Steyning Food & Drink Festival

Steyning Food & Drink Festival takes place every year. It usually runs throughout September and in early October.

The 2020 Food & Drink Festival this year should take place between 5th September to 3rd October to celebrate the wonderful local produce, with the area’s best artisan food and drink producers and venues.

The programme is normally available from the middle of June.

steyning food and drink festival

The Festival starts with the Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday in September. The market is held a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage in the High Street car park.

Throughout Festival Period

Speciality Charity Dish at Steyning Venues: Gorilla Kitchen (The Star Car park), Chez Joel, The Chequer Inn, The Star Inn, The Cobblestone Tea House, The Sussex Produce Cafe, Truffles

Steyning Museum Exhibition throughout festival. FREE ENTRY

St. Mary’s House & Gardens, Bramber: Special festival open days.

Steyning Food and Drink Festival Events

FARMERS MARKET – with music, live cooking demonstrations, Ready, Steady, Cook sessions and special offers from stallholders.  

Judging of Best Food Theme Shop Window Competition – Steyning High Street 

Riverside Brewery Open Day – 2 tours.  11am & 1pm

Steyning Downland Scheme – The Big Picnic – The Rifle Range, Steyning. 

Wiston House Garden Tour & English Sparkling Wine Tasting – Wiston House

Festival Open Day – Lunches (incl Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst  

Ladies Cocktail Making Evening – at The White Horse Smokehouse & Grill

Drinks, Nibbles & Antique Valuations – with Henry Nicholls at The Artisan Bakehouse

Wiston Estate Winery Tour, Tasting & Canapes

Fawlty Towers Dinner – Tottington Manor, Edburton

Mad Hatter Tea Party with Jazz Singer – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE 2-COURSE DINNER – THE SUSSEX PRODUCE CAFÉ

Stan’s Big Breakfast & Craft House Coffee Single Origin Coffee Tasting – Stan’s Bike Shack

COBBLESTONE WALK FAMILY FOODIE DAY          

Festival Open Day – Lunches (inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

CCC Morning – Coffee, Cakes & Chestnut Tree House – Springwells Boutique B&B, Steyning. 

Ashurst Tasty Walk – The Fountain/Country Walk/Artisan Bakehouse

Sussex Gin Tasting & Nibbles – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

BEER FESTIVAL – Steyning Cricket Club      

West Grinstead Ploughing Matches – Applesham Farm, Coombes.

Mulled Wine & Star Gazing – Star Inn & Wiston Big Picnic Field.

Pubs & Breweries of Steyning Walk – led by Dr Janet Pennington  FREE ENTRY  

 Steyning Community Orchard Apple Day – Fletchers Croft Village Green, Steyning

Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Harvest Festival Service & Lunch – Steyning Methodist Church   

Food Theme Pub Quiz – The Star, Steyning  

Wood Fired Pizza & Pud Supper Club Night – at The Artisan Bakehouse            

Adur Brewery Open Day 

Pick It Cook It – Hedgerow Booze, Daylands Farm

GREAT STEYNING BAKE OFF – Steyning Centre        

Pastures New – Optional Tea at St Mary’s House & Gardens

Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Festival Breakfast

Some local cafes offer a special festival breakfast. Part of the money paid goes to a local hospice.

How to get there

Many events take place in Steyning High Street, just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Read more about the festival https://steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk/

Read more about Steyning https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/

Brighton Festival

‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times

Brighton festival
Performers with the pavilion in the background

Brighton Festival is a popular annual event: It takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove each May. Join the celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events!

Leading Arts Festival

Established in 1967, the festival has become one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. It has an ambitious and daring programme which makes the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere. It draws on some of the most innovative artists and companies from the UK and across the world.

Festival 2021

Hopefully Brighton Festival will be able to run in 2021. It usually opens with the popular Children’s Parade, produced in partnership with a Brighton based community arts charity.

Find out more at https://brightonfestival.org/about/about_brighton_festiva

‘Brighton Fridge’ events usually run throughout May from the 1st to 31st.

Stay in Steyning at Rosebud Cottage

Find out about Rosebud Cottage in Steyning: https://steyningcottages.co.uk Brighton is just 10 miles away. Trains run from Shoreham to Brighton every 10 or 15 minutes. There is also an hourly bus service from Steyning.

Read more about Brighton

Arundel Festival

Arundel Festival

Arundel Festival takes place towards the end of each August. This is one of the biggest arts and music festivals in West Sussex.

Arundel Festival West Sussex england

With spectacular music acts, a brilliant Art Gallery Trail  and a small fun fair for the children. Special events like the Dragonboat Race & Rubber Duck Race bring a competitive edge to the festival.

The small historic town is a half an hour drive from Steyning and well worth a visit.

Find out about the Steyning Food and Drink Festival

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)

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