Steyning Country Fair celebrates market roots

THE clock was turned back in Steyning High Street for the Steyning Country Fair on bank holiday Monday, celebrating the town’s old market roots.

Crowds gathered in the sun to enjoy an afternoon, from 11am to 3.30pm, full of rural crafts, entertainment and stalls all keeping to the historic 19th-century theme.

S22109H13 Clare Robinson on the Wood Craft Folk and Woodland Trust stall at Steyning Country Fair

S22109H13 Clare Robinson on the Wood Craft Folk and Woodland Trust stall at Steyning Country Fair

There were many kinds of activities on offer including different types of stalls up and down the High Street, farm animals in the town centre car park, clowns, jugglers, puppets and the afternoon dog show at Fletcher’s Croft field.

Sara Bowers, entertainment organiser, said: “The day went absolutely brilliantly, we were very lucky with the weather and it was very well received. There were a lot of people and a real community feel.”

However, the fair wasn’t without a mini-mishap, Sara added: “‘At one point, near the end of the day, a turkey got free and was strutting around the car park and we had to catch it!”

During the rest of the afternoon there were teas by the Steyning Rotary Club as well as an art and photography exhibition.

David Peace, technical director, said: “It went brilliantly and we were quite blessed with the weather. At one point there were cars streaming into Steyning, so I was quite pleased.

“I would say we had 5,000 people at any one time in the centre, but people came and went, so in total we had about 7-8,000 visitors.”

All the organisers, including Phil Alexander co-ordinating the raffle and chair Michael Martin, put together another successful Country Fair.