New beat for Village Festival

Les Curstaces - French group playing bat Alfriston Village Festival
Les Curstaces - French group playing bat Alfriston Village Festival

Alfriston’s popular village Festival swings to a new beat when a band from across the Channel adds a French flavour to the celebrations.

The jazz group from Normandy will play over the four-day August Bank Holiday weekend to mark the very first collaboration between Alfriston and twin village of Veules les Roses.

“We’re looking forward to playing the Alfriston Festival - we hope to add a little bit of French fun to this traditional English fair,” said band leader Paul Noël. “It’ss the band’s first engagement outside France and we’re very happy to get the chance to bring our music to Sussex. “

The band is just one of a host of attractions on the Tye in Alfriston from August 23-26. The beautiful village green in front of the Norman church has been the site of a summer fair for generations, and now it’s grown to a fun-packed four-day festival.

Visitors will find old-fashioned games of skill like tilt the bucket, toss the bale, bowl for a pig, and an egg toss challenge, along with a traditional fun fair to take them back in time – not forgetting pony rides and a bouncy castle for the kids.

There are stalls full of great local produce, tea and cakes in the village hall, prize draws, historic walking tours, a classic car show – and that’s not all.

Don’t forget the art exhibition, dog show, band music, Morris dancing, a guided tour of Britain’s biggest new even more attractions in a full programme of events that has something for everybody.

Pictured: Les Crustaces