Hanging Vines
Hanging Vines
Hanging Vines
Hanging Vines

folk & fable


August 23/24/25


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East Sussex

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& talks

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Children’s activities

We’ve got lots of fun activities planned for children and families, keep an eye out as our timetable is updated

Teacher Reading, Tree or Children with Book for Learning Development, Storytelling or Growth in Park. Smile, Youth or Happy Educator with Stories for Education at a Kids Kindergarten School in Nature

  • Children’s puppet show
  • activity workshops
  • music
  • games
  • face painting
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Rust + Stardust

The Cackle Street Cats

A rhyming fable from Rust & Stardust, featuring spellbinding songs, delightful dances, colourful costumes, and adorable cat puppets who make potions and fall in love!

Shadowshanks and Pumpkinpaws are the very best of friends, but their owners can't stand each other, even though they haven't spoken in years.

With musical mayhem, mischievous misunderstandings and of course, a sprinkle of magic, the Cackle Street Cats try to reconcile Persephone and Araminta before the Midsummer Festival - with some unintended, and hilarious, results!

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This is a free event kindly sponsored by Haines & sons

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Friday night


in the marquee @ The market square

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Saturday Night:

Funny as folk night


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Comedy show
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Its OliviaPost &

Danny Schlessinger

Your Hosts

CJ & Max

Hilarious adult humour duo

Folk U Yer Battle Axe!

Sussex comedy performers

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Saturday in the marquee @ The market square



Tickets £7 on the door

Doors open 19.00

Licensed bar

Food available

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Sunday Night: Catsfield Steamers

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The Catsfield Steamers play British traditional music, Make sure you bring suitable shoes for dancing

Ticket price £10


  • Buy your tickets from:
  • Barnabys
  • Needle Meets Hook
  • Haines Funeral Directors
  • White Sails
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Licensed bar provided by The Bull Inn

Hot food available

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Russell Williams

Russ will be reading extracts from his new book:


followed by a Q & A session

In 'Where the Folk', Russ visits locations all over Wales that are associated with Welsh folklore. Along the way, he meets local experts and delves into the origins of the tales that have had the biggest impact on Welsh culture.

Russ Williams was raised in the predominantly Welsh-speaking town of Caernarfon in North Wales.

He now resides in Cardiff, where he continues to write. He published his first short story via Roath Writers' annual anthology in 2015. He has since become an indie author, publishing two books (Free House and The Earth’s Kidneys) in 2016. He also has two active blogs, Brawd Autistico and Where the Folk.

His short piece 'When Hats are Life' appears in Helen Bucke’s Bearing Untold Stories: Life on (and off) the Autism Spectrum. Where the Folk is his first traditionally published book.


Sophie Crabtree

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Singer songwriter, fiddle player and general silly sausage from Reading. Currently based in Cardiff!

Contemporary folk music.

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We are thrilled to announce Our 2024 artist in residence:

Sophie merryn barnes

Sophie lives in battle and recently graduated from St. Martins College London


this year our artist will be sponsored by white sails in battle

if you would like to sponsor our artist next year or would like to apply to be our resident artist please email battlefolkandfablefestival@gmail.com

The Folk and fable festival hosts a traditional market bursting with handmade and traditional goods & street entertainers

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Artisan stalls and

craft market

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if you would like to host a stall contact angie by popping into her shop: baranabys of battle

or via email: angieinthestings@googlemail.com

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The festival takes place in the glorious sussex countryside

you can reach us by email:

Trade stall enquiries: Contact Angie in person at Barnabys shop in Battle highstreet or email: battlefolkandfablefestival@gmail.com

Performer/ speaker enquiries: Contact Olivia : info@racingsnail.org

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Meet The team








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Our Mission

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To celebrate our rich history of story telling and folkore and to encourage the creation of new stories and songs.

To champion local artists and provide platforms to showcase their talents.

To encourage visitors to Battle town, & support local businesses.

To provide a wide program of activities to appeal to a diverse audience.

To be diverse & inclusive.

We are striving to create a viable and sustainable festival. We recycle and re-use, and endeavour to source suppliers that are local to reduce our carbon footprint

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We operate as a registered, not for profitc community interest company (C.I.C)

All the money that we raise is used directly to fund the festival; it helps us to pay for our performers and activities, some of our activities are subsidised or are free to enable everyone to enjoy the event.

  • Making a donation
  • Buying a ticket for one of our events
  • Purchasing a lottery ticket, scan here:
  • Sponsor a specific Act or activity
  • Become an event partner

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Kindly Supported by:

Thankyou to our supporters;

your donations either in time or money or both, have made this event happen; we are truly grateful.


The festival takes place in Battle East Sussex site of of one of the most famous battles in england the battle of hastings in 1066.

Getting there: Take Southeastern trains from London Bridge, or London Charing Cross to Battle, it's a short hour and twenty minute trip to enjoy this historic town.

By car:

The market square is situated at the top of Battle high street.

A2100 head straight over the roundabout

Turn right from north trade road

Turn left at the top of the highstreet

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Parking available at the market square

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What's your story

Recipes & stories

The Story collectors

  • Have you got a family favourite dish?
  • Is there a story behind it?
  • Has it been handed down through the generations?

Have you ever stopped to think about the stories behind your family's favourite dishes? Those treasured recipes handed down through generations are more than just instructions for a delicious meal, they're also a window into your family's history and traditions.

We're excited to announce that this year, we're collecting your recipes and the stories behind them. Whether it's a well-loved family favorite or a new creation with a unique story, we want to hear about it! Don't forget to include a picture - we'd love to see a photo or a drawing of your culinary masterpiece.

Drop off your recipe and its story at one of our story collectors. We're planning to read some of these stories during the festival and who knows, we might even cook up some of the recipes too! And if we collect enough, we'll compile them into a book.

So why not take a moment to share your recipe and its story with a friend or family member? We can't wait to hear from you!