Face Painting and Nail Art

Children’s face painting by Circus Brighton from 11.00am

All facepaints are ‘Snazaroo’ which means they are water based and wash off with soap and water.  Turn up, and queue!  £2.00 per face

There will also be a nail painting stall.


Mid Downs radio announcements

Look out for and listen closely to favourite DJs Sol and Wendy from Mid Downs Radio.

No, sadly this year there’s no broadcasting van, however; they will be letting you know over the public address system about what events are happening and interviewing our favourite local celebrities.

At the Information Point you will find, kindly helping with the PA announcements and giving out programme reminders, local presenters Wendy Swinton-Eagle and Sol Mead from Mid Downs Radio.

Terry Guile Jewellery

A guest blog by Terry, a local jewellery designer, who will be joining us in the King Edward Hall on Saturday for the Arts & Crafts show…

Terry Guile artist

I design and make silver jewellery using semi precious stones and pearls. I use silver wire or sheet which I cut, texture and form into the finished piece.


I have been for several years a member of the Adur Art Collective. I have exhibited in Brighton Open Houses and the Ox Market Gallery in Chichester.  Some of my pieces are on display in The Gallery in Shoreham.

Please come visit me at Lindfield Arts Festival. I look forward to seeing you there!

Terry Guile Silver gingko leaf set with teardrop moonstone
Terry Guile Silver leaf with teardrop moonstone
Terry Guile Reticulated silver pendant set with diamond
Terry Guile Reticulated silver pendant set with diamond
Terry Guile Labradorite five ways
Terry Guile Labradorite five ways








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SWALK Joining the Party

Make your own unique cake stand on Saturday at SWALK from 12pm to 3pm. Don’t miss the opportunity.




And a big thank you to all the SWALKERS for being our Box Office. We couldn’t do the Festival without you.

Vinyl Capris at the Stand Up


Vinyl Capris are as catchy as conjunctivitis and as cool as custard.  They prove that there’s no substitute for a tune whilst illustrating why “pop” music is indeed popular!

Vinyl Capris 1

It’s messy time!

A Guest Blog by Discover & Be.


Looking for a fun, interactive event for you and your children at this year’s festival?

Join the Discover & Be team for a jam-packed session of multisensory messy play, music and more! There will be a host of activities all based around the fantastic – and highly topical! – theme of trains and transport.

The session will be full of engaging and entertaining activities suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years old (although older siblings are more than welcome!):

  • Get busy in our small world cereal construction site with railway track
  • Do some super messy painting using the wheels of a car
  • Build your own train track
  • Clamber across our stepping stones, and take a crawl through the tunnel
  • Take a selfie in our Thomas the Tank Engine photobooth
  • Learn your shapes and colours as you create your own colourful train
  • Sing some terrific transport tunes
  • Hear the story of The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt

All Discover & Be sessions (held weekly in Cuckfield, Scaynes Hill, Newick and Portslade) are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Come along and join in the fun!

In the meantime, why not try out some of these fun transport-related activities at home?

If you’ve got a bit of space inside, or the weather is still being kind, grab some bubble wrap and make a fab bubble wrap runway, ideal for zooming cars, trains, any other wheeled toy you might have or, indeed, feet! Of course, the bubbles make a great noise as they’re burst all in all making it super sensory fun. Check out the instructions courtesy of Hands On As We Grow.

How about something more creative? Clare’s Little Tots website suggest attaching your pens (or crayons) to your toy cars and using them to make colourful pictures. Here’s how they do it.

If your children are into imaginative role playing an activity like this one will keep them happy: this is an airplane sensory bin (although you can adapt it to whatever toys you have at home).

Check out the instructions on the link above or just get creative with whatever is lying around at home. As you can see, this sensory pit has coloured rice and cotton wool clouds, but there are other ways of creating an activity like this:

  • How about a water based one complete with boats?
  • Or maybe a construction site equipped with diggers?
  • Here’s another example of a sensory construction site and shows how you can use bits and bobs from around the house (namely a tray from the shed and some pasta in this case!).

Finally, back to some more art and craft ideas, all based around trains:

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a go at home but do come down and join in the session on the 17th September from 4-5pm. We look forward to meeting you!


Discover & Be run multisensory messy play sessions every week in Scaynes Hill (Monday), Newick (Tuesday), Cuckfield (Friday) and Portslade (Friday). Discover & Be, through their team of experienced primary school teachers and a music specialist, also offer private academic and music tuition, and organise themed parties for children. Find them online:


W: Discoverandbe.com

F: facebook.com/discoverandbe

T: twitter.com/discoverandbe1

I: instagram.com/discoverandbe

E: info@discoverandbe.com

The experiences that inspire me

A Guest Blog by Eve Ainsworth.

I never planned to write for young adults. I just knew I wanted to write SOMETHING. Writing seems to run through my blood, it feeds me and keeps me warm – and for a long, long time I just wrote the odd ideas that popped into my head – often underdeveloped and not really thought through in detail. But they were ok and they fed my addiction.

Things changed when I started working in a local secondary school. Again, this was not on my list of plans. In fact, when I left the same school at eighteen, I swore that I would never EVER return. But after years of unfulfilling and uninspiring work, I needed something different – so I decided to take the leap and work with teens – and thank goodness I did.

My new job meant that I was working directly with young people and also witnessing some of the real issues they were facing. It was a job I absolutely loved. It soon became clear to me that I could utilise my work in my writing and create stories that represented some of the very real and very concerning problems that face teenagers today. And so 7 Days, a book about the realities of bullying, was written, shortly followed by Crush, a book about toxic and controlling relationships.

I am a true believer that life takes you down a particular path for a reason. Years ago, I would have never expected to be writing books for teens, but now it seems a very natural and enjoyable route for me. This is not to say that I think you should only write what you know – but having experience in certain areas can feed your passion and make the writing so much more authentic.

Above all you need to enjoy what you do. Always.


Eve has written two Young Adult novels – Seven Days and Crush – both published by Scholastic. Seven Days was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Eve is giving an author talk at Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th, 1.30-2.30pm in the URC. Register now to save your seat! Suitable for ages 11+

African drumming workshop

This ever popular workshop is back again for this year’s festival.

Drumcoach drumcoach 2Cost £5.00 – An introduction to African drumming. Drums provided. (14 years+)

When: Saturday 17th September, 3.00 – 4.00pm

Where: Bent Arms – Upstairs Room

Limited spaces available. Book your places, and pay for your tickets at SWALK.