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New Members and Volunteers are required to help us organise and run a full programme of events in 2018. Here are details of events we held in 2017 and previous years. Please join us and help to repeat these successes.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2017 – Video and Pictures

Many thanks to Neil Cooper of Shepherd Media for filming and donating this video, slideshow and pictures to Hotham Park Heritage Trust.  The slideshow and pictures are below the video.  We hope you enjoy the show!

The slideshow is below. If you would prefer to see the pictures in album format, click here.

Hotham Park Country Fair 2017

For more information about the Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2017 click here.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Friday 14 April 2017 from 2.30pm-4pm

Mad Hatter invite

Hotham Park Heritage Trust are delighted to have commissioned a hand-carved wooden sculpture which has been 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 was at 2.30pm on Friday 14 April 2017 by his Worship the Mayor. Knightstar Productions, Youth Theatre Group entertained with songs from the Disney musical Alice in Wonderland, and some of the children came along in fancy dress.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party began shortly after the unveiling and everyone appeared to have a great time. We were blessed with magnificent weather which was the ‘icing on the cake’. The carving is in the ‘Mad Hatter’s Copse‘ which is to the east of the Mary Macfie pavilion.

The theme of Alice in Wonderland was chosen by local schoolchildren and the cost of this sculpture was met from funds raised by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair which was held over the first weekend of August 2016.

For more information about the carving see our Mad Hatter’s Copse page

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.

Music in the Park

Selected Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

Music in Park poster

Hotham Park Heritage Trust entered new territory in 2016 by offering even more FREE entertainment during the summer in Hotham Park.

In 2017 we hosted 3 events featuring Coustics Ukulele Band, The Bognor Regis Concert Band and Beaten Tracks Instrumental Band. All were well attended and went down well with the public. We will soon be preparing and looking for new acts for 2018.

Bandstand in Hotham Park

The Bandstand

In 2016 we were entertained by Elliott Herrington (pianist and songwriter with his own spin on well known songs), Geoff Valenti (solo trumpet player) and Tom Janes (classical guitarist) so there are a wide range of musical styles that we are looking for.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity and all work is undertaken by a group of unpaid volunteers. All funds raised are spent on improving the amenities in Hotham Park for the benefit of the public so, if you would like to get involved, please contact us via our membership or volunteer pages. We would love to hear from you.

In case you cannot wait until next year, here is a video of Beaten Tracks Instrumental Band in action.

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.

Clown

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!

Clown
Hotham Park Heritage Trust encouraged children to join the Clowns International Grand Parade from the London Road gate, with a prize for the best Boy and best Girl dressed clown.

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 2016

This very popular event was held on Sunday 4th December 2016 from 4pm to 7pm.

The Salvation Armay Band

The Choir

The Audience


Father Chrismas

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.

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.

Click here to see a video of the event. Below are some pictures of the attractions in the Park prior to opening. Video and pictures all courtesy of Neil Cooper, Shepherd Media.

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Setting-up

Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2016

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Various Sponsorships available for 2017

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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.Horses and Cart at the Hotham Park Country Fair
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.

Apollo Archery

Apollo Archery

Crazee Hazee

Crazee Hazee

Dunreyth Alpacas

Dunreyth Alpacas

Hawking About

Hawking About

Owls Out and About

Owls Out and About

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.

For a video and pictures of the 2016 Country Fair click here. Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, relax and enjoy. Special thanks to Neil Cooper of Shepherd Media for providing these.

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.

Carols in the Park and Father Christmas 2015

Song sheets donated by
Mince pies donated by
Further donations and support gratefully received from

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.

Bandstand in Hotham Park

The Bandstand

Christmas Carol Concert

Christmas Carol Concert

Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2015

Sponsored by: Richmond Hyundai

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.

Inside the craft marquee

The owls were a hoot

Crazee Hazee entertains the crowd

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, ExhibitorVolunteer 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.

Some light refreshment

Wagons roll!

Plenty to see and do

COUNTRY FAIR 2015 VIDEOS

All the fun of the Country Fair

See some of the fair from the air

For details of current events click here.

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