Offering festive fun for all the family, the South of England Event Centre opened its doors to another magical Winter Fair at the South of England Showground in Ardingly on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017.
Nearly 12,000 people flocked to attend the show, enjoying a spectacular new giant winter snow globe, enchanting entertainment, live music, fantastic food offers and inspirational shopping, kicking off the Christmas season in style.
Said Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society and Director of the Event Centre, “We are thrilled with the success of this event, which has grown so much in the last three years, with extra space added this year to accommodate the growing number of visitors and over 120 stall holders with one marquee dedicated to gifts and greetings and another for clothing and accessories. There was a really festive buzz in the air!”
Children particularly enjoyed an impressive 16ft snow globe, offering the opportunity to be transported into a sparkling winter wonderland; and hundreds enjoyed visiting Santa’s magical grotto and taking a ride on the traditional vintage carousel.
Christmas choirs and an enchanting Snow Queen on stilts offered a festive welcome to visitors and mesmerising street entertainment led the seasonal celebrations. Shoppers were also able to take a break and sit back and relax in the large undercover food court, where a tantalising selection of artisan and street food was on offer.
Live music was performed throughout the day from the fantastic Harry’s Tricks with their blend of 20’, 30’s and 40’s music followed by exciting acoustic singer/songwriter Fred Clark, who sang some great Christmas classics alongside his own compositions. Executed with style and immaculate timing to music, artist Jon Hicks stepped on stage between acts to create a unique piece of art.
Catering for the most splendid of seasonal spreads, shoppers were able to select from an abundance of preserves and patés, delicious local pies, Christmas puds, cakes and tempting chocolate. Seasonal sausages, pork and hams and superb cheeses to make up the perfect cheeseboard with delicious chutneys on the side, were all available to buy, all washed down with wonderful wines, beers and spirits.
The magical Winter Fair will return to the South of England Showground on 24 & 25 November 2018. Check back here for further information and tickets.