Open Weekend at the Fernhurst Furnace

The next event will be held in September 2019

The Open Weekend is held as part of the UK Heritage Open Days scheme.

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 in September 2018

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
  • Owl and hawk flying by Kevin Lochner of Hawking About
  • Artisans demonstrating skills of the time: pole lathing, charcoal burning, spinning, blacksmithing and walking stick making, beeswax candles
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Wealden Iron Research Group
  • Bushcraft
  • Target archery
  • ‘Local’ Lamb Roast and a Vegetarian Option
  • Ballards Beer tent.
  • Timber hewing will be demonstrated by the Weald and Downland Living Museum
  • Early metals technology demonstrated by Butser Ancient Farm
  • Guided walk from Fernhurst Furnace to Shulbrede Priory exploring the archeology and natural history of the area
  • South Downs National Park
  • Tea and cake stall, Soft Drinks and bacon butties
  • Dylan’s Ice Cream van
  • Activities for children including den building, treasure hunt 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:

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