‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times
Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events. It takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove and lasts for 3 weeks each May.
This year, 2019, Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rokia Traoré is the Guest Director.
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 aims to make 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.
Getting to Brighton
Brighton is just 10 miles from Steyning. Trains run from Shoreham to Brighton every 10 or 15 minutes. There is also an hourly bus service from Steyning.
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)
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)