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About Us & The Festival

Welcome to Chiddfest Music and Beer Festival 2023. What an amazing festival we had in 2022. The sun most definitely shone for us last year. The vibe that we felt from our supporters, the bands, our amazing sponsors was overwhelming and we cannot thank you enough for making it one to remember. Chiddfest is a 3-day music & beer festival going into its 9th year 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. Friday we have Blackbox, East17, Phats & Small, Uncle Funk’s Disco Fever & much more. Saturday, we have Lemar, The Hoosiers, The Real Thing, RPJ Band, Dario G and many more aspiring artists and local talent that will bring the festival alive over the 3 days. We end the weekend with Tribute Sunday that appeals to all ages and is a fun day out not to be missed. You will see T.Rextasy – the official tribute to Marc Bolan & T.REX . Vicky Jackson as the best PINK tribute. 21st Century ABBA . UK Fleetwood Mac and many more entertaining tributes. Not only will you be hanging out with likeminded people but you will be supporting our local charity St Wilfrid's Hospice who will be on site all weekend. Chiddfest are delighted to welcome back Ashdown Radio as our main media partner this year. The radio station will be broadcasting live from the event across the weekend, along with providing live DJ sets and entertainment on our stage. This is a family friendly festival so plenty to entertain the kids. We have the wonderful storyteller Mark Fraser in his onion shaped tent telling stories through props, interaction, puppets, costume, and performance to bring his own original stories and old traditional tales to life. On stage we will have Mr Pineapple Head silent clown of professional silliness. We will have a crafting, face painting bouncy castles, trampolines and much more. You won’t go hungry, plenty of food vendors offering Fish & Chips, Mexican, Thai, Pizza, Greek, Vegetarian, Vegan & much more. 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 2023 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 2023!

Our Media Partner

Uckfield FM became Ashdown Radio in April 2022. Ashdown Radio broadcast from their studios in Uckfield to towns and villages across East Sussex, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They broadcast from Crowborough on 94.7FM and from Uckfield on 105FM. You can find them online or download Ashdown Radio app from your app store.


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