Located in the Horsham district of West Sussex is the gorgeous, tranquil village of Amberley. With neighbours such as Storrington and Arundel, the village has excellent transport links, including rail transportation.
The village is perhaps best-known for its rich heritage and the Amberley Museum, which features frequent exhibitions on the town’s history, railway history and the chalk quarry that was once situated within the town. Amberley Museum was used as a location in the James Bond film “A View to a Kill” and features an open air museum space.
Also nearby is the Amberley Wild Brooks, a glorious wetland credited as a site of Special Scientific Interest, featuring an amazing array of wildfowl and invertebrates. Amberley hosts a working pottery and a ceramics designer, both amazingly interesting things to see, and the summer months play host to a vast range of British traditions and attractions, including a fun Morris Dancing display.
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Near Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT (01798) 831370
Covering 36 acres, the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a veritable treasure trove of vintage transport and industrial collections.
Exhibitions include traditional craftspeople such as potters, blacksmiths, broom makers and foundry men. There are a variety of other displays ranging from road making, architecture and printing. Regular car rallies and fun days are held throughout the year. Facilities include a 200-seat restaurant.
Green Wood Worker, Greenwood Village, Amberley, West Sussex (07910) 126 679
Demonstrating a raft of traditional woodcrafts, including polelathe, shave horse work and gate hurdle making; Green Wood Worker aims to preserve this dying art.
A number of traditional woodworking courses are also available. These range from taster courses, where students are able to learn to turn and produce an item; to three-day starter courses. Check first for availability!