Weald and Downland visitors get into the festive spirit

C111776-1 Chi Weald Xmas  Photo Louise Adams  ''A festive ride to the fair.
C111776-1 Chi Weald Xmas Photo Louise Adams ''A festive ride to the fair.

Christmas spirit was in the air when the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum held its annual Christmas Market.

And instead of snow, thousands of visitors enjoyed beautiful autumnal sunshine as they explored the grounds and looked for the perfect presents for family and friends.

Festive treats included hot chestnuts and a hog roast as well as hot Appledram Cider and other winter warming refreshments.

Visitors were kept entertained thanks to a variety of performances over the two days from musicians including violinist Lucy Duff, who played in the Market Square, the Big Pyramid Woodwind Band, the Amabile Quartet, the Get Vocal Community Choir and the Sussex Folk Orchestra.

Younger visitors were able to take part in a range of arts activities including face painting, while people of all ages could meet the donkeys and members of the South Eastern Working Group in the stables.

Albert the Donkey proved a hit with visitors on Sunday when he embarked on a tour of the grounds with farm manager Chris Baldwin, while other popular features included the cows at Cowfold Barn and the geese plus a Tamworth pig.

The event featured more than 120 trade stands with arts, crafts and gifts.