Connect with the Countryside

Connect with the Countryside 2021 is cancelled.

The Education Committee has announced with much regret that Connect with the Countryside will not being going ahead in 2021 but are determined to hold the event in 2022.  For the full statement click here.


Connect with the Countryside offers your pupils an engaging and interactive opportunity to learn all about food, farming, the countryside and the environment. The many ‘hands-on’ activities support the National Curriculum and will help your pupils find out about food production and the countryside.

The day includes ‘The Sheep Show’ – a fun and educational look at the different breeds of sheep and the process involved in turning a fleece into a jumper, a live shearing demonstration and the ‘Sheep Show Shuffle’.

Four special zones engage pupils in a range of activities including:

    1. Livestock, where pupils can meet a range of farm animals, from Sussex Beef bulls to chickens.
    2. Horticulture and Food, where pupils can learn about healthy food, taste local tomatoes and peppers, fresh milk and honey and discover how sausages, bread and butter are made.
    3. Wildlife and Recreation (Indoor) where pupils can experience corn dolly making, seed sowing, a bat hospital and wattle & daub.
    4. Wildlife and Recreation (Outdoor) including gun dog training, fly fishing, hedge laying, forestry and conservation

Plus: Pony Club Display and a Birds of Prey demonstration. Pupils also have an opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of a tractor or combine harvester.

This is my first time at this event and it’s fantastic! The children are learning a lot about where their food comes from, different animals and it’s a great day out and curriculum enrichment at the end of the school year.A teacher from Hamsey Primary School near Lewes

What happens next?
If you would like your school to take part in ‘Connect with the Countryside’, which will be held within term time in July at the South of England Showground, please request a booking form from

Please note: places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Once we have confirmed your booking, we will invite you to a Teachers’ Briefing at the South of England Showground. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the event, plan your visit, book sessions and ask any questions. Health and Safety information will be provided and the session will finish with a tour of the Showground site so that you can carry out a risk assessment.