Sheep Fair at Findon!

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…

(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 fairHistory

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 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.

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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.


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

Ever wanted to try gliding? Visit the Southdown Gliding Club

Ever wanted to try gliding? Visit the Southdown Gliding Club

Gliding lessons can be taken in Cootham, Sussex all year round on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The First Lesson

After a ground briefing you will be aero-towed to 2,500 feet, then the instructor will explain the action of the controls and guide you through some simple manoeuvres for a flight lasting approximately 20 – 30 minutes. You will receive a signed certificate to commemorate your flight!

Steyning is 10 miles from Brighton & a 20 minute drive from Cootham.

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Safari Trips in wild Sussex!

Safari Trips in wild Sussex!

Knepp Safaris

This enterprising company offer half day trips round their estate near Dial Post. Your safari will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest.

You’re likely to see at least some large herbivores – longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, red and fallow deer – as they roam freely in large herds through the Wildland. Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.

You will check trail cameras for our more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats; and stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’ for slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles. Spectacular tree-platforms offer panoramic views and a close-up of life in the canopy.

You can travel in an open-sided 14 seater Pinzgauers for larger groups or an open air all-terrain 5-seater Kawasaki,. Mule. Halfway through your safari they stop for coffee, tea and their popular organic homemade cake!

Steyning is just a 16 minute drive from Knepp Safaris (& within easy reach of Brighton)

Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

South Downs Way

The South Downs National Park is one of 15 in the UK. You can walk the length of the Downs on the South Downs Way – a long distance footpath. There are some great sections of the trail which start within a mile of Steyning.

Walk to the west for 3 miles and you will reach Chanctonbury Ring. This is a large Bronze Age hill-fort, with far ranging views across the Weald to the North Downs. There are also views of the sea and lines of sight to other prehistoric landmarks, for example, Cissbury. You’ll see ancient tracks, round barrows and cross-dykes that surround Chanctonbury.

Join the path on the road to Shoreham at High Trees car park and head east.  After 6 miles or so you will arrive at Devil’s Dyke. Rumour has it that the dyke was created by the devil who was trying to flood part of the country..

The Monarch’s Way also runs close to Steyning – said to be used by King Charles 2nd in the 17th century, on his escape to France..  There are many, many other well signposted public footpaths and bridleways that you could explore too


Join an International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

Join an International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

Tuesday 26 – Sunday 31 July, 2016

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.

Details about this & other events at

Arundel is a lovely small town – well worth a visit!

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Arundel is a half an hour drive from Steyning.

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Enjoy art? Visit the Downland Art Society summer exhibition!

Enjoy art? Visit the Downland Art Society summer exhibition!

Held at the Norfolk Centre in the beautiful setting of Arundel in West Sussex, the first exhibition of the year takes place in spring and is followed by another one in late summer.

These are always popular with locals and visitors to the area due to the consistently high standard of work produced by the society. The work of several of their artists has become collectable and they have established quite a following locally.

Works can be purchased on the day of your visit and they have a selection of un-framed originals for ease of transportation by overseas visitors. There is always something new to see as works are replaced as they are purchased.

The Downland Art Society subjects cover familiar landscapes and seascapes, people and animals – in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel.

When: Friday 19 August – Friday 26 August 2016
Where: The Norfolk Centre, Arundel, BN18 9PA

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Arundel -in West Sussex – is a half an hour's drive from Steyning.

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Golf at Singing HIlls

Golf at Singing HIlls

Golf fans are guaranteed a warm welcome at Singing Hills Golf Course

Guests staying at Rosebud Cottage in Steyning recommended Singing Hills. They were able to borrow clubs with no extra charge.

The course is in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Sussex sheltered by the South Downs. Singing Hills has 27 holes in three loops of nine holes, allowing golfers to play any combination and providing a true test for all abilities. The practice area includes a 15 bay driving range and putting green …

Players can also enjoy a first class restaurant, delightful bar and well-stocked shop. Singing Hills is one of the county’s top 27 hole golf venues.


Singing Hills Golf Course, Muddleswood Road, Albourne, West Sussex, BN6 9EB.

Tel: 01273 835353

The course is 9 miles from Steyning. It takes about 15 minutes to reach by car via the A2037. The 100 bus will take you there in about 35 minutes.

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Orchids on the South Downs

Orchids on the South Downs

Orchids grow locally

If you are interested in orchids or other wild flowers do check what courses are being organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Their headquarters are within a mile or two of Steyning at Woods Mill.

Courses often start with an indoor session introducing you to the wild flowers of the county and their identification. After lunch you could walk around the Woods Mill reserve and search for flowers. You would learn how to identify them as well as their medicinal uses and folklore. Perhaps you might see a burnt tip orchid! (in the photo)

This course takes place just a couple of miles from Steyning at the Sussex Wildlife Trust headquarters.

Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs and 10 miles from Brighton

Ever tried flat water kayaking? Join a course or a guided trip!

Ever tried flat water kayaking? Join a course or a guided trip!

Kayaking Opportunity

Hatt Adventures one day kayaking course is designed to teach you all of the basic skills required by the flat water kayaker. They will make sure you gain all the relevant skills and theory needed to get started in this fantastic sport.

Prefer a guided trip? Travel fro 4 hours along the River Arun. Start from Stopham Bridge near Pulborough – discover a beautiful section of river through the South Downs!

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