South of England Society Spring Show



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Thousands of visitors enjoyed the Spring Garden & Leisure Show over the Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off the 2016 Show season at the South of England Showground in Ardingly,  West Sussex. 

The Spring Garden & Leisure Show offered green-fingered enthusiasts great plant shopping and lots of gardening tips. Jean Griffin of BBC Sussex, Surrey and Kent returned as the resident gardening expert for the weekend, chairing the popular Gardening Theatre with a full house of gardening enthusiasts joining in the Q&A.

Bank holiday family fun was spread across the weekend with leisure activities for all ages including the Poultry and Rabbit displays, the much loved ‘Mini Sheep Show’, and a fun–filled fairground.

Children enjoyed petting farm animals, having their faces painting and the experience of milking Buttercup the cow in the Countryside Hub.

The regional Crufts Qualifying Open Dog Show saw over 800 dogs from the region’s top breeders take part, managed for the first time by Chairman Brian Ballan and Honorary Secretary Helen Osborne-Brown, with Newfoundland, Farlo by Elaine Coldwell from Redhill winning Best in Show which will take her/him on to compete at Crufts 2017.

Visitors also enjoyed testing their skills at the new caravan manoeuvring course run by The Caravan Club, as well as trying out archery, target shooting and FootGolf, the UK’s fastest growing sport, with Tilgate Forest Golf Centre’s 3-Hole FootGolf.

Other highlights included the famous South East Regional Alpaca Show where dozens of these fascinating camelids from South America competed for the coveted first prize – which was presented by surprise guest celebrity Natasha Kaplinsky who is an alpaca enthusiast and owner herself.