A celebration of countryside sports at Autumn Show

Nearly 14,000 people enjoyed having a go at a wide variety of popular countryside sports whilst celebrating harvest time at the annual Autumn Show & Game Fair at the South of England Showground on 30 September & 1 October.

Dog agility, terrier racing, gundog scurries, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry, archery, blacksmithing, bread making and scarecrow making were all available for people to try out over the weekend and the entire Showground was buzzing with visitors of all ages enjoying the countryside, many accompanied by their dogs.

Autumn was celebrated in every way at the Show with a fantastic number of entries in the flower arranging and horticultural competitions, organised by the BBC’s gardening expert Jean Griffin. Children, who had planted pumpkin seeds at the Spring Garden & Leisure Show earlier this year, brought back their wonderful pumpkins of all different sizes to put on display and were able to plant spring bulbs to take home and grow in time for the Spring Show in 2018.

First class main arena attractions on both days included Jonathan Marshall’s remarkable falconry on horseback display and new act this year, Chris Green the ‘Cornish Countryman’, entertained the crowds with his unique show of pigeon decoying, duck calling and building hides. On Saturday visitors watched the Kent & Surrey Bloodhounds take centre stage and on Sunday the hounds from Southdown & Eridge hunt were on parade as well as competitors taking part in the popular Donkey Show.

The Society’s 2017 Show season comes to a glittering close with the expanded, magical Winter Fair, complete with giant snow globe, on 25 & 26 November.