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About Us & The Festival

Welcome to Chiddfest Music and Beer Festival 2024. 2024 will be our 10 year anniversary. Cant believe the festival has gone from a stage in a marquee with less than 500 people to a festival of over 2.5k with 2 stages,big screen,VIP area, purpose built bar and so much more! You, our wonderful supporters & sponsors have made it possible. Chiddfest is a 3-day music & beer festival with camping, glamping, or just come for the day. There is the option to upgrade to VIP with your own enclosure, bar, seating, and luxury toilets. The festival features two stages of must-see artists. Not only will you be hanging out with likeminded people. Most importantly you will be supporting our local charity St Wilfrid's Hospice who will be on site all weekend. This is a family friendly festival so plenty to entertain the kids. We will have crafting, face painting and other kids activities to be decided. You won’t go hungry, plenty of food vendors and if you fancy shopping, we have that covered too! Finally, it is a beer festival so you will find craft beers & Ales in our beer tent as well as Prosecco, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. Something for everybody. So book your tickets now!

St Wilfrid’s Hospice – Eastbourne

We love the Chiddfest weekend at St Wilfrid’s! It’s a regular fixture in our calendar that we all look forward to, and we are grateful to Mark Thomas and his family for their continued support. We’ll be back in 2024 with our volunteers, our collection buckets, and our stall of vintage and pre-loved festival themed goodies. We’re always happy to chat about what we do and how people can support us, do pop over and say hello! St Wilfrid’s have been a part of the Chiddfest story, right from the first one back in 2014. In fact, the connection between the Thomas family and the hospice goes back even further… Anne Thomas has helped raise money for St Wilfrid’s before it even came into existence. Her son, Mark, recently told the story of how it all got started…

“She got invited to join a committee in the village to help raise money for the proposed new hospice. We are a farming family and on the property is a big barn; and it was used to hold a Caribbean-themed evening as a fundraiser. It was very successful, raising over £1,100 – we’re talking early 80s, so it was a good amount. After that, Mum continued with her involvement and St Wilfrid’s became, and still is, the charity that we championed. There are lots of other local good causes, but everyone knows someone who has been touched by the care of St Wilfrid’s and it seemed right that we should carry on supporting them after Mum’s early involvement. ‘Little did we know at that time that my dad, Bryan, would need their care years later. In fact, we had started planning our first music festival in 2014 when he died under the care of St Wilfrid’s.

Unfortunately, while he was aware of it, he wasn’t around to see it happen; I don’t think the music would have been to his taste, but he would have loved to come along with Mum to people watch. ‘That first year, we had about 500 people visit over the course of the weekend and now we expect around 3000. It’s become a lot bigger, but retains a relaxed, family-friendly feel. And every year, we continue to support St Wilfrid’s. ‘The hospice looked after Dad so well and us, as a family, too, and that is always a good incentive to put Chiddfest on and raise more money for this great local cause.’ See you at Chiddfest 2024!


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