Mayfield Events and Festivals

Mayfield holds a number of large events during the year - traditional, historical, musical and artistic.

The main events are:

  • the Mayfield Mayfair, celebrating traditional May activities with local children dancing round the Maypole, Morris Men, Mummers and a host of stalls and attractions.  There is even a chance for everyone to try their hand at Maypole dancing in our "Big Dance"  This is normally held on the 2nd Saturday of May each year.
  • the historic Bonfire Parade celebrating those martyred by Queen Mary in the 16th century.  Over 450 years of tradition come together as the local East Sussex bonfire societies with their colourful individual costumes and lit torches all come to parade through the village on a Saturday evening in mid-September
  • a biennial Festival of Music and Arts which includes the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition. In 2018 the Festival runs from 28 April to 13 May and covers half a millenium of colourful creativity
  • a Fringe festival
  • an Art Trail: spread over 15 venues in Mayfield & Five Ashes and open 11am - 5pm April 27-29, May 4-6 and 11-13.  See website diary entries for more details
  • and a Slow Short Film Festival.  The second festival, on 1st September 2018, is to be confirmed.

 

Photo of a crowd joining in to dance round the Maypole at the Mayfield Mayfair
Photo from the cover of the Mayfield Festival brocure 2018
Photo of the Mayfield Bonfire Parade showing Mayfield Bonfire Society with their torches and costumes
Poster for the Mayfield Art Trail Apr-May 2018