MADhurst Festival is back in town

Cupcake decorating workshop at a previous MADhurst festival
Cupcake decorating workshop at a previous MADhurst festival

MADhurst is back in town for the fourth festival of music art, dance and drama, with an ambitious ten-day programme of events which starts tomorrow (August 17)

From a picnic in Woolbeding parkland to bawdy poetry, a pie and a pint at The Royal Oak in West Lavington and workshops covering everything from jazz to jewellery-making, organisers hope there is something for all tastes on the menu.

The vision of former vicar of Midhurst Father Marcus Ronchetti, the festival has grown under the watchful eye of the small MADhurst committee now chaired by John Barrett.

This year it kicks off with the picnic at Woolbeding where the National Trust is organising an evening of free music and Langhams Brewery will be putting on the bar.

The festival finale will be the MADhurst carnival procession where floats, music and dancing will lead spectators down to Cowdray Park for six hours of free entertainment.


10am-5pm and midday-4pm on Sunday, August 18: Midhurst Camera Club exhibition, Methodist Church Hall – £1 entry

6pm-sunset: Picnic in the Park – evening of free music at Woolbeding Parkland. Bring a picnic, chairs or a blanket, bring friends and family.

For more information contact the National Trust on 01730 816638.


7pm: Swing Band Concert at Midhurst Rother College – Milestone Collective Swing Band, Tickets on sale in box office, at £8 in advance (£10 on the door).


Midday-2pm: Good Gracious Music and Caffe Verdi present lunchtime music sessions.

2.30pm-4pm: Midhurst School of Dance at the Jacobean Hall, Spread Eagle Hotel .

5pm-7.15pm: Woolbeding Gardens, Private opening. Bring your picnic and enjoy the magnificent views.

7.30pm: Folk at the Church – Woolbeding Church – with talented folk singer Rosie Hodgson.

Combined tickets only are available for garden opening and folk concert, £7.50 each and limited.


10.30am-5.30pm: MADhurst Fine Art Exhibition – Spread Eagle. Free entry.

Midday-2pm: Good Gracious Music and Caffe Verdi lunchtime music sessions.

5.30pm-7pm: Treasure hunt starts from the Grange Centre. £1 per entry.

7pm-10.30pm: Italian night with classical guitar at the Angel Hotel. Ring 01730 812421 for bookings.

8pm: Quiz and Fajitas at the Greyhound Inn.


10am-6pm: Midhurst Art Society’s summer exhibition opens at Capron House, North Street, Midhurst for the whole of the festival, closing on Monday, August 26.

10.30am-8pm: MADhurst Fine Art Exhibition at The Spread Eagle. Free entry.

Midday-2pm: Good Gracious Music and Caffe Verdi present lunchtime music sessions with Alan Byers Gibson singing classic ballads old and new.

1pm: Rosie Hodgson at the Glasshouse, Rotherhill Nurseries

7.30pm: Poetry, Pie and a Pint – Royal Oak, West Lavington. £13.50 per person.

The following workshops are taking place:

Sunday, August 18, 6pm-7pm: Under 14s Instrument and Jazz Vocalist Masterclass with Milestone Collective Swing Band based on the tune All of Me at Midhurst Rother College. Booking essential at box office – only 20 places available.

Monday, August 19, 10am-midday: MADhurst box office, West Street – a free jewellery-making workshop with Sue Griffiths.

Tuesday, August 20, 10.30am: Vintage Tea Rooms, Midhurst – free cupcake-decorating workshop with Carol Sharpe, Booking essential.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 20,21 and 22: 10am-12.30pm: Midhurst Rother College – Good Gracious Music present creative songwriting for nine to 12-year-olds. £20 per day or £50 for all three days. To book contact or ring 01730 815481

Wednesday, August 21, 2pm-4pm: MADhurst box office – free straw-work workshop with Michael Gates

Wednesday, August 21, 6pm-8pm: MADhurst Gallery, Spread Eagle Hotel – free drawing for beginners workshop with Chloe Dudman and Jodi Whitby.

The MADhurst box office in West Street is open 10am-4pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until August 23.

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