• Binsted Arts Festival 12-14 June 2020



      List of Events

      Events are in St Mary’s church, Binsted; the walk starts at St Mary’s; 
      the  flower workshop is held at Stable Cottage, both BN18 0LL

      Friday 12 June

      10-30-12-30   Flower workshop- led by Gill Powell-Jones of Earth Seed to Bloom . Create a bouquet based on locally grown cut flowers. 10 places  £15.00

      2.30-4.00: Talk by Oliver Hawkins   Dickens’s Women: Angels or Demons – a family related incident is used to show up Dickens’s conflicted attitude to women. £7.50.

      7.00-9.00: Poetry evening: prize-giving for the Binsted Prize and the South Downs Young Poet’s Prize.   Hear the winning poets and the judge Stephanie Norgate read their work, with musical interludes.   Free event.

      Saturday 13 June

      10.30-12.30:  Talk Dr Geoffrey Mead   Sussex Literary Landscapes : a sweep through history to show how Sussex landscapes have appeared in literary writings  £7.50.

      2.00-3.15 : Talk  James McInnes   Halnaker Hill and Beyond- the wide variety of techniques that can be used by local communities to explore how Sussex landscapes have been shaped by human activities. £7.50

      7.0-8.45 :  LiTTLe MACHinE  a unique concert combining poetry and music. A band of 3 musicians perform their own settings of famous and well- loved poems   £12.00.

      Sunday 14 June

      10.00-12.00:  Guided walk : Ash Dieback:What next for Binsted Woods and other threatened Woodland? led by Tony Whitbread.   30 places.   £10.

      3.00-5.00: A Climate Change Anthology: Readings of prose and poetry on the theme of the Climate Emergency. How can writers help us understand our world and come together in the face of ecological and climate crisis? Free event

      6.30-8.00: Drama : Lines of Enquiry   Crime writer Simon Brett  performs his one-man show in a humorous and rhymed send up of the TV police procedural  £12.00.

      Booking opens in early April when the full programme, including how to book, will be posted on this website.
      The programme will also be available in print form .



      About the Festival


      The Binsted Arts Festival builds on the long-held attraction of Binsted near Arundel and the wider Sussex countryside for artists and writers.  

      It involves the local community and anyone with a feeling for these special places in artistic activity enjoyment and learning today, at locations in and around the village of Binsted.   

      Click here to read the June 2019 Binsted Arts Festival Program

      Click here to read the June 2018 Binsted Arts Festival Report

      Click here to read the June 2017 Binsted Arts Festival Report

      Click here to read the June 2016 Binsted Arts Festival Report



      How you can join in


      The Arts Committee would be happy to hear your thoughts and if you would like to contribute in any way, for example:

      Would you like to contribute Art, Performance or Writing, or just be kept informed?

      If you have ideas which might feature in one of our festivals or future publications, please Email Emma Tristram (Binsted Arts committee member).  

      If you have not received newsletters about the Festival before, please let us know your email address so we can keep in touch about the Arts Festival and any other Binsted Arts events. 



      Committee for Binsted Arts

      All committee members are residents of or are otherwise connected with Binsted

      Chair               Camilla Lambert - Walberton resident and poet 
      Secretary         Emma Tristram - ed. 'Binsted & Beyond', writer, Binsted resident
      Treasurer         Isabel Thurston - Barnham resident
                             Melanie Penycate - Walberton resident and poet, The Forge Gallery
                             Susan McGowan - former Walberton resident, now Tangmere
                             Gilly McCadden - artist, Binsted resident
                             Susan Martineau - Walberton resident
                             Susan Elphick - Binsted resident
                              Joanna Shackleton - Walberton resident
                              Gill Powell-Jones - Walberton resident

      Website           Mike Tristram - Binsted resident