Big Picnic attracts record crowds

Parachute games
Parachute games

RECORD crowds turned out for this year’s Steyning Downland Scheme Big Picnic.

People of all ages enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities for all ages last Sunday.

Operating the apple press

Operating the apple press

Project manager Matthew Thomas said old favourites like apple pressing, tractor rides, bushcraft demonstrations, face painting, a fun dog show and wood carving were as popular as ever.

There were also several new attractions this year, including a cattle pen with Dexter cattle, firewood cutting demonstrations, parachute games and sack races.

There was a huge selection of free home-made cakes, teas and coffees and the ever-popular free bacon butties, with the bacon this year being donated by Garlic Wood Farm organic butchers in Steyning High Street.

Richard Goring, chairman of the Steyning Downland Scheme, said: “It’s wonderful to see how the Big Picnic has grown into such a popular family event – this year well over 500 people attended.

“I know the trustees are extremely grateful to the Steyning Downland Scheme Steering Group and everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make it happen – looking forward to next year!”