Music and dance for Lammas Festival

Lammas Festival
Lammas Festival

The Eastbourne Lammas Festival returns to the Western Lawns later this month.

The weekend festival, which takes place onJuly 27-28 , raises money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and has raised over £10,000 since the festival began in 2001.

Visitors will get the chance to see local artists performing traditional music, dance, crafts and story telling as well as browsing through the different stalls.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “The Lammas Festival is always a joy to get involved with and I look forward to seeing the different dancers, drummers and other entertainers.

“There is something for everyone to see and all on our lovely seafront.”

The annual event brings plenty of entertainment with a band line up including The Equatorial group, Gadzooks it’s Lackadaisy, Matt Cooper, Blueshift jazz, Mr Western and the Ironing and Black Strap Molasses, plus many more!

The Lammas festival also welcomes a range of dance groups, story tellers including the Pentacle Drummers, who will lead the procession on Saturday, a range of Morris dance groups and dancers from Sussex dance studio.

This year, Eastbourne Lifeboat will stage a demonstration on Sunday in the sea by the festival site at around 11am, showing visitors what great work they do.

Sunday rounds off with an open-air ceilidh giving the festival crowd a chance to get involved in the action. Led by popular local band, The Howlers, there is no better way to end the weekend.

Visitors can expect to find special Lammas ale in the beer tent called 1648 brewery brew, along with other fine ales and ciders. There will also be a range of places to buy food and snacks.

Lammas is a harvest celebration of the Earth’s bounty traditionally held at the cutting of the first corn crop.

Lammas is one of the four ancient pagan Celtic fire festivals which were adopted by the early Christian church and are now celebrated by those of all faiths, or none.

The figure of John Barleycorn symbolises the crop at harvest-time and leads the carnival procession which opens the festival on Saturday, leaving Eastbourne Pier at around noon.

John Barleycorn reappears later on Saturday for the Lammas Ritual when Hunters Moon perform a special dance in his honour. Cavendish Bakery will create a fabulous harvest loaf for this ceremony where all are welcome to attend.

For further information please see website http://www.lammasfest.org/