South of England Show FAQs

Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding the South of England Show

If you can’t find the answer to your question here please do not hesitate to contact us on 01444 892 700 or email

What time does the South of England Show open and close?

Gates open for The South of England Show at 09:00 and close at 18:30 on all three days of the Show.
What are the prices for the South of England Show and how can I buy a ticket?

Advance, reduced rate tickets will be available online until midnight on 5th June 2019 at a 15% discount – visit to purchase your ticket. Then simply print your e-ticket or bring a copy of your e-ticket on your phone along on the day. Advance tickets are valid for any one day, giving you flexibility when planning your visit to the Show.

Full price tickets are available on the entry gates on the day – Adults £22; Seniors/Students £20 (Senior pricing applies to those aged 65 years or over); Children under 16 free with a paying adult. Payment can be made by either, cash, debit or credit card.

What does my entry price cover?

Once inside the Showground demonstrations, exhibitions and entertainment are free for all to enjoy. You will need to pay for fairground rides and certain attractions. In addition, you can purchase food and drink from the Food Courts and Street Food areas to eat at the Show.
Is there parking and how much is it?

Yes, there is ample parking at the Showground which is free of charge. There is a Blue Badge Holder area close to Blue and Green Gates – just follow the signs or ask one of the parking attendants. Parking can be on grass and the ground is uneven – please take care.
Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are best left at home since they will not be permitted to access any of the marquees or buildings or to restricted livestock areas, and also due to the number of people on site. In the event of warm weather please do not leave your dog in your car.
What should I wear to the South of England Show?

Please check the weather forecast before the day and dress appropriately. The South of England Show is a predominantly outdoor event and includes large grassy areas. In the event of rain, wellies or suitable shoes are advisable. If it’s warm and sunny, please ensure you drink plenty of water and use sun block.
Is there a cashpoint available at the South of England Show?

Yes, there are two cash points available located close to Blue Gate and Green Gates. In addition, many of the traders are able to accept credit and debit cards.
Is there disabled access to the South of England Show?

Blue Badge disabled drivers’ parking is provided close to Blue Gate and Green Gate – please follow the signs or ask a steward. There are two suitable lavatories on the site. If you are dependent on a carer (for example if you are in a wheelchair and need help with mobilising) we offer free entrance for one carer.

Carers can enter the South of England Show free of charge when attending with a paying visitor. This will mean that the disabled person will need to pay for their relevant category priced ticket. Please note that carers must produce an official carers identity badge/any other official documentation to support their carer status, at the pay gate kiosk prior to entry.

In the case of a disabled child (16 years or under), children attending the show can enter free of charge, with paying visitor. This will mean that the carer in this case would be required to pay for a full price ticket, unless accompanied by another fee paying adult.

Mobility scooter hire is available – please call 01903 232326 or visit Please note that the South of England Showground features grass surfaces and can be uneven.

Where can I buy food from?

You can purchase a wide range of street, artisan and international food to eat at the South of England Show from the Food Court and Street Food areas situated in the Entertainment Zone, at the top of the Ardingly Ring and in Norfolk Place. You can also purchase food to eat from food units located close to Green Gate, on Turners Hill, at the bottom of the Balcombe Ring and by the Sanctuary. There is also a wide range of traders selling a variety of foods to take home and they can be found in our Food Village which is located close to Green Gate. Additionally, there are a number of ice cream outlets situated throughout the Showground.
Can I join the South of England Agricultural Society at the South of England Show?

Membership to the Society may be purchased from the two South of England Agricultural Society membership stands, which are