The South of England Agricultural Society will be wrapping up its exciting 2015 events diary with a brand new magical Winter Fair that launches on December 5 and 6 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.

Families are encouraged to come and meet some real life reindeers, visit Santa’s grotto and take part in the Heart FM ‘Reindeer Round Up’ competition with the chance to win a family ticket to this year’s fantastic Royal Pavilion Ice Rink in Brighton and to the Society’s Spring Garden & Leisure Show 2016 next May.  Children can take part in this fun treasure hunt hosted by the Heart Angels who will be there to help visitors at the reindeer’s sleigh and draw a winner at the end of each day.

Food and drink will remain at the heart of the event with an expanded gift and greeting area and a tantalising new Artisan & Street Food Market, run by the successful team at Food Rocks, offering delicious treats appealing to families and foodies alike.

Said Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, “We are really excited to be launching our new Winter Fair with the fantastic team at Food Rocks.  We will include all the usual favourites from our previous Festive Food and Drink Fayre, but we have the opportunity now to take advantage of our other superb buildings and areas at the showground in order to host a bigger and better show with much more festive family fun and entertainment.”

There will be a shopping marquee at this year’s Winter Fair and a host of new attractions including a magical Santa’s grotto, meet the reindeer, festive face-painting and award winning street entertainment from Jason Maverick as Ice Man and comedy from Matt Pang.  High flyers will include a stunning snow queen on stilts, a Victorian gentleman juggler on his penny farthing bicycle and on Sunday there will also be the opportunity to meet heavy horse giants, Monty and Winston, from Harveys Brewery.

With music from the Bug Bar DJ and 1920s, 30s and 40s tunes from Harry’s Tricks, the atmosphere will be warm and welcoming for all ages and, with ample free parking, visitors are not pressured to rush and instead can relax and enjoy the start of the festive season.  Catering for the most splendid of seasonal spreads, shoppers will be able to select from an abundance of preserves and patés, delicious local pies, Christmas puds, cakes and tempting chocolate.

There will be plenty of seasonal sausages, pork and hams and a range of superb Sussex cheeses to make up the perfect cheeseboard with delicious chutneys on the side, all washed down with wonderful local wines and beers.

Visitors will be entertained whilst they escape the hassles of the high street and choose from a wonderful range of inspiring gifts and stocking fillers.  With trade stands ranging from crafts to cookware, even the most unusual shopping requests will be able to be ticked off the list.  You can even pick up your Christmas tree on the way out!

Doors Open daily at 9am and close at 5pm.  Admission: Society members and children under 16 years are FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets can be bought on the gate. Adults £5. Senior citizens and students £4. FREE parking. 

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