The South of England Autumn Show & Horse Trials 2024

21, 22 September 2024

Guests of all ages (and their canine companions) will enjoy this jam-packed autumnal outing.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a variety of countryside sports, displays, and ‘have-a-go’ activities, all aimed at celebrating the joys of rural life and equestrian pursuits.

The show will feature the long-established South of England Horse Trials, including British Eventing national classes, and attracts some of the best riders in the sport.

When is the Autumn Show & Horse Trials?

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September 2024, 9 – 5pm

Where is the Autumn Show & Horse Trials?

South of England Showground,
Selsfield Road, Ardingly,
West Sussex, RH17 6TL

How much do Autumn Show & Horse Trials tickets cost?

Members: free
Adults: £13.50*
Seniors/students: £11.70*
Under 16s: free**

*Includes 10% advance discount which ends on 13.9.24, after which tickets will be £15 for adults, £13 for seniors/students
**When accompanied by a paying adult. Suggested £2 donation for under 16s

What can I see and do at the Autumn Show & Horse Trials?

Visitors can watch riders compete in the showjumping, dressage, and cross-country phases.

Those looking to get involved in the action can try fly casting, archery, axe throwing, and other activities.

Dog lovers will be wowed by the terrier racing, long dog displays, rare breed gundogs, skilled gundog displays, and exciting scurries in which their own dogs can participate!

The show will include traditional features such as sheep shearing, vintage agricultural machinery and a Scammell Rally, and will celebrate the harvest with competitions and showcases from local Women’s Institutes, Young Farmer’s Clubs and the South of England Honey Show, with horticulture competitions in vegetables, fruits and flowers including the National Vegetable Society’s National Championships where exhibitors from all over the UK will be taking part. 

There will be farm animals, falconry, a funfair, and much more for children to enjoy. Plus, there will be mouth-watering food and drink stalls and superb shopping opportunities.


Our Autumn Show is held at the 150-acre South of England Showground near Ardingly, West Sussex. We’re conveniently located and easy to get to by road, rail, and even air. For more information about how to find us, and for a map of the South of England Showground, head to our visitor information page.

Each day’s events run from 9am – 5pm

Tickets will be available on the gates.

Once inside the Showground, all live entertainment, displays and many activities are included in your entry price. If you want to take part in certain activities or enjoy the fairground rides you will need to pay an additional charge. Please note that attractions and additional costs may vary each year.

You can also purchase food and drink from our street food areas or from our Food Hall to eat at the show, or bring your own picnic.

We welcome equestrian, bees & honey and horticulture competitors. Head to our competing page to find out more about competing at our Autumn Show and how to enter.

There is free of charge parking at the Showground. Parking can be on grass and uneven or wet.

Go to our visitor information page for details on how to find out and for a map of the Showground.

Parking for visitors with a Blue Badge is provided close to the show entrances. Please follow the signs or ask a steward.

There are toilets for visitors with disabilities within the toilet blocks as well as in the Queen’s Jubilee Hall and the Norfolk Pavilion.

For more information including details on carer entry and mobility scooter hire go to our visitor information page.

Dogs on leads are welcome at the show. Please do not leave your dog in your car and be aware that in hot weather the tarmac at the Showground can get very hot.

Yes. A cashpoint is available. In addition, many of the exhibitors accept card payment.

The Autumn Show & Horse Trials is a primarily outdoor event that will go ahead in all but the most extreme of weather conditions. If the ground is deemed unsuitable by the organisers of the Horse Trials, the Autumn Show will go ahead without this element. Tickets are not refundable if elements of the show are not held due to bad weather.

We are always looking for volunteer stewards to help make sure our shows are safe, enjoyable and support agricultural education and countryside learning.  Email or call 01444 892700 for more information.

The Showground Shop, a fully-stocked convenience store, will be open throughout the show. They have snacks, cold drinks, confectionery and crisps as well as daily essentials (like bread, milk, bacon & eggs), groceries, toiletries, over-the-counter meds, pet stuff, cigarettes, newspapers and those ‘just-in-case’ items like safety pins or batteries. Find the shop by Green Gate.

Want to know more?

Find out more about our organisation and how you could be come part of it.


If you enjoy attending our shows, find out more about Membership. You can attend each day of our four seasonal shows, access Members’ areas including parking, and you will be helping us to continue our work to fund and support agricultural education and countryside learning.

Charity of the Year

Find out more about our current Charity of the Year, Plumpton College Charitable Foundation.

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