Events hosted at the Showground

Spring Live! 2019
May 5 @ 9:00 am – May 6 @ 5:00 pm

 Discover the delights of country living

A visit to Spring Live! at the Ardingly showground will give everyone the inspiration they need this Spring, and even better, children under 16 go free*!

This year’s Spring Live! will be held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and promises a jam-packed programme of interactive activities to keep everyone entertained.

Whilst the family can enjoy the traditional elements of a country show with maypole dancing, the mini-sheep show, and animal barn, 2019 will see an exciting twist on the activities. Traditional wood spindling becomes a magical wand making workshop, knights and princesses can be wowed by medieval games and try their hand at axe throwing, animal lovers can get up close to creeepy crawlies and reptiles, and wannabe drivers can test their skills on the exhilarating Segway or mini-monster truck courses.

It’s not all for the kids though, everyone can explore the shopping area, get a few tips at the Garden Theatre, savour the delights of the artisan food hall, or simply soak in the atmosphere at the live music stage featuring an array of fantastic local talented performers.

Even better, because the South of England Showground is blessed with so many barns and indoor event spaces, there’s not need to worry about wet weather – most attractions can go ahead or be moved undercover, allowing our visitors to enjoy Spring Live! come rain or shine.

*Under 16’s go free when accompanied by a paying adult






The Sussex Bump, Baby & Toddler Show – Babytodd
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm





Join us for our fourth show and meet the wonderful selection of passionate Exhibitors and individuals behind the local businesses, products and services. All perfect for you and your growing family.

Enjoy the show facilities including show sling hire, buggy park, stocked changing stations, quiet feeding area, children’s activity area and a great schedule of workshops/taster sessions throughout the day. Full schedule to be announced in order for you to make the most of your visit.

This is a multi level event with facilities to ensure families can access all three levels, full with shopping, information, fun and time to enjoy this special time for your family.

Make the most of the Show Exclusive Offers available and relax with a great selection of snack and lunch options in the Refreshment Hub.

All this under one roof and at our new venue, South of England Showground, in the ‘Heart of Sussex’.

Pre-register for discounted tickets £5 p/adult.  Or £7.50 on the door.

A £2.50 donation will be made to Rockinghorse Childrens Charity for each paid ticket entry.

Please visit our website for further information regarding exhibitors, workshops and more fun to enjoy on the day.


Please like our facebook page to access all that babytodd has to offer the Sussex families.


If you are a business that is interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity to engage with your local audience, please email


All facilities offered subject to availability.




Winter Fair 2019
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – Nov 24 @ 4:00 pm






Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday   9am – 4pm

The Winter Fair offers something for all the family to enjoy with some great local produce, live music, a fabulous Santa’s Grotto, fantastic street entertainment and a sumptuous food court.

With a fantastic variety of regional foods and gifts, the Winter Fair offers a wonderful way to shop and have fun at the same time. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming for all members of the family and with ample free parking visitors are not pressured to rush and instead can relax and enjoy the start of the festive season.

And don’t worry about the weather – almost all of the Winter Fair is under cover!