Country crafts and practices showcased at the Heathfield Show

23rd May

Country Ways at the Heathfield Show, is a celebration of traditional, rural crafts and working practices many of which are being kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. There will be the opportunity to see displays in the arena from 10am til 4.15pm.

The majestic heavy horses from Tony Parks of Ninfield will be put through their paces, as will the Birds of Prey from Sussex Falconry of Mayfield. There will be a Gun Dog Display by the United Retriever Club (Southern Area) and the Sussex Young Farmer Club will be staging a cheeky terriers race.

If Vintage Tractors are your thing then don’t miss the SEVAC Vintage Tractor Display at 12.15

2017 Country Ways Arena Timetable

10:00Gun Dog Display Sponsored by Houndsell KennellsUnited Retriever Club (Southern Area)
10:45Terrier RacingSussex Young Farmers’ Club
11:45Working Horse DisplayTony Parks of Ninfield
12:15Vintage Tractor ParadeSEVAC
13:15Birds of Prey Flying DisplaySussex Falconry of Mayfield
14.15Terrier Racingorganised by Sussex Young Farmers Club
15:15Gun Dog Display Sponsored by Houndsell KennellsUnited Retriever Club (Southern Area)
End 16.15Working Horse DisplayTony Parks of Ninfield


Alongside the action you will be able to see a range of rural craft demonstrations in the Marquee. Here is a highlight of what you will be able to see. In addition there will also be Bee Keeping, Forestry, Fly Dressing & Fishing, Hedge laying, Pencil; Drawing, Sign WritingSpinning, Stained Glass, Thatching, Masonary, Wood Carving, Walking Stick Making and a Hurdle Maker.



Dave Skinner AWCB, Blackboys
Blacksmiths will be showcasing their ancient craft in the smithy area. Traditional and contemporary crafted items will be shown together with a demonstration of their skills.




Maggie Parker of Burwash Demonstration of basket weaving skills – fascinating to watch her work.







Lace Making

Jennifer Abel
The beautiful art of lace making has enjoyed something of a revival over the past few years and an increasing number of people are finding it to be an absorbing hobby. Jennifer will be displaying her hobby here today.



Leatherwork & Saddlery

Nicola Weston of St Leonards on Sea: 07971 48423
Experienced leather worker and saddlery using traditional tools and craftsmanship.





Rush, Cane And Cord Chair Seating

David Fowler: 01825 722253
Demonstrating chair caning, David also has examples of restored cane, rush and cord seated chairs and stools on the stand.




Trug Men of Herstmonceux

Robin and Peter Tuppen
Founded in April 1983. Trugs are hand made and demonstrations of trug making can be seen throughout the day.






Doug Andrews: 01435 830776
The art of the wheelwright; examples of wheels in various stages of completion, come and see how an iron strap is put around a wooden wheel to hold everything in position.

For a list of all exhibitors CLICK HERE