Free fun for the family at Stix Summer Madness in Stonecross

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  • Around 1,500 people are expected to descend on Sharnfold Farm fore the free event
  • The event will raise money for The Duchenne Family Support Group and Eastbourne Food Bank
  • There will be music, stalls and a Victorian fun fair

This year’s Stix Summer Madness in Stone Cross promises to be bigger and better then ever before.

Around 1,500 people are expected to descend on Sharnfold Farm in Hailsham Road for the free family fun day which will have a circus theme.

Amongst the attractions will be Elemental Circus, juggling and fire breathing.

Stix drum leader Chris Grace said, “It’s really going to be a truly fun family fun day.

“There’s going to be lots to do for the family and it’s free entry. It’s going to be awesome.”

Sambalanco and Rhythm Fire drummers will also be on hand, while bands Soul Hounds and The Review are some of the bands set to perform.

There will be morris dancing from Ragged Phoenix and the Archers of Herstmonceux Castle will run Have -a-go Archery.

Visitors can take a break at the beer tent or browse a range of exciting stalls, plus there will even be a Victorian funfair.

If you fancy a taste of the great outdoors camping is on offer too.

To find out more get in touch with Sharnfold Farm Office. Camping costs just £7 a night.

The event will raise money for The Duchenne Family Support Group which helps children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and supports their families.

The charity was started in 1987 by a small group of parents who had children diagnosed as having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

It brings families together for mutual support, sharing of information and experience, and social activities.

The group also runs a family support telephone line.

Stix Summer Madness will also raise funds for Eastbourne Food Bank.

Residents who are struggling to find the money to eat can be referred by care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citzens Advice Bureau for food parcels.

Performances will also be staged by the drumming band Stix, Pilgrim Mothers, Sea Gypsies/Rasheeka and Stone Cross Sound Waves Children’s Samba Band.

The event was first staged in Pevensey Hall last year but this year’s Summer Madness will be even bigger and better than before.

Organisers already want to expand on the event next year and hope to stage it on the Western Lawns in Eastbourne.

It will be officially opened by Lord Brett McClean of Hastings with Stix’s very own Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The event will run from 9.30am to 9.30pm and will take place over four fields.

The organisers said dogs are not allowed at the festival and added a picnic area will be provided.