The largest event in the village year is the fun-filled Harvest Fair
It is held towards the end of September on the East Glebe Field near the Chequers Hotel.
In 2024 it will be on Saturday 28 September
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 national Heritage Open Days are held in September and are the country’s largest festival of history and culture
Led locally by the Pulborough Society with the Pulborough Community Partnership, a number of interesting sites and building are open for visitors, free of charge and there is FREE parking at the Station and Lower Street car parks.
The Masonic Hall, a Model Railway showing the Station in 1910, Stopham and Nutbourne Vineyards, the South Downs Light Railway, the WildArt Trail, RSPB Nature Reserve and Heritage bus rides carrying visitors from one attraction to the next have all featured in past years.
A colourful brochure, available on the day and on this website, gives all the current information.
"Fascinating places with friendly people bringing history alive" "One of our most interesting and entertaining days out" (2023 comments)
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.
We had a local and then a district consultation in 2020. Following comments and necessary alterations there was another district six-week consultation in April/May 2021.
The Plan has been before the Independent Examiner who checked...and approved it for Referendum.
If the residents vote in favour, even by as little as a single vote, the Plan will be ‘Made’ and developers must take notice of it.
The whole process has been stopped because of the water neutrality problem that affects all planning applications in Horsham District. We hope that a Referendum date will be announced soon but that is outside our control.
Community Land Trust
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.
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
Signs beside the four roads into the village are used to advertise village events.
Event organisers should contact PCP for details and prices
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.
We had to cancel the 2020 Duck Race because of COVID and do the same in 2021 because there was not sufficient time to make all the arrangements. The 2022 event has been cancelled and replaced with the Jubilee Picnic on the Green on Friday 3rd June
In recent years Horsham District Council has arranged a tour of supercars around District, calling at many of the villages and creating lots of interest.
The Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other expensive metal arrived in convoy and spent 45 minutes parked in the Lower Street car park for everyone to get up close and personal.
This happened again on Sunday 24th March 2019 and included American muscle cars, historic British cars and, as something completely different, Plum Jam camper vans.
HDC has recently announced that, regretfully, the tour will not be repeated because many of the voluntary and commercial partners that made up much of the content of this event are not now available.