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Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts

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© Simon Heaton
© Simon Heaton

POSTPONED: April 23 to May 10, 2020

Where is it?

Mayfield, East Sussex. A Medieval village in the heart of the High Weald.

How to get there? 

Mayfield is approximately 20 minutes drive from Tunbridge Wells, our nearest large town. Click here for a map and general directions. 

Rail: Tunbridge Wells station is on the Southeastern line from London Charing Cross to Hastings and is about an hour from Charing Cross. There are always taxis waiting outside the station.  The nearest station on the Southern Railway line between Victoria and Uckfield is Crowborough - about a 15 minute taxi ride.

Bus: Mayfield is on the 252 bus route between Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne. 

Websites such as Rome2Rio can give more specific details about reaching Mayfield by combining rail and bus.

Car: If you arrive by car, there are several car parks in the village as shown in the map above.

Local accommodation

The Middle House, a 17th Century inn on the High Street, offers hotel accommodation and there are a number of bed and breakfast places or cottages to rent in the surrounding area. For a full list click here 

What can tourists visit nearby?

The High Weald is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a patchwork of woods, small fields and deeply incised streams. At the time of the Festival the woods surrounding the village will be carpeted with bluebells. There are a number of delightful National Trust properties nearby to Mayfield including Batemans (home of Rudyard Kipling), Scotney Castle (possibly the most romantic ruin and garden you will find), Bodium Castle, Churchill’s home at Chartwell, and the famous white garden at Sissinghurst are all within a 45 minute drive. Tunbridge Wells itself offers the elegant Pantiles with plenty of cafes.

Programming 

The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts is an English arts festival which is primarily devoted to classical music, but which includes a feast of 28 musical, poetry, film and party events. To celebrate our 50th Anniversary year, the Festival opens with a newly-commissioned cantata celebrating the life and work of St Dunstan and it closes with a programme of Mozart and Beethoven. Chamber music, orchestral music, Gregorian chant, choral music, piano music, chamber opera, VE Day and May Day celebrations, poetry, film (including sing-a-long-a-Sound-of-Music) and wine: all these elements contribute to what will be a diverse and fabulous fortnight. Mayfield Festival prides itself in combining the intimacy and beauty of a rural location with outstanding music. 

Mayfield Festival also incorporates the exciting Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition for young musicians on the brink of their professional careers.

What are the venues like?

Festival venues include the beautiful St Dunstan’s Church and Mayfield School’s Concert Hall and Medieval Chapel.  All are located in the centre of the village and an easy walk from the bus stop and car parks. See the village map for details.

Dress code

There is no specific dress code. Outside evening temperatures in May tend to be around 10°C and both sunshine and rain are possible. All venues are indoors although wine will be offered in an outside marquee for events in St Dunstan’s Church. 

Food & Drink

Mayfield has several excellent pubs and restaurants providing food and drinks throughout the day in particular: Pink Cabbage Produce Co. offers lunch and pre-concert suppers for some concerts, The Middle House offers excellent dining for lunch and supper; Truffles Bakery & Café for day time snacks and light lunches and the Rose & Crown which offers a full menu from for lunch and dinner. 

Why should someone visit the festival?

Outstanding music in a beautiful setting.

For more information visit the website of The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Mayfield Festival Postponed until further notice

In the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Mayfield Festival has decided to postpone the 2020 Festival until further notice.

The Trustees of the Festival, with Jeremy Summerly our Artistic Director, have now reached a point where we have decided that the 2020 Mayfield Festival must be postponed. Not only is the timing of the festival impractical but also we have a social responsibility to care for all those involved. We are very disappointed to have had to take this decision but it is now clearly the right thing to do.

If you have already purchased tickets for the 2020 festival through TicketSource by credit or debit card, you will receive a full refund shortly. They have indicated a small delay as they are swamped with other events being cancelled or postponed.

Rest assured that our plan is to postpone the festival – not to cancel it!

With warmest regards and looking forward contacting you again soon with news of the Festival’s new timetable

Steve Swanton, Jonnie Jones, Jeremy Summerly

Upcoming eventsSee more...

MayfieldPOSTPONED: Cantata of St Dunstan

© Simon Heaton
O'Neill: Cantata of St Dunstan
Jeremy Summerly; Mayfield Festival Choir; The Chelsea Camerata; Schola Cantorum of Mayfield School; Toby Hughes

MayfieldPOSTPONED: Mendelssohn, Schubert and Grainger

© Primavera
Mendelssohn, Grainger, Schubert
Primavera Chamber Ensemble; Paul Manley

MayfieldPOSTPONED: Mary's Hand

© Robert Workman
Bussey: Mary's Hand
Clare McCaldin, Mezzo-soprano

MayfieldPOSTPONED: The Winners' Recital

© Toby Hughes
Brahms, Schumann, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Fauré
Toby Hughes; Matt Glendening; Ryan Drucker

MayfieldPOSTPONED: Beethoven and Schumann

© Mayfield Festival
Beethoven, Schumann
Guy Johnston; Sam Haywood

MayfieldPOSTPONED: Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition Finals

© TWIMC
Various
Finalists of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition