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Apple Festival - No Longer Being Held

"Dear Applefest lovers. It is with great regret that we have to let you know that Applefest will no longer be held at Middle Farm. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved: apple growers, cider makers, stall holders, security, Dave the Music, and Pip Inn Tony, and all of the exceptional and supremely talented musicians they booked, our long-suffering team here at Middle Farm and, most of all, our faithful festival goers for supporting the event, year in, year out for the past twenty years.
Applefest has been a blast, but it's time to move on.
Namas te and big love."

Apple Festival 2013 – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October

Music, dance, fun and feasting in celebration of English apples

Our annual Apple Festival is one of the most popular events in Sussex, attended by thousands of people each year. There are live bands on 2 stages, morris dancing, apple pressing demonstrations, a puppet show, a cider bar, hot and cold food, a funfair, stalls selling apples and many different kinds of local produce, and of course the theme throughout is the celebration of apples.

The 2013 Festival will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013 from 10 am until 5 pm both days.

Tickets are available at £12 on the door. Children aged under 12 (age as at 19th October 2013) are admitted free of charge. The event runs from 10 am until 5 pm each day.

Please note: No dogs permitted except assistance dogs.
Proof of ID will be required when purchasing alcohol if requested by our staff.

We are updating this page regularly, so be sure to come back in a few days and see what else we have added.


The band line up is as follows

Saturday 19th October

Main Stage

Jacquemo 12 noon
POG 1 pm
The Piranhas 2 pm
Poppy Perezz 3 pm
Kalakuta Millionaires 4 pm

The Pip Inn

Jez Tonkin 12 noon
Tobias Mudlow 1 pm
Porchlight Smokers 2 pm
The Gramsons 3 pm
John Crampton 4 pm

Sunday 20th October

Main Stage

Django Untuned 12 noon
Swing Ninjas 1 pm
King Lagoon's Flying
Swordfish Dance Band
2 pm
The Moulettes 3 pm
Carnival Collective 4 pm

The Pip Inn

The Welly Wailers All day - interludes
Ian Tracey 12 noon
Danni Nicholls 1 pm
Boondock 2 pm
Cajun Dawgs 3 pm
Bad Bad Whiskey 4 pm

Please see further down the page for links to the bands' own pages.

Please note: Performance times are approximate and we reserve the right to amend the acts or performance times at our discretion.

Other Attractions

Other attractions at the Apple Festival 2013 will include Morris Dancing displays, the Harris Bros fun fair, food stalls, children's entertainment, including the ever popular Wishworks Puppet Theatre, and much more.

Open Farm Activities

There will be plenty of fun activities on the Open Farm, including on both days:

Guinea pig breakfast in Hebditch House 11am
Pig feeding in Flintstones Field 11.30am
Sheep racing followed by chicken racing in Flintstones Field 2.15pm
Watch our Jersey pedigree cows being milked in the milking parlour From 2.45pm onwards

There will also be colouring, face painting and a pets corner in the Party Parlour all day, both Saturday and Sunday.

For a flavour of what to expect in 2013, please see the link to our 2011 photos and video below of our 2011 festival.

How to get there

Middle Farm is situated on the A27, 4 miles east of Lewes and 7 miles west of Eastbourne, between the turnings to Ripe and Selmeston

We are on a National Cycle Route 2 (details

The nearest railway station is 2 miles away at Glynde, on the Lewes to Eastbourne line.

Bus No. 125 starts at Barcombe and passes us via Lewes, Monday to Friday. Bus No. 25 starts at Lewes and passes Middle Farm , en route to Alfriston, on Saturdays only (details from


The Cuckmere Community Bus will be running a shuttle service both Saturday and Sunday. For further details, please see their flyer below:

Cuckmere Buses Apple Festival Timetable 2013

The Big Lemon bus will be running a shuttle service from Brighton Old Steine, leaving at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm each day. The bus will pick up from Old Steine, Elm Grove, Lewes Road Bus Garage, The Avenue, Sussex University A27 and Kingston roundabout.

Big Lemon Bus Timetable link

The return bus times will be displayed at Middle Farm. The later return buses will be busy so please plan your return journey.


For people wishing to drive to the event, we have ample free parking available. Please note, however, that this parking will be on fields.

Band Links