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Firle Vintage Fair – In the heart of the Sussex Countryside

Gary Hart July 14, 2016

Firle Vintage Fair takes place this year on Saturday 13 and Sunday August 14.


Firle Vintage Fair is a celebration of the beauty and antiquities of the past, featuring a host of cherry-picked vintage and antique stalls including; French Brocante, haberdashery and fashion, country interiors and gardenalia. Plus original 1880 Victoriana fair-rides and croquet games. All served up with artisan foods, a champagne bar and gin cocktails.

Firle Vintage Festival is in its fourth year, starting as a family run venture by Katrina Palsager and Firle & Country Events in 2012. It welcomes over 13,000 visitors over the two-day festival attracting antique lovers, traders, foodies and talent from all over Europe as well as Sussex for people to immerse themselves in the very best vintage scene Sussex has to offer.

Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs National Park the festival embraces the environmental aspect of the of its location. This year sees new and improved transport links, encouraging visitors to be more green and get to the festival on their bike via the new cycle path or to to hope on vintage Routemaster layed on between Lewes and Firle – which will run every 30 minutes. Complimenting the countryside scenery there are lots of activities for the family including Fairy Preservation Workshops, Flower Crown workshops plus talks on Sussex Beekeeping and Wild Food workshops.


There’s a host of live entertainment throughout the weekend filling the lawns of the 15th Century Manor at Firle Place. A Lost Bohemia fashion cat-walk will be hosted by Brighton’s Snoopers Attic. Swing Jazz bands and dance troupes are programmed on the band-stand including solo artist Noelle and the Spitfire Sisters, Vintastic DJ plus Charleston and Lindy Hop displays. Also returning is one of the most popular elements of the festival will be over 100 vintage car owners who will shine up their bonnets and proudly show off their motors to enthusiasts!

So this Augusts dust off your tea dresses, braces and brogues, hop on your bicycle or their vintage double-decker Route master bus and step back in style at Firle. There is a special ticket price of £10 that includes full entry and a return bus ticket from Lewes bus station on and off site.

Ticket Prices:

Advance Booking  – £5

On the door £7

Children under 10 – FREE

Entry including return bus from Lewes £10