Spotlight on Uckfield


Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society

Uckfield Carnival originated 185 years ago and was organised by shopkeepers on Wednesday afternoon, early closing day, latterly moving to the first Saturday every September. The Society spends most of the year fundraising and several months preparing and making 3,500 torches for the torch light procession, which is supported by other Bonfire and Carnival Societies of Sussex, bands, majorettes, and decorated tableaux.
The Society’s motto is “We burn for charity” and each year the Society donates thousands of pounds to local charities and deserving causes.
The Uckfield Society wears Mexican costumes for the parades. Everyone is welcome to join and attend the meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at Uckfield Civic Centre at 8pm. For further information, contact the Secretary – Email:
Uckfield Bonfire procession

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is a vibrant, active and lively group of local businesses; current membership is over 200, meeting 6 times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November at venues around the Uckfield area. The Chamber elects an Executive Committee of between 4 and 12 members who meet every month. There are always good networking opportunities. If you are interested in joining a significant body in the community please contact the secretary at the address below:

Ian Noble – Secretary

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

15 Horsted Square

Bellbrook Business Park

Uckfield TN22 1QG




Uckfield FM

Broadcasts on 105FM 24 hours a day, every day of the year, from its studio at Bird in Eye Farm to the town and the surrounding villages. It plays excellent music from the last 5 decades, local and national news, travel updates and local and community events. It also plays a big part in the Uckfield Festival each July, the Uckfield Carnival in September and the Christmas late night shopping in December. It is the voice of Uckfield and the surrounding areas and is proud to be able to say it is one of only two community radio stations in East Sussex. It is always on-air, which means that it can keep the town updated with any event that might occur instantly.

Advertising, sponsorship of programmes and the offer of on air prizes are just three ways of promoting a company or business. The station also attends local events, school fetes, sports days and fairs at a reasonable cost. Further information can be obtained by calling 01825 891 105 or by visiting The station can also be contacted via Facebook or

Group of employees from Uckfield FM
Uckfield Farmers Market

Uckfield Farmers Market

Uckfield Farmers Market operates on the first Saturday of each month in the lower end of Luxfords car park. The market operates from 9am and continues through until 1pm. The market is very popular with both the local community, and out of town visitors. It is also a major supporter of the town’s surrounding agricultural community. There is a regular attendance of stalls offering a very wide range of fresh, locally grown or prepared products, including meats, cheeses, preserves, bakery and pies, plus plants and flowers , so there is something for everyone. The market was considered by the BBC Good Food Guide as the most successful farmers market in Sussex, and won the prestigious Sussex Food and Drinks Awards 2008 and 2010 as the “Best Farmers Market in Sussex”

Due to the market’s rule that all products are supplied from local resources the customers’ carbon footprint is reduced, as the average mileage from farm to table is just 8 miles. Samples are regularly offered to taste prior to purchase.

The Farmers Market can be contacted on 07553 798108 or via their Facebook page.

Uckfield and District Twinning Association

Is an active association with over 100 members of all ages. They have strong links with twin towns in Germany and France as well as a strong programme of youth activities and regular social events. Uckfield has been twinned with Quickborn in Germany since 1989 and local residents have regularly been welcomed in this northern Germany town for the annual Eulenfest celebration, while they host German visitors to the Uckfield Festival. 2011 saw the formal twinning with the new French partner town of Arques-la- Bastaille near Dieppe. In the last few years primary school groups have stayed with families in France, teenagers have taken part in exchange youth camps, while adults on both sides of the Channel have made friends and enjoyed hospitality. The Association also supports local teenagers to attend an annual International Youth Camp which takes place in countries throughout Europe. In 2010 an organised camp in Uckfield attracted young people and youth leaders from England, Germany, France, Sweden, Latvia and Finland. Apart from the formal twinning activities they run a series of social events, quizzes and talks throughout the year.


New members are always welcome. Please get in touch if you would like to; join them in a visit to Germany or France; host families from other countries; recommend a young person to attend the subsidised youth camps here or abroad or come to one of their social events. For more information email: or telephone: 01825 733318

Bluebells in Boothland Wood
Uckfield Carnival procession with stilt walkers

Uckfield Festival and Art Trail 

The Uckfield Festival Association was started in 2000 and celebrates and promotes the skills and talents of Uckfield residents, whilst fostering a sense of community spirit. The Festival takes place during the second week of July. The ‘Big Day’ on the second Saturday of July is in the centre of Uckfield on the Luxford Field with bands, dance entertainment, singers, dog show and an amazing high street procession. There are usually over 80 stalls with representatives from the Uckfield societies and provides a varied selection of entertainment during Festival Week to suit all moods and tastes – modern Jazz, traditional jazz, country and western music and cabaret style songs from the shows. Classical and pop music also feature in the programme at various venues around the town. Art exhibitions, displays, photography, musical and theatrical productions are an important  part of the week. In the past storytelling and poetry have featured in some shape or form. There is a Grand Prix where twenty schools race against each other in their own kit cars. For those interested in local and natural history, a number of fascinating and interesting town walks to wet the appetite and satisfy the curious are arranged. Whatever your interest and preferences, there is something for everyone. If you wish to participate in the entertainment, or have suggestions for events, we are always looking for proactive support and for people to help with the general organisation.

Tel: 01825 763292 

Uckfield Leisure Centre

Uckfield Leisure Centre in Downsview Crescent offers the best leisure facilities for the town.

There is a 25m pool which has a gently sloping beach and a flume: perfect for families and those who want to swim for fitness. There is a fully equipped gym, a wide range of exercise classes, squash, badminton, table tennis, sauna, steam room and a cafe. If you want some time to yourself to exercise, book your children into the creche – open five mornings a week. Kids’ holiday activity clubs, birthday parties and swimming lessons are also available.
For further information, contact the Leisure Centre with the details below:

Tel:01825 761160

Photo of lake in Lake Wood with summer reflections
Morris men dancing outside Bridge Cottage

Uckfield and District Preservation Society 

The Society was formed 1968, initially to protect and preserve Nutley Windmill and to encourage interest in the local environment. In 1983 it took over and renovated Bridge Cottage, an important Grade II Wealden Medieval timber framed house, as a Heritage Centre on behalf of Uckfield Town Council. Since that time the Society has continued to expand its activities and it has a good reputation as an important source of opinion and advice in the local history and environment fields. Within the Society, there is a Local History Group who organise occasional winter talks. Their Nutley Mill Group focuses on maintaining this mill to a high level of working order and welcomes visits and assistance in running this unique heritage site. In addition they publish a newsletter twice a year and produce information books and leaflets. Bridge Cottage is closed now to carry out restoration work to enable it to be a full community facility by September 2015. To find out how the restoration is progressing visit:

Their charity shop (1 Post Office Court) is open every day except Sunday. The Society is a voluntary charity and depends on the support of its members. New members are always welcome. For further information, ring the Heritage Centre Team on 01825 760734 or email:

Uckfield News 

News is gathered and written by experienced journalists for the website which is updated every working day. A list of Uckfield Stories of the Week can be seen each Saturday. Diary Dates give people an idea of events coming up in and around the town and Personal Shopper and Business Scene features keep visitors informed with shopping tips and business news on the first of every month.

The Uckfield Directory carries details of Uckfield businesses and organisations and links to their own websites. Where companies offer more detailed information they are promoted in a Special Features section. There is a scope for display adverts on the site too. Visitors are invited to join in conversations about Uckfield on the Uckfield News Facebook and Twitter Pages. If you would like to know more about Uckfield News please call Cathy Watson on 01825 760102 or email her at The websites is produced in Uckfield, by Uckfield people for Uckfield people.

Photo of Hempstead mill in winter
Bridge Cottage and Bell Walk

Uckfield Volunteer Centre 

The Volunteer Centre acts as the focus in the community for those wanting to do voluntary work, and also for those needing help of some kind that volunteers could provide. Much information about voluntary groups and local services is held, as well as information about the local area, including bus timetables, etc.

Contact details: 79 High Street, Uckfield.

Tel:01825 760019



Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 1pm

Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 4pm.

Uckfield Citizens Advice Bureau 

The CAB is located at The Hub, Civic Approach. Volunteer staff provide free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a range of subjects including employment, consumer and welfare benefits rights plus relationship or debt problems to name a few. If they can’t deal with it, they know someone who can! They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (closed Tuesdays) from 9.30 to 3pm or telephone on 01825 764940 during the same hours. Or just drop in!

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