Findon Sheep Fair takes place every year in Findon Village on the second Saturday of the month. The next fair is on Saturday 9th September 2017
Festivities start on Friday evening with a funfair on the green and a Barn Dance in the marquee
Saturday is the fair itself, with…
FREE ADMISSION! (car parking £4)
There are craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair, food stalls, and many other displays on the green.
In the evening, you can dance to live music from the popular local band Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes in the marquee (admission by pre-paid ticket)
An annual three day fair began in Findon, back in 1261 , with a government charter . The Sheep Fair proper was started by George Holford on Nepcote Green sometime before 1785. A lamb sale was held on 12th July followed by The Great Fair, always held on 14th September. Before that the sheep had been sold by private deals and the first auction sales started in 1896.
From 1925 sheep were driven in large flocks over the downs to Steyning train station for delivery but this stopped when the Steyning line was sadly closed in the 1960’s. Gradually lorries took over and sheep are no longer delivered on foot in the traditional way.
In the 1950’s the date changed to the second Saturday in September and in 1971 the July lamb sale stopped.
Most dramatically the breed of sheep, which used to be almost all Southdown’s, have tended to be replaced with other breeds so that in recent years very few Southdown sheep have been sold and the most popular rams are Suffolk’s.
How to get to Findon
Travel by car via A283 and A24. It should take about 15 min(7.6 miles)
Steyning District Food and Drink Festival is from 2nd September to the 8th October 2017
Make sure you don’t miss Steyning’s first ever Bake Off on 16 September from 13:00–17:00. This promises to be an exciting event.
Get your secret family recipes out and bring along your delicious home-made cakes for the first Steyning Festival Bake Off !
Competition categories include Best Decorated Cake, Best Cup Cake, Best Victoria Sponge, Best Overall Cake and more … There will be professional judges with prizes for the winners.
Make it a party afternoon, come along to view the entries, then enjoy a cup of tea and competition cakes, which will be sold to raise funds, once the judging has taken place. Buy more to take home as well !
The competition is at the Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ. The centre is a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage (currently available from 16th – 23rd Sept!)
Find details about the annual festival at http://www.steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk
Sussex in southern England has the same chalky subsoil found in the Champagne region of France. The sunny, dry climate means that, as well as award-winning reds, whites and rosés, East & West Sussex vineyards produce sparkling wines that regularly beat French Champagnes in international competitions and blind taste tests!
One of the best known vineyards is at Nyetimber just outside Brighton. I recommend their Open Day: You can join them for an exclusive tour of the Nyetimber Estate, followed by a Masterclass tasting of their award-winning sparkling wines, led by their head winemaker.
Dates: 10th and 11th June / 1st and 2nd July 2017
Times: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm across both weekends
Don't miss this annual event at the fascinating Arundel Castle in West Sussex: Experience the thrill of the renowned Arundel International Jousting Competition, as revered knights from around the world gather to test their chivalry and skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.
Set within an authentic medieval style encampment, with the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor, Distant Trumpets Story Teller and the musicians of Rough Musicke, this is a unique week-long tournament.
The thrilling tournament will be accompanied by have-a-go archery and a host of craft displays and entertainment.
The fascinating Weald and Downlands Museum at Singleton has an annual historic gardens weekend each year in late June.
Find out about their six period gardens and meet their gardening team.
Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used. This will explain what people did from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.
Find out how they use the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.
There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view their short film about the gardens. You can also chat to their gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium.