West's Wood Fair
18th & 19th June 2022
Although ticket sales through the website have now closed you can still buy tickets on the day at the gate, tickets are £10 per person and children under 12 years old go free.
We look forward to seeing you all this weekend.
West’s Wood Fair is an event featuring the many
interesting ways in which wood is used.
Sadly the falconry display could not take place on either day over the weekend. Unfortunately, due to the extreme heat, they had not been able to undertake the necessary preparations required before flying the birds. As we’re sure you understood the welfare of the birds must come first. We wish them well and hope they will be able to attend our next wood fair.
Another new event this year was a ‘for fun’ dog scurry. Whether your dog is a seasoned pro or has never done it before, we hope you brought them along and had a go. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in all other areas of the wood fair.
This year we also raised our newly made totem pole on the Saturday, with help from Ben Nicholson Tree Services and their Sennebogen (see the video at the bottom of this page)
Our exhibitors included trade stands selling timber and many other wood-related products, demonstrations of sawmilling, pole lathes, and hurdle making. Details of this years exhibitors can be found on the exhibitors page.
We fired our ballista and in the arena was the chainsaw race and pole climbing demonstrations. Also joining us for the first time were the The Dorset Axeman, who’s displays contained all aspects of speed and accuracy chopping and crosscut sawing with razor sharp axes and saws.
We had a steam engine pulling our wooden pole-waggon and a tractor & trailer ride into the depths of the forest.
We ran our new event the Sussex Scrumpy Stakes again, which is a free entry competition. Participants had to drink a glass of scrumpy, before running down the hill, do some apple bobbing before downing a shot, then the winning contestant was the one who found the golden apple in a trailer full of sawdust, and walked away with a prize of £100.
There were 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. The log roll was also there, which is always popular with the kids.
There was a steam engine powering a saw mill, some vintage tractors and other steam engines & lorries. We also had our showroom open for visitors to look at our fine furniture and joinery.
There was a wide range of food and drink available. The Woodturner’s Rest (our specially built pub) was open again serving a selection of real ales throughout the weekend. And there was live music going on over the weekend.
A big thank you to everybody who came along to our 2022 wood fair. If you missed the event, take a look below or in the gallery at some of the videos and photographs taken from 2022 & past Wood Fairs.
You can also sign up below the gallery to receive details of the 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.