Wealden Food and Wine Festival

Wealden_food_and_wine_festival1Pevensey Castle saw over 7200 visitors through it’s gates over the weekend.  It seems modern day visitors can infiltrate the walls as nobody else in its history managed to do during the great sieges.  Why ? – well with all that food, wine, cider and music on offer who wouldn’t want to be there !

The weather was kind enough to stay dry after a heavy shower early Saturday morning when everyone involved was busy setting up.  There was something to see, do, hear, eat and drink for the 3500 people who came to enjoy a great day. Sunday saw quite a lot of sunshine and 3700 visitors.

As live music played, people relaxed either at tables or sitting on the grass soaking up the “country fair” atmosphere.  There were cookery demonstrations as well as plenty of food and drinks to sample.  Children could have a go at making pots and pewter rings or listening to stories.Wealden_food_and_wine_festival2

Pevensey Villages Partnership organised 4 guided walks around the Heritage Trail, all of which were over subscribed.  Thanks to Derek, our guide, there is a demand for more guided walks. Please do watch out on the “WHATS ON” section of our site if you missed the festival walks.

PVP_teamThanks to Denise, Paul, Shirley, Martin, Lauren, Bob and Lin for manning the PVP stand.  We had such a positive response, with a permanent huddle of people around the stand finding out about us, booking a walk, guessing how many scones had been sold at Priory court Tea Rooms, or buying raffle tickets for the generous prizes donated by our business members.  The RNLI buckets were out and a donation was also made from the raffle too.

It was a great day.  One that we hope will be repeated by Wealden District Council every year.  It can only grow, and with figures that outshone the first similar events in Hastings and Bexhill, we think it is proven what a popular and wonderful venue Pevensey Castle is.  Come On Wealden – come back here next year !Wealden_food_and_wine_festival3