|There aren’t many days out where the family dog gets to tag along and enjoy the fun too. In fact, in all of Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent, 90% of the 120 ‘tourist attractions’1 listed as dog-friendly are predominately woodlands, beach or countryside walks rather than attraction events. The South of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that their upcoming Autumn Show & Game Fair is the exception. Four legged furry friends can join in – it’s an event where everyone is welcome to take part.
Taking place at the iconic South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2019, the Autumn Show & Game Fair is a perfect weekend event for dog lovers of all ages. Canine companions can take part in agility courses, gundog scurries and terrier racing plus there’s gundog displays, meet and greets with hounds, rare terrier and gundog breeds to see and plenty of other doggy-inspired activities and shopping stands to treat the furry members of the family and get those tails wagging.
The event as a whole celebrates the joys of the countryside, rural pursuits and 2019’s harvest featuring a whole host of ‘have a go’ countryside sports and activities and mouth-watering food and drink stalls.
Iain Nicol, CEO of The South of England Agricultural Society which organises the show, said:
“Our Autumn Show & Game Fair is centred around the joys of countryside living and sporting pursuits, and dogs are a huge part of that culture. We all enjoy taking our canine companions out for countryside walks but many of us forget their history – they traditionally became our domesticated pets as working dogs, helping on the farm or hunting prey for food etc. It’s fantastic at this event to see just what our dogs can do. We couldn’t imagine this event taking place without including them.”
While of course the dogs get to experience the wonders of the day out, there’s plenty for the humans (big and small) to enjoy too. They can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, falconry, archery and axe throwing, or admire the various horticultural displays and take part in the gardener’s Q&A sessions.
Regardless of age, everyone is sure to love Jonathan Marshall’s world famous falconry on horseback display, and the popular pumpkin trail will be back, offering children a fun journey around the showground, stopping off to see the rabbits, Sussex cattle and other farm animals, traditional funfair, pony rides, kite flying and mini steam train.
Tickets for the Autumn Show & Game Fair 2019 cost £10.80 for adults and £9 for seniors/students (including a 10% online discount which ends midnight 4.10.19). *Under 16s go free with a paying adult. Click here for tickets.