Membership

Society Membership

The South of England Agricultural Society is a charity with a rich heritage dating back to the 1830s promoting the interests, development and sustenance of land-based industries and rural communities across the region.

Your membership ensures that we can continue to fund and support our work promoting the knowledge and understanding of countryside matters and develop the Society for generations to come.

Benefits for all members

All members enjoy the following benefits:
The Membership year runs 1 January to 31 December (regardless of initial joining date).

FREE entry to South of England Show, Spring Live!, Autumn Show & Game Fair and Winter Fair

FREE forward parking at the South of England Show, up to 10am, on a first come, first served basis
Exclusive access to the Members’ Area and opportunity to purchase 3 day guest passes for the South of England Show
Reduced entry fees for Livestock, Equestrian and Horticulture exhibitors
Attendance and voting rights at the South of England Agricultural AGM

FREE copy of the newsletter ‘Seasons News’

Discounted rates on venue hire
Two-for-one tickets for seven International Antiques and Collectors Fairs
Free or reduced price tickets on selected shows

The option to be nominated to Council

Membership options

The Membership year runs 1 January to 31 December regardless of initial joining date.

From 2022 we will no longer be offering a Family Membership option. Children under 16 can now enter the Shows and the exclusive Members Areas free of charge and without the need for a badge, when accompanied by a Society Member.

Young Persons Membership £30

For individuals aged 16 - 21 years old at time of purchase.
  • Includes all 10 membership benefits as above

Individual Membership £56

For adult individuals
  • Includes all 10 membership benefits as above

Joint Membership £100

For 2 adults at the same address
  • Includes all 10 membership benefits as above

Vice President Membership £116

Includes all 10 membership benefits as above plus…
  • Exclusive Area at the South of England Show
  • One Guest badge to the South of England Show
  • One guest to gain free entry into Autumn Show and Game Fair, Spring Live! and Winter Fair (entry gained with membership card at the time of Member arriving at the Show)
  • Dedicated VP forward parking at the South of England Show
  • Exclusive opportunity to purchase 3-day VP Guest Badges for the South of England Show

Governor Membership £305

Includes all 10 membership benefits as above plus…
  • Exclusive Areas at the South of England Show
  • Two Guest badges to the South of England Show
  • Two guests to gain free entry into Autumn Show and Game Fair, Spring Live! and Winter Fair (entry gained with membership card at the time of Member arriving at the Show)
  • A complimentary Show programme available on attendance at the South of England Show
  • Premium forward parking at the South of England Show

Term Memberships £255 / £515

Term memberships make a really special gift and are not subject to any increase in membership fees during the term. Available for individuals only.
  • Individual 5 Year Term Membership £255
  • Individual 10 Year Term Membership £515

Life Memberships £1,500 / £2,500 / £3,500

Life Members enjoy all the benefits of the full annual membership of each category.
  • Individual Life Membership £1,500
  • Life Vice President Membership £2,500
  • Life Governor Membership £3,500

Membership Application Form

Please complete the Membership Application Form below to apply for/renew your membership.

You will need these prefixes if you are renewing your membership:

M = Individual Member, JM = Joint Member, VP = Vice President, G = Governor

 

If you would like to pay by cash or cheque, please download the 2022 MEMBERSHIP FORM and send your completed copy with payment to:

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

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See how your membership makes a difference

To see how your membership helps us, click on the orange boxes below to read our stories. You can also help us continue to make a difference by making a donation. Have a look at our donations page, which can be found at the top of this page, for more information.

Connect with the Countryside is one of the Society’s most important events of the year. Now in its thirteenth year, it has attracted 25,000 primary school pupils from East and West Sussex, Surrey and Brighton and Hove to the South of England Showground, where they discover and learn about food, farming, the countryside and the environment. Paul Harrington, who is a teacher at Carden Primary School, Brighton, said "We are situated next to the countryside in Brighton but many of the children don’t experience it and it’s often their first encounter with rural life. We have been visiting Connect with the Countryside for the last few years and it's always one of the highlights for pupils and staff. The rich variety of activities that are on offer allows the pupils to engage with completely new and unique experiences that would otherwise be completely inaccessible to them. Through the encouragement of an active hands on approach to the day, the pupils gain valuable and memorable lessons that not only consolidate many areas of the national curriculum but also offer enrichment experiences that deepen and challenge their understanding of the world around them. In the past, we’ve had many pupils come away from the day in thoughtful reflection as to possible future career choices as a result of their day.
The South of England Agricultural Society has sponsored Nuffield Scholarships since 1979. Scholars are chosen because of their potential to provide leadership within the farming industry and rural community and to raise standards as a result of their work. The SEAS Nuffield Scholar for 2015 was Doug Wanstall whose study subject was 'Free range egg production, building resilience and managing the transition into a mainstream commodity market place' and  focused on how businesses can help themselves build and maintain profitability and make moves to avoid some of the volatility that the farming industry is exposed to currently. "I was highly privileged to have been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study 'Building Financial Resilience in Free Range Egg Production' kindly sponsored by the South of England Agricultural society. The experience was fun, informative and life changing, my Nuffield journey could not have happened without the support of the SEAS.