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.



Rural Life Weekend: Charcoal & Woodyard

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Monday August 25-27, 10.30am-5.30pm

Admission charges apply

Experience a traditional charcoal burn and a series of demonstrations in a working woodyard. During the weekend, an early 20th century earth clamp is built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the museum. Led by Rural Life Interpreter Jon Roberts, a team will tend the clamp and talk to visitors about the charcoal burning process and its importance in south east England. demonstrations of traditional skills at the woodyard throughout the weekend. There are also free 10-minute taster talks in the woodyard.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Rural Life Weekend: Harvest

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday September 1-2, 10.30am-5.30pm

Admission charges apply

Enjoy seasonal demonstrations focusing on the harvest, where participants can see a variety of different produce harvested across the museum site, from the vegetables in the Victorian cottage garden to flax at Tindalls Cottage and the produce of Bayleaf farmhouse garden and orchard. Talks and demonstrations include the Tudor harvest, health and medicine in Tudor England, the hedgerow harvest, working heavy horses, mealtime in the Tudor household, a performance of Smuggling in Sussex, the Victorian cottage harvest and the Toll House harvest.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Taster Workshop about Beekeeping

Cook House, Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

Sunday September 2, 10.30am-12.30pm

Suggested contribution £10 per person

In spring 2017, two hives of bees were brought to Bat Park in the Wilderness Wood.  Members Jonathan, Roberta and Dave have been looking after them over the past year.  They will share some of the basics of the art and science of bee-keeping, including seasonal practices, the hive, equipment and bee handling.

Phone 01825 830509 or visit wildernesswood.org.



The Ocean Symposium

St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings

Saturday September 22, 10am

Tickets £5.83

Never before have the oceans been under such threat: plastics, ocean acidification, ocean warming, polar ice melting, coral reefs and marine life in danger. At this community event, there will be stalls and a day of learning and networking. Watch the BBC Earth short film about the oceans, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and listen to experts and about new projects in the fields of marine conservation, global oceans, climate change, marine resources and marine wildlife. The event is organised by the United Nations Association, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Rother Voluntary Action and Hastings Voluntary Action.

Phone 01424 715880 or visit stmaryinthecastle.co.uk.



Parham Autumn Fair

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Saturday-Sunday September 22-23, 10.30am-5pm

Normal admission charges apply

This celebration of traditional estate life and all that harvest brings offers the best of homemade food and locally grown produce as well as activities for all ages. With working horse cart rides, estate tours, deer walks, gun dogs and falconry displays, there is plenty to see and do. There will also be stalls selling food, drink and country wares.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit parhaminsussex.co.uk.



Rural Life Weekend: Home

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday September 29-30, 10.30am-5.30pm

Admission charges apply

With exhibit homes at the Museum spanning rural life in south east England from 950AD to the Victorian era, join us over this special weekend for fascinating talks and demonstrations about domestic life through the ages. Come and explore our historic houses! There will be demonstrations in locations including the Anglo-Saxon hall house, a home in the year 950AD, the cottage from Hangleton, which was lived in before the Black Death, the medieval Hall from Boarhunt, the Tudor home Bayleaf farmhouse, the chocolate box-pretty Poplar Cottage, the cold home Tindalls Cottage and Whittaker’s Cottages, which show life in the Victorian era.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Autumn Countryside Show

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday October 6-7, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

At this seasonal show, experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest. It features traditional working demonstrations – including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing – steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, woodland and rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions. The festival celebrates and showcases many traditional countryside activities as vintage tractors prepare the ground for sowing after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Apples in the Orchard

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Sunday October 7, 10.30am-5pm

Normal admission charges apply

Set in the orchard of the Walled Garden at Parham, this celebration of the humble British apple includes apple growing advice and talks from Parham’s Garden Team and guests. Visitors can also discover local Sussex and heritage varieties of apples. Experts will be on hand to identify the variety of apples visitors have growing at home and they will be able to enjoy the bounty of the season with apple pressing. There will also be a selection of artisan stalls, showcasing the versatility of this much- loved fruit.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit parhaminsussex.co.uk.



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