The WildArt Trail is a FREE 2.5 mile (4 km) walking trail between the RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve, across the Wildbrooks, through Lower Street, across the East Glebe Field, Church Place, the Cinder Path and ending at the railway station. The Trail can be walked either way or in parts.
A FREE downloadable app is available. Through it, children will be excited to meet The Pulborough Giant who will show them some of his friends that live in the area. You can take your picture with him and immediately send it by email or put it on Facebook. There’s a quiz as well. Get all the questions right and you can collect a pin from the RSPB shop in the Pulborough Brooks reserve.
You can read more details of local wildlife on the app and find out about the history of the various areas of Pulborough as you walk through. The Trail is marked along the way by impressive sculptures providing an open-air experience for the whole family.
The intention is to increase the number of visitors to Pulborough to support the local economy, to encourage children to take an interest in local wildlife and to give residents a pride-in-place.
The Trail was developed from a Partnership idea by various organisations and contractors and paid for by an EU grant.
Download the leaflet here (pdf file 650KB). The original file has been reduced to load more quickly.
The Pulborough Giant also appears on Facebook.
Useful pocket-size leaflets, published by PCP, guide walkers around the village and further afield. There are Walks covering the Brooks, History and Woodlands plus the recently installed WildArt Trail.
They are available from the library and railway station or you can see and download them here.
History Walk (pdf file 1MB)
Woodland Walk (pdf file 1MB)
Brooks Walk (pdf file 1MB)
The largest event in the village year is the fun-filled Harvest Fair which is held at the end of September on the East Glebe Field near the Chequers Hotel.
It usually attracts crowds of 2-3,000 people and raises money for local causes. Loads to eat and drink, plenty to buy, competitions to enter and entertainment galore.
From the profits, donations are made to local organisations.
The next Harvest Fair was to be held in September 2020 but the precautions against Covid-19 made this impossible. We look forward to holding the event in 2021
Pulborough was famous for the Duck Race held on the river near Stopham Bridge.
This had a very successful resurrection in June 2018 at the Old Swan Bridge.
We have 3,500 small yellow plastic ducks all numbered. Each number is sold for £1 in preceding weeks and all those sold are tipped into the river in a series of heats culminating in a grand final.
There are also raft races and decorated floats plus many stands in the adjacent field.
The next Duck Race was to have been on Saturday 6th June 2020 but had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
The weekend of 12/13 September 2020 is part of the national Heritage Open Days running over 11-20 September.
It will be led in Pulborough by the Pulborough Society with the Community Partnership.
The concept is that there would be certain places open to the public and in them would be a slide show of the history of the immediate area and the opportunity for a tour. The venues will be the Masonic Hall, the Oddfellows, St Mary’s church and St Mary’s school.
There is a drop-in meeting most Monday mornings in the Library for a couple of hours where anyone is welcome to come in and chat and sometimes listen to speakers on interesting subjects.
There’s a 50p charge for a coffee and biscuit.
The government introduced Neighbourhood Plans to give local communities a say where development should take place and what type of development should be planned.
This is a Parish Council project in which the Partnership is, with other organisations, playing a major role to provide the village with some defence against developers planting houses wherever they wish.
It is nearing completion and should be out for consultation in summer 2020 heading for a public referendum later that year or early 2021.
Pulborough needs more really affordable housing for Pulborough people to staff the shops, care facilities, medical services, schools, etc. that make the village what it is.
Neither the government, local authorities nor developers have shown any inclination to provide such housing so the community will have to do it ourselves.
The Partnership has worked with the Parish Council and a Trust is being formed. See the CLT website here pulboroughclt.org/
An idea being developed from the Hub, plans are being worked on to have a regular drop-in close to the school where mothers dropping their children at school can come for a coffee and a chat in relaxing surroundings.
An exhibition to help older people find local services to help in later life originated in Storrington.
It was planned to be held on alternate years to Storrington but the Coronavirus has meant that plans for 2020 are on hold.
A listed building, the signal box at the station is no longer in use and a group are working to find possible uses.
If you have any ideas, please contact PCP