The weather forecast is looking good, with highs of 22 degrees predicted over the weekend (and just a chance of a light shower – not bad for the UK) - head to The Hawth for Crawley Folk and Beer Festival from 29 June – 1 July and soak up the atmosphere, peruse the stalls, watch the dance displays, listen to the fantastic music and enjoy a pint or two of some of the finest ales in the country.
The Festival kicks off on the Hobgoblin stage on Friday night with Dogan Mehmet taking to the stage
with an Anglo-Turkish, Gypsy-Punk mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves. Joining Dogan are Mawkin; a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, world, jazz, prog and rock (tickets: £12).
The Hobgoblin stage will continue to delight on Saturday evening as the award-winning Jim Moray; one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. Also performing are Ruth Notman and Saul Rose. Ruth’s pure and powerful voice conveys stories of love, loss, adventure and heartache while Saul is a melodeon playing ace (tickets: £14)
The Beer Festival has just announced its line up of delicious ales, ciders and perries to tempt Beer aficionados and those who simply fancy something a bit special to quench their thirst. There are plenty of Sussex ales on offer to please locals including Arundel’s Sussex Gold, Dark Star’s American Pale, Hepworth’s Summer Lightning and King’s Horsham Best. With over 50 to choose from there will certainly be something for everyone.
As always there is lots of free entertainment to enjoy, with local talent on the brand new Busking Stage, the Foyer Stage plays host to Brogue’s traditional Irish sound, Americana folk from Gibson Bull and leading finger style guitarist Simon Kempston. Festival-goers can also look forward to some top music on the on the alfresco Band Stage, including the newly announced All Things Considered and Tamdem.
Don’t forget that if you really want to get into the festival spirit, we have great on-site camping facilities so bring the whole family along for a weekend to remember! The children will love the festival atmosphere and can enjoy a free, fun-filled, bicycle-powered performance of GreenandPleasantLand, just for them on Sunday at 2.30pm and 4pm.
Friday: 4.30pm – 10pm, Saturday: 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm