12th and 13th August

2023 Summer Trifle events

We are delighted to be running our the sixth year of Summer Trifle events.

It’s a ‘lite’ version, smaller than previous years but still beautifully formed! Visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments in the gardens on both days.

There will be an Open Mic session on both afternoons, inlcuding original music from songwriters and spoken word.

On Saturday evening Milton Hide will be headlining our evening concert. On Sunday Chloe Levaillant will be our featured artist for our Bluebell Roots event.

You can see an display from our Arlington Village Pop-Up Museum and the Friends of St Pancras (FoSPA) throughout the weekend as well as artwork by Josie Tipler. We are also inviting Compass Community Arts to participate once again. Josie Will be running an Art Workshop on Sunday morning.

Entrance is free from 12 – 5 but we ask for donations to help with the running costs of the festival. Tickets for the art workshop and the evening music events are now available – keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for any updates.

The Summer Trifle committee

Tea in the Gardens

Tea table

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Aug

Enjoy homemade cakes, tea, coffee (all in aid of Arlington Pop up Museum and FoSPA) or something from the bar, in the gardens of Pickhams. There will be an Open Mic session each afternoon so you can just sit and the enjoy music too.

Entrance by donation to Summer Trifle festival funds – for large groups booking is advised.

Open 12.00 – 5pm

For the BAR – please bring your own drinking vessels

Open Mic

Tea table

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Aug

Open Mic for spoken word and live music. Pop along and put your name down for a spot.

We’re not taking advance bookings for slots but you can book your day ticket in advance below.


Open 1pm – 5pm
BAR – please bring your own drinking vessels


Birds in flight painting by Josie Tipler

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Aug

Art Exhibition

12 noon – 5pm

Work on show by resident artist, Josie Tipler. Original paintings and lino cut prints. Greetings cards.

Sunday 13th August

Be Free as a Bird
Art Workshop

10am – 12 noon

Free up your creativity by re-using and re-purposing in this workshop with artist, Josie Tipler.
You can choose to work on images of birds in flight or go totally abstract.
Bring along cardboard (sides of boxes), old paintings / boards – anything that could be painted on. If you have old, damaged frames, bring them too. Look in the back of drawers for dried up felt pens, gather together all of those paint colours and materials you rarely use.
£20 per person


Live Music – Saturday

Man and woman singing, guitar

Milton Hide

with support

Sat 12th Aug, 7pm

Milton Hide (AKA Jim and Josie Tipler) have earned an enviable reputation for entertaining audiences at festivals and venues all over the country, from western Scotland to southeast England, from Northumberland to South Devon and from East Anglia to west Wales.

Musically their influences are eclectic – traditional folk music of the British Isles, indy, blues, pop and country are all in the mix. What comes out are memorable, expertly-crafted songs featuring Josie’s pure lead vocal, 2-part harmonies, beautifully judged guitar and clarinet accompaniment as well as percussion.

Telling stories through original song, Milton Hide have been described as “reminiscent of the Moody Blues” (Living Tradition), “a touch of Fleetwood Mac” and “vintage Steeleye” (Spiral Earth).

Jim and Josie’s songs are inspired the landscapes, local legends and amazing people they have come across whilst touring over the last few years. At times heartbreaking, at times wry, a Milton Hide performance always engages, entertains and charms an audience, leaving them wanting more.

“…so subtle and easy is the music that you don’t realise the stiletto has arrived until it’s slid in” 

RnR Magazine

This is a Pass The Hat event. In other words – there isn’t a ticket price, but we do expect a generous donation. We suggest a donation of £12 per person. Having said that, to avoid our events becoming elitist, our ethos has always been ‘pay what you can afford’. Please bring cash on the night.
There is NO food available at this event – you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
BAR – please bring your own drinking vessels
Bring a torch and a cushion.

Live Music – Sunday

lady playing guitar in front of hedge

Chloe Levaillant

and Bluebell Roots Floor Spots

Sun 13th Aug, 6pm

Chloe Levaillant is a French-British eclectic folk singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental artist. She has written three albums and just released a fourth album with her band Chloe et les vaillantes.

Her songs, written in French, English and Spanish speak of her sensitivity, profound experiences and human connections with inspiring lyrics that capture both the darkness and the beauty of life.  She seamlessly weaves between soothing folk melodies and reggae rhythms, Intertwining themes of freedom, love and strength and borrowing from elements found in nature.

She hopes to encourage others, through her music, to connect to their own sensitivity and to the wild figure that lives within each of us.

Chloe is an independent, self managed artist and has toured in the UK, Switzerland and France, building a loyal following of people she has touched with her music and her positive messages.


Your regular Bluebell Roots co-hosts, Milton Hide will join MC Neil Povey, kick the evening off and send you home with a song. There will also be wonderful floor performers. (Please email if you would like to play)

This is a Pass The Hat event. In other words – there isn’t a ticket price, but we do expect a generous donation. We suggest a donation of £12 per person. Having said that, to avoid our events becoming elitist, our ethos has always been ‘pay what you can afford’. Please bring cash on the night.
There is food available at this event if booked in advance – you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
BAR – please bring your own drinking vessels
Bring a torch and a cushion.

2022 Summer Trifle events

We are delighted to welcome you to the fifth year of Summer Trifle events (we had a year off when we went ‘virtual’ in 2020) and this year we are generously supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust.

Why Summer Trifle? We could think of no better word than Trifle to describe this wonderful mixture of arts, crafts, open gardens, entertainment and cake….

Step into the grounds of Pickhams and enter a world of creativity. Meet artists, watch craft demonstrations and be entertained with live music and more.

We’ve teamed up this year with Hailsham Artists Network who are running the Meet the Makers Marquee on all 3 days, plus there will be craft demonstrations on Sunday and Monday. Compass Community Arts will once again be participating with visual arts and poetry. The inaugural Sussex Songwriter’s Festival takes place as part of Summer Trifle on Saturday 27th August and on Sunday 28th, Bluebell Roots moves to Pickhams from its usual home of the Bluebell Kitchen in Arlington. On Monday we’ll host a Spoken Word Open Mic in the walled garden which will be followed by another hilarious loosely veiled Gilbert & Sullivan spoof by Slap & Tickle Theatre.

Entrance to the gardens is £5 (under 12’s free) and includes a hot drink or a soft drink.  We will Pass the Hat on Saturday and Monday afternoon for the Open Mics, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Tickets are on sale now for the evening live music and other productions..

We do hope you enjoy your visit and will come back and visit Pickhams again for future events.

The Summer Trifle committee

Summer Trifle is a not-for-profit goup. This year we (2022) are also donating profits from our Sussex Songwriters Festival events, the Spoken Word open mic and the craft pitches to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Gary Penalver. 

Art & Craft

Josie tipler image

2022 - Sat / Sun / Mon

We are delighted to be teaming up with Hailsham Artists Network who are co-ordinating the ‘Meet the Makers’ marquee. Craft exhibitors include Barbara Butterworth (ceramics), Boship Green Pottery, Jazz the Alchemist (fused glass art),  Jane Walsh (pottery), Liz Cottingham (jewellery), Debi Wheeler (pebble art). Artists exhibiting include Janet Terry, Fran Kazamia, Floss Nicholls, Vincenza Osmond and Julie Caddy. You can also view art by resident artist, Josie Tipler, in her studio.

Compass Community Arts will be joining the festival again. The various groups will be exhibiting some of their work, creating interesting installations around the garden and reading some of their poetry.

The gardens are also open for local sculptors to exhibit works so look around carefully as you explore.

LEO with sculptures

Open Gardens

Lino cutting

2022 - Sat / Sun / Mon

The gardens of Pickhams will be open daily from 11am – 5pm. Wander round the rambling gardens with hidden corners, mature trees, sandstone walls, pond and interesting features. Visit the walled garden with its mosaics and murals.

Craft Demonstrations

Lino cutting

2022 - Sun / Mon

This year instead of individual workshops, there will be some free drop-in craft demonstrations.

Lydia Dixon will be demonstrating spinning and weaving techniques. Barbara Olivier from Boship Green Pottery will be making pots using her own local clay. Robin Holland will be showing how he creates his wonderful lino cuts. Jazz Dixon will be demonstrating how she creates her fused glass pieces – for a small fee, there may also be the chance to have a go.

2022 – Sussex Songwriter’s Festival

2022 - Saturday

UPDATE: Sadly Dandelion Charm can no longer joinus due to COVID

On Saturday we are pleased to host the inaugural Sussex Songwriter’s Festival. Starting with an Open Mic in the garden marquee during the afternoon, this event was inspired by a very special memorial event held at Pickhams last year, to honour the life of Gary Penalver. Gary himself inspired a great many musicians to get up and perform and was a dedicated fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.
For this reason we are asking for donations towards Macmillan for the Open Mic and profits from the evening ticketed gig will also go to Macmillan.

The evening gig, from 7.30pm on the Saturday, will feature great original songs from The Cheer Up Mollys, Robb Johnson and the Irregulars, Andy Melrose, Milton Hide and Dandelion Charm

2022 – Bluebell Roots

Bluebell Roots

2022 - Sunday

On Sunday, Bluebell roots is leaving its regular home of the Bluebell Kitchen in Arlington and taking place at Pickhams.  The evening is a mix of music, starting with an hour’s Open Mic, then we have a break for food (see below) before our invited guests perform their set. This month we are pleased to welcome Friction Farm all the way from South Carolina.

Bluebell Roots is a “Pass The Hat” event. In other words – there isn’t a ticket price, but a suggested donation of £10 per person is expected.

Friction Farm Live Dark Background

2022 – Food

Lino cutting

In addition to the daytime refreshments of tea, coffee and cake (including our ‘Pickhams Pie’ trifle cake!) we are offering evening meals on Saturday and Sunday.  A delicious curry (suitable for vegans) is available to order in advance only, to enjoy in the garden marquee before the evening gig on Saturday. On Sunday, Philippa Vine of Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen will be cooking up something wonderful to serve during the interval of the Bluebell Roots music event.  Again, tickets for this must be booked in advance for catering purposes. Either click below to pay through Ticketsource for your meal, or email us to pay by BACS

A bar will be open each day from 12 noon until the end of the last event, serving wine, local beers and soft drinks. To help with the environment, we ask that everyone brings their own cup or tankard

If you wish to pay by BACS (Curry ONLY), please email us to request bank details

2022 – Spoken Word


Our Spoken Word Open Mic will take place in the charming walled garden on Monday afternoon. Open to anyone who wants to read or recite. We’ll be taking donations for Macmillan Cancer Support.

2022 – Slap & Tickle

Josie tipler image


One Track Minds – A Saveloy Opera.
The goofballs who brought you ‘Pinafore in Pieces’ return with another loosely veiled Gilbert & Sullivan spoof (so loose it’s now in bits). Expect dodgy accents, hammy acting and more half baked parodies, with some surprisingly decent singing thrown in to divert attention from the dubious plot. Laugh your socks off and then cry them back on again. ADULTS ONLY!

Slap & Tickle Theatre are: Adrian Samuel, Rowan Stanfield, Wendy Dovey, Paul Eccles and Jo Sands, with Oscar Smith on piano.

Bring a picnic. Bar (bring your own cups or tankards).


Summer Trifle is a not-for-profit goup. In 2022 we were are also donating profits from our Sussex Songwriters Festival events, the Spoken Word open mic and the craft pitches to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Gary Penalver. 

Summer Trifle 2022 was supported by a grant gratefully received from The Chalk Cliff Trust.

Summer Trifle 2022 - Pleased to be supported by PPL PRS

PPL PRS ensure that the people who create music are fairly rewarded for their talent and work. They want music to be accessible to all so they offer charity and community groups the opportunity to apply for a discount on the cost of their licence.

PPL PRS is a joint venture between the UK's two music licensing organisations —PPL and PRS for Music. They rovide a streamlined music licensing service –TheMusicLicence–with a single point of contact to make it easier to legally play and perform music in public.


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