Heathfield Heffle Cuckoo Fair

Where: Heathfield, Sussex - in & around the Goward Hall at Cade Street
When: Saturday in late April
Time: From 11am until 4pm



Heffle is the old local name for Heathfield in Sussex, and they have a Cuckoo Fair each April to mark the arrival of spring. It all began in 1315 when the Bishop of Chichester obtained permission to hold a weekly market and an annual fair, and though there have been some gaps in the schedule, it’s well established today as a charity fundraiser for Demelza, the local childrens hospice.  Expect morris dancing, a funfair, displays such as falconry, music, crafts and classic vehicles as well as a carnival parade and Dame Heffle, who  releases a cuckoo from her basket making the event unique . Cuckoos can be hard to find when you need one, so don’t be too surprised if the released birds look like pigeons! The fair ends with a barn dance in the evening.

Helpful Hints

There’s a park-and-ride service from the Market Carpark in Old Heathfield. Admission to the fair is free.

In 2018 it will be on Saturday 21st April.

Click here for the event website: http://www.hefflecuckoofair.org.uk/

and here for the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hefflecuckoofair1315

Photo by Langham Birder.

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