This is a lovely celebration, put on by colourful Sussex percussionists, The Pentacle Drummers. It is a gorgeous event, taking place at the home of Eastbourne Borough Football Club, Langney Sports Centre, in Eastbourne.
The venue is ideal for a one day festival of this size. There was ample free parking, a good size outdoor area hosting all the stalls and entertainment. There was a separate camping area, alongside the main field.
The sports club bar served a full menu all day. Whilst sitting in a bar watching football for dinner did take something from the overall festival vibe, it also felt like a real treat, especially the clean flushing toilets!
On arrival we were greeted warmly by drummers from the band at the entrance. Band members were running the whole show. There are so many of them that they managed all the stalls etc between them, still managing to take breaks.
They were even able to give three fun performances. I’ve no idea who manned the stalls then, as I was fully enthralled by the magic of their music. After the last performance, children were invited by several of the drummers, to have a go on the drums. They are such a friendly bunch.
The kids were happily kept amused with the bouncy castle and inflatable assault course, free to use with unlimited goes. There was also a very affordable Spin to Win, and Pick a Lolly table, which pleased my son no end as he kept on winning!
The children’s entertainment was primarily supplied by DevilStick Peat who performed funny magic tricks and juggling feats, and wry sense of humour, for little and big kids alike.
There was a good range of stalls selling clothes, treats, model toys. It was great to see the Henna and Hat Lady again. She does know a lot about hats, and has some beautiful creations. She is also very gifted at the henna art, and does not overcharge – very refreshing at a festival. She even fixed my hat for me!
Saturday day time was the main celebration, with (of course) the drummers, alongside Morris dancers, and belly dancers. There was much fancy dress, Viking combat displays and stone age games. One task was to keep moving the rollers, to transport a boulder, to represent the journey of the iconic Stone Henge stones.
In the evening we were entertained by bands varying from folk, to Elvis style. Whilst this clearly wasn’t the main focus of the event, is was a great way to wind down at the end.
It was a splendid way to spend an afternoon and evening, and I hope we get to celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Pentacle Drummers again next year.