Steyning Food & Drink Festival

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

The programme is 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. You will find the market in the High Street car park.

Steyning Food & Drink Festival 2019

Throughout Festival Period

Speciality Charity Dish at: Gorilla Kitchen (The Star Carpark), Chez Joel, The Chequer Inn, The Star Inn, The Cobblestone Tea House, The Sussex Produce Cafe, Truffles (all in Steyning) & The Artisan Bakehouse (Ashurst)

Steyning Museum Exhibition: “Whacky Recipes” throughout festival. FREE ENTRY

St. Mary;s House & Gardens, Bramber: September Open Days.

September 2019

7  FARMERS MARKET – with music, live cooking demonstrations, Ready, Steady, Cook sessions and special offers from stallholders.   Steyning High Street Car Park

7  Farmers Market – Presentation to winner of the Allotment Competition

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

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

8  Steyning Downland Scheme – The Big Picnic – The Rifle Range, Steyning.  FREE ENTRY

8  Instagram Cake Decorating Challenge at The Big Picnic – venue as above               

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

10/11/12  Festival Open Day – Lunches(inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst  

11  Ladies Cocktail Making Evening – with Mixologists Extraordinaire,  Kai & Frank at The White Horse Smokehouse & Grill

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

12  Wiston Estate Winery Tour, Tasting & Canapes

13  Fawlty Towers Dinner – Tottington Manor, Edburton

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


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


17/18/19  Festival Open Day – Lunches(inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

17 CCC Morning – Coffee, Cakes & Chestnut Tree House – Springwells Boutique B&B, Steyning.  Donation to CTH     

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

20 Sussex Gin Tasting & Nibbles – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

20/21/22  BEER FESTIVAL – Steyning Cricket Club      

21 West Grinstead Ploughing Matches – Applesham Farm, Coombes.

21 Mulled Wine & Star Gazing – Star Inn & Wiston Big Picnic Field. Donation to CTH

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

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

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

22 Harvest Festival Service & Lunch – Steyning Methodist Church   

24 Food Theme Pub Quiz – The Star, Steyning  

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

28 Adur Brewery Open Day – 11am to 6pm

28 Pick It Cook It – Hedgerow Booze, Daylands Farm

28 GREAT STEYNING BAKE OFF – Steyning Centre        

29 Pastures New – One Year On & Optional Tea at St Mary’s House & Gardens

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

October 2019

5  FARMERS MARKET – with music, pumpkin weigh, sloe gin demo & tasting and special offers from stall holders. Steyning High Street Car Park

5  Harvest Supper & Barn Dance – The Towers Convent School, Upper Beeding

6  Harvest Festival Lunch – St Peter’s, Upper Beeding & St Nicholas Bramber

6  Harvest Festival Service & Harvest Celebrations – St Andrew’s & St Cuthman’s Steyning.

TBA Celebrity Author Dinner at The Sussex Produce Café

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

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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…

(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


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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