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About The Festival

The Zig Zag Festival will run on 7th & 8th October 2022.

The festival is spread across 2 venues both with live music:

  • The Selborne Arms

    Friday and Saturday
    The Selborne Arms will have up to 7 real ales and a selection of wines and ciders. It will have live music on Friday and Saturday night. It will also be serving food throughout the festival.

  • The Village Hall

    Saturday from noon
    The village hall is ticketed. Here you present your advance ticket or buy a ticket on the door. You will be issued with a festival glass, drinks tokens, a guide and have your hand stamped. This will give you entry the village hall for both days and let you buy tokens which can be exchanged for beer at the village hall & pub, wine at the village hall and select wines at the pub.

    The tokens give you a discounted price on beer and wine.

    The Village Hall will have up to 12 real ales, 10 wines & 2 ciders.

    • Saturday : 12noon - 10pm

  • Gilbert White's Brewery & White's Café

    The village microbrewery will be open to visitors and selling bottled beers. White's Café will be open for meals, snacks and coffee.


The festival is named after Selborne’s famous Zig Zag Path which climbs up from the village to the top of Selborne Hanger. The path was cut in 1753 by naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White with help from his brother. The views from the top are spectacular and climbing the Zig Zag is a highly recommended excursion for any visitor to Selborne.

The Zig Zag Festival was born in 2005 with the aim of promoting the village and its pubs along with local food producers, brewers and musicians. Only one pub - The Selborne Arms - remains in the village and the festival is split between here and the village hall with live music and a large range of ales and wine in both venues.

The festival runs from noon until midnight on the first Saturday in October. The evening sees lively headline music acts in both venues whereas the afternoon session in the village hall is a more relaxed, family friendly affair with a focus on folk and acoustic music acts.

Food is available in both venues throughout all sessions.

Although not intended as fundraiser any money raised is ploughed back into village community projects. Recent donations include resurfacing the village tennis court, kitchen refurbishment at the village hall and regular start-up funding for the annual Christmas Fair.

Car Parking

The main village car-park is located behind the Selborne Arms.



The Visit Selborne website contains more information about the beautiful & historic village of Selborne.


Tickets are required for Saturday admission to the Village Hall at any time.

Tickets available online here

Tickets are £12 each in advance and only sold online. If there are tickets remaining after online sales close on 06/10/22 they will be available on the door but we'd strongly recommend buying in advance, especially if you want to attend the evening session.

Price covers admission to the Village Hall, 2 drinks tokens, souvenir glass, festival guide & live music.

Present e-ticket at Village Hall for entry where you will be issued with glass, guide and tokens!

Free admission for under 16s but they must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder.


Selborne Arms

Friday 1st

Village Hall

Saturday 2nd


  • 1.30pm-3.30pm : The Newtrons & Tray of Flans
  • 4pm: Retrophonics
  • 5pm: Ad Astra

The Selborne Arms

Saturday 2nd