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.

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.

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:







Baby ballet

What: Workshop
Where: United Reform Church, Back Hall
When: 11am and 1.30pm, Saturday 17th September
Who: Children aged 6 months to 6 years
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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.

Eve Ainsworth – children’s author

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Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 11+

Come and be inspired by an award winning author!

Eve will be talking about her experiences as a writer, published author and as a reader. She will also be discussing the important themes that her books cover such as bullying. She will talk about why it is important that matters such as these are explored in Young Adult fiction and how empathy and understanding can help us become a stronger society.

Eve will also be providing tips for budding authors and taking questions from the audience!

For more information about Eve visit

Bring your imagination says Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis is actually two local authors – Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis ! They are bringing their wonderful stories to the festival and delighting audiences with a workshop full of fun. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Our latest book HOORAY FOR KNICKERS is another silly story about a grumpy king who will do anything to make Prince Jolly his new best friend. Our workshop/story session will probably be silly too – so bring your imaginations, your colouring crayons or felt tips and a sense of humour!”

What: Jill Lewis, picture book author workshop

When: 17 September, 11.00am – 12.00pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 5-8 years.

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Peter Voigt opens his shop again

Peter would like to invite you to join him for an informal talk in his shop about the violin trade as well as his experiences over his long and successful career.

Lindfield is lucky. How many villages can say that they have a bespoke violin expert living in their midst?

Peter Voigt is one of the best and most renowned violin specialists in the UK. On Saturday and Sunday during the festival he will open his doors of his shop and show you how to repair your violin.  If you have not got a violin, then he will show you ones from his amazing collections.   This is a must see and one not to miss. It will be fascinating.

Read more about Peter and the art of violin restoration

When: 17th September, 11.00-11.30 am, or 11.30-12pm

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Author and Publisher speak out

From Prologue to Prosecco. A preview reading by Rose McGinty, author of Electric Souk plus unique insights into the writing world with Rose and her publisher Matthew Smith, MD Urbane Publishing.

Including Q and A with audience.

Date & time – 17th Sept 2016, 13:00 – 14:30 hrs

Location – Bent Arms (upstairs)

Matthew Smith, is the founder and director of Urbane Publications Limited. Urbane was born out of a fascination with the value of content, and a belief in the strength of collaboration. The company combines the skills and experience of a traditional publishing company with a thirst for a pioneering, innovative sand inclusive development approach to produce the most effective and commercially successful books. Every project is driven by the three core principles of Care, Content and Collaboration, with the emphasis on developing a collaborative partnership with the author to create the most valuable book possible.
Visit – to find out more.

In addition to publishing a quickly expanding frontlist, Urbane also offer consultancy across a number of areas, from developing winning proposals to book development and writing workshops. Matthew is a publishing professional with over 25 years of experience in book, digital and content development, and prior to founding Urbane worked at Waterstones, Routledge, Addison, Wesley Longman, Arcturus, Hodder, Pearson and Kogan Page.
Feel free to have a natter with Matthew at or follow on Twitter @urbanepub

Rose McGinty

Rose’s debut novel, Electric Souk, will be published in March 2017 by Urbane Publications. Electric Souk is a literary thriller about forbidden love, corruption and an encounter with evil in the desert, set in the Middle East as the Arab Spring erupts. Rose says of her story, ‘The parts of the story that are true, I probably wish were not; while the parts that are not, I probably wish were true.’
Rose is the winner of the Kent Life short story competition 2016 and flash fiction competitions by the Retreat West and Faber. She is an alumni of the Faber Academy, where she was mentored by writer and son of Lindfield, Richard Skinner. She has read at the London literary salon, Vanguard Readings, and the Margate Bookie.
Rose lives in Kent, works in community health services in London, and has worked internationally. She is now researching her second novel, which is taking her to some rather gothic hospital corridors!
To find out more or contact Rose see Htpp://

Inkpots creative writing workshops

What: Inkpots Writing Workshops

When: 17th September, 12.00-12.30pm and 1.00-1.30pm

Where: URC Attic

Who: Children aged 8-11 years.

Inkpots chocolate-themed workshop will give children age 8 – 11 the chance to spread their creative writing wings with lots of fun activities!

There will be story starters, word quizzes and illustration games, plus tips about developing stories and characters. Whatever stage of writing you’re at, you can join in the fun!

For more info about Inkpots please visit