Steyning fair returns with aim to beat best

Hurdle maker Steve Picket at the 2011 Steyning Country Fair S22258H11
Hurdle maker Steve Picket at the 2011 Steyning Country Fair S22258H11

STEYNING Country Fair is back this year – and the aim is to beat the 2011 event, described as the “best yet”.

Run by Steyning and District Business Chamber, the fair takes place in the town centre on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27.

Michael Martin, chairman of the country fair committee, said: “We hope you will join us as we once again turn Steyning into an old Sussex market town, complete with livestock, country crafts, jugglers, musicians and side shows in the town centre.

“The High Street is closed for the day and the car park becomes a stock yard. Farmers and traders, in late 19th century country costume, set up many colourful stalls of produce and crafts, including craft demonstrations.”

There will also be music, refreshments, and exhibitions at the Steyning Centre, plus the Steyning Companion Dog Show on Fletchers Croft Field.

From 11am to 3.30pm, farm animals and farm machinery will be on show, free mystery bus tours in a vintage open-top bus will be on offer and ambient music will be played by local musicians.

The bi-annual occasion, organised by Steyning residents, is a much-loved and long-standing event which draws large crowds.

It’s a great day for all the family, turning back the clock to Steyning’s heritage.

Keeping with tradition, Steyning Woodcraft Folk will open the fair at 11am with maypole dancing.

Other highlights include Shady Grove Folk and Roots Band, French village dancers Jeudi Matin, Adur Oompah Band, The Steve Davies Jazz Band, folk band Bang on the Ear, Steyning Roundhill and Thakeham Morris Dancers.

For the youngsters, Hand To Mouth Theatre perform a classic punch and judy show, and children’s entertainer Tomfoolery will be clowning around. There will also be storytelliing at Steyning Bookshop with children’s author Cathy Watts.

Rare breeds and regular farm animals can be enjoyed by both children and adults, and there will be craft activities for all the family.