Henfield and District Festival 2019

If you’re looking for events to enjoy during the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 then Henfield will be the place to be! The Henfield Community Partnership is holding the Henfield & District Festival with a jam packed 12 months of different events for all the family.

The Henfield & District Festival kicks off right at the start of 2019 in January, with a family orientated pantomime. They chosen Cinderella and we will have to see if the Prince finds whom the shoe fits!

You will also be able to visit a photographic exhibition in St Peter’s Church during January. This will contrast how workers’ lives have changed in the last 100 years. There will be pictures showing how we used to do our work and how different it is today, or is it?!

We step into February with an audience with Simon Nye, a celebrated and prolific local author. Simon has written novels as well as writing for TV and film. He is perhaps best known for writing Men Behaving and more recently, he was the screenwriter for The Durrells. His film credits include the animated film, Flushed Away.

The supercars zoom into Henfield in March as the village once again takes part in Piazza Italia on Tour. This sees a procession of supercars around the district, displaying at various villages, giving people an opportunity to view the vehicles and talk to their owners.

The Festival continues into April as the village celebrates St George’s Day. The Festival is planning a St George’s English evening with a live Ceilidh band and other entertainment to enjoy. We are hoping for good weather for this and continuing into May as this month celebrates ‘All Things Outdoors’.

‘All Things Outdoors’ is a range of activities for lovers of the countryside and nature. There will be guided walking tours, together with opportunities to get up early and experience the dawn chorus and stay up late and enjoy the dusk chorus. The annual traditional Beating the Bounds will also take place in Shermanbury.

The summer sees the 20th Anniversary of Henfield’s delightful and ever popular Gardens and Arts Festival. During this festival, local gardens are open to the public, and music and art can be found in and around the village. There are also tasty refreshments at many of the venues!

Taking us into the middle of summer, the Rude Mechanicals will once again be performing at Sussex Prairie Gardens just outside Henfield. There’s an updated vibe for the Henfield Summer show in mid July with arena events, a Bake Off, Grow offs and Craft offs! This event also includes the rather tasty Food and Drink festival.

Watch this space for more news about the Henfield and District Festival, you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with all the news. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to ensure you’re the know with everything that’s happening during the Year of Culture.

Posted in 2018, News.


  1. The Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men, who moved their base to Shoreham at the close of Woodmancote Parish Hall last year, are returning to Henfield this winter, with practice nights every Wednesday night at the Catholic Church Hall. The morris men hope to be involved in several festival events, so would like to contact the Henfield organisers.

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