Ovation Music

We’re pleased to be supporting Ovation Music as part of this year’s Sussex Young Folk Competition. Ovation are a young people’s music charity in Chichester, West Sussex, providing a platform for children and young people to get involved in making music.

Sussex Young Folk Competition 2018 in association with Butlins, Bognor Regis, will take place on Sunday 23rd September at William Hardwicke.

To be part of the competition, simply contact Roger, our festival director, for details… rnash10@hotmail.com

ovation music

With many thanks to the Picturedrome Cinema, Bognor Regis

A huge ‘thank you’ to the Picturedrome Cinema, who will sponsor our 2018 festival.
Bognor’s near unique and lovely Edwardian cinema are to become headline sponsor for our ‘Southdowns Ukulele Festival’, and we sincerely thank them for this.
More news and details about the special ukelele events is to follow soon.

Picturedrome Cinema

Our 2018 event? It’s community focused (and more…)

Our 2018 festival will enjoy exciting and community focused town centre activities with ~

*a bigger and even more spectacular dance programme
*expanded street markets
*additional music workshops, sessions and sing-arounds
*extra children’s fun & games
*Sussex Young Folk Competition
*a bigger (and tastier?!) Real Ale Festival
*the introduction of the Southdowns Ukulele Festival
*also new for 2018 – the ‘Seaside Big Sing`

and much more…


Just some of the many images we've received from festival goers.
With many thanks to Alan Dearling for these fabulous photographs.

Please do email your images to us via the festival chairman - rnash10@hotmail.com

BROOMDASHER set sail with John Tams’ endorsement…

BROOMDASHER set sail with John Tams’ endorsement…

Broomdasher will have the wind in their sails this weekend after John Tams’ resounding endorsement of their newly arranged version of two of his songs especially chosen by him for their show with us!

They sang “How High the Price/All Clouds the Sky” when they supported John and Barry Coope (of #CoopeBoyesandSimpson) at the RamFolkClub.

“It’s lovely, I wouldn’t change a thing…. It’s your song now” said John, “I hope your audiences at SouthDowns Folk Festival really enjoy it”.

Barry added: “There’s a lovely balance of voices”, and he said he was looking forward to hearing Broomdasher again.

The 16-voice acapella group from London count John among their admirers and he suggests one of his songs which is in keeping with the venues where they’re singing, for them to arrange in their own traditional style.

“The songs are both about the perils of the sea and how badly deep sea fishermen used to be treated, and we think they’re poignant and moving,” say the group, whose website is www.broomdasher.com.

You can hear them at 2.15pm at The Regis Centre​ and 3.30pm at The William Hardwicke​ THIS Saturday.

Want to join in? They’re hosting a singing and harmony workshop for adults led by their renowned musical director Sally Davies in the Tent at Place St Maur next to The Regis Centre from 10.30 til 11.30am.


We’ve extra dance sessions – just confirmed!

Datchet Border Morris will perform on Bognor Regis esplanade (seafront) on
Saturday (23rd Sept) 10:15-10:45 am, plus on Sunday (24th Sept) 10:15-10:45 am and 12:15-12:45pm.

Datchet Border are an all male Morris side with a mixed band, performing dances in the English Border style (English/Welsh border).

This promises to be fun…

datchet border morris

Insert in today’s Chichester Post and Bognor Post

Pick up your copy of today’s Bognor Regis Post &/or Chichester Post to enjoy the 4-page #SouthdownsFolkFestival insert, listing our full festival details!

Just one alteration –
Join in the Appalachian Dance Workshop on stage at the Regis Centre’s Alexandra Theatre on Saturday 23rd September from 10am until 11.30am (rather than 1.45pm – 3.30pm as stated in the insert).
See you all next weekend (21st – 24th September) in sunny Bognor!

apalachian dance