PETWORTH will be drenched in a sea of red, white and blue on July 4 to celebrate the uniqueness of this pretty historic market town, nestled in the South Downs National Park with the town’s first ever ‘Independents’ Week running between July 2-9.
The brainchild of Niki Jones and Jackie Crew from Tiffins Tearoom in the High Street, Independents Week brings together the town’s businesses and services - everything from Petworth’s famous antiques and decorative arts establishments to eateries and places to stay.
Dotted around Petworth’s cobbled streets and hidden lanes are a wide range of boutiques offering the visitor a unique shopping experience: flowers, fine foods, books, natural luxury skincare, lingerie, ladies’ designer fashions, traditional gentlemen’s clothing as well as a local butchers and hardware store to cater for residents’ everyday needs.
Jackie Tudor, Chairman of the Petworth Business Association, which is sponsoring the event, commented: “Petworth is a real treasure trove of independent retailers, cafes and restaurants and the only place outside London to boast 37 arts and antiques dealers all within a half-mile radius. We believe our independent approach to commerce has contributed significantly to the success of our town, offering a great day out for visitors and making it an attractive and prosperous place to live and work.”
Many of the town’s retailers are also planning to showcase their products and services during the finals of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup on July 17 at Cowdray Park. Around 20 of Petworth’s finest outlets are exhibiting at the luxury Shopping Village during this prestigious polo event.
Steeped in history, Petworth has been voted Best Antiques Town and has links to the famous artist JW Turner, a frequent visitor to Petworth House. The town still celebrates its cultural past with an annual Fete in the Park which takes place on July 9 and the internationally renowned Petworth Festival, a music and arts extravaganza that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. This year’s festival runs between uly 9-30.
Running throughout the month of July is a special Treasure Hunt organised by the Petworth Festival in association with the PBA. Visitors to Petworth during this period are invited to participate by looking for objects or ‘treasure’ that relate to the Festival and which are cunningly concealed in the town’s shop windows. Successful treasure hunters will receive a prize with the lucky winners announced during the interval of the final Petworth Festival concert on July 30.