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Families flock to Surrey Hills Wood Fair

Wood Fair 2012 a great success!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMORE than 3000 people attended the Surrey Hills Wood Fair in Bramley last weekend.

Surrey is the most wooded county in the country and visitors of all ages had the chance to participate in rural activities, such as archery and tree climbing, as well as turning their hand to willow weaving and basket making.

The overnight rain left boggy grounds at Birtley House. However, this did not phase the visitors, who armed with wellington boots, flocked to the third annual show.

The sun shone right from the start and organiser, James Little, was pleased with the outcome.

He said: “We have been lucky with the weather and that the sun came out when it did, as parking may have become an issue.”

Since the first Surrey Hills Wood Fair in 2010 the event has grown and Mr Little is hopeful that it will keep growing.

He added: “At the Surrey Hills Wood Fair we celebrate all that’s good about wood and it’s a chance for local businesses to display their work.

“We had 1,000 visitors in the first year, 2,000 in the second and this year we’ve had 3,000. The number of exhibitors has also risen to 100 from 75 last year.

“The dream is to get enough visitors through the gate so that we can employ someone, full-time, that can organise the event all year round.”

The event celebrates and showcases products and crafts all sourced from the local area.

Mr Little continued: “It is brilliant because everything here is from local businesses, including the bench that we are sitting on now.

“It was made by a local carpenter and it’s what gives the fair a great local feel.”

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