Well .... sometimes it rained! The second weekend in June was often doubtful in the forecasts, but the event was never cancelled and most Festivals had at least one day of sunshine to enjoy.

The blue signs around the village - and the famous Blue Booklet containing the map and programme - are eagerly anticipated. Gardens of all styles and sizes are free to visit. Creative, quirky, subtle, stunning, classy, relaxing or surprising, the variety seems endless.

Combined with local art and crafts on display, live music and homemade food, it is a weekend to tempt locals and visitors alike. The Festival has become much more than just a village tradition, with people travelling from far afield to take part.

Donations have rasied thousands of pounds for local charities including the Warren Playgroup, the Henfield Youth Club and the Henfield Library, the Scout Hut Appeal, the Henfield Haven and many more.

Over the years, the Festival has evolved. There have been more musical performances including jazz, folk, country, pop and choral; more yummy food and refreshments; more community venues like the Haven and the Hall; and more opportunities to join in - including singing, African drums, guitar and ukulele classes, and dancing from Morris to Bollywood.

2020 would have been the 20th anniversary of the G&A Festival but with normal life suspended because of the pandemic, the Festival had to go virtual. One benefit of it being online though - you can still enjoy the gardens, the artwork and even some of the music here: https://www.henfieldgardensandarts.net/

Fingers crossed for a real world festival in 2021!

Re-live some of the past Festivals with more than 100 of our favourite photos in the gallery