The Surrey Hills Wood Fair is now in its 6th year and has become a popular annual fixture. Taking place within the Birtley Estate in Bramley on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October from 10am – 5pm. Each year the fair gets bigger and better yet retains the traditional charm of a rural day out in the Surrey Hills for all the family.
Here’s our top 10 reasons to come along;
1. Traditional Wood Skills and Techniques
You’ll discover some truly talented and interesting people who work with wood. We have a team of coppice workers who will be showcasing their skills from basket weaving and willow demonstrations to sculpting and charcoal making. You’ll have the opportunity to have a go yourself as well as buy a whole host of wood products.
2. Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations
The ever popular Tree Pirates return to the Surrey Hills Wood Fair with their amazing skills and engaging personalities. Watch this dynamic team of chainsaw artists create wooden sculptures of any size – not to be missed!
3. The Man in the Moon Theatre Tent
This year we have something really special for all the family. The Man In The Moon Theatre Tent has moved from Guilfest. You’ll be entertained by various artists who will be performing a series of themed shows and workshops throughout both days. As well as watching, children will have the opportunity to get up on stage and take part in the performances.
4. Live Music
Entertainment is big on the agenda and we have a host of local bands performing throughout the two day event, co-ordinated by the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. We’ve got acoustic busking areas throughout the site as well as a main stage where you can see top quality performances from local musicians. Also returning will be the Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band who will again perform on the main stage and whilst moving around the fair on a Horse and Wagon!
5. Steam Powered Saw Mill
The Wood Fair wouldn’t be the same without the awe inspiring large scale machinery used within the wood industry. This year we have something really special for steam enthusiasts – a 1926 steam powered saw mill! Come and watch it in action slicing up large logs. To bring us up to date, Jas P Wilson will be showcasing today’s modern machinery and demonstrating how it is used to manage our woodlands. The Rural Life Centre will be on hand with historical facts and their fine collection of tools used throughout the ages by foresters.
6. Animal Attractions
The ever popular Horse and Wagon rides make a welcome return and will take you on a gentle circuit of the site. You’ll also be able to see horses at work and the traditional art of horse logging. The heavy horses will amaze you with their strength and gentleness in moving trees and you’ll find out how horse and man work so well together. You’ll also discover the Birtley Estate pigs in their woodland home as well as a variety of species of Owls and an expert on hand to tell you all about them.
7. Woodland Education
Come and learn about the importance of woodland in the Surrey Hills, one of the most wooded Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England with almost 40% woodland cover. Ancient woodland has particular significance in terms of historic and nature conservation importance and the Surrey Hills boasts over 4500 hectares of ancient woodland covering 12% of the AONB. The Woodland Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Merrist Wood, Plumpton College and the Surrey Hills Society will all be on hand to give advice on woodland management, conservation and wildlife as well as providing great ideas for how you can get out and enjoy woodland.
8. Children’s Activities
There’s a big focus on families this year with lots on offer for children ranging from raft building, tree climbing and a zip wire to storytelling, face painting, craft making, archery and much much more… Join our Nature and Bushtucker trails and learn more about the wildlife that lives in our local countryside and you may even get up close to a crayfish or snake! And to help the already squeezed budgets of many families the Wood Fair is FREE for children under 12!
9. Local Produce
Discover a whole host of interesting stalls to browse and buy from including some great local produce. Take the opportunity to stock up on mince pies and Christmas puddings, local sweets and fudge, cakes, pies, local meat, chutneys, jams, honey and much more. If you’re interested in sampling or buying a local tipple we’ve got the Tillingbourne Brewery, The Crafty Brewing Company, Albury Organic Vineyard and Silent Pool Gin to name but a few. As ever we’ve got great refreshment stands situated around the site to keep you going all day.
10. Surrey Hills Enterprises Showcase Area
Surrey Hills Enterprises, a Community Interest Company are responsible for bringing you the Surrey Hills Wood Fair and a new element to the show this year is a marquee where our member businesses can showcase their talents and expertise. Come and meet Abinger Stained Glass who will be demonstrating copper foiled items and leaded lights, Surrey Hills Butcher’s will offer advice and demonstrate their butchery skills, find out more about Silent Pool gin, Britains only gin created using wood! Sample award winning Albury Organic wine and find out more about the Clandon Wood Natural Burial reserve.
Surrey Hills Enterprises is a not-for-profit organisation set up to support the work of the Surrey Hills Board in protecting the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Tickets are reasonably priced at £7.50 for Adults and Children under 12 go FREE. Advance tickets are available on-line for £7.00 so don’t delay,
The fair also welcomes your four legged friends as long as they are on a lead and parking is FREE.
For further information on the Surrey Hills Wood Fair click here.