findon sheep fair
Brighton and Sussex | Villages

Sheep Fair at Findon!

Findon Sheep Fair usually takes place every year in Findon Village on the 2nd Saturday of the month in September.

Festivities start on Friday evening with a funfair on the green and a Barn Dance in the marquee

Saturday is the fair itself: There are craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair, food stalls, and many other displays on Nepcote Green.

findon sheep fair

In the evening, you can dance to live music from a popular local band in the marquee (admission by pre-paid ticket)

History

An annual three day fair began in Findon, back in 1261, with a government charter. George Holford started the Sheep Fair proper, on Nepcote Green, sometime before 1785. A lamb sale took place 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 railway line 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.

Find out more about Findon Sheep Fair

How to get to Findon

You can travel by car via A283 and A24. It should take about 15 min (7.6 miles)

Other events in September 

Steyning Food and Drink Festival takes place throughout this month https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-food-drink-festival/

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