This bank holiday will be remembered for being wet and chilly and, although we need the rain, I hope that the weather improves considerably for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next month.
But despite the weather, people were getting out and about and making the most of the bank holiday weekend.
On Monday I popped over to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton, for their annual Food and South Downs Fair.
Not only is it a good showcase for local food producers, it is a lovely venue with plenty of room for suppliers to exhibit their wares and people to browse.
Earlier this year at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards, Wobblegate Pure Apple Juice were one of the winners, so it was good to see them promoting their delicious apple juice at the fair. There were many examples of our local produce on display, from cakes and cheeses to pickles and wines, as well as fresh local asparagus.
It is undoubtedly difficult times for small businesses, but these enterprises are part of our local economy and need our support.
Having had a good look at what was on offer, and yes plenty of sampling and buying, I also enjoyed a look around the museum and the really interesting activities they have such as the Medieval living village, the Tudor kitchen with demonstrations at the blacksmiths, and of course the Lurgashall Watermill.
Plenty to see and do for all ages. Although the event was well supported, obviously the poor weather had impacted on attendance which is a shame not only for the organiser, but also the exhibitors who put so much time and effort into this event.
The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum has grown over the years and is supported by dedicated volunteers. It helps to bring our rich heritage to life and is very much a key part of the important visitor economy in West Sussex. If you haven't visited or not done so for a while, it’s well worth spending a day there.
Louise Goldsmith is leader of West Sussex County Council