Thousands welcomed to the first South of England Agricultural Society Spring Garden & Leisure Show

Over 14,000 thousand visitors enjoyed the Spring Garden & Leisure Show as the 2017 show season got underway at the South of England Showground over the May bank holiday weekend.

A wide range of new outdoor pursuits and interactive entertainment proved a great success with families visiting the Show, whilst green fingered enthusiasts enjoyed top gardening tips and some fantastic retail therapy.

New this year was the UK’s first interactive mobile caving system, the only one of its kind in the country and probably the most realistic artificial caving experience there is above ground.


If you enjoyed our Spring Garden & Leisure Show, you won’t want to miss our main event of the year, the South of England Show which takes place at the Showground on 8th, 9th & 10th June. As it’s the Society’s 50th anniversary this year, we’ve made sure that it’s going to be the biggest and best Show ever with heaps of new attractions, so make sure you book your ticket early for a 15% discount and guarantee yourself a fantastic day out in the great outdoors.

There was colouring fun with a new giant colouring cube specially created by artist Scott Walker, a fabulous circus skills workshop with queues out the door to try their hand at juggling, ball walking and unicycling. There was also the opportunity to try blacksmithing; and a caravan manoeuvring course run by The Caravan & Motorhome Club.

Visitors received a warm welcome from entertaining stilt-walking characters Jerry the Gerbera, Bob the Butterfly and the Praying Mantas.  The much-loved ‘Mini Sheep Show’ also entertained the crowds as well as a Scout marching band.

Exciting competitions included the Crufts Qualifying Open Dog Show, the Horticultural competition and the South East Regional Alpaca Show.  Children also enjoyed visiting other farm animals in the friendly Animal Barn and learned more about the British countryside in the Countryside Hub.