Quirky Quintessential English event – Floral Fringe Fair 2016

The Floral Fringe Fair 2016 is taking place on the weekend of June 4th/5th at Knepp Castle, Shipley, Nr Horsham, West Sx RH13 8LJ  from 10.30 am to 5pm both days.  The fair is quirky and eclectic. It has a wildlife theme but also a vintage twist. The fair specializes in quality stalls from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire and stallholders who have actually made what they sell and so are able to talk with first hand knowledge about their product.

Entry is £6.50 per person, £1.00 for children under 14 and children under 4 free. If arriving in a classic or vintage pre-1975 vehicle entry is £5.50 each for the first two occupants. Classic and vintage vehicles will have a specially allocated parking area. If in such a vehicle, dressing in appropriate fashion is especially encouraged…. or even if not arriving in a classic car, dressing in style is welcome!

Why not bring your retro picnic basket and rug and buy all the ingredients for your picnic from the many food stalls at the fair. There are many picnic spots by the beautiful lake. Or eat in our fabulous pop-up tearoom. The fair is becoming something of a foodies favourite.

Well-behaved dogs on leads positively welcomed. There are free-roaming cattle, sheep, ponies, geese and deer which may have young, so leads are essential at all times. We saw some gorgeous pooches come to the fair last year. We have thought of them with a several stalls selling delicious doggy treats for good dogs, plus handmade collars and leads.

Knepp Castle is the subject of an unusual and nationally important re-wilding project and there will be the chance to learn more about this at the fair. Wildlife safaris have recently been launched on the estate and there may be a chance to sample a mini safari at the fair .  Find out more and also directions to the fair at www.knepp.co.uk

The overall theme of the fair is our native wildlife and how to encourage it into the garden but the fair has grown and developed into much more than that.  It is about everything that is quintessentially English and quirky, about celebrating the outdoors, gardens and gardening. About talented craftspeople and artists of today as well as the craftspeople of a bygone era, represented by vintage stalls, classic cars.

You can expect over 130 stalls including specialist nurseries, experts on wildlife, honeybees, bumblebees, birds and bats.

Words used by visitors to describe our fair last year were ‘Unique, Eclectic, Quirky, Quality, Informative and Friendly’.

There will be music from local musicians, dancing and singing.

The beautiful private gardens atKneppCastle, designed by Georgia Langton, will be especially open during the fair.

Many Farmer’s Market Food stalls will be selling a wide range of carefully chosen food to suit everyone and most dietary requirements have been mindfully taken into consideration. There will be plenty of places to sit…a tea tent, a local ale tent also serving Pimms, gourmet fish finger sandwiches with nori batter, a barbecue, an unusual potato stir-fry, freshly baked wood-fired oven pizzas, cooked as you wait vegetarian organic bhajis and pakoras, Gin cocktails,  quiches, pies, cheeses, breads and smoked meat. Fruit smoothies,coffee, teas, a selection of cakes,  ice cream, chocolate, marshmallows, fudge and many interesting food stalls from which to buy a picnic to eat by the beautiful lake.

All of our stallholders are independent, small businesses and not many of them have card machine facilities so please remember to bring lots of cash to the fair.

Contact  jeanjackman@hotmail.com  and 07939 272443 www.floralfringefair.co.uk

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About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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