Forest Gallery

Forest Gallery

Established in 1980, Forest Gallery enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the best galleries in the South-East.

Specialising in original paintings in both traditional and contemporary styles, Forest Gallery aims to find a wide variety of artwork from the UK and abroad. Originally situated in Dorking before establishing itself in Guildford for almost 30 years, the gallery is now located in the picturesque town of Petworth, West Sussex on the famous Lombard Street.

 

Art & Architecture walk around Petworth Park and House

Distance 4 miles (6.4km)
Classification Easy
Duration 2 hours
Begins Petworth Park car park
OS grid reference SU966238

Walk in a nutshell
A tour round a Capability Brown landscaped park, which contains one of England's largest herds of fallow deer. Petworth is especially famous as the subject of many Turner paintings, some of which can be viewed inside the house. The terrain is steep in places and can be muddy. You are welcome to bring dogs but do keep them under close control. In the summer you'll also need to prevent them from swimming in the ponds, which contain blue-green algae.

Why it's special
This is a wonderful combination for art and nature lovers. The walk starts amid the landscape and woodland that Turner made famous then, about halfway around the circuit, you reach the magnificence of Petworth House, where 20 of Turner's paintings are on display as part of a dazzling collection that also includes works by Van Dyck and William Blake, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and statuary by John Flaxman and John Edward Carew.

Capability Brown's Pleasure Grounds

The Pleasure Grounds at Petworth were laid out in the 16th century and re-developed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the latter half of the 18th century. He suggested sites for the Doric Temple and Ionic otunda to give impressive views both to and from the structures, introduced a ha-ha between the Pleasure Grounds and in the Park designed sinuous paths from the mansion and around the grounds.

Kevis House Gallery

Kevis House Gallery presents a changing programme of art exhibitions, focusing on works on paper: drawings, watercolours, photographs and original prints.

Kevis House Gallery is on the ground floor of the building that housed the studio of Victorian photographer Walter Kevis from 1877 – 1908. It is located in Petworth’s famous cobbled Lombard Street, 2 minutes walk from Petworth House, at the Market Square end of Lombard Street, opposite The Hungry Guest Café.

Petfringe

Petfringe

Petfringe Sounds Like Fun, because it is fun, that’s what a Fringe is all about.

Petfringe has pulled together a whole range of different shows and acts all of which have a quirkiness that will make you think, make you laugh and, most importantly, give you a good time; true to its motto of putting on ‘Home Grown Talent + Guests’.

Visit the website for dates and each event. 

Petworth Christmas Lights & Live Window Competition

This event is always on the first Saturday in December.

Petworth Town Council Christmas Lights Event Committee have joined forces with both St Mary’s Church, Petworth and the National Trust at Petworth House to present a spectacular Lantern Procession and Live Nativity to celebrate the switching on of Petworth Christmas Lights every December.

The fun starts at 11am and continues through the day with carol singers in Market Square and an amazing array of stalls and festive food and drink from local providers all day. There is a Santa’s Grotto and lots children’s activities available inside the Leconfield Hall all day.

The Lantern Procession, lead by St Mary’s Church Choir in full robes, will accompany the Holy Family, the Wise Men and the Shepherds complete with the donkey and goats (for sheep!) as they perform a live Nativity along the town’s streets from St Mary’s Church from 5pm. The procession travels down pretty cobbled Lombard Street and into the Market Square where the Christmas Tree lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by Lord Egremont followed by the Live Window Competition prizes and the Petworth Town Band leading us in Carols and music.

If you would like to take part in the Lantern Procession (and we hope lots of you will!) please pop in to the special Courtyard Shop (behind the Christmas Tree) and either join in the Lantern Workshop (ongoing all morning) or just pick up a Lantern and use it later. Everyone taking part will meet at St Mary’s Church (at the top of the town next to Petworth House Church Lodge entrance) by 4.40pm to get ready for the greatest and most spectacular procession Petworth has ever seen!

The fun continues into the evening so please come along, join in and make it the best possible start to the Christmas Season here in lovely Petworth!

For further info email  clerk@petworth-tc.gov.uk

Petworth Farmers Market


Petworth Farmers Market operates from 9.00am – 1.00pm every 4th Saturday of the month.

Great opportunity to come and support our local farmers who have grown or produced their food/plants within a 40 miles radius. If you are a business that would like to get involved in the Farmers Market please get in touch with –Leesa Barrett- Leesasnotjustalpines@gmail.com or 07900 815636

Leconfield Hall is also available for those who would like to have a craft stall, please contact  Melanie Kite on 01798 344 883.  Pop in for a cuppa and slice of cake and support the local organisation who will be your hosts for this month. 

Farmers Market Dates for 2019

 Jan 26th, Feb 23rd, March 22nd, April 27th, May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, September 28th, October 26th, November 23rd, December 21st

Petworth Festival

The Petworth Festival is a summer festival of music and the arts set in the historic market town of Petworth. Over two-weeks in July the town comes alive with a high quality programme of classical concerts and recitals, chamber music, song, jazz, cabaret, theatre, comedy, visual arts, talks and walks in and around Petworth.

The main venues of the festival include St Mary’s Church, which seats up to 400 and hosts many of the festival’s headline concerts, Leconfield Hall,Champs Hill auditorium and Bignor Park for outdoor theatre performances. A number of festival events also take place in the Marble Hall and North Gallery of Petworth House. The festival is a huge administrative effort with the entire town and community of Petworth pulling together to make the event a huge success under the Artistic Directorship of Stewart Collins.

Tickets to the festival always in high demand, and you can ensure priority booking, discounts and preview information by becoming a Patron or Friend of the Petworth Festival. The festival also runs occasional events throughout the year including a Literary Weekend in November.

For more details, festival news and programme information visit: