About Us

Mike-RobinsonWaterside Arts was formed in 1994 after a visit to Hythe’s ‘twin town’ where there was an annual village Festival. A group of people got together and decided it would be a great idea to have one in Hythe as well and the idea was born.

A weekend Festival took place in Hythe that July and has done every year since. Back in the 90s and early 2000s the Festival was much bigger, growing to a two week event with orchestras, theatre and even open air rock concerts. Due to changes in licensing regulations the Festival has, once again, become a smaller, but much enjoyed event.

The current Festival committee are Mike Robinson, Brenda Smith, Alan & Eleanor Burtenshaw and Ted Vaughan, but we are always looking for new helpers.

The Festival is self funding and run by individuals, not as many people think by the local Council.  All events are free to give access for all, yet still give a ‘platform’ for local groups – be they music, dance or theatre – to perform. Finance to cover the costs comes from grants and sponsorship. Take a look at our sponsors to see who has generously supported us.

The 2017 Festival took place between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th July again in Hythe in the New Forest.  Visit the Festival 2017 page to get a flavour of the Festival. Why not take a look at the Previous Festivals pages to a see what happened over the past few years.

2018 will be the 25th annual Festival and it promises to be something special. Visit the Festival 2018 page to see the plans unfold.