Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Guide to the Georgian Fair

We’re going back in time this weekend!

Here’s a guide of how to make the most of the Georgian Fair!

Saturday 4th August


10:30 Arrive take a turn around the fair and meet our fine craftsman. Collect the Great Parlour game and start to follow the clues.
11:00 Embrace your inner Poldark! Our gardeners are experts at scything, discover the tricks of the trade


11.30 Join us for a game of Stool Ball game that dates back to 1400’s in southern England. It is similar to cricket. Traditionally milking stools were used as wickets.
12pm Timothy the tortoise originally lived in Ringmer looked after by Gilbert White’s aunt Rebecca Snooke. Today Timothy is visiting us from his home in Ringmer Gilbert White was fascinated by Timothy. Find out more about Timothy in this short talk.


12.30 Meet Hats Period, and try on some fine period style ladies millinery or a gentleman’s smoking hat, similar to those worn in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Or University of the Arts – Wimbledon, where you can learn all about 18th century dress-making and needlework techniques from the students and academics of UAL.
1pm There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

1.30 Discover how books binding has changed over the course of the 18th century
2pm Join Gilbert White and the Selborne Croquet Club in a Game of Croquet. Croquet is a later version of Palemaille : f. A game, wherein a round box bowle is with a mallet strucke through a high arch of yron (standing at either end of an alley one) which he that can do at the fewest blowes, or at the nuber agreed on, winnes.— Randle Cotgrave, A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues, 1611

2.30pm Falconry, once a vital way to hunt for food for the table became something of a rarity towards the end of the 18th century as hunting with guns took over.
3pm Another chance to play Stool Ball or why not see some of our amazing Exhibitioners! Meet Farrell and Millard Master Thatchers, watch a live demonstration of the skilled art of thatching in progress, or our Wood Whittlers, come along to watch a lump of wood whittled into beautiful creations.

3.30pm Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button). You also get a chance to do this at 12:30!
4pm Our last session of Children’s Games and your last hour to have a final go at all of our amazing games and sports? Have you tried the game of graces or knocked Aunt Sally’s head off!

Sunday


10:30 We open meet some of our exhibitors and crafts people, meet Patricia Tomlinson, learn more about the art of using plant materials and flowers to create an attractive display to exhibit the beauty of nature. Or Flamingo Paperie, who makes quality greeting cards, tins, wrapping material and paper stationary available.
11am We welcome favourites the Hampshire Regency Dancers, who will be dancing in the Great Parlour. Also performing at 1:30pm and 3pm.

11.30pm Ferrets, which are related to polecats, have been domesticated for thousands of years. They were traditionally used for hunting, today we will simply watch them race. (Also at 3:30 & 4:30)

12pm Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button), there are limited places on these activities so please book (on the day), you can also have a go at 2pm.

12.30 Gilbert Arrives on horseback, Gilbert White will arrive from his travels to enjoy the fair
1pm Have you tried any Georgian style food yet?

1.30pm Have you challenged Gilbert White to a game of croquet yet or beaten the high score at Melon Rolling?
2pm Discover how books binding has changed over the course of the 18th century

2.30pm Falconry, once a vital way to hunt for food for the table became something of a rarity towards the end of the 18th century as hunting with guns took over.
3pm Still time to visit stallholders, and see some amazing craft and demonstration, for example, Gone To Pot Ceramics, see live demonstrations of hand thrown ceramics and the creation of small ceramic animals. Claire’s Mosaics, take a look at the mosaic creations for house, garden and to wear, lovingly made using mixed media and upcycled materials. And the East Hampshire Country Park Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, come along to watch demonstrations of hand spinning on spinning wheels and drop spindles and view the displays of hand-made articles.

3.30 We will be joined by Anstey Junior School, for a range of craft demonstrations such as hat pin making and more, and Discover the science behind Georgian life with help from the interactive displays created by students from Eggar’s school.
4pm Children’s Games, There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

4.30pm Have you found the answer to the great Parlour game yet? If not you’d better visit the rest of our stallholders such as the Wood Turner , watch as wood is turned into beautiful ornaments using only a lathe, some tools and a lot of skill. Or the Solent Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, get involved in fun games with string and learn have a go at tying some different knots.