Battle Festival 2015 has now ended

A few words from our Chairman, David Furness

Where to start, without sponsors there simply wouldn’t be a Battle Festival and so to them we owe our very existence. This is particularly true of two very special donors this year, Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin of Keane, who performed a sell-out fund-raising concert for us at Battle Abbey in August. This concert not only made hundreds of people from throughout the world very happy indeed, but provided the funds we needed to allow the festival to proceed as planned. Thank you!

To the many corporate, media, public body and individual sponsors and friends who have donated money, time, expertise and advice we thank you most sincerely. You have allowed us to again provide world-class events without the world-class ticket price, and in some cases to provide events free of charge or highly subsidised. This is at the core of what we’re trying to achieve, to bring the arts to everyone, not just the few.


Thanks to our Patrons for putting your faith in us and your good names in our hands. Ditto to all our performers, artists, artisans, mentors, host families and volunteers. To all our venues, in particular St Mary’s Church celebrating its 900th anniversary this year, thank you for having us.
A particular thank you to our long-suffering partners and families, for ongoing and unfailing support and for allowing us to rope you in time and time again. It’ll be different next year, honest!

Finally, thanks to all who attend our events – we hope you enjoy the events, the town, the people and the experience, and that we see you again in 2016. Thank you beautiful BATTLE for having us back!

David Furness, Chairman, Battle Festival


We are delighted to confirm Battle Festival Patrons are:
  • Tim Rice-Oxley
  • Anton Lesser
  • Sir Andrew Davis
See our Who's Who page for more information.

2016 Festival

We're now working on our programme for next year so make sure October 2016 is firmly fixed in your diary. It's going to be a BIG month!
We have lots of events already in the planning and will be marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings during the festival.  Watch this space