In the 19th century it was possible to travel by boat from London to Littlehampton on the south coast passing through Weybridge, Guildford, Pulborough and Arundel.
The route was via the rivers Wey and Arun, linked between by the 23-mile Wey and Arun Canal. This formed a vital link, the only one between the south coast and the river Thames, linking London and the English Channel.
Sadly the route fell into disuse when railways became established. Fortunately volunteers are now restoring the waterway…
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)
Flying a glider over the Downs is becoming increasingly popular
Gliding lessons can be taken in Cootham, Sussex all year round on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The First Lesson
After a ground briefing you will be aero-towed to 2,500 feet, then the instructor will explain the action of the controls and guide you through some simple manoeuvres for a flight lasting approximately 20 – 30 minutes. You will receive a signed certificate to commemorate your flight!