The popular Eastbourne Lammas Festival will return to the town this weekend with Morris dancing, live music and a carnival just some of the entertainment on offer.
The annual event will take place on the Western Lawns, seafront and town centre on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11am and will aim to raise money for the RNLI.
The festival will kick off with Morris dancing at Banker’s Corner on Terminus Road before the Carnival Parade, which begins at midday. The parade promises to be spectacular with Eastbourne Giants Herne and Andred leading dancers, drummers and festival-goers at the Pier before heading along the seafront to the Western Lawns, which is the main festival site.
People are welcome to join in the parade, so long as they are at the Pier entrance by 12 noon and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Guests are also invited to get into the spirit of the event and dress up.
As well as live music ranging from traditional and folk-rock to modern jazz, people can also enjoy stalls selling clothing, jewellery and books, as well as craft demonstrations. Belly dancing, tarot reading and performances from Carol George, Sea Gypsies and Ragati String Band will also be there to entertain the crowds. Children can be also enjoy face-painting, a bouncy castle, story-telling and Punch and Judy puppet shows.
The Lammas Festival has taken place in Eastbourne every year since 2001 and is free for festival-goers to attend. The festival receives no funding from the local authority or arts organisations, relying solely on fundraising by supporters and donations. All performers and helpers give their time for free.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I’m absolutely delighted we’ve got the Lammas Festival coming to town this weekend. It’s been going now for more than 10 years.
“It’s enormous fun and the many groups that take part really bring a fantastic spirit of enthusiasm to the wonderfully eclectic festival.”
The festival has so far raised more than £12,000 for the RNLI and asks visitors to give generously over the two days.
A programme of events and further information can be found at www.lammasfest.org