Five hours of entertainment, storytelling and discussions from local favourites and special guests. In the Lower Field with Harris’ Old Tyme Fair from Noon on Saturday. Curated by Ben Webster and sponsored by Chatt Estates.

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Johnny Acecraft AKA John Hinton
A born and bred Ditchlinger, John Hinton’s extraordinary set of entertainment skills include storyteller, actor, playwright, musician and director. His wonderful mix of comedy, music and charisma came together in his touring Scientrilogy of musical comedies all about famous scientists; The Origin of Species examined Charles Darwin, Relatively Speaking explored Albert Einstein and The Elements In The Room scrutinised Marie Curie. For Ditchling Fair 2016, John has prepared a spectacular show that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Herbie Flowers
The legendary Herbie Flowers is a Ditchling (and National) treasure; always a favourite, his extravaganza of music and song at Ditchling Fair 2014 was a great hit. Regarded as one of Britain's best-known session bass-players, having played with the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Serge Gainsbourg and Paul McCartney, everyone is sure to recognise at least one of his riffs. For Ditchling Fair this year, Herbie will be presenting two fairytale stories, The Wedding of the Sun and Moon and Limpy Lawson, both of which are sure to entertain the crowd.

Robert Harris
Harris’ Old Tyme Amusements is a family business that was established in the 1860s by John Harris. Over the last hundred years, the family has seen five working generations of Sussex showmen every Summer, while keeping the traditional wood and timber felling business going in the Winter. Two World Wars and one foot and mouth outbreak have been the only reasons they have had to stop operations to date. Join current proprietor, Robert Harris, as he discusses his family’s business and the history of British funfairs.

Maria Caulfield MP
Elected as Member of Parliament for the Lewes constituency in 2015, Maria Caulfield is also an urban shepherdess who has taken part in environmental projects which use sheep and cattle to graze public open spaces. Maria will be using her spot on the Spoken Word Tent lineup to talk about her Irish farming roots, farming as it is today and her involvement in urban shepherding.

Thank you to… Chatt Estates, Hoo-Hah Party Soundsystem, Ben Webster, Olivia Broadbent Smith, Sarah and Dennis Ralph, Ditchling St. Margret’s Primary School PTA, Downlands Community School, Martin Craven, Kelly & Liam.

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About Ditchling Fair

In 1312 King Edward II granted John de Warenne, Lord of the Manor, the right to run a Fair in Ditchling 'in the eve and in the day and in the morrow of St Margaret the Virgin' and thus was to be celebrated on July 20th.

More information is on The Ditchling History Project website...