Country Fair 2016

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The following is an archive of an event organised and run by Hotham Park Heritage Trust in 2016.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2016

Showground Sponsor   Abacus Letting Services


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 SponsorsAdvertisers 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.

We would like to thank the following for their help and support:

Abacus Letting Services
Arun District Council
Bob May the Village Agent
Bognor Regis Town Council
Brandon Tool Hire
Hazel Latus – The Regis Centre
Hotham Park Miniature Railway
Inglenook Restaurant
ISS Waterers Landscape
Mobility and Comfort
Neil Cooper
Picturedrome Cinema
Southern Co-operative Hawthorn Road
Tesco Shripney Road
The Elmer Pub and Restaurant
Town Force

We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations to our 2016 Grand Raffle:

Alexandra Theatre
Arundel Castle
Arundel Wetlands
Bailiffscourt Hotel
Bairds Farm Deli Cafe
Butlins Bognor Regis
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Edgcumbes Coffee
Goodwood House
Hawking About
Hilton Avisford Park Hotel
Marks and Spencer Shripney Road
Pallant House Gallery
Pure skin lasers and beauty UK
South Downs Planetarium
Turners Restaurant, Butlins

Please support them all in the way they have supported us.

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 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.

© Hotham Park Heritage Trust – Registered Charity Number 1117011