Idyllic rolling countryside near Rye is the setting for a hidden gem of a festival this June (7–9th). Alongside music from an array of talent, audiences will enjoy storytelling, street theatre and activities such as den-building and water pistol battles.

Marie White

Best of all, Little Gate Big Festival is affordable, with an adult weekend ticket costing just £35. A family of two adults, two over 10s and 2 under 10s is just £85 for a weekend camping ticket.

“It just has such a feel-good vibe and is really popular with families,” says Claire Cordell from Little Gate Farm. “It’s been steadily growing, but is still very much a small, friendly, family weekend.”

A highlight this year is Hastings singer-songwriter Marie White, winner of Glastonbury Festival’s 2019 Emerging Talent Competition. The Marie White Band will be performing on Sunday 9 June, shortly before Marie’s debut appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage.

Marie is just one of many new and established artists performing. Festival Producer, Mandy Curtis of 18 Hours says: “We’re lucky to have so many brilliant artists and musicians on board.”

Mighty Sounds
PICTURE: John Cole

The programme also features learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled artists, including new musicians from Eggtooth’s Incubate project, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, The Happy Maureens, Fuzzbomb Flashband, Mighty Sounds and many more. Alongside the entertainment, there’s a bar, a range of food and craft stalls. 

In its everyday life, Little Gate Farm is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism into paid employment. But for one weekend a year, it’s an amazing, fun-filled, fund-raising festival for the general public. Don’t miss it!

• You can apply to win a pair of adult weekend camping tickets by answering the question:

On which day is Marie White Band playing at Little Gate Big Festival? Just email your answer to this question to [email protected]

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