Burgess Hill Summer Festival got off to a sizzling start at the weekend with thousands of visitors enjoying a ‘To the Beach’ fun day on Saturday.
Families enjoyed free rides on the Helter Skelter, children’s donkey rides, sand pits and a surf rider simulator.
Young and old alike enjoyed the Punch & Judy Shows whilst enjoying an ice cream and live music came from The Top Bananas Stilt Walking Band and Brighton & Hove City Brass.
Saturday evening saw a barn dance organised by Lance Nuttall, landlord of the Woolpack public house, while Sunday saw a vintage bric-à-brac market arranged by Mabel’s Emporium.
The nine-day festival continued and on Sunday evening Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra gave a concert of light classical music and some popular blockbuster film scores.
Youngsters can find out about the dinosaurs that once roamed Burgess Hill with John Cooper from Brighton’s Booth Museum on Thursday afternoon, and try out T-shirt stencilling with graffiti artist Tom Goulden on Friday. Both events are free but places must be booked at the Help Point.
On Thursday evening, when Dance Infinity will host a free Modern Jive taster at the Martlets Hall.
There will also be a guided Wildflower Walk around Bedelands Nature Reserve.
On Friday, there will be opportunities to get into golf with an instructor from Mid Sussex Golf Club, enjoy a morning of board games at Burgess Hill Library and a Tour and Tasting at Ridgeview Wine Estate on Ditchling Common.
On Friday evening, local historian Fred Avery will give an illustrated talk on the Victoria Pleasure Gardens at Cyprus Hall and rock bands Archie Deacon and the Bishops and Micky Hart and the Hartbrakers will perform at Martlets Hall.
An exhibition of art and craft will take place at Marle Place on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.
The popular Party in the Park returns to St John’s Park on Saturday, for an afternoon of live bands covering six decades of music.
The music continues on Saturday evening with Mid Sussex Brass Band at St John’s Church and jazz icon Chris Barber and his BIG Band at Martlets Hall.
The Festival concludes with free fun for all the family at the Summer Fayre in St John’s Park on Sunday 14 June, , followed by The One Showcase at Martlets Hall on Sunday eveningt.
View the festival programme at www.burgesshill.gov.uk/Summerfestival2015. Tickets are available from Martlets Hall 01444 242888 and Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point.
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