Sunday, 17 December 2017

Big Harvest attracts thousands to Greys Court

ALMOST 3,000 people visited Greys Court at the weekend for the Big Harvest festival and market.

The lawn at the 16th century manor house near Rotherfield Greys was filled with dozens of stalls selling produce including fruit and vegetables, honey and lamb as well as other items such as jewellery.


A folk band performed on Saturday and there was also Morris dancing. Another visitor attraction was a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A which was parked outside the National Trust property.

The Big Harvest was run by the trust in conjunction with Love Henley, which runs regular markets in the area.

Alison Hussey, who founded Love Henley last year, said: “The event worked very well. There were lots of local producers and a combination of craft and food stalls — it was a really good mix. Saturday was the best shopping day as people spent more money but it was busier on Sunday with families hanging out in the grounds and having a good time.

“All the stallholders seemed happy and we were extremely lucky with the weather.

“It was lovely to work with the National Trust and it’s such a beautiful venue for a market. I’d be delighted to do it again.”

Louise Walker, visitor experience manager at Greys Court, said: “It was a really successful weekend and we were very busy.

“The Big Harvest festival is always a very busy weekend, drawing in lots of extra visitors which is great as it boosts the profile of the property and the National Trust as a whole.

“Alison brought in some new stallholders, which made it even better and everyone had a good time.”

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