Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair at Windlesham House School

Windlesham_House_School christmas fairThis local school will hold a Christmas Fair on Friday 3rd Nov 2018 from 9.30 to 1.30.

The venue is just a 12 minute journey by car from Rosebud Cottage. Drive west along the A283 then head south down the the A24. The postcode is RH20 4AY.

This is a free annual event.  All profits this year will go to Children in Need.

Find out about some of my favourite places to see and other things to do in my Sussex Guide

 

 

South Downs Night Sky Events

South Downs Night Sky Events

South Downs Night Sky Events take place in February

south downs night sky

There are two weeks of fun with parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park to celebrating the wonderful dark night skies.

This is one of the many events that are organised in the South Downs National Park.

Check events when you plan to visit

Read about more places to visit and things to do in our  Sussex Blog

 

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

Brighton Half Marathon

This fun event takes place each year in February. 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 

Sheep Fair at Findon!

Findon Sheep Fair takes place every year in Findon Village on the second 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, 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)

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. It is usually held in early 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

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.