ROYAL VISIT FOR 50TH SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the 50th South of England Show on

Thursday 8 June 2017, at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, it was announced by Clarence House today [25 May].

The South of England Agricultural Society is looking forward to hosting Her Royal Highness when she visits the South of England Show on its opening day to celebrate the charity’s 50th year of supporting agriculture and the countryside, since it was established in 1967.

Said Charlie Burgoyne, Chairman of the Society, “We are honoured to welcome our President, The Duchess of Cornwall to our 50th South of England Show, which will showcase the best of British agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equestrianism, rural crafts and skills as well as delicious, local food and drink on 8, 9 and 10 June.

“It’s an extremely special year for the Society and we hope that Her Royal Highness will enjoy some of the spectacular displays that will be featured across the showground. During her visit she will meet some of the farmers and their livestock, talk to local school children and students from the region’s land-based colleges, as well as officially unveil an exciting permanent record of the Society’s achievements during the last 50 years.”

This will be The Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to the show and the 25th Royal visit the Society has hosted during the last 50 years.  Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron to the charity since her first visit to the show in 1974.

The Duchess of Cornwall is committed to supporting local food producers and encouraging children to learn more about where food comes from and to eat healthily. She grew up in the countryside in the village of Plumpton, East Sussex and, at a young age, learned to ride a pony by joining her local Pony Club camps.  She continues to have an enduring affection for horses and ponies and has chosen the international animal welfare charity Brooke to be the Society’s chosen charity for the year.

The Society will be showcasing its own charitable work and continued support for the next generation throughout the three days of the show with hundreds of students from schools and colleges across the region involved in competitions, exhibits and demonstrations including the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition.

There will be new entertainment in the main ring this year with The Devil’s Horsemen, Britain’s top equestrian stunt and trick team, who will be performing breath-taking displays to music, dressed as Cossacks. Traditional precision marching and musical arrangements from the City of Coventry Corps of Drums will impress audiences and other highlights include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National; hound parades; and the famous livestock display with hundreds of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats in the main arena.

Over 1,500 horses and ponies will take part in the equestrian showcase that forms an enormous part of the three-day extravaganza, featuring dozens of classes from impressive heavy horse turnouts to the fast paced inter-hunt relay, spectacular show jumping to beautiful hackneys.

The South of England Show has welcomed over 3.5 million visitors over the last decade and across the three days they can enjoy a unique introduction to agriculture and the British countryside as well as entertainment, music, crafts, shopping galore and one of the most impressive food halls in the South East featuring many delicious local and regional foods.

Gates are open on 8, 9 & 10 June from 9am-6.30pm and family and friends can take full advantage of the ticket prices again this year with under 16s going FREE (accompanied by a paying adult £21); senior citizens and students over 16 £19.  There is also FREE parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground.  Buy online at www.seas.org.uk and save 15% off the gate entry price; offer ends midnight 7 June.

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