The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Friday 14 April 2017 from 2.30pm-4pm
Hotham Park Heritage Trust are delighted to have commissioned a hand-carved wooden sculpture which will be crafted by Simon Groves to depict the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The design is an 8ft x 2.5ft table with clocks in each corner, playing cards down the centre and 8 mushrooms as seating, with the Mad Hatter as a separate figure.
It will be a permanent feature in the Park and the grand unveiling will be at 2.30pm on Friday 14 April 2017 by his Worship the Mayor. Knightstar Productions, Youth Theatre Group will entertain with songs from the Disney musical Alice in Wonderland, and children are invited to come along in fancy dress if they wish.
The theme of Alice in Wonderland was chosen by local schoolchildren and the cost of this sculpture has been met from funds raised by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair which was held over the first weekend of August 2016.
The Mad Hatters Tea Party will begin shortly after the unveiling. We look forward to welcoming children along to the Tea Party, which will be in the ‘Mad Hatter’s Copse’ (follow the signs to the Event once in the Park). Please bring picnic blankets for the children to sit on.
Your support during our events is invaluable and we hope to introduce more exiting developments in the Park over the coming months and years. If you can help us in any way we would love to hear from you.
Carols in the Park and Father Christmas 2016
This very popular event was held on Sunday 4th December 2016 from 4pm to 7pm.
Starting at 4pm the family fun included the opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto and receive a gift.
There was a seasonal bouncy castle and chance to meet the Pagham ponies. Hot food and drink including mulled wine, juice and mince pies supplied by Turners Pies, our local award-winning bakers, were also available.
From 6pm the carol singing was led by the Bognor Regis Salvation Army Band and the RAFA (381 Branch) choir. There also a fabulous raffle and merchandise on sale with all proceeds going back into the Park (see below for raffle winners).
This Christmas celebration was organised by members of the Hotham Park Heritage Trust and has been held in December for many years as part of their community and fund raising activities. The trust is dedicated to promoting the conservation, protection and improvement of Hotham Park for all the community.
1st Prize – Family Pantomime Voucher – Jenny Love
2nd Prize – Family Visitor Pass for Butlins – Fern
3rd Prize – Lunch for 2 at The Elmer – Paul Warne
4th Prize – £25 M&S Voucher – Joanne Hughes
5th Prize – Hamper – Sue Hampton
6th Prize – £10 Tesco Voucher – Maryann
7th Prize – Port and Stilton – Jenny Love
8th Prize – Wine & Chocolates – Jacqui
Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2016
Various Sponsorships available for 2017
The 15th Country Fair was held on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August 2016 and was open from 11am to 5pm on both days with FREE ENTRY.
The Country Fair was a great Family Day Out with wonderful Arts and Crafts and family fun including a great selection of attractions. Visitors were able to pet an Alpaca, see our wonderful Owls, take a ride in the Horse Drawn Carriage, watch an incredible Hawk and Falcon flying display (Sunday only). The ever popular Donkey rides were back, plus a wonderful Zoo of exotic pets including a python, a Panther Chameleon, skinny pigs and many more. Many people took aim and had a go at medieval archery. There was plenty for the children to see such as Crazee Hazee providing Punch and Judy shows, having fun on the Zorbs, Inflatable Slides or bouncy castle or just having fun in the Creative Arts for Children Marquee.
The Country Fair was opened with the fabulous Celebration Samba and the Bandstand had more wonderful acts over the two days including Canine Partners Dog Ability, Eight Beat Jive Dancers, Indie Folk from IOLAR, Foot Stomping Jazz from the Cookie Jones Jazz Quintet, rhythms of a Steel Band from Mica, unique sounds from Coustics Ukulele Band and big band sounds from Chichester City Band. A fantastic flypast by a RAF Spitfire from the Memorial Squadron took place towards the end of the day on Saturday.
There were Arts and Craft stalls providing a good mixture of interesting items to buy as well as a small food market and plenty of refreshment outlets.
We had an amazing Grand Raffle with many fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses, including entry tickets to major local attractions, signed cookbooks by Brian Turner and more. The total value was over £1,000 with a first prize of £100 and tickets costing just 50p each.
To ensure this fantastic family event happens again next year we really do need MORE Members and Volunteers to help in the organisation and preparation of the event as well as over the event weekend itself, so please sign up if you are able to help. Please visit our Membership page for a paper application form page or Volunteer page to complete and submit our on-line form.
Around 15,000 people attended this very popular event so your support was invaluable. As well as needing more Members and Volunteers for us to replicate the success of 2016 and previous years we need Sponsors, Advertisers and donations. Not only will this ensure the Country Fair is able to continue, it will also mean you are making a valuable contribution to the future success of Hotham Park.
If you would like to sponsor the event please visit our sponsor an event page. If you would like to advertise in our promotional material in the run up to the event and/or in Hotham Park during the event please visit our advertise page. Donations will also be gratefully received, whether it be unwanted gifts for our tombola stall or a monetary donation to help with our work in improving the park.
Whatever you can do to help us will be greatly appreciated and is vital to the success of our events so if you would like to get involved you will be very welcome and valued by the Trust.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust also organise and run Carols in the Park and Father Christmas and helped to organise and run the Clowns Parade and Picnic in the Park. It is a Registered Charity and the work is undertaken by a group of unpaid volunteers. This means that all funds raised at our events are spent on improving the amenities in Hotham Park, for the benefit of the public. Your support is vital in helping us to achieve this and we thank you for your this.
Clowns Parade and Picnic in the Park 2016
Sunday 15th May 2016 from 2pm – Free entry
The Clowns International Parade and Picnic in the Park was part of Clowns International’s Clowns Are Back, weekend Festival 12-16 May 2016, and was organised with help from Hotham Park Heritage Trust.
The Clowns International Parade and Picnic in the Park took place in Hotham Park, Bognor Regis from 2pm on Sunday 15th May. The Clowns paraded through Hotham Park, all dressed in Motley, their traditional costumes. The people in Bognor Regis joined them for an afternoon of merriment, fun and joy. Many people brought their families and a picnic and had a great time whilst being entertained al fresco by all the clowns who, when asked, joined in and helped eat the picnics!
The Picnic in the Park included the Chichester City Brass Band playing on the Bandstand, which had been made possible by sponsorship from Tesco Bognor Regis.
This event in Hotham Park was FREE and the clowns were delighted to be invited back to Bognor Regis, working with the Hotham Park Heritage Trust on the Sunday, and to meet once more friends old and new.
This was a fantastic fun day and one not to be missed.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust also organise and run Hotham Park Country Fair and Carols in the Park and Father Christmas. It is a Registered Charity and all work is undertaken by a group of unpaid volunteers. If you would like to become a member or can volunteer to help in any way please contact us through this website. We would love to hear from you.
Carols in the Park and Father Christmas 2015
Despite the wind and rain several hundred people attended this event on 6 December 2015 and we thank you all for your support. Festivities began at 4pm when our younger visitors met Father Christmas in his grotto and enjoyed music and other amusements. At 6pm a large crowd gathered round the bandstand to sing traditional Christmas Carols and songs, accompanied by the Worthing Silver Band and Glenwood Ladies Choir. Visitors also enjoyed other magical Christmas entertainment that the Trust had lined up for their enjoyment at this traditional annual event. Mulled wine, mince pies and a lucky number song sheet featured where, for a minimum donation of just £1, you could have one free drink from the Hotham Park Heritage Trust stall and enter your lucky telephone number into a champagne prize draw. All proceeds will go towards the future development of Hotham Park.
This event is always very popular so if you can help us by sponsoring any part of it in 2016 please contact us via our sponsor an event page. If you can help by donating suitable products for us to sell or use as prizes for our tombola or raffle please visit our donate page or if you would like to advertise during the event please visit our advertise page. Volunteers are vital to the success of our events so if you would like to get involved you will be very welcome and valued by the Trust.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity and the work is undertaken by a group of unpaid volunteers. This means that all funds raised at our events are spent on improving the amenities in Hotham Park for the benefit of the public. Your support is vital in helping us to achieve this and we thank you for your attendance.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2015
HOTHAM PARK HERITAGE TRUST VOLUNTEERS once again delivered a week-end of family fun and activity with their 14th Country Fair on the 1st & 2nd August 2015.
Visitors enjoyed the enormous variety of Craft Stalls and entertainment that the Trust lined up for their enjoyment at this traditional annual event.
Throughout the park there were local Crafts, animal displays and children’s activities, a Tea Tent, Beer Tent, Hog Roast, Thai food, and savouries. Crazee Hazee provided fun and laughter at the Mary Macfie Pavilion, and everyone could listen to, watch or join in the live entertainment at the bandstand, travel on a horse- drawn wagon or ride a donkey.
The piebald horses Magpie and Billy, otherwise known as ‘Big and Little’, appeared on both Saturday and Sunday and the crowd were enthralled by the tricks that were performed for them. There was also a petting arena where children of all ages could enjoy themselves in the company of meerkats, snakes, spiders and the like! Click here to see our videos of the event.
We want this event to be even bigger and better in 2016. For this to happen we need more people to become a Member of Hotham Park Heritage Trust and take an active role in the planning, preparation and running of the event. By becoming a Member, not only will you help to ensure this event is able to continue, you will also be contributing to and having a say in the future development of Hotham Park. To apply please visit our Membership page.
We also need people and organisations who would like to be a Sponsor, Advertiser, Exhibitor, Volunteer or Donator. Whatever support you can give us we would love to hear from you and can assure you that if you would like to get involved you will be very welcome and valued by the Trust.
Around 15,000 people attended this very popular event which means there will be very high demand to trade or exhibit at the event in 2016. Details of when and how traders/exhibitors can apply will appear on this website soon.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity and the work is undertaken by a group of unpaid volunteers. This means that all funds raised at the event are spent on improving the amenities in Hotham Park, for the benefit of the public.
COUNTRY FAIR 2015 VIDEOS
All the fun of the Country Fair
See some of the fair from the air
© Hotham Park Heritage Trust – Registered Charity Number 1117011