Hands on action as the Autumn Show & Game Fair returns in style

This year’s Autumn Show & Game Fair returned on the 2nd and 3rd of October and offered visitors the chance once again to ‘Have a go’ at a selection of countryside sports and activities.

Despite a rainy first day, the fun-packed weekend saw thousands of people enjoying clay pigeon shooting, fly casting, archery, axe throwing and more, which wasn’t possible last year due to the pandemic and Covid restrictions.

The show continued to restrict the number of visitors for everyone’s safety, but for those who attended, the Autumn Show & Game Fair offered a superb programme of demonstrations and displays that celebrated countryside sports and the autumn harvest.

From dog agility to gundog displays, fantastic shopping to fairground rides, the animal barn to mouth-watering food stalls, the show hosted something for everyone – big, small and furry!

Vintage agricultural machinery, Scammell and traction engines were still a main part of this established and loved weekend event.  New for 2021 was a ‘Countryside Ring’ where visitors could get up close to some of the animals at the show and talk directly to their owners.

Corrie Ince, Show Director at The South of England Agricultural Society, commented:

“It was so nice to be able to bring the Autumn Show & Game Fair back in a more recognisable format.  Last year we were not able to offer the ever popular ‘Have a go’ activities due to the pandemic so it was wonderful to see so many people trying new activities for the first time.

“We continued to keep ticket numbers limited for the safety of everyone attending as it remains of utmost importance for this and any show we hold.

“The events we host showcase the countryside to the public.  As a charity, any profits we make from the events get ploughed back into supporting people across the South with an interest or involvement in agriculture and other related land-based industries.

“It is so important to keep adults and children educated and engaged with the ways of the countryside.  Our work includes encouraging school children to learn about the land and where their food comes from, offering travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector and providing grants to students and colleges in the land-based sector.  Attending any of our events means you are supporting our work and we would like to thank everyone that came to this year’s show.”

Two oak trees were also planted on the showground at the weekend.  One was to launch The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative in West Sussex and a second in memory of the late Duke of Edinburgh, president of the Society in 1979.

Caroline Nicholls DL, who planted the oaks alongside the Society’s 2021 President Sir Nicholas Soames, added:

“We were delighted that the South of England Agricultural Society gave us the opportunity to launch The Queen’s Green Canopy at their Autumn Show, such a fitting way to herald the start of celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year and to say thank you for 70 years of truly exceptional service as our monarch. The initiative’s aim is to encourage tree planting and conservation across the nation. Anyone can take part and plant a tree for the jubilee – from families in their gardens to schools, clubs and community groups, as well as farmers and landowners.”



The South of England Agricultural Society’s next event will be The Winter Fair which will take place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2021.


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