St. Edmund’s Day - November 20th - but if the 20th
falls on a Sunday it will be held on 19th November.
highlight of the Petworth year is the transformation of the town
centre into a world of fun and laughter as the traditional
pleasure fair comes to town. This unique street fair is almost as
old as the town.
Originally of nine day’s duration
‘in the feast of St Edmund the King’ it dates back
certainly to 1273. It is not chartered and the official date of
its foundation is settled at 1189. It is probably the oldest
surviving street fair in the south of England.
From 1986 to
2018 it was administered by the Petworth Society in conjunction
with the lessees, Bensons of Dorking and with the continuing
support of Harris Brothers of Ashington. From 2019 it has been
organised by a new Fair Committee on which the Petworth Society is