Well timed events for Father’s Day

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A riverside view in a Winchelsea garden

As summer arrives, but not always with summery weather, weekend events begin to stack up in Rye and the surrounding countryside – and this Sunday’s Father’s Day (June 16) is celebrated in nearby Bodiam with a classic-car show and craft fair.

Owners keep a careful eye on their classic cars – and the clouds.

The fair starts at 10am at Park Farm, Junction Road, Bodiam on the B2244 road between Cripps Corner and Hawkhurst and up to 500 vehicles are expected to be showcased, alongside around 100 charity and craft stalls (weather permitting, of course).

Entry is £5 for adults and there will be entertainment, along with music, dancing, food and drink – plus a possible flypast by a World War Two Spitfire.

Fairlight opens gardens

Fairlight holds its summer Open Gardens event this weekend, June 15 and 16, from 10:30am to 4pm each day. Refreshments and stalls will be on offer at various locations and the local history group will be staging an exhibition “Fairlight through the ages” in the village hall. Tickets are £6 per adult from Fairlight Post Office or the gardens on the days.

Banking time

Lloyds Bank van is in Rye’s Market Car Park this Friday at 10am, and Rye’s Country Market is in the Conduit Hill Community Centre at the same time – also from 10am, while Brede has a Farmers’ Market in its Village Hall from 10am to noon.

… and even more gardens

Linda to identify tree?
Beauchamps’ garden blossoms

And, indeed, the whole weekend can be spent visiting gardens with six open in Udimore, including Beauchamps above, on Sunday June 16 and up to 11 of Winchelsea’s secret gardens open on Saturday June 15.

Winchelsea’s gardens, open from 11am until 5pm, are raising money for the National Gardens Scheme charity, with entry costing £6 for adults, and morning coffee available in St Thomas’ church and tea in the New Hall in the afternoon.

Udimore’s gardens also cost £6 to visit, will be well signposted (and you will get a map) and home-baked teas will be available at Beauchamps.

Image Credits: Gillian Roder , Seana Lanigan , Linda Harland .

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