Chilli Fiesta

Book your early bird tickets for 2019 now

Join the party at the UK's biggest chilli festival. 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.

Included in The Telegraph's top 20 UK food festivals for 2018

"Live Latin bands and dance demos, plus gardening workshops and a vintage fair mean there's plenty of fun even if your tastes are more korma than Demon Red."

What's on?

  • Live music including DJs and Latin bands
  • Latin dance demonstrations and workshops with professional dancers
  • Over 140 shopping stalls selling chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce
  • Five different bars to find refreshments
  • Vintage funfair
  • Workshops, music and dance
  • Children's activities
  • Camping
  • Explore the gardens
  • Outdoor cinema with films for all the family

More details will be announced soon.


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 and 24 hour shop). A limited number of pitches are available so early booking is essential, tickets are available for the full weekend (three nights) or for one night (Saturday).

"We came last year and enjoyed it so much, we said let's do it properly and camp next year."

"A weekend away with lots of chillies and dancing, lots of fun!"

Pick your camping zone (on the day you arrive):

  • 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.

In order to responsibly preserve our beautiful parkland, we have now reduced the capacity of caravan and campervan pitches and are therefore unable to offer these to the public for this year's Chilli Fiesta.

Chilli Fiesta and Camping FAQs

Trader Application form

We're looking for traders whose products or services will enrich this vibrant event, reflect the worldwide chilli culture and appeal to family festival-goers.

To apply please download, complete and submit the Application Form. Please also see our Terms and Conditions along with a guide to assist you in completing the form.

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