Festival Markets 2020

Planning is underway for next year’s festival market; the markets are a wonderful and integral part of our event.

Please do send us an email showing your interest in holding a stall with us, and we will add you to our ‘reserve stalls list’ for next years market.

The email address is: southdownsfolkfestivalmarket@yahoo.co.uk

Our booking packs will be sent out in January 2020.

Many thanks.

A Play About Songs That Leave And Come Back Again

An event for friends of the South Downs Folk Festival…

When pioneers from the British Isles came to settle in the Appalachian Mountains they brought with them, in their invisible baggage, songs from ‘the old country’, which took on a new life amidst the new land.

Join the award-winning Little Bulb Theatre as they weave a tapestry both historical and fantastical in an unforgettable evening of story and song.

Told with sumptuous three-part harmonies and a (foot stomping) five-piece string band, you are invited on a journey of musical migration to the birth of what we now call Country Music.

“Boundlessly enthusiastic, insanely optimistic and inexpressibly charming” The Guardian on Little Bulb

A play about songs that leave and come back again.
Age Guidance: 11+
Friday 22nd November: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Tickets: £15.00 via Mountain Music

Sussex Young Folk Competition 2019

Want to enter our Sussex Young Folk Competition?
Or perhaps you know someone who does…?

Now in its 7th year, this highly popular event is for young folk and roots musicians, 8-21 years of age.

The Sussex Young Folk Competition 2019 takes place on Sunday 22nd Sept.

The winner is gifted a new guitar, plus a slot on the main stage prior to our Sunday evening headliners Lindisfarne – Official.

To enter, simply contact Roger, our festival director, for details: rnash10@hotmail.com

Grant Awarded From The Sussex Community Foundation

We are delighted to have been awarded significant funding from the Sussex Community Foundation for our ‘Making Your Mark’ project.

Making Your Mark is our popular ukulele outreach project which is forms part of the 2019 Southdowns Folk & Ukulele Festival.

We were informed this week that our ‘Making Your Mark’ project was awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Frank and Lorna Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation.

With huge thanks to the Community Fund – your award will ensure the outcome of a wonderful and successful project.

Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “We are really grateful to get this award which will allow us the extend our popular ukulele based `Making Your Mark` project over the next 12 months to other areas of SW Sussex, as well as continuing in Bognor Regis.
We have been successfully running the project locally for over a year with good monthly attendances aimed at older people who might otherwise get a bit lonely. Currently, people who are part of this are practising enthusiastically to take part in the opening afternoon of the Southdowns Folk & Ukulele Festival in a special ukulele concert.
The monies awarded will also be used to engage professional music teachers both at the upcoming Festival and beyond plus pay for the purchase of ukuleles, project marketing and venue hire.
Over four days between 19 and 22 September, there are no less than 117 different performances and events covering the Bognor Regis Town Centre, Seafront, Promenade, Bandstand and Norfolk Street with loads of great free events in venues such as the Regis Centre, Place St. Maur, RAFA Club in Waterloo Square, the Claremont in Scott Street, The Lamb ( Steyne Street ) plus the Hothampton Arms in London Road”.

Ticket Competition Winners

Congratulations to Mike & Yvonne Hoggarth from Norfolk who are the winners of a £60 meal for two at Bognor`s acclaimed MEZZE Turkish Restaurant as part of our ticket competition for purchasers of 4-Day Festival tickets.


Festival tickets are going quickly, so if you haven’t booked yet, please don`t leave it too late.

Tickets via Southdowns Folk Festival Tickets

The Young ‘Uns

We are delighted that the opening night of the event, on Thursday 19 September, will see the very first staging in the area of the hugely acclaimed `Ballard of Johnny Longstaff` presented by three time BBC Folk
Award winners, THE YOUNG ‘UNS.

Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “We are really delighted that THE YOUNG ‘UNS have chosen us and the Alexandra Theatre to stage their new and unique piece of modern folk theatre on our opening night. The production has already played in many parts of the UK to fantastic feedback.

It tells the true story of one man`s adventure, from begging on the streets in the North of England to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the 1930`s Hunger Marches and East End of London Battle of Cable Street. It`s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of that era. With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour, THE YOUNG ‘UNS bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself, to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.”

The Guardian review said: “The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What`s not to like?”.

Click to find out more about the show.

Special Four-Day Ticket Competition

Festival goers who have bought, or will buy, their four-day tickets BY POST on or before 1st May, will be entered into a draw for a sumptuous £60 meal.

The meal is for two people, courtesy of The Mezze, the acclaimed Turkish restaurant in the Arcade, Bognor Regis.

So get your skates on if you still haven’t got your tickets!

See our ticket page for details as to how to purchase via post.