Open Weekend at the Fernhurst
Following the completion of the repair project in 2022 and to prepare the site for future events The Fernhurst Furnace Preservation Group have reluctantly decided not to have an Open Weekend Event in 2023.
The next Open Weekend Event will now be
held on the 14th and 15th September 2024, with new ideas,
contributors and displays.
Open Weekend is held as part of the UK Heritage Open Days
Free entry - Free parking - All donations are welcome
All proceeds go towards the conservation of Fernhurst Furnace
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Typical Open Weekend Event 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!
A unique, free, historical event at the site of the Fernhurst
Open Weekend Event Programme:-
- Guided tours of the remains of the furnace site
- Musket, cannon and longbow demonstrations by the Sealed Knot
- Butser Ancient Farm
- Educational Display
- Chestnut products
- Displays and crafts by the Gosport Living History Society
- Local Lamb Roast and Veggie Food
- Woodland Crafts
- Target archery
- Pole lathe - wood-turning demonstrated
- Folk Singing (Sunday only)
- Falconry Display by Kevin Lochner of Hawking About
- Local beer
- Refreshments - Tea and cake stall, Soft Drinks and bacon butties
- Activities for children including den building
- Books for sale
- And Lots More …… Come and See!
For information: telephone: 01428 654088 or for this event only email email@example.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