Families are invited to gather in Stanmer Park on September 11, to celebrate the arrival of Autumn and the completion of the restoration project.
The Autumn Arrival event, from 10am to 5pm, will provide a range of opportunities to explore the heritage and landscape of Stanmer and learn more about sustainable living.
The free event, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will include:
- Craft demonstrations.
- Wildlife, conservation and nature-related group stands.
- Heritage tours, Stanmer tree tours, storytelling and children’s activities.
- Music workshops
- Meet the Rangers and their sheep
- Food stands and demonstrations
- Historic vehicles.
- Swallow and swift making, and children's parade around the green with Same Sky
- Join a free screening of ‘Origins of the Apple,’ 'The Nettle Dress' and other interesting films
The event will also incorporate ‘Permaculture Discovery’ from 1pm, when visitors can take an orchard tour, visit the organic growing plot and find out more about greener lifestyle courses.
Budding photographers will have a great opportunity to get snapping and enter a Heritage Photography Competition with a chance to win £250 photography vouchers.
Brighton Permaculture Trust, based at Stanmer, will be running further family events during September as part of their first ever Permafest 2022.
They include guided walks to Stanmer on September 4 from 1pm, leaving from the community orchards at Bates Estate, Bevendean, Coldean, Hollingdean, Moulsecoomb, Patcham and Race Hill. On arrival at Stanmer, families can enjoy picnics, storytelling and apple juicing in the 70-year-old Home Farm Orchard.
On September 18, from 1pm, a traditional fete will offer food music and cider made from apples picked from nearby trees.