• Binsted Arts Festival


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      2018 Festival Programme



      Places on the poetry workshop are limited so please enquire first. If you book and then cannot attend, please inform us so that someone else can be offered a place.

      For events with a charge, please send a cheque made out to ‘Binsted Arts’. Tickets reserved will be available at the event.


      • St Mary’s Church, Binsted, is at BN18 0LL. If coming west along the A27, take left turn signed ‘Binsted’. Satnav and Google maps suggest a left turn nearer Arundel goes through to Binsted – it doesn’t.
      • Mill Ball, Binsted Lane, Binsted is at BN18 0LJ. It is further down Binsted Lane past St Mary’s Church and first on the left after the Flint Barn.

      PARKING: No parking in Binsted Lane. For St Mary’s Church, parking is at the Old Rectory, just past St Mary’s Church on the left. For Mill Ball, turn in and park in the grounds.

      The nearest train station is Barnham. There is a taxi office next to the station (01243 551753).


      Events at a Glance


      Friday 8 June

      ‘Protest Poetry’  -  Writing workshop led by Mandy Pannett, poet and creative writing tutor.
      For people of all levels of experience or none. Examples of protest poetry and some ideas for attendees to try out.
      3.00 to 5.30 pm at the Pool Room, Mill Ball, Binsted: £10: up to 14 people

      Refreshments will be available at Stable Cottage, Binsted, opposite the church, for anyone attending the workshop who would like to stay for the poetry evening

      Poetry Evening and Competition Prize-giving
      With readings by prize winners and also by Jeremy Page, the competition judge.
      7.00 to 9.00 pm at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: free

      Saturday 9 June

      Guided Woodland Walk:  ‘Binsted’s Ancient Woodland: what to see and how it’s threatened’
      Led by Tony Whitbread, retiring Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust
      10.00 am to 12.00 pm, starting at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: £5: up to 30 people

      ‘D.H. Lawrence, Censorship and the Meynell family in Sussex’
      Talk by Oliver Hawkins, artist and local historian and a descendant of the poet Alice Meynell
      2.00 to 3.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: £5

      ‘Seven Brides for Binsted’ - An evening of dramatic sketches
      by Drip Action Theatre Company
      7.30 to 9.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: £10

      Sunday 10 June

      ‘Lassus Lamentations: Renaissance masterpiece mourning the destruction of a place’.
      Concert of music by Orlando Lassus (c. 1532-1594)
      By a local Consort of Viols with Singers
      12.30 to 2.30 at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: free: half-hour interval with light refreshments, or bring a picnic

      ‘Michael Wishart, Artist’ 
      Talk by Tim Hunting about this mystical nature painter and witty memoirist, brought up in Binsted (1928-1996).
      4.00 to 5.15 at St Mary’s Church, Binsted: £5



      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.   

      Our 2017 Arts Festival theme was a 'Harvest' of rural life in Sussex, and celebrating the Binsted countryside.  

      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