Book your tickets now for the summer’s best family day out!
Families and friends can enjoy an impressive three-day programme of entertaining agricultural events, with new and exciting displays and attractions at the largest countryside show in the region, the South of England Show on 7, 8 and 9 June 2018 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.
This year’s unmissable main ring entertainment is the famous and renowned Atkinson Action Horses. Best known for their appearances in television series Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria, the Atkinson Action team will be an exciting new addition to the Show, with visitors able to meet both horses and riders in between performances taking place two times a day.
Spectacular displays and the best examples of British agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equestrianism, rural crafts and skills will offer an intimate and close up countryside experience. A brand new Entertainment Zone will feature a music stage, the chance to meet Chase and Marshall from children’s TV’s Paw Patrol (Sat only), open top double decker bus, funfair, simulator, face-painting, blacksmithing demonstrations, Saxon re-enactment and a fabulous food court.
The entire 150-acre Showground will be alive with hundreds of competitions and entertainment for all ages, arranged into ten zones that will take you on an unforgettable journey of; Food & Drink, Livestock, Discover the Countryside, Agricultural Machinery, Garden, Plants & Flowers, Women’s Institute, Bees & Honey, Equestrian (including Heavy Horse Village), Skills & Craftsmanship, Country Sports & Hound Show, Market Place and over 500 retail stands with thousands of products, many unavailable on the internet.
Other firm family favourites include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National; popular hound parades; and the amazing livestock display, with expert commentary showing the best of breed in beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.
Crowds can expect to see some of the country’s best equestrians in action as part of the daily showjumping and showing classes with over 1,500 horses and ponies taking part. Enjoy the fast paced inter-hunt relay and the beautiful Hackney breeds in the main ring and of course no country show would be complete without heavy horse turnouts and this has some of the very best. Afterwards come and meet the heavy horses in their stables and see the glamorous coach display and popular Sheep Show.
The enduring appeal of the South of England Show gives new and returning visitors a unique experience of agriculture, horticulture and the British countryside as well as great family entertainment, music, crafts, shopping galore and one of the most impressive food halls in the South East featuring many delicious local and regional foods.