West's Wood Fair
21st, 22nd & 23rd June 2024
Tickets for Friday are half price as some exhibitors won’t be present and there will be no display by the Dorset Axe Men or a chainsaw race, there will still be lots going on though.
Prepaid tickets will be available closer to the event.
Tickets will be available at the gate on the day but if you plan on camping this must be booked and paid for in advance, this can also be done through the tickets page closer to the event.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next Wood Fair.
What other people say …
West’s Wood Fair is an event featuring the many
interesting ways in which wood is used.
Our exhibitors include trade stands selling timber and many other wood-related products, demonstrations of sawmilling, pole lathes, and hurdle making. The exhibitors page continues to show details of the 2023 exhibitors, and nearer the event will start to be updated with confirmed exhibitors for 2024.
Joining us again will be the Hamble and Hound Gundog Club providing gundog displays twice a day. On the Saturday & Sunday they will also be running a dog scurry, whether your dog is a seasoned pro or has never done it before, they are welcome to have a go. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in all other areas of the wood fair.
There will be our chainsaw race on the Saturday & Sunday and pole climbing demonstrations across all 3 days. Joining us again on Saturday & Sunday will be The Dorset Axemen, who’s displays contain all aspects of speed and accuracy chopping and crosscut sawing with razor sharp axes and saws.
For the first time we are being joined by the British Lawnmower Racing Association who will be running lawnmower racing on the Saturday & Sunday.
Our Kids Corner will be returning featuring den building, mud kitchens and face painting again, plus some new activities and games.
We will have heavy horses pulling our wooden pole-waggon and hopefully providing logging demonstrations and our tractor & trailer ride will of course be available taking you into the depths of the forest. One of our exhibitors will have a selection of owls on display, some of which you can have your photo taken with (for a charge, of course!)
If tractors aren’t your thing, for the first time we will have horse & carriage rides available. Plus we are planning some new activities, like crazy croquet and I’m a lumberjack get me out of here.
We’ll be running the Sussex Scrumpy Stakes again (Saturday & Sunday only), which is a free entry competition. Participants have to drink a glass of scrumpy, before running down the hill, do some apple bobbing, down a shot, then the winning contestant is the one who finds the golden apple in a trailer full of sawdust, and walks away with a prize of £100.
There will be lots of other activities to take part in, such as axe-throwing and archery. Or you could try your hand at the timber identification competition or hammer in the nail challenge, both of which are free to enter. The log roll will be available, which is always popular with the kids.
There will be the steam engine powering a saw mill, some vintage tractors and other steam engines & lorries. And we will be bringing some our our showroom products down into the field.
Our chainsaw carving competition will run over all 3 days, and once again on Sunday the public will be able to vote for the winner, see the chainsaw carving competition page for the 2023 results and winning piece.
There will be a wide range of food and drink available. The Woodturner’s Rest (our specially built pub) will once again be opening it’s doors and serving a selection of real ales throughout the weekend. And there will be live music going on throughout the weekend.
A big thank you to everybody who came along to our 2023 wood fair.
If you missed the event, take a look below or in the gallery at some of the videos and photographs taken from 2023 & past Wood Fairs.
You can also sign up below the gallery to receive details of the next fair as and when they are available.
Next Fair – Keep up to date
We will soon be planning the next Wood Fair, if you are interested in coming along you can leave your name and email and we will send you more details closer to the time.