The Branch Line

BRANCH LINE By Robin Belfield Commissioned by Lindfield Arts Festival and Lindfield Dramatic Club 2016

When: 11.30am and 2.30pm

Where: In the High Street

A play depicting Lindfield’s history performed  by school children, students, Lindfield Dramatic Society and Professional Actors.

In 1841 the London-Brighton railway opened, passing to the west of the parish with a ‘Station for Cuckfield and Lindfield Towns’ on open land that was to become the town of Haywards Heath. The construction of the Ouse Valley branch line reached Lindfield in 1866 with a proposed station to the north of All Saints’ Church but the line was abandoned for financial reasons or was it?

This play is about the history of Lindfield, including the historic buildings and the residents in past times. The scenes of the play will be acted out by local Lindfield Dramatic Club. Robin Belfield, previous Lindfield Arts Director 2013, Theatre Director and Producer is writing a Community Promenade Play to be performed in Lindfield High Street at different intervals throughout Saturday 17th September.

The Promenade Play will benefit the visitors to Lindfield High Street by raising their awareness of the historic value the buildings have, the notorious and famous residents from the past and the enjoyment of seeing different aged actors enacting short scenes that will resonate with the community.

Sarah and Geoff hit the airwaves

Mid Downs Radio recently interviewed Chair of the Trustees, Geoff Heath and designer, Sarah Reynolds at their studios in the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Having the opportunity to broadcast locally to the community is an important part of Lindfield Art Festival’s marketing strategy.

Programmes are now available, from which you can see the wide variety of events and activities happening all through the day. 17th September 2016 will be a day to remember, one filled with art, crafts, music, dance and much much more.  For more information

Mid Downs Radio

Ariel Haywards Heath Drama Academy Performs – Lindfield Arts Festival

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

Storyteller to bring magical tales to life at the Arts Festival!

Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder will be joining the line-up on Saturday 17th  September at this year’s Arts Festival!


Marcus Dilly has performed to over 30,000 children across the South East, bringing enthusiasm, energy and inspiration to enrich their education in schools, with his workshops and shows. As one 9 year old recently commented “It was the funniest day of my life!”.

Now with a new venture, Marcus brings Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder to festivals, events and celebrations, taking children (and adults!) on a magical and interactive storytelling adventure.  Marcus says,  “Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder will bring to life timeless tales and remind everyone of the magic of stories! I am delighted to be performing at Lindfield Arts Festival and look forward to getting the audience involved in the magic and mayhem!”

For more information about Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder, visit

Further programme details and how to book for this event will be available soon.

Budding actors – apply here

Great news. Lindfield Arts Festival has secured the right to close the High Street for Saturday 17th September 2016. Don’t worry there will be alternative arrangements for all public transport and the LAF Team will endeavour to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged during the day.

performingThe closure means lots of street activities, much more than last year. This year, be prepared to be surprised by circus troupes and graffiti installations along with buskers, musicians and dance activities. You can also see the classic cars on display.

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Do you remember the street plays last year? This year we are looking for budding performers to participate again. Robin Belfield, now Young People’s Performance Developer at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, has kindly agreed to write a script for LAF 2016 and this will be directed by a member of the Lindfield Dramatic Club. However we need some actors! If you are interested in joining the rehearsals and performing on both 17 and 18th September 2016 please email:

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Circus Brighton comes to town

Lindfield Arts  Festival are delighted to welcome Circus Brighton to this year’s street festival. 

Opening the Festival will be stilt walkers, throughout the day you will see circus performers based by the Red Lion .

Come along and try your hand at circus skills and watch the scheduled performances.

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Lindfield Arts Festival is particularly interested in the development of circus skills for young and old and will offer the community the chance to try out tightrope walking – good for balance and co-ordination, juggling, hula hooping, plate spinning and more.

There will also be a ballooning workshop and a wandering balloon artist to enthrall you. balloons More information for you nearer the time. However, be prepared to be amazed.

A big thank you – a letter from the Chair

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18th – 20th September 2015

The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.

With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year’s contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield’s iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils’ grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.

In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you’s to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days’ events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.

We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Heath

Chairman of the Trustees

Where’s your inner diva?

Last chance to buy tickets for the Burlesque workshops.
You’ll still be able to come along and pay on the door.

For £5.00 you can enjoy the music, dance with beautiful props and learn different techniques

This was one of last year’s most popular Arts Festival events and we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn once again how to Burlesque in Style.

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Upstairs Room, Bent Arms

SK Dance

Burlesque Workshop

SK Dance teaches women the art of burlesque by learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva! (Ladies over 18 only)


Upstairs Room, Bent Arms

SK Dance

Burlesque Workshop

SK Dance teaches women the art of burlesque by learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva! (Ladies over 18 only)

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Come and embrace the opportunity to learn how to play different characters, pose and strut your stuff with elegance, poise and confidence.  This session with Sarah King provides an unique opportunity for ladies to learn the art of burlesque through learning a dance routine whilst using props and embracing your inner diva!  For more information visit



Watch out

The Team LAF 2015 will be dressing the village High Street. Bunting, signage and posters will be appearing down the High Street.

The Butcher, King Edward Hall and the Junction all have the big banners advertising the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Preparations are all in hand for Saturday and Sunday’s festivities. Not forgetting the Comedy Night in the Bent Arms on Friday night.

Come along and see us. Your Arts, Your Village and we need you.