Coast & Country Events

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Adult Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: March 17-18, April 7-8, September 15-16 and September 22-23

This intense 24-hour survival experience teaches life-saving skills and attitudes such as resourceful and calm under pressure. Students have no tent and limited food and water rations, with participants expected to source food and water from streams and pools. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.” Participants must be physically fit and active.

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.



Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Family Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: April 21-22, May 5-6, June 9-10, June 23-24, July 14-15, August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19 and August 25-26

Designed to inspire fathers, sons, mothers and daughters, the 24-hour outdoor adventure is delivered by a range of instructors, handpicked by Bear Grylls, teaching a range of techniques. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.



The South of England Show

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly

Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 7, 8 and 9

Tickets £21/u16s accompanied by a paying adult free/senior citizens and students over 16 £19

Contemporary designer Morag Myerscough is bringing her first mobile installation, Belonging (above), to the new Entertainment Zone at this year’s South of England Show. In the Entertainment Zone, musical artists will deliver a mixture of original tunes and well-known covers, combining folk, acoustic, pop and bluegrass. This year’s must-see Ardingly Ring attraction is the famously talented Atkinson Action Horses and stunt-riding team (below), best known for their appearances in the hit television series Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria. There will also be the Shetland Pony Grand National, Hound Parades and Inter Hunt Relay, heavy horse turnouts and livestock display.

Read our feature on the South of England Show.

Phone 01444 892700 or visit seas.org.uk.



An Evening with Adam Henson

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Thursday June 7, 7.30pm

Tickets £19.50 and £22.50/FWT £17.50 and £20.50

Farmer Adam Henson, presenter of BBC TV’s Countryfile, shares stories about his farming life, his TV career and the running of the Cotswold Farm Park. Adam, the author of four books, will also share this thoughts on British agriculture and take questions from the audience. There will be a book signing after the show.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



Morris Day of Dance

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Sunday June 10, 10.30am-6pm

Admission charges apply

This is a day that celebrates this traditional form of English folk dance, its music and song. A whole host of sides will perform at the museum to show the wide range of dances and music in the Morris tradition, and prove that it doesn’t just involve bells and handkerchiefs! Taking part are Knockhundred Shuttles, Sompting Village Morris, with Morris Minors, Fleur de Lys Morris Dancers, Minden Rose, Deorfrith Morris, Victory Morris and TRADS with Gail Duff. There will also be displays of maypole and country dancing, and the chance to join in.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Rural Life Weekend: Historic Gardens

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday June 30-July 1, 11am-5pm

Admission charges apply

In the museum’s period gardens, discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view a short film about the museum’s gardens. Find out how the museum uses the plants grown in its gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. Learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



The Smallholders & Country Show

South of England Showground, Ardingly

Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8, 9.30am-5pm

Tickets £11/seniors £9/u14s £7/u5s free/family £29

The Smallholders & Country Show, now in its 32nd year, is an independent family-run show to find anything you could want for your smallholding, small farm or large garden. There will be a a variety of traders and exhibitors, including garden, agricultural, food and craft stands, with a full programme of rural-related family entertainment, poultry, livestock plus more animals to celebrate country living. Expert advisory and training groups are also on hand for talks and demos on a variety of countryside, farming & smallholding issues for all levels of smallholder.

Phone 07714 102381, email alison@smallholdershows.co.uk or visit smallholdershows.co.uk.



Walk for Parkinson’s

The Deer Park at Benbow Pond, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Sunday July 8, 10am (registration 9.30am)

Minimum suggested sponsorship £50/registration fee £10/£5 for u16s

This 4.5-mile circular walk around Cowdray takes in the scenic Cowdray Golf course, Cowdray Heritage, the ruins of what was once a great Tudor house, and the Cowdray Park Polo Club grounds. The event is to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Phone 020 7963 3912 or visit cowdray.co.uk.



Working Animals Show

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday July 21-22, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

The show focuses on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative way, for visitors of all ages.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Rural Life Weekend: English Scything

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday August 4-5, 10.30am-5.30pm

Admission charges apply

Find out about traditional scything and haymaking during an informal weekend of demonstrations and displays. There will be demonstrations on scything and hay making, scythe set-up and maintenance, grinding scythe blades, snath making from natural formed timber and through steam bending, how to make ironwork to suit the stands, hay rake making and a display of historic photographs and scythes from the museum’s collection. Free 10-minute taster talks include an introduction to scythe, the English scythe and the role of the blacksmith: scythe blades.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



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