Petworth Heritage Weekend

The Marble Hall at Petworth House and Park

Take part in Britain's largest festival of history and culture to celebrate the country's rich and diverse heritage. Visit Petworth free of charge on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September, along with venues in Petworth town, and join in some fun activities including bus and walking tours.

Petworth House and Park

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 5pm (House opens at 10:30am)

Sunday 12 September: 10am - 5pm (House opens at 10:30am)

Petworth House displays one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, and sits within a 700-acre deer park.

For this weekend only you can also join a 10 minute talk on ‘Food Glorious Food’ in the Servants’ Quarters and see the Ice House.  

Please note car parking charges in the North Car Park (for the Deer Park) still apply. 

Walking Tours of Petworth Town

Discover the unique local Heritage of Petworth and learn how the town has been shaped through the Leconfield Estate of Petworth House.

Join a free walking tour of the town,​ running from Petworth House from 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September.

To collect your free ticket (allocated on a first-come, first-served basis), go to Petworth House Church Lodge entrance, next to St. Mary’s Church. 

There is limited availability and visitors are advised to collect tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Vintage Bus Tours

Saturday 11 September: 11am-4pm 

An open topped vintage bus will be parked in Market Square setting off every hour for a tour of the sites located in the surrounding area of Petworth. The bus will stop at the Coultershaw Heritage Site and Burton Mill. 

Leconfield Hall

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 4pm

Head to the Leconfield Hall to see a rolling slide show of historic images compiled by the Petworth Society. Collect tickets for a bus tour or tennis court tour from the gazebo outside the Hall. 

United Reformed Church

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 4pm

Sunday 12 September: 1pm - 4:30pm

The present church was built in 1855 and is an interesting example of mid-nineteenth century non-conformist architecture.

An exhibition is open both days with a short talk at 2pm ‘Chapel Teas and Harvest Suppers: a social history of Petworth’s nonconformists’. Tea and cake served from 2:30pm onwards.  

Coultershaw Heritage and Beam Pump

Saturday 11 September: 10:30am - 5pm

Sunday 12 September: 10:30am - 5pm

See a waterwheel, historic water pump and a 21st century water turbine. You can also make salt dough breads, craft and sail a boat and experience steam powered wheat threshing and milling. 

In 1782, the 3rd Earl of Egremont of Petworth House installed the Beam Pump alongside the watermill to provide more water for the town of Petworth. Before then, water had been supplied by springs and conduits as well as private wells.

The Beam Pump was powered by a waterwheel and pumped river water for 1½miles (2.4km) to Petworth through a cast-iron pipe, 3in (7.6cm) in diameter. The water was stored in two cisterns; one on Lawn Hill for Petworth House and the other in Grove Street to serve the town. The first water wheel was wooden and undershot. This was replaced in 1858 by the present more efficient breastshot iron wheel.

St Mary's Church

Sunday 12 September: 1pm - 5pm

The families living at Petworth House have always had connections with St Mary's Church in Petworth town. Despite having a family chapel within the house, the earliest regular occupants of Petworth House, the 9th, 10th and 11th Earls of Northumberland chose to be buried within a purpose-built vault in the Chancel at St Mary's. From the 1750s, the church saw active patronage under the Earls of Egremont, who stopped using the private Petworth House Chapel in favour of the parish church. By the Victorian era, the Chapel performed a purely ceremonial function, and the church was used for all ceremonies surrounding births, marriages and deaths.

Burton Mill

Saturday 11 September: 11am - 4pm

Sunday 12 September: 11am - 4pm

Burton Mill is a restored watermill which has recently started producing wholemeal and white bread flour. Here, you can see heritage milling in action alongside other historic working machinery.  

Burton Mill was built in the 1780s and was a very productive flour mill for over 100 years. It originally had two overshot waterwheels which drove four sets of millstones and could produce 14 sacks of flour in 24 hours. 

Petworth Real Tennis Court Tours

Saturday 11 September: 11am & 2pm

Join a 30 minute tour led by the club's head professional to discover more about the history of the court and the game of tennis. Please collect tickets and meet your guide at the gazebo outside the Leconfield Hall. 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Saturday 11 September: 2-5pm

Sunday 12 September: 2-5pm

The church was completed in 1896 to serve the Catholic population of the town and its surrounding area. 

Petworth Society Photo Quiz

Saturday 11 September: 10am-4pm

Enter a photo quiz to identify unusual photos of buildings and features in Petworth. Pick up the quiz at the Leconfield Hall or from one of the local shops. Completed Quiz sheets will be entered in a prize draw. 

Visit Petworth for Heritage Open Day and join the festival expressing the love we share for our heritage.