Despite the weather warnings, Parham House and Gardens welcomed in the new season with the return of its popular autumn fair.
Families from across the South descended on Parham for the annual fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, which gives visitors an insight into the range of activities involved in running a historical country estate.
Falconry displays, working dog demonstrations, and the chance to get up close to farm animals were among the attractions enjoyed at the fair.
Parham manager, Caroline Sharman said: “We’re blessed here at Parham to be surrounded by a wealth of talented local producers and growers, including our own gardening team.
"Our autumn fair is the perfect celebration of all that harvest brings as well as Parham’s own history within this special season.”
This year saw the return of Parham’s storyteller who regaled young guests with a number of Sussex folktales.
The annual fair celebrates the abundance of produce that harvest time brings, welcoming an array of producers and handpicked catering outlets who showcase the best seasonal produce from the area.
As part of this celebration of autumnal produce, Parham welcomed James Golding, group chef director of The Pig, a hotel group renowned for its use of homegrown and locally sourced ingredients.
Visitors on Saturday enjoyed a cookery demonstration from James Golding, while Sunday’s guests watched Parham’s head chef, Neil Rusbridger challenge Viv Casson of Cassons Restaurant in a country style cook off.
Spectacular displays of seasonal homegrown fruit and vegetables as well as cut flowers from Parham’s own garden decorated the fair.
Visitors also had a unique opportunity to explore the inside of Parham’s 18th century dovecote and the ice house, both of which only open for the fair.