Working horses are a big draw while fireworks night goes off with a bang in Telscombe

Fireworks night in Telscombe
Fireworks night in Telscombe

A Heritage Festival and an evening of fireworks attracted thousands of visitors to Telscombe Tye during the weekend.

Despite the windy and cold weather on Saturday September 14, around 500 people turned out to see working horses, chainsaw sculpture and a flintstone walling demonstration.

Horse and cart rides on Telscombe Tye.

Horse and cart rides on Telscombe Tye.

And around 3,000 people turned out for the Fireworks Spectacular held later that evening.

Friends of Telscombe Tye treasurer John Carden, who organised the Heritage Festival with his wife Sue, said: “There was a difference in temperature of about 15 degrees compared to last year’s event.

“It was blustery and chilly up there but it was OK until the early afternoon.

“The horses were the big draw. It was a great day but it was a bit cold at times.

“The weather definitely put a lot of people off.”

The Heritage Festival was organised by the Friends of Telscombe Tye to help people understand the countryside around them.

It featured horse and cart rides and a horse to practice grooming on.

Sussex Falconry attended with its birds of prey and there were even pet ferrets,

Farm equipment and tractors were on display, Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions ran a barbecue and The Green Gym from Portslade took part too.

Telscombe Town Council staged a Fireworks Spectacular on the Tye, featuring a 45 minute display set to music.

There were also burgers, hotdogs, chips and ice creams on sale.

Deputy town clerk Stella Newman said: “It went extremely well. We were lucky that the weather held off.

“There was a bit of wind earlier in the afternoon but it died down in the evening.

“Everyone seemed to have a really good time.

“We had good feedback from everyone afterwards.

“We would definitely like to do it again.”