Community Festival starts on Bank Holiday Monday


Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will be roaming the streets of Crowborough over the bank Holiday weekend investigating their latest case.   Down from London, the pair will be searching for the Lost World…

The first Crowborough Community Festival will launch with a Free Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May themed around author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventure story of dangerous exploration, dinosaurs and survival – The Lost World – which he wrote when living in Crowborough.   It was said that a fossilised footprint of an Iguanodon, found in a quarry near his home in Crowborough fired his imagination and led him to write The Lost World.

The day will celebrate this connection.  The event at Goldsmiths will feature street theatre in and around a giant life-size dinosaur, dinosaur workshops inside a Big Top circus tent led by Paul Stickland – creator of the famous children’s classic Dinosaur Roar – as well as wilderness survival skills, climbing and assault course challenges.  Face painters will be on hand to transform all ages into creatures from The Lost World.

There’ll be entertainment with live alt-folk music from Noble Jacks, samba from Kent-based Bloco Fogo Samba Band and Crowborough band El Banda Burros.  Local food and drink will be provided by Lewes-based Harvey’s Brewery and Food Rocks.

Crowborough Community Festival logoCrowborough has a unique position ‘On Top of the Weald’ and the underlying rocks formed in the dinosaur age have led to the creation of rare wildlife habitats.  The Fun Day will focus on Crowborough’s natural world through exhibitions and activities run by the High Weald AONB Partnership, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Crowborough Conservationists and Friends of the Ashdown Forest.

As part of the festival, The Lost World Schools Project for Key Stage 2 pupils from local primary schools is already underway. Children will have access to fossil-related workshops, go on a ‘Lost World Quest’ in Crowborough’s countryside and take part in a dinosaur 3D competition judged by Paul Stickland at the Fun Day.

Chairman Denis Hart said:

We hope the community will do their bit to make the festival a great success by turning out and enjoying all the activities and entertainment on offer.

The event takens place in the top field at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground.  As parking is limited, residents are encouraged either to use in the free town centre car parks and take the short walk down or take advantage of a free vintage shuttle bus service which will be running from the station via the town centre to the event.

For more information about The Lost World Fun Day and the numerous other events during the month of May see the Festival’s website:



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