Welcome to the

Involving up to nine schools in the Chailey Cluster of Primary Schools, this project was initially set up by John Bacon, Ditchling Morris and Plumpton Primary with the help of SEFAN in 2008.
The first Day of Dance was May 2009.

Please follow the links below to read the reports of each year's festival.

Jack in the Green


Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we have sadly decided that this year's Festival cannot now go ahead.

We shall start planning for an event next year, and use the time to put together a project that can continue in future years.

Parading the
              'Well Dressing' collages

The theme this year was 'Well Dressing'.

2018 marked the 8th East Sussex Festival of Dance for the Chailey Cluster of Primary Schools.

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Hamsley Border 2016

Hundreds of smiling face-painted children replaced racehorses at the Plumpton Racecourse on Friday 20 May 2016, as the 7th Primary Schools Traditional Dance Festival got under way.

Eight of the nine primary schools in the Chailey Cluster took part, involving over 200 children from Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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Barcombe Cotswold

The theme this year was song, story-telling and face painting.

There were activities during the morning while each school in turn rehearsed for their dance performance.

Children gathered in a circle under a tree to listen to story-teller Jamie Crawford's enthralling Sussex stories, and peripatetic music teacher Chris Booker taught everyone the history and song of the Royal Sussex regimental march, "Sussex by the Sea" which they were to perform in the afternoon.

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a green man
              made by the children 2013

Scores of “Green Men” replaced race horses at Plumpton Racecourse on Friday 17th May as Plumpton Primary School hosted their Festival of Traditional Dance for the 5th consecutive year in the large marquee in an enclosure.

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Maypole 2012

he theme for 2012 was folk song.

Two amusing songs were chosen by SEFAN Patron Shirley Collins, "Shepherd Oh Shepherd" to the tune of the Bacca-Pipes Morris jig and "Black, White, Yellow & Green" to the Black Joke Morris tune

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Hobby Horse  2011

A special feature this year's Festival was for the children to find out about the different types of English hobbyhorse and then make their own to parade at the Festival.

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Molly Dancing 2010

Bright costumes, maypole ribbons and the first of the summer sunshine - the perfect combination for a traditional English dance festival.

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North West
                Morris 2009

Children from
 Plumpton, Chailey, Wivelsfield, and Newick Primary Schools took part in a day-long festival of Traditional Dance on April 1st at Plumpton Racecourse, ending with an evening Ceilidh at Plumpton Village Hall dancing to the Ditchling band "Unreel".

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