Eastbourne Lammas Festival
Eastbourne's annual free festival of music, dance and entertainment for everyone

Western Lawns, King Edwards Parade
(Eastbourne Seafront)
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4EH

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Welcome to the Eastbourne Lammas Festival


It's with a heavy heart that we have to report that we have been unable to secure the Western Lawns for next year's festival date and therefore there will be no Eastbourne Lammas Festival in 2019.

We hope to return in full force in 2020

For the sake of accuracy and clarity, EBC has offered alternative dates: 20/21 July which is unsuitable because it clashes with Eastbourne Pride; 3/4 August which is impossible because it clashes with Sidmouth Folk Festival and therefore means no Morris (and very few committee), a date in June and the August Bank Holiday weekend. The latter is dismissed (a) because it's too far from Lammas and would make a mockery of the very notion of a Lammas Festival (let alone the Ritual) and also because so many of our committee, traders and performers are involved with Herstmonceux Medieval Festival that it would make it impossible to stage our festival.

We have discussed other venues, including Gildredge & Princes Parks and ruled out this option. We have spent many years perfecting the logistics of the Eastbourne Lammas Festival and to start afresh with a new site, new event plan, renegotiated insurance and new set of challenges is just too huge an undertaking for our small band of volunteers.


The word ‘Lammas’ comes from the old English for ‘Loaf Mass’, a celebration of the Earth’s bounty, traditionally held at the time of cutting the first corn crop. Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh, a name derived from that of the Celtic Sun God, Lugh. It is one of the main festivals now celebrated by the modern Pagan movement. As well as offering a showcase for local talent – music, Morris dancing, drumming and Storytelling– this event also Raises money for the R.N.L.I., Entertains the local community and encourages visitors to the town.


The festival is FREE. It is paid for entirely by the fundraising efforts of the Lammas Festival
Committee, and by a proportion of the voluntary collection taken at the festival. Our thanks go to all the performers and volunteers who freely give their time, hard work and expertise, making the festival a fun, peaceful and enjoyable weekend.


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The Eastbourne Lammas Festival is organised annually by ELF (Eastbourne Lammas Festival Committee)
raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Since 2001 over £10,000 has been raised