Events 2019/20

Hotham Park Heritage Trust (HPHT), currently a registered charity, is in the process of being closed with the intention of becoming a charitable organisation to be known as Friends of Hotham Park (FoHP).
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Tree Planting March 2020

This event was organised by officers of Arun District Council’s Parks and Greenspaces Service.
Half of the funding was provided by Hotham Park Heritage Trust.

Tuesday 17 March 2020 – 11:00am to 3:00pm.

About 30 people joined us in the planting of some two dozen ‘standard’ trees and a new hedge in Hotham Park on Tuesday 17 March 2020. The event formed part of Arun District Council’s Parks and Greenspaces Service’s ongoing tree planting commitment throughout the district and was especially important in the context of a changing climate. Officers were available throughout the event to take questions from members of the public regarding the service’s approach to preserving our environment and mitigating the effects that a changing climate may have on our Parks.

This event was organised by officers of the Council’s Parks and Greenspaces Service. Half of the funding was provided by Hotham Park Heritage Trust in what is to be one of several lasting legacy projects delivered in the Park by them. Further contributions were made by Bognor Regis Town Council’s Hotham ward allocation money.

Thank you to everyone that helped with this very important event.

© Poster and editorial provided by Arun District Council

All other events listed on this website have always been organised and run entirely by a small group of unpaid Trustees, Members and Volunteers of Hotham Park Heritage Trust. In the Autumn of 2019 the decision was made to close the Trust because of a lack of people willing to volunteer their time.

The new charitable group, Friends of Hotham Park, hope to continue the legacy of HPHT by organising various activities in the future but they need your help. For more information please email or click here.

The following events were organised and run by Hotham Park Heritage Trust in 2019.

Carols in the Park 2019

Sunday 1 December 2019 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm – FREE entry.

Carols, glow sticks, festive cheer and fairy lights brightened up our dark park on Sunday 1st December 2019 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm when Hotham Park Heritage Trust, together with Friends of Hotham Park, ran the much-loved annual ‘Carols in the Park’, this year in association with The Rotary Club of Bognor Regis. It was a lovely, crisp December day during which the crowds were also entertained by the Christmas Fire-dancing fairy and her friend the Twinkly Fairy. They were even lucky enough to meet Carol and her Friends into the bargain!

People enjoyed a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate with mince pies, then lit up the bandstand lawn with their torches at 5pm whilst the Chichester City Band played as we all sing carols. When the Carols had finished the Twinkly Fairy fluttered through the park escorting a very special visitor – can you guess who it was?   He was so special he even brought some snow!!

This was a fantastic free event and we are so pleased that everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

For those on Facebook you can like the Friends of Hotham Park page by clicking here.  To follow them on Instagram click here.   For any more information please email

Carols in the Park 2019 was supported by   Reynolds

Film in the Park 2019

Friday 30 August 2019.   7:00pm to 10:30pm.  FREE entry.

In another exciting new venture, Hotham Park Heritage Trust teamed up with local professional film projectionist, Allen Taylor, and were delighted with the screening of the film ‘Footloose’ in Hotham Park on 30 August 2019.

This was the first Film in the Park event that had been organised by Members of Hotham Park Heritage Trust as part of their community and fund-raising activities. The film was chosen by undertaking a poll on social media and everything was organised in a very short space of time. The evening itself was well attended with an audience of about 350. Being the first event of this kind that we had organised there were a couple of small technical hitches but they were all learning experiences and we are pleased that most people entered into the spirit of the occasion, giving us great feedback with most saying they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

There were a small number of food and drink stalls providing popcorn, candy floss, hot and cold drinks, and a small hot food stall. There was also a stall selling glow in the dark and light-up accessories with ice creams also on sale. To help cover the cost and raise funds for the Park there was a bucket collection during the interval and after the event and all contributions that were made were very welcome.

