Mutant Toys or just a bit of hacking?

Have you ever watched Toy Story and thought that mutant toys were awesome?  Lindfield Arts Festival 2017  will give you the opportunity to bring an old toy to a Toy Hacking Workshop on 9th September and make it new.  Everything will be supplied but you are encouraged to start saving your old toys to transform them into hybrids.  

Children can turn abandoned, tired and unloved toys into downright bonkers and truly unique creations. Lindfield Arts Festival will have a stand on Village Day where there will be a collection point for old toys to be hacked during the Festival! 

Special sponsorship packages are available if your business would like to contribute to the local community Festival. 

Email  or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information.

175th Haywards Heath celebrations

Lindfield Arts Festival are delighted to be joining the parade on Sunday 18th September to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the railway and first steam train into Haywards Heath.   There is already wide and enthusiastic support for these events.

Our very own graffiti train tribute will be accompanied by Popsteps and a team of Lindfield Arts Festival supporters all dressed appropriately in Victorian costumes.  The procession will leave via the Station and make its way up to Victoria Park where there will be some amazing activities.  The programme is looking very interesting.HH 175 route













Our annual Arts Festival takes a lot of organisation and we are thankful for our small team of volunteers. However, Haywards Heath are putting on a mammoth day of events at different locations in the town.

The weekend of historical celebration will bring together the community including clubs, societies, schools, businesses and the people of Haywards Heath.  The partners and supporters of this event include Network Rail, Southern Rail, HHTC, MSDC and WSCC.

We are told that amongst the planned activities and the parade there will be a Steam Engine, together with Bluebell Stepney, a Victorian Fun Fair, railway exhibitions, train rides, a big film screen, live battles, art displays, competitions, stalls and a horse and carriage.

So enjoy Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th September in Lindfield on the High Street, watch the graffiti train come to life and then venture out again on Sunday 18th September to support Haywards Heath’s town celebrations.   For more information contact Ruth de Mierre on 01444 453399 or Tim Briggs on 07799 643721.

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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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Ballet2Tone or Fitsteps

Saturday 17 September

When: 15:00

Where: United Reform Church

FitSteps is the result of a collaboration between ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ professional dancers Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite and Britain’s most successful swimmer Mark Foster.  It is a mix of the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the Latin dances to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit.  It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.  For more information on Becky’s classes visit her website

A great fitness activity designed to tone and sculpt the body using ballet technique

Ballet2tone is a completely different way of exercising using ballet movements to create many different exercises throughout the class. The intensity of the exercises gradually build as the movements become bigger and more elevated with the main focus being to tone, sculpt and condition the entire body.

Throughout the class, the whole body will be engaged in movement, even the feet. Using a dancers technique, we can develop a sleeker, stronger and more flexible physique.

Ballet2tone classes are a great way to improve your strength stability, flexibility, co-ordination & balance using every muscle. Most of all, its great fun and suitable for all abilities – no experience necessary. Anyone can come and join in. For more information on Becky’s classes visit her website

The free combined workshop for adults incorporating both FitSteps & Ballet2tone will take place at the United Reform Church 3pm on Saturday 17th September if you would like to come and have a go.


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.

Ariel Academy

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival welcomes the Haywards Heath Ariel Drama Academy to perform on Festival Day, 17th September 2016 at 1.30pm at the South end of the High Street, outside the Stand Up Inn.

Ariel’s opened its first drama academy in 2005 and now has five award winning academies including their newest academy in Haywards Heath, which operates every Saturday afternoon at Warden Park School.  For students aged from 5 -19, Ariel’s inspirational teaching style empowers students and helps them to build both theatrical and life skills.  Every week in a warm and welcoming environment students develop skills in drama, singing and dance.  There are plenty of opportunities to perform including an annual showcase just for Haywards Heath students and in Ariel’s renowned musical productions and thought-provoking plays.

The Ariel drama academy are delighted to be performing at the Lindfield Arts Festival on Saturday 17th September at 1.30pm.  The cast will be performing a wide variety of music from current hits to musical theatre classics so come along, enjoy the music and find out more about Ariel.

For more information on Ariel Drama Academies, Ariel junior and adult choirs, forthcoming productions and plays visit

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:







Art at the Festival

A guest blog by one of our featured artists, Elizabeth Worrall Bailey.

ART and SOULExpect to see ‘all things bright and beautiful’ and ‘the unexpected’ in the King Edward Hall, 17th September. Sussex artist Elizabeth Worrall Bailey will be supporting the festivities by showcasing her intriguing, popular artwork.

Proud Cockerel' Series 1 © Elizabeth Worrall Bailey
Proud Cockerel’ Series 1 © Elizabeth Worrall Bailey
Much of Elizabeth’s artwork is lovingly created mainly using just her hands and fingers, taking ‘finger painting’ to a new meaning and level! And providing ‘Art with a Difference’ as each piece created by Elizabeth is individually unique. You are warmly invited to browse, purchase, and be inspired by Elizabeth’s artwork at the 2016 Lindfield Arts Festival. From popular ‘firm favourite’ works of art, in rich, bold colours, painted using acrylic paints, to some new designs created specially for visitors to the festival, using delicate, colourful, flowing watercolour paints, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Elizabeth has studied art at college, and has taught in local schools, and firmly believes, like all good things, art, and our natural gifts and talents, should be shared, celebrated and accessible for all to learn and benefit from, but most of all enjoyed.

Bluebird Trio' Series 1© Elizabeth Worrall Bailey
Bluebird Trio’ Series 1© Elizabeth Worrall Bailey

Enhancing the happy, vibrant atmosphere of the Lindfield Arts Festival this year, framed prints, cards and coasters of Elizabeth’s work will be available to purchase. Enquiries and commissions can be placed via:

Elizabeth looks forward to meeting and sharing her work with you!

Clare and Emma’s creative workshop lanterns

At the information point, in the High Street, come and admire Clare and Emma’s handiwork.  The lanterns of withy and tissue will be displayed alongside the graffiti installation on Sunday 18th September.

Clare and Emma’s creative workshop lanterns

Turning Pointe

A Guest Blog by Assistant Principal Lianne Carter (LISTD)

At Turning Pointe School of Dance we offer professional Dance training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz for children aged 18 months all the way up to Advanced Level, including adult classes. We are a well-established school with a 50 year history in the area, and now offer classes in Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Plumpton, Barcombe and Lewes.

We value every pupil as an individual, and whilst many of our students are offered places at prestigious conservatoires and universities (including The Royal Ballet School, London Studio Centre, The BRIT School, London Contemporary School of Dance, Trinity Laban, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance) others attend lessons purely as a hobby and a form of exercise, but the escapism and enjoyment they gain from the classes is just as important.

Our pupils have the opportunity to take exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap if they wish to do so, and every two years we put on a large production in a professional theatre. We also enjoy performing at community events like Lindfield Arts Festival, and hope that you will enjoy watching our dancers!

We have recently launched Melody Bear Pre-School Dance classes and adult Ballet-Fit classes on Friday mornings at Clair Hall. If you would like further information on any of our classes please email Please also take a look at our website-