The Surrey Hills Wood Fair is now in its 7th year and has become a popular annual fixture. Taking place within the Birtley Estate in Bramley on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd 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.
The Wood Fair has increased in popularity and size each year and attracts a wide range of exhibitors all keen to showcase their unique products many inspired by the versatility and importance of this vital natural resource – wood.
Tim Metson, Director at Surrey Hills Enterprises, a Community Interest Company (CIC) who organise the Wood Fair comments; “The Surrey Hills Wood Fair offers something for everyone and we encourage families to come and enjoy a different day out in the Surrey Hills. Discover rural crafts, see working vintage machinery, sample delicious Surrey produce, enjoy horse and cart rides and even climb a tree – there really is something for everyone!”
Here’s our top 10 reasons to come along;
- 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.
- 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 captivate their audience and create wooden sculptures of any size – not to be missed!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Kids can take part in activities by Willows Forest School as well as ‘Down in the Woods’ bush craft who will be doing open fire cookery demonstrations.
- Children’s Activities
There’s a big focus on families this year with lots on offer for children ranging from tree climbing and a zip wire to storytelling, face painting, craft making, archery and much much more… In the centre of the Birtley Estate is a lake, why not take a gentle ride around the Birtley lake in a wooden canoe or take part in some pond dipping!
- 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 cakes, pies, local meat, chutneys, jams, honey, local sweets, fudge and much more. If you’re interested in sampling or buying a local tipple we’ve got the The Crafty Brewing Company and something really different this year is the Tiger Lily Bus Company who will be bringing their Sparkling Wine Bus! As ever we’ve got great refreshment stands situated around the site to keep you going all day including the Fillet and Bean a state of the art mobile kitchen modelled on the iconic American Airtsream, the Cookie Bar Bus, Cara Gorda Cantina, a vibrant street food truck and much more…
- Surrey Hills Enterprises & Cows!
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.
Cows will also be making an appearance at this year’s Wood Fair – the decorated variety rather than live ones! CowParade the world’s largest public art event, saw over 60 decorated cows displayed throughout Surrey this summer. There will be a near final opportunity to see lots of the cows before they head off to auction and pastures new! Find out more about www.cowparadesurreyhills.com for further information.
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).
Profits made from the Wood Fair will help to support the Surrey Hills Trust Fund which has been established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to help conserve and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. The fund provides grants to support projects, programmes and activities that benefit the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ensure our countryside is enjoyed by generations to come.
Tickets are priced at £10 on the gate. And to help the squeezed budgets of many families the Wood Fair is FREE for children under 12! Tickets can be purchased at the discounted rate of £7.50 in advance on-line at www.surreyhillswoodfair.co.uk. The fair also welcomes dogs on leads and parking is FREE.