Winter wonderland for everyone in Petworth

PETWORTH hosts its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 3, when the whole community including the town council, Petworth Business Association (PBA) and Petworth House will come together to create a Winter Wonderland.

From 10am until 8pm, visitors are promised a day packed full of festive entertainment. Highlights are the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.30pm by Lord Egremont and a competition for the best-dressed Christmas shop window depicting ‘Below Stairs’ themes. Also back by popular demand are Petworth’s famous live windows displays’ – fabulous winter scenes featuring moving people.

Santa Claus is there with a grotto in the Leconfield Hall together with a fun fair, model railway, roving magician and juggler to keep all amused.

Free mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the Christmas lights have been switched on and live music will come from Kai Jansen in Golden Square, Christmas carols with St Mary’s Church Choir and the lively chords of Petworth Town Band.

Visitors can wander up Lombard Street to Church Lodge where Petworth House is hosting a special festive opening of the National Trust shop. For the first time ever, Petworth House is opening several rooms to celebrate a typical 1830s country house Christmas.

During The Third Earl’s Christmas, which runs for three weekends in November and December between 11.30 and 3pm, visitors can immerse themselves in a Regency spectacle and experience life both above and below stairs.

Jackie Tudor, chairman of the Petworth Business Association, said: “There is something for everyone, a unique shopping experience, nostalgic step back in time or just the simple opportunity to soak up the seasonal atmosphere.”