As if the Bathtub Race isn’t entertainment enough, each year we also line up a selection of local businesses and organisations who come along and keep you entertained around The Waterside Tea Garden. With a bigger venue this year we are able to accommodate a larger craft market and various other attractions. We have some very excitings things in the pipeline so stay tuned!
2012 fringe events:
This year we are set for more stalls than ever before. We have booked around a dozen stallholders so far ranging from Chichester Festival Theatre to the NHS, Christs’ Hospital to Chestnut Tree House and farmers market produce to childrens’ crafts and face painting!
There’s sure to be something there for all tastes!
Red Lion riverbank bar:
If you develop a thirst whilst perusing craft stalls or following the race, The Red Lion will be running an outside bar on the riverbank on race day. This will be found near the Arundel Boat Club slipway.
Bouncy Castle Heaven!
These will be constantly supervised by CRB checked personnel, and are fully insured and tested, so there’s no worries there.
DJ Erik – the return!
Our favourite host and resident groovemeister DJ Erik Jack will be back for 2012, once again spinning the 1′s and 2′s for our listening pleasure.
Erik is an enthusiastic supporter and has been the voice of the bath race for some years now. Turns out he’s a bit of a celeb on the quiet too. He has performed with Cliff Richard and Tom Jones, and even worked on The Rolf Harris Show in the late 60′s.
As an Actor, Erik has appeared in Eastenders, Only Fools and Horses, Harry Enfield and Chums, 2 Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and many other shows. What a hero!
2011 fringe events:
The Keltic Knights Irish band will be perfoming their lively brand of Irish folk favourites after the prize – giving at around 6 p.m. Jigs, reels and much merry making cannot be ruled out!
Take a short break from the excitement and go and get an amazing temporary henna tattoo. Used traditionally in Indian culture for festivals and weddings, this natural skin stain can be applied in many beautiful designs!
Jeanette Jones – Phoenix Trader
For a great range of greetings cards, postcards, posters and accessories take a look at independent trader Jeanette Jones down on the craft lawn.
Take a short stroll to the lawn area and check out a delightful selection of locally handmade gifts and accessories from Caroma Crafts.
If you need a new look to complete your bath race finery Beth is the girl for you. From pussy cat to Batman Beth has got it covered. You may find you won’t want to wash it off!
Bury Hill Bikers
The motorbike enthusiasts who meet at Whiteways Lodge (Bury Hill) on a Sunday, will be bringing a selection of bikes for display. From Harleys to Hyabusas the Bury Hill Bikers are also supporting Chestnut Tree House this year, and will be happy to show you their Gixer or their Kwak. These are bikes not medical conditions – honest! There will also be a BHB entry in the bath race.
Amberley Working Museum display
We will be graced with another fine display of vintage vehicles from Amberley Working Museum. Spread over a 36 acre site, the museum is dedicated to the industrial heritage of Southern England, and houses everything from toasters to railway locomotives. They may even be bringing a steam engine on the day!
Wey and Arun Canal Trust to exhibit
This enthusiastic band of volunteer conservationists will be bringing a display of their restoration works. The aim of the Trust is to re-open the navigable link between the rivers Wey and Arun. This would provide a direct link between London and the sea. One day we may be able to race our baths to London! Since 1973 they have already reconstructed 21 bridges, and restored 11 locks. Check out their work at http://weyandarun.co.uk
Spectators and competitors will get their chance to get up close and personal with three beautiful Owls. Two Barn Owls and a Rufous-legged Owl will be sited on the slightly quieter lawned area of The Black Rabbit. They will be on display for all to enjoy their majesty and available for photographs.
DJ Erik – the return!
Our favourite host and resident groovemeister DJ Erik Jack will be back for 2011, once again spinning the 1′s and 2′s for our listening pleasure.
Bouncy Castle Heaven!
Nic & Ben’s Entertainments from Worthing will be bringing fabulous inflatables for your bouncing pleasure. They will also be supplying traditional side stalls such as the ‘Coconut Shy’ and ‘Hook a Duck’. These will be constantly supervised by CRB checked personnel, and are fully insured and tested.
In 2010 we had the following people bring along their goodies to share with you and help raise money for Chestnut Tree House:
Tamify Artwork, Birds of Prey, Bury Hill Bikers, Amberley Working Museum display, Daisy Chain Jewellery, The Wey and Arun Canal Trust, Nic & Ben’s Bouncy Castle Heaven, DJ Erik, Homeslice cupcakes, and live music.