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Surrey Hills Wood Fair proves a hit with families

img_3257The Surrey Hills Wood Fair proved another fantastic success this year. Despite the wet start on the Saturday, the sun shone on the Birtley Estate in Bramley for most of the two day event and the show received thousands of visitors!

Over 5000 people attended the event making it one of the best attended yet!  There was much to keep everyone entertained from Horse and Wagon rides and Archery to Storytelling and Live Bands. Over 30 coppice workers showcased their skills and products in the woodland area and visitors were treated to some  daredevil chainsaw carving!

Local Produce was in abundance with fantastic offerings from Flapping Jacks, the Fillet & Bean, Tillingbourne Brewery, Silent Pool Gin, the Tiger Lily sparkling wine bus and more. There was an abundance of local produce on sale including fresh bread, autumnal vegetables, cakes and pastries and the Surrey Hills heritage sausage proved very popular selling out fast on both days.

img_3258There was lots on offer to buy with local wood sculptures and wooden mushrooms proving particularly popular. Children under 12 were admitted into the event for FREE and there was so much on offer for them, with crafts and activities as well as the ever popular tree climbing and zip wire, archery, willow weaving, face painting and Bug Hunts!

The Birtley Estate lake was the perfect focal point and visitors ambled around the site taking in the many stalls and food stands. Many visitors also bought their four legged friends along who were very welcome.
CowParade Surrey cows also made an appearance on the Birtley Estate lawn. Nine beautifully decorated cows were on display for the final time before they head off to be auctioned for charity in the coming months.

Simon Whalley, owner of the Birtley Estate comments;
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the Surrey Hills Wood Fair.  There were more family orientated activities this year and it was great to see young people not only enjoying themselves but gaining an understanding of woodlands and woodland products.  We are only the custodians of our countryside so it is vital that the younger generations learn the importance of protecting and supporting it.”

The Wood Fair will be back in 2017 on Saturday 30th September &amp Sunday 1st October, and promises to be even bigger and better!

For further information on the Surrey Hills Wood Fair visit; www.surreyhillswoodfair.co.uk