sunday 25th September…

We regret to inform you that, sadly, Shooglenifty Scotland are no longer able to play for us on Sunday 25th September due to personal reasons…
However, we are delighted to announce that we have the wonderful folk icon and multi-award winning artist Martin Carthy as the replacement headliner for that evening.

Buskers Please!

Calling all buskers!
We are looking for buskers to be part of our 2016 festival, to perform in and around the Bognor Regis Town Centre on 24th and 25th September.
If you’re interested, please do contact us for further details. Thank you!