Friday, 13 June 2008

Open Houses in Henfield and Shoreham

For those of us who still want to visit Open Houses after the marathon of Brighton's festival, this weekend Henfield and Shoreham have their own festivals. Both towns have one up on Brighton as they are both very walkable and have lots happening as well as Open Houses.

Can very much recommend Alison Rankin's Felstead Cottage, Henfield, for a good selection of artists and makers as well lovely lunches and teas in her lovely garden. AND for the shed-ophiles out there Alison has build a fantastic wooden studio in the garden. (which we are hoping to feature in our 'through the keyhole' section one day)

Henfield's festival of 'Gardens and Arts' includes lovely gardens, and live music as well as visual arts and craft.

Shoreham has some open houses but also a food and drink market, a horticultural show, and an evening of Polish Folk Dancing (amongst other things)
Some of the Open Houses are Open Houseboats - such as this one on the amazingly flamboyant 'Verda' the houseboats as a whole are worth a look (as is the Norman church etc ) but this gives a chance to have a look round!

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