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Palace of Illusions

Friday 26 May

For one night only you’ll be transported to a higher plain of consciousness haha… on the other slight of hand, you could just sit back and enjoy a magical evening of mirth, mystery and tongue -in- cheek mind reading. In the first half of the show, Crowborough’s own master of the mysterious, Bertie Pearce will mesmerise the…

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Beyond Baker Street

Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 May

Still a few tickets left for the weekend performances of the Crowborough Players Beyond Baker Street theatrical experience. Travel back in time as you explore the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This immersive experience will transport you to the locations and key events in Conan Doyle’s life as you are guided through…

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Conan Doyle: The Man who Created Sherlock Holmes

Thursday 18 May

Biographer and broadcaster, Andrew Lycett will be giving an illustrated talk based on his book Conan Doyle: The Man who Created Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s literary achievements have been to a large extent been overshadowed by the character he created known as the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle lived in Crowborough for many…

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Only a few places left for Joy of Singing

Saturday 13th May

There are now only a few places left for the morning and afternoon choral workshops being held at All Saints Church on Saturday 13 May. Even if you are a complete beginner, you will acquire some expert advice on how to find your inner voice. The morning session is an introduction to good singing technique…

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Food fair

Sunday 7th May

Following on from the success of the Lost World Fun Day, in spite of challenging weather and some 2000 visitors, our next big festival event is the Crowborough Food Fair held outside and around the town’s Community Centre and Pine Grove car park on Sunday 7 May. As well as a great assortment of artisan food stalls…

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Take the Vintage Bus to Lost World

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

You really don’t need to drive to Goldsmith Recreation Ground when you can walk from the town centre or jump on the FREE shuttle bus service being provided. Approximately every hour on the hour to leave the Railway Station to get to the grounds (via St John’s) and every hour on the half hour to leave…

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Arty Time

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

It’s time for Artytime: a local children’s art and creative group who will be holding workshops in the big top from 3-5 at the Lost World Fun Day on Monday 1st May. No need to book for this one just turn up and hope for the best! Artytime is a community group whose over all…

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Jump on the Big Red Bus

Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday)

Why not let the bus take the strain? As a special treat a vintage red bus will operate a shuttle service between Crowborough Station – up Crowborough Hill to town centre – then on to Goldsmith Grounds. The bus will also drop down to St Johns near the Primary School car park before turning back up…

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Lost World & Dinosaur Roar Workshops

Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday)

Demand has been very high for the Dinosaur Roar Workshops led by renowned children’s author Paul Stickland. Only a few places left now for the 11.30am and 2pm slots. Don’t leave it to the last minute or the children will be disappointed. The Lost World Fun Day starts at 11am. Parking will be limited so why…

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Mystery Trail

Throughout May

During the festival month of May, you are invited to take up the challenge of a figure-of-eight walk which will take you through Crowborough gathering clues along the route and solving a mystery. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Crowborough for many years and he wrote 19 of his Sherlock Holmes stories whilst living at…

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Crowborough Rocks

Sunday 14 May and Sunday 28 May

Crowborough Rocks will be performing gigs at the Constitutional Club’s Barbecue and Open Mic event on Sunday 14 May. Performances start at 2.30pm. A second gig is planned at the Jarvis Brook Guide’s Hut on Sunday 28 May. Starts at 2.30. No need to book just head on down.

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Famous Choral Composer for Festival

Saturday 13th May

Alexander L’Estrange is one of Britain’s most popular living choral composers and arrangers and he is coming to Crowborough as part of the festival Singing for Joy workshops on Saturday 13 May. Full details and booking details on the website page. Having been a chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Dr Edward Higginbottom,…

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Author & Illustrator Paul Stickland in Crowborough

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

Paul Stickland will be leading the Dinosaur Roar Workshops at the Lost World Fun Day on Monday 1st May but please book soon as spaces for the morning session are already almost full Paul is the Author, Illustrator and Pop Up Engineer of many bestselling children’s picture and pop up books, renowned for his daft dinosaurs…

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J&K Gallery Artist and Photographer Competition

Art & Photography Exhibition

Thurs 27 April - Wed 17 May

An Art and Photography exhibition with the themes of Green Spaces, Wildlife and Nature will be held at the Crowborough Community Centre and the public will be invited to choose their favourites. The exhibition in partnership with J&K Gallery and the Community Festival seeks to encourage local artists and photographers,of any age, and in whatever medium to capture the…

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Dinosaur Card Games donated free

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

Winning Moves, the company behind Top Trumps has donated over 100 Dinosaur Card game sets for the Lost World Fun Day on Monday 1st May. The card games are very popular with young children and will be given away to all those who attend the Dinosaur Roar Workshops. The workshops, led by children’s author Paul…

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Location for Lost World Fun Day

Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday)

The exact location for the Lost World Fun Day on Monday 1st May will be the top field at Goldsmith Grounds,where the children’s playground and toilets are located. With spectacular views across the Weald this is a stunning position from which to imagine Conan Doyle’s Lost World. Not so wild perhaps but it could be…

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Come & Meet Iggy

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

The Iguanodon Restaurant   The Iguanodon Restaurant is an outdoor theatre performance for families set in and around a life size dinosaur. The show lasts for 35 minutes and tells the story of the birth of geology in a fast and furious romp through 60 years of scientific discovery. As the story unfolds eccentric characters emerge…

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Online Booking Service now Live

The Crowborough Community Festival is pleased to announce the online booking service via Ticket Source is now live. Many of the festival events are FREE but have limited venue capacity so it is vital to book your Free ticket as soon as possible. Similarly, for those events with a ticket price, it is advised to book as…

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Conan Doyle: The Man who created Sherlock Holmes

Thursday 18 May

Andrew Lycett, author. biographer and broadcaster comes to Crowborough with a fascinating insight into the man and the myth who was the creator of the world’s most enduring fictional crime detective: Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle had according to his critics, many flaws but above all he was a man of his time. He spent many years living in Crowborough through…

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Big Lottery Fund - Lottery Funded

Festival wins Big Lottery Grant

Crowborough Community Festival has been awarded a Big Lottery grant of £10,000 towards its costs. Festival Chairman, Denis Hart said “The award is fantastic news and a ringing endorsement for our festival programme, celebrating as it does Crowborough’s wonderful location On Top of The Weald and the town’s connections with Conan Doyle. The award, together…

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Live Music @ Lost World Day

Monday 1 May (Bank Holiday)

NOBLE JACKS a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy and whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together with a mixture of upbeat folky footstompin’ rhythms have confirmed their appearance at the Crowborough Community Festival on Monday 1st May. The band encompasses heartfelt, and uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthems. Noble Jacks have been…

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International choral composer

Saturday 13th May

Alexander L’Estrange, a leading international choral composer and musician has confirmed he will leading an afternoon workshop session as part of the Joy of Singing event at All Saints Church on Saturday 13 May. Alexander is passionate about music education and in particular the importance of singing in schools and the wider community. He has led thousands…

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Murder by Proxy

Tues 16,Wed 17 and Fri19 May

Murder by Proxy By Ian Pinkerton What was Sherlock really like – as conceived in the mind of his creator? Generally it is accepted that the hero is the person the writer would like to be. His sidekick how they see themselves. Both are cellmates trapped within the pages of the story. An original drama…

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Facepainter Wanted

Monday 1st May

Face Painter required for Lost World Fun Day to be held at Goldsmith’s Grounds on Monday 1st May. The Lost World of Conan Doyle brought to life in this fun packed family fun day as it starts a month long festival of music, theatrical performances, exhibitions, food events and much more. Please contact the festival team at info@crowboroughfestival.org if you are interested…

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Thursday 11 May

Literary event added to Walks and Talks programme John Price, chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society will give an illustrated talk on the life of the famous Victorian naturalist writer, Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887). Best known for his writings about nature and the countryside he moved to Crowborough in 1885 because of its reputation as a…

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Thursday 18 May

New literary event added to Walks & Talks festival programme Andrew Lycett, biographer, and author of Conan Doyle: The Man who created Sherlock Holmes will be speaking at a special literary event on Thursday 18 May at Beacon Academy’s Technology Centre. Following the interval, a vintage Sherlock Holmes film. will be screened. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Details of…

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Exciting mix of Street food, artisan and craft sourced drinks at festival     Food Rocks, based in East Sussex have announced they will be bringing  their unique blend of street food and ‘pop-up’ bars  to the Crowborough Community festival. Visitors will experience exciting tastes and sample locally sourced wines and spirits at the Lost World Fund Day on Monday 1st May. The…

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SHERLOCK BACK ON OUR SCREENS 1/01/17…. AND HE’S COMING TO CROWBOROUGH IN MAY 2017. LOOK OUT FOR MORE CLUES SOON……

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Festival awarded additional funding Crowborough Festival Association has been awarded a grant from the Chalk Cliff Trust, a foundation set up to provide grants and donations to charities, action groups in East Sussex. The Trust awards grants for a number of activities including regional arts, music, literature and cultural projects. The Crowborough Community Festival was…

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Local but global sponsor on board

Sax.co.uk has become one of the premier sponsors of the Crowborough Community Festival. Based in the town, it is the world’s leading saxophone specialist with customers traveling from all over the globe to visit their headquarters in Crowborough, which they describe as “The World’s biggest saxophone store”.  Sax.co.uk says “Our staff are players, teachers and…

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