Discover the Countryside

At the true heart of our show you’ll find the Discover the Countryside area. Here you can truly connect with the countryside and discover the huge variety of experiences it has to offer when it comes to both employment and leisure. There will be demonstrations and interactive workshops to keep the whole family entertained including:

Vintage Dairy

Don’t miss this unique display which offers a fascinating insight into the production of milk from extraction right through to bottling from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Forestry with Balcombe Estates

Meet the team from Balcombe Estates and find out how they manage their land, grow trees and what they do with the wood.

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Land Based Colleges

Representatives from local land-based colleges and schools will be on hand to demonstrate the amazing range of skills they teach and talk to you about their courses.

Trug Making

A Sussex trug is a light but strong basket made from willow and sweet chestnut. The village of Herstmonceux has been known as a centre for this traditional craft for at least two hundred years although there are records of trugs and makers dating back to the sixteenth century. Representatives from Thomas Smith Trugs, the original makers of the famous royal Sussex gardening trug baskets, established in 1829, will be demonstrating this traditional craft across all three days of the show.

Stick & Hurdle Making

Hurdles are made from wattle – usually of hazel or willow – by placing upright sticks in holes in a log and weaving split branches between them. And the craft of stick making is actually one of the fastest growing pastimes in the country! Come and watch the incredible workmanship involved in these traditional woodland crafts.

Birds of Prey

Come and see the huge selection of birds of prey from Huxley’s Experience. The team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about these magnificent birds as well as putting on twice daily flying demonstrations – a spectacle not to be missed.

Chainsaw Carvings

Watch our talented wood carver demonstrate amazing live chainsaw wood carvings.

Mantel Farm

Mantel Farm is a family-run smallholding shop, training facility and animal boarding service. The team will be on hand to talk about farming on a small scale and explain how you can try this special way of life, either by enjoying the pleasures of keeping livestock, growing your own food or by simply buying local produce.