Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June 2019
2019 Festival Launch Meeting
We have arranged a ‘Review and Join Up Meeting’ for Monday 26th November at The Haven, Hewitts, Henfield. The start time is 7.30pm and there will be refreshments on sale. We will be welcoming our current garden openers and inviting new gardens to this meeting to discuss the coming Festival. We have re-opened our online booking forms for the gardens, artists and musicians, and will be demonstrating them on that day. If you intend to be at the meeting, please RSVP using the Contact form so that we can ensure that seating is adequate.
We are always looking for new gardens so, if you would like to be part of the Festival and have a garden that you would like to share, please come along to the meeting and join in. We don’t have any formal vetting procedure - our only request is that a garden is lovely to look at and is safe for our visitors to walk around. There is no expectation that the garden has to open for both days; we are also happy for a front garden only to be opened if access to a back garden is problematical. If in doubt about any aspect of the Festival, just contact us and we will work with you to assist your involvement.
We encourage artists - amateur or professional - to display their work and sell it if they wish. We would love more local amateur artists to get involved and younger members of the community. There is no pressure for work to be sold and our aim is to find a venue for anyone who wishes to show their work. On the music front, if you are a musician, or know of any musicians who are not part of the Festival but might be willing to participate, you are invited to join as well.
The coming year is special in another way. Horsham District Council is making 2019 its Year of Culture, and a group - the Henfield Festival Group - has been set up in Henfield to ensure that there will be a good range of activities to reflect the village's part in the celebration. That group has asked that the Gardens and Arts weekend is promoted as part of this celebration. Our Festival will remain ‘independent’, but will benefit from the publicity that the Year of Culture is offering, and will be promoted as a community event.
For those new to the Festival, we've added Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages to the website - to provide answers to some common questions we've been asked over the years.
The Festival map
The colour coding of garden and community venues on the Festival map has been refined for 2019 as some 2018 visitors were not quite sure which were open over all or part of the weekend. So blue circles will denote "open on Saturday only", yellow circles will denote "open on Sunday only", and hybrid blue/yellow circles will denote "open both days".
The Festival website
This website will be regularly updated as and when we have news about the 2019 event - so watch this space. Application forms for gardens, community venues, artists and musicians are now available.
Comments and feedback
If you have any comments on the Festival, don't hesitate to use the Contact link in the menu to tell us what you think - from expressions of appreciation to ideas for improving it in the forthcoming year.
Below is a list of the Charities that were supported by the various venues, at which a total in excess of £9,000 was raised as of 25/6/18. This was raised for both local and national charities via the donation boxes in gardens.
Henfield Lions for education support in Africa; Henfield Hall; Alzheimer’s society; SUDEP Action (Epilepsy)
SARAID (Search and Rescue Aid in Disasters); Henfield Scout Hut; St Barnabas Hospice; St Peter’s Church Friends; Bloodwise (Children’s Leukaemia Research); Henfield Leisure Centre; The Henfield Haven; Toad in the Hole Wood Sculpture Project Henfield Year of Culture; Muscular Dystrophy; Central Sussex Beekeeping Association; Family Support Work; Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice; Cancer Research; Race for Life; Henfield Youth Club; Hope House Haiti UK; The Lunch Bowl Network