Family friendly festival in Crowborough next May


Next year’s Crowborough Community Festival will kick-off with a family fun day as Conan Doyle’s Lost World experience is brought to life at Crowborough Community Centre

The Festival which will celebrate the town’s landscape and cultural heritage, includes choir workshops and concerts, exciting new theatrical performances as well as a Crowborough Community Festival logohost of other activities showcasing the creative talents of the people who live in the local area.

The festival will take place in local venues throughout the month of May next year.   Nature, Conservation, Healthy Living, Music, Food, Drama as well as Dinosaurs will all feature during the festival.

Festival chairman, Denis Hart said:

People who live in Crowborough appreciate its unique position on ‘Top of the Weald’ and delight in the landscape of the Ashdown Forest as well as the wonderful green spaces that surround the town.  This gives Crowborough a unique appeal attracting not only those who enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle but writers and artists who have been inspired by the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in the town for 23 years, until his death in 1930.  Whilst living at Windlesham Manor, he wrote his most famous adventure story ‘The Lost World’, a tale of dinosaurs and survival.  It was said that a fossilised footprint of an Iguanodon, found in a nearby quarry fired Conan Doyle’s imagination and ‘The Lost World’ was the result.  Generations have continued to be enthralled by dinosaurs and the festival will kick-off with a family fun day as Conan Doyle’s Lost World experience is brought to life at Crowborough Community Centre on Bank Holiday Monday 1st  May.  A Dinosaur Roar Workshop, Climbing Tower, Bush Craft Survival demonstrations and much more is on the menu.

Sussex Wildlife Trust and The High Weald AONB will be organising a number of walks, talks and children’s workshops as part of the festival.

Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle’s unique creation will also be making several appearances during the festival.  Clues no doubt will be popping up in the strangest places.

Denis added:

We hope all Crowborough groups and residents will get behind the festival and support the varied events on offer and do their bit to establish it as an exciting and fun addition to the cultural life of the town.

If you would like more information about the festival programme, or would like to offer help as a volunteer check out the website



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