Welcome to Petworth Festival

Petworth Festival takes place in the second half of July, takes in up to a dozen beautiful venues within a 10 mile radius of the town of Petworth and increasingly welcomes artists and performers from the very top drawer from the worlds of classical, jazz, world and traditional music as well as from the worlds of theatre, cabaret, comedy and literature.

Venues range from the atmospheric Stable Yard of Petworth House and the elegant grounds of Bignor Park to St Mary’s Church - the Festival’s main concert venue - and the Leconfield Hall, home to many of the Festival’s smaller and more intimate events. Increasingly the Festival has travelled beyond the town to include venues such as the purpose built theatre at Midhurst’s Rother College and the regionally acclaimed Music Room at Champs Hill in Coldwaltham. More unusual events have been programmed in unconventional venues including the brand new showroom of local company Sofas and Stuff.

In 2011 the Festival added an autumn literary weekend to its roster of events. An immediate success this is flourishing five years later.

The Festival flourishes thanks to a mix of support at the box office together with private and corporate sponsorship. Sponsors are greatly valued and given full support and acknowledgement at Festival events and receptions.

For further information contact Kate Wardle Festival Manager 01798 343055 info@petworthfestival.org.uk

Thursday 14 - 30 July
Watch this space for programme information from 31 March 2016

Dear Friends

The curtain has now fallen on the Festival’s public events for 2015, but what a year it has been, culminating with November’s 5th Literary Festival. The summer festival will remain long in the memory with so many stand out performances by the likes of Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt, La Serenissima’s extraordinary Four Seasons, the Armonico Enemble’s similarly remarkable Rachmaninov Vespers, and then the whole raft of successes in the wider programme, not least Paul Merton and his Impro Chums, the ridiculously enjoyable dance night with the Bo Diddlers and the sell out Jazz in the Stables event with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. And then we moved on to the literary festival where once again our largest ever audiences enjoyed fascinating and often moving events with the likes of Jane Hawking, Terry Waite, Andy McNab, David Starkey and Alan Johnson. Very very special!

If we now go quiet for a little while, I hope you will understand: the finishing touches are currently being applied to the 2016 Summer Festival and we will be announcing the line up at the end of March. We look forward to seeing you next July, but if in the meantime you would like to find out more about joining the Friends of Petworth Festival or if you would like details of event sponsorship, do please get in touch. We have very high standards to maintain and we genuinely need your support in our mission to deliver the most brilliant imaginable festivals for West Sussex and our immediate area.

Good wishes to all!

Stewart Collins
Artistic Director