Events

Open Weekend at the Fernhurst Furnace

Important Notice
Cancellation of this year’s event (2020) due to Covid 19

Sadly, it has been decided to cancel the open weekend this year. We looked at different options along with measures required to be ‘COVID-secure’. The overheads involved may have been loss-making (for our small fundraising event). Some activities - which contribute so much to the atmosphere, learning and experience for visitors - wouldn’t have been possible with social-distancing. There is also incredible uncertainty about how many visitors would be confident enough to visit.

The next Open Weekend Event will now be held on 11th and 12th September 2021
Open Weekend is held as part of the UK Heritage Open Days scheme

All proceeds go towards the conservation of Fernhurst Furnace

Click image to view Photo Album - Open Weekend 2018 on the Furnace Facebook page
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Step back in time to an age when Fernhurst was home to important iron works which manufactured cannons – the Fernhurst Furnace

FREE ENTRY – FREE PARKING – All Donations Welcome

Dog owners – beware of musket and cannon fire!

Typical event details as held at the last Open Weekend in September 2019:

A unique, free, historical event at the site of the Fernhurst Furnace featuring:-

  • Guided tours of the remains of the furnace site
  • Musket, cannon and longbow demonstrations by the Sealed Knot
  • Guided walk from Fernhurst Furnace to Shulbrede Priory exploring the archaeology and natural history of the area
  • Butser Ancient Farm Early metals technology demonstrated
  • Timber hewing will be demonstrated by the Weald and Downland Living Museum
  • Displays and crafts by the Gosport Living History Society
  • Local Lamb Roast
  • Vegetarian Option
  • Woodland Crafts
  • Bushcraft
  • Charcoal burning
  • Blacksmithing
  • Spinning
  • Target archery
  • Pole lathing
  • Walking stick making
  • Beeswax candles
  • Folk Singing (Sunday only)
  • Falconry Owl and hawk flying by Kevin Lochner of Hawking About(Sunday only)
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • South Downs National Park
  • Local beer
  • Refreshments - Tea and cake stall, Soft Drinks and bacon butties
  • Activities for children including den building and ‘Aunt Sally, etc.
  • Future plans for the Furnace site
  • Books for sale
  • And Lots More …… Come and See!

For information: telephone: 01428 654088 or email: barnes@haslemere.com

For location of Open Weekend event

The Open Weekend event is held on private land with free entry and free large parking area. Access to the site is opposite the first ‘T’ junction approx. 60m east along Vann Road from Lower Lodge Candles (not the red location marker shown on this map). Entry to the site is clearly signposted during the event. View map (opens in new window)

Books for Sale

Fernhurst Furnace and other industrial sites in the western Weald
Chichester District Archaeology 2
by John Magilton and other contributors

Hammer and Furnace Ponds, Relics of the Wealden Iron Industry
An introduction and guide
by Helen Pearce

Books are available from The Fernhurst Furnace Preservation Group (FFPG) stand at the annual open weekend event and other associated events in the area.
Also available by post from the FFPG. Please see Contact details at the bottom of this page.

For more books on the Iron Industry see the Wealden Iron Research Group website