The Trust was dedicated to promoting the conservation, protection and improvement of Hotham Park and the money raised from any fundraising activity was used in accordance with the HPHT constitution and fed back into amenities within the Park. The Trustees and Members were all volunteers and we hope you enjoyed this special occasion.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust Country Fair 2019

Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August 2019. Open from 11:00am to 5:00pm each day.

Wow, we did it again. Probably our best Country Fair ever. If you were able to come and join us we hope you had a wonderful time. If you were not able to be there, take a look at what you could have seen!

For the video click here.

For pictures click here.  Pop the first image up then scroll through, click 3 dots in the top right to download any images.

As always, we give special thanks to Neil Cooper of Shepherd Media for donating the video and pictures.

We were delighted that our Special Guest Star, Bobby Davro, was able to open Hotham Park Country Fair for us.

Bobby will also star in Live at the Regis from 21st-25th August 2019. Tickets are now on sale. Don’t miss it!

      Book tickets here
'Nissan Bognor Regis
'Nissan Bognor Regis

The Country Fair was held in the lovely surroundings of Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. It was a great day out for all the family and had become a major event for the Bognor Regis Summer Season Calendar. It was open from 11pm to 5pm each day with FREE entry.

There was something for everyone to enjoy the whole weekend. You could browse around the craft stalls, enjoy the live entertainment at the Bandstand, watch the children’s entertainer,  join in with circus skills, ride on a horse-drawn wagon, eat and drink at a variety of outlets, see animal displays, have fun on bouncy castles and much, much more.

The funds raised allowed us to continue improving the Park for the benefit of the public. Profits from our previous Country Fairs also enabled us to embark on our project of creating a Mad Hatter’s Copse within the Park which proved to be a welcome addition, especially after adding 3 more fantastic Alice in Wonderland figures – ie: Alice, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit. These were unveiled on Sunday 27 May 2018 and there is more information here.

A massive THANK YOU to all our wonderful Members and Volunteers who helped organise and run our events and without whom they would not have gone ahead. They did an amazing job and we thank them sincerely.

Supported by  Abacus Letting Services

Pagham Pony
Bench in front of house

Music in the Park 2019

Selected Sundays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. FREE entry.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust were delighted with the line-up for 2019, as shown in the poster on the right. All the events ran from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, except for the event on 7 July 2019 which was organised and run jointly with The Rotary Club of Bognor Regis and ran from 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

For details of the featured acts please click below:

Bognor Regis Concert Band
Sussex Steel Duo
Emma Cranham
Jay Sings Swing
A Pair of Horns
Bourne Concert Band
Beaten Tracks
GJs Duo
Mark Crowe
Milly Hayward

Music in Park poster

19 May 2019 – Despite the changeable weather we were very lucky in that the rain held off until about 10 miuntes after we had finished packing up after the event! Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. For a video and pictures of the event please click here.

Sussex Steel Duo
Sussex Steel Duo

Emma Cranham
Emma Cranham

Special thanks to Neil Cooper of Shepherd Media for donating the video and pictures.

Herewith the history of these events and details of performances that have been enjoyed in previous years.

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

In 2018 we presented musical entertainment on 4 occasions, as shown on the poster on the right.

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 who were able to relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Bandstand in Hotham Park
The Bandstand
Music in Park poster

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 have been a wide range of musical styles to enjoy.

Hotham Park Heritage Trust is a Registered Charity and all work was undertaken by a group of unpaid Volunteers. The funds raised were spent on improving the amenities in Hotham Park for the benefit of the public.

Here is a video of Beaten Tracks Instrumental Band in action.

There are many more exciting attractions in Hotham Park including:

Please click on the above images to visit the relevant websites.

For further enjoyment look for the following when you are in Hotham Park:

Boating Lake Boating Lake

Childrens' Playground in Hotham Park
Childrens’ Playground

The Ornamental Pond
The Ornamental Pond

© Hotham Park Heritage Trust – Registered Charity Number 1117011