Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June 2019
Church services on Sunday, 9th June
All Festival visitors are very welcome to attend the morning services in the Free Church (10.30am) and St. Peter's Church (10.00am) on Sunday. Normal Festival access to the churches on Sunday will be after the services and, in the case of the Free Church, from 2.00pm.
Don't forget the Henfield Shed!
Apologies to the Henfield Shed - for a missing entry in the Blue Leaflet. The Shed - located behind Southdown Galleries - is fully documented on the website pages and appears as Community Venue D on the leaflet map.
Music at the Festival
Jonny Hepbir Quintet at the Finale
The Jonny Hepbir Quintet, playing mainly gypsy jazz, will be closing the Festival on Sunday evening at the Henfield Hall.
For details of the music timetable - with 40 separate performances in 12 venues over 2 days - click the Music events link in the main menu. For details of the musicians and their music, click the Musicians Gallery link.
The main Information Point over the Festival weekend will be in the front area of the Free Church in the High Street - marked on the map with the icon below. A rota of residents will be on hand to help visitors. Should the church area be temporarily without staff, Gallery BN5 - further up the High Street towards Golden Square - will be a second Information Point.
The Blue Leaflet - out now
The Festival booklet is currently being distributed to Henfield shops, pubs, businesses and other places in and outside the village. Click the Blue Leaflet link for an up-to-date preview of individual pages and to download a PDF of the complete leaflet. Changes to the leaflet often occur after publication - always check the Blue Leaflet web page for the latest and most accurate information.
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 red circles will denote "open on Saturday only", blue circles will denote "open on Sunday only", and hybrid red/blue circles will denote "open both days". We have also added a scale to the map so that visitors can make a better estimate of the distances between venues.
Art at the Festival
Details of artists and craftpersons exhibiting at the Festival are still coming in, but currently include over 40 exhibitors. Click the Artists Gallery link to see full details of many of the artists and their venues.
Flower Festival at St. Peter's
As part of the 20th Festival celebrations, there will be a grand Flower Festival at St. Peter's Church, with floral displays created by various Henfield groups and funded by our sponsors. This promises to be very special - don't miss it!
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 ever - as a community event.
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