Park will be filled with country fun


A TASTE of the country will take over a popular Bognor Regis park.

One of the biggest event’s in Hotham Park’s calender will take place this weekend.

The Hotham Park Country Fair will see the park even busier then usual on Saturday and Sunday as thousands of visitors are set to enjoy the many entertainments on offer.

The event, the 13th of its kind, is run by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust and its trusty team of volunteers will feature everything from horse-and-cart rides to musical entertainment.

Throughout the park will be local crafts, animal displays and children’s activities.

For those feeling a bit peckish or thirsty, there will be a tea tent, beer tent, hog roast, Thai food and savouries.

Crazee Hazee will provide fun and laughter at the Mary Macfie Pavilion and everyone can listen to, watch or join in the live entertainment at the bandstand.

On Saturday, the opening ceremony will take place at the bandstand at 11am.

After this, there will be a whole host of entertainment.

This will include the Worthing Silver Band, who will be more than happy if you sing along.

The Southern Starlights will also be showing what they 
can do, as will musical duo Andy and Christopher.

The afternoon will also see Zumba, a performance by colourful Egyptian dance troupe Aziza and it will be party time at 4pm when final act JIVE 92 take to the floor.

The bandstand will come alive again on Sunday, kicking-off with a performance from an award-winning youth band.

The Wondergirls will be lending a hand, as well as others, finishing with a performance from the Chichester City Band.

Away from the musical delights, there will also be the chance to travel in the park on a horse-drawn wagon or ride a donkey.

The big and little piebald horses will be at the event once again on Saturday and, new for this year, is the chance to see Andalusian riding on Sunday.

Since 1999, more than £70,000 has been contributed to the park through the trust’s volunteers fundraising.

Volunteers will be circulating with their donation buckets throughout the weekend.