Open Weekend at the Fernhurst Furnace

The Fernhurst Furnace Open Weekend 2017 will be held on

Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September 2017

The Open Weekend is held as part of the UK Heritage Open Days scheme.

The last event was held on the 10th and 11th September 2016 and event details for 2017 will be advised as soon as possible.

Typical event details for the 2016 Furnace Open Weekend are shown below.

Step back in time to an age when Fernhurst was home to important iron works which manufactured cannons – the Fernhurst Furnace

FREE ENTRY – FREE PARKING – All Donations Welcome

A unique, free, historical event at the site of the Fernhurst Furnace featuring:
(updated 24 Aug 2016)

  • Guided tours of the remains of the furnace site
  • Musket, cannon and longbow demonstrations by the Sealed Knot
  • Guided walk from Fernhurst Furnace to Shulbrede Priory exploring the archeology and natural history of the area
  • Demonstrations by the Gosport Living History Society
  • Owl and hawk flying by Kevin Lochner of Hawking About
  • South Downs National Park
  • Artisans demonstrating skills of the time: pole lathing, charcoal burning, spinning, blacksmithing and walking stick making
  • Bushcraft
  • Target archery
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Archaeology Displays
  • ‘Local’ Lamb Roast and a Vegetarian Option
  • Timber hewing will be demonstrated by the Weald and Downland Museum
  • Early metals technology demonstrated by Butser Ancient Farm
  • Refreshments including Coffee, Tea and cakes, Soft Drinks and Local Beer.
  • Activities for children including den building, treasure hunt and games etc.
  • Future plans for the Furnace site
  • Books for sale (please see details at the bottom of this page)
  • Souvenirs
  • And Much More

For information: telephone: 01428 654088 or email:

Dog owners – beware of musket and cannon fire!

The site is 1 mile west of Fernhurst Grid Reference SU 879 283, postcode GU27 3NJ and will be signposted on the day.

For a map of exactly where the site is located, take a look at this link

Books for Sale

Fernhurst Furnace and other industrial sites in the western Weald
Chichester District Archaeology 2
by John Magilton and other contributors

Hammer and Furnace Ponds, Relics of the Wealden Iron Industry
An introduction and guide
by Helen Pearce

Books are available from The Fernhurst Furnace Preservation Group (FFPG) stand at the annual open weekend event and other associated events in the area.
Also available by post from the FFPG. Please see Contact details on the right hand side of this page.

For more books on the Iron Industry see the Wealden Iron Research Group website


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