We are now organising the next Fair, which will be held on Sunday the 5th of June 2016 - our 20th year!
Please use the buttons at the top of the page to find out what we have booked so far for this years show.
Below is an article about how the show went in 2014 and we are hoping that this year will be even better!
" The 12th Milland Rural Fair, was held on Sunday 1st June 2014, and was a huge success on a dry and sunny day that attracted around 4,000 visitors to this small West Sussex village in the South Downs National Park.
The Fair opened to the public at 11am and the non-stop Main Ring events continued until about 5pm. We had several ‘firsts’ for Milland in the Ring, including a Karate demonstration in which more than 30 practitioners of all ages showed off their skills. There was also Maypole dancing by children from our own Hollycombe Primary School. A beautifully turned-out pair of Comtois heavy horses drawing a carriage contrasted nicely with the South Downs Vintage Tractors parade of a dozen venerable machines chuntering around plus a vintage milk float (there were also vintage stationary engines and, inside the hall, model train layouts). We had sheepdogs herding ducks, a thrilling falconry display by the well-known Jemima Parry-Jones, a dashing dog agility show by a large group of assorted cheerful mutts from Solent Dogs, the thrill of Jeremy Whaley’s pack of South Downs Bloodhounds mingling with the Clinkard beagles, the glorious chaos of Charles Homan’s terrier racing and the exciting challenge of the Chase-Me-Charlie riders over the jumps. The famous Milland Dog Show attracted nearly 200 entries.
There were many other animals on show – local Dexter cows and calves, llamas and alpacas, lambs, racing ferrets, Miller’s Ark farmyard animals, rabbits, turkeys, geese, chicks and chickens, Shetland ponies, Falabella horses, an Andalusian stallion and examples of all our native reptile and amphibian species. The Hayling Island donkeys were busy throughout the day giving rides to children – and so were the ‘horses’ on the hand-turned vintage Carousel. The climbing wall and bouncy castle were swarming with children all afternoon.
There were demonstrations of a very wide range of woodland crafts and also rural crafts such as blacksmithing, spinning, wattle-and-daub, pot throwing, wood carving, lacemaking, chair caning, trug making and French polishing, with plenty of stalls selling handmade craft items. There was good food in abundance – venison and hog roast, paella and crepes, barbecues, Thai and Nepalese hot food, handmade old-fashioned sweets, homemade cakes, fresh bread, honey, olives and preserves, real ales and special ice creams, and the Sports Club’s beer tent, the Pimms tent, the Pitstop Café in the village hall and the outdoor café run by Milland Stores were all very popular.
The Rural Fair organising team is immensely grateful to all who took part and especially to the countless villagers who helped on the day and in the run-up period. We estimate that at least 200 Millanders were directly involved, either as organisers, stewards, ‘builders’ and clearers, or running their own stalls for various community groups. "
The Rural Fair is a biennial event and the next one is scheduled for Sunday 5 June 2016.