Steyning Farmers’ Market

Steyning Farmers’ Market held monthly

This excellent market is held in the High Street car park opposite the clock tower. It takes place from 9 a.m to  1 p.m on the first Saturday of the month.

steyning sussex farmers market

A great place to stock up on local produce. There is usually live music to entertain you whilst you shop.

Find out about picturesque, historic Steyning

Read about shopping opportunities there.

Brighton Half Marathon

Next Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February

2018 will be the 28th year of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon. One of the first major ‘halfs’ in the running calendar, the race is now one of the most popular races in the UK.

brighton half marathon

The start and finish of the race are on Madeira Drive next to the Steve Ovett statue. You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9am…

Read more about Brighton 

Veteran Car Race!

Don’t miss the annual veteran car race from London to Brighton!

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first run was in 1896, and it has taken place most years since its initial revival in 1927. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905.

The race this year … in 2017 …will be the 121st race. It is always on the first Sunday in November…

More details at http://www.veterancarrun.com/

Also in November Petworth Literary Festival

 

 

london to brighton veteran car race

Sheep Fair at Findon!

Findon Sheep Fair takes place every year in Findon Village on the second Saturday of the month in September. T

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)

findon sheep fair

History

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)

The Great Steyning Bake Off

The Great Steyning Bake Off

Bake Off comes to Steyning!

Steyning District Food and Drink Festival is from 2nd September to the 8th October 2017

steyning bake off

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

 

Steyning Steam Rally

Steyning Steam Rally

Steam engines, traction engines, vintage buses and the funfair can all be found at Wiston – a stone’s throw from Steyning.

steyning steam rally sussex

This annual event takes place just a mile from Rosebud Cottage. This year –  2017-  it is on the 8th and 9th July

Steam Rally Location

Off the Steyning Road – the A283 which runs from Shoreham to Storrington just north of Steyning. There is no access from Mouse Lane.

Tickets

Buy your tickets at the gate on the day

£8 Adult

£6 OAP

£5 Children (5 -15 yrs)

Children under 5 yrs go free

More details here

Why not join a Sussex vineyard tour!

Why not join a Sussex vineyard tour!

Tillington_vineyard sussexPrizewinning Sussex Wines

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!

Nyetimber Vineyard

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

Tickets: £28.

Read more about Nyetimber

Nyetimber Manor in West Sussex is a 20 minute drive from Steyning

You could also visit the vineyard at the Bolney Estate

 

The most spectacular medieval festival in the UK!

The most spectacular medieval festival in the UK!

Medieval Joust

The Loxwood Joust takes place at the enchanted Loxwood Meadow in the heart of the West Sussex countryside…This annual event takes place in mid August every year

You can buy tickets at the gate

You’ll find the festival at RH14 0AL on the B2133 road between Loxwood and Wisborough Green, 4 miles from Billingshurst.

Steyning is 10 miles from Brighton & within easy reach of Loxwood.