Sussex’s very own accessible music festival is back by popular demand this June.

Run by Hft, CoreFest is a two-day fully inclusive festival held in the grounds of the charity’s Walberton service. The event was inspired by a person supported by Hft who, frustrated by the lack of opportunity for people with disabilities to access the live music scene, suggested the charity hold its own event.

Taking place on 22 and 23 June, this year’s CoreFest is set to be the biggest yet. The festival boasts three stages of music and entertainment, two licensed bars, accessible camping facilities and a huge variety of games and activities, ranging from interactive storytelling and a silent disco to a circus tent with performances and workshops. This year’s musical line-up includes top tribute acts ABBA Magic, The Who: Quadrophonia, and Chaz and Dave, along with local favourites Iron Tyger, Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes, Indya, Cyanide Sundae and Southern Bandits.


Sarah Shallis, Operations Manager, said:

“CoreFest has become a key fixture in the community’s diary and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of locals there. Offering a great day out for all ages and abilities, the festival is a chance to enjoy some great music, spend time with friends and family and raise money so that we can continue to support people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.”

Hft Sussex supports over 70 people locally, offering person-centred services ranging from residential care to supported living at home – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.

CoreFest takes place on 22 and 23 June at Hft Sussex Orchards, Eastergate Lane, Walberton BN18 0AE. The festival is free to enter, with camping and car parking offered at reasonable prices. All donations, camping and parking fees will go directly to Hft Sussex. Book your place at

If you’re interested in volunteering on one or both days of the festival, please contact to find out more.

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About Hft

Hft is a UK charity supporting more than 2,900 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit