Rural festivities at Milland fair

Arts and crafts stalls getting ready for the last Milland Rural Fair
Arts and crafts stalls getting ready for the last Milland Rural Fair

Milland once again puts the ‘rural’ in rural fair as organisers prepare to welcome 4,000 visitors this Sunday (June 17).

It has become one of the most popular events on the calendar in the area and attracts visitors from all over the south east, as well as having a strong local following.

“The reason for this success is probably because the fair has stuck to its rural approach, which is emphasised more than ever this year,” said spokesman Philip Watts.

“The fair reflects the real countryside and country life, and its programme combines some familiar events with a range of fascinating new items.”

This year these include a bigger range of food on offer, more children’s activities, country stalls and a ring programme over an extended period. Central to the programme are the main ring events which will include a huge variety of animals and demonstrations and, by popular demand, the fun dog show will be back this year.

Milland Rural Fair 2012 will also have an even bigger range of craft demonstrations and there will be opportunities to find gifts which are not available in the shops.

Advance tickets for the fair are available at discounted prices: £5 for adults or £2.50 for children. Family tickets (two adults, two children under 13) are £14. These tickets, not available on the day, can be bought from Milland Stores or The Rising Sun Pub, in Petersfield from the Tourist Office or One Tree Books, in Midhurst from the Town Council Office or from Rogate or Rake Stores.

The fair is held at Milland Recreation field, Iping Road, and starts at 11am on Sunday. There is ample free parking and a free park and ride scheme.