Garden Event

Chilli Fiesta

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The UK's biggest chilli festival returns. Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods 'til your tongue sizzles. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.

"Plenty of chances to taste chilli food, plus live Latin music and a family-friendly festival atmosphere"
The Daily Express

Whats on?

  • Live music including DJs and Latin bands
  • Los Amigos, champagne and cider bars
  • Firework display Saturday night
  • Browse over 140 stalls offering chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce
  • Cookery and gardening demonstrations
  • Children's activities
  • Explore the gardens
  • Camping and glamping

Entertainment

Live Music

Main stage music from 10am until 10/10.30pm Friday and Saturday and 9pm Sunday. Music continues in the Los Amigos Bar until 11pm Friday and Saturday and 9pm Sunday.

Dance and Music acts to be confirmed.

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Watch food demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre and expect creative, chilli based recipes from top chefs. Using ingredients from all over the world and ideas you can easily recreate at home, they're guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Children age 4 and under enjoy free entry, up to age of 16 requires a child ticket. Children are to be accompanied by a paying adult.

Shopping, Eating and Drinking

Shopping

Browse over 140 stalls, offering a variety of quirky gifts as well as chilli foods, chilli plants, seeds and produce.

All shopping stalls close at 6pm each day, but a range food and drink stalls stay open into the evening while the entertainment continues.

Eating and Drinking

Food Stalls

Sample spicy and exotic food from a selection of food stalls to keep you going throughout the day. There will be plenty of options for those less keen on the hot stuff and local ice cream if you need a little help cooling down!

Hot and cold drinks include speciality coffees, tea, hot chocolate, fresh fruit smoothies and more.

The Gardens Restaurant

Choose from a variety of freshly prepared meals, snacks and cakes and sit either indoors or outside on the terrace. Open until 6pm daily.

Bars

Enjoy a selection of beers, ales and wines, as well as soft drinks at one of our six onsite bars located close to the main stage. This year we also have two new bars, champagne and cider.

Camping

Wake up in the beautiful grounds of West Dean and make a weekend or a mini break of it. Full camping facilities are available throughout the Chilli Fiesta weekend (including great showers and toilets). A limited number of pitches are available so early booking is essential.

Pick your camping zone: This is done on the day you arrive and not in advance.

Jalapeno - most popular general camping area, close to the event arena helping to enhance the festival atmosphere of the weekend.
Pimento - quiet camping area away from the main arena ideal for a good night's sleep.
Bell - family friendly close to the toilets and showers, ideal for the earlier to bed but up bright and early.

The camping shop will be open 24 hours.

Sadly, due to restrictions from Natural England we now have reduced capacity of caravan and campervan pitches and are therefore unable to offer these to the public for this year's Chilli Fiesta.

Glamping

"Glamping was a real treat, especially the added comfort of fresh bed linen, bedside lighting and the hassle-free nature of having it all done for you! A great way to make a weekend of it." Bev and Jon Rawle

Relax in comfort with a full size bed, real mattress, sumptuous cotton bed linen, 13TOG duvet and handmade patchwork quilt blankets. You'll have well stocked tea and coffee making facilities as well as a pair of traditional deckchairs to soak up the summer sun in comfort.

Our classic bell tents, set for 2 have a lovely vintage feel but with all the facilities of the modern glamping experience; including bedside lighting, electric radiator (if it gets a little chilly at night) a 240v socket outlet for charging phones and cameras etc. Towels are also provided.

Treat yourselves to the ultimate in festival camping, nestled in a beautiful quiet tree lined corner of our stunning campsite.

Chilli Fiesta FAQs

Here are a few of our top tips and FAQs:

Q. Is it possible to pay on the gate?
A. It is possible to pay on the gate for day tickets but campers need to buy tickets in advance.

Q. Do I get tickets sent to me?
A. No, Chilli Fiesta tickets are now issued electronically and will be emailed to you. Print off the email confirmation which should show a bar code/reference number and bring it with you on the day.

Q. Can I just show you the e-ticket on my phone?
A. Yes. Please ensure your booking reference number is on show.

Q. What is the last entry time?
A. 9pm on Friday and Saturday, 7pm Sunday.

Q. What age range is a child ticket?
A. Children age 4 and under enjoy free entry, 5 -15 requires a child ticket. Children are to be accompanied by a paying adult. 16+ require an adult ticket.

Q. What camping facilities are there at Chilli Fiesta?
A. The campsite is complete with showers, flushing toilets, drinking water and a small shop for basic amenities. Showers will operate 24hrs a day. The campsite crew will be on site throughout.

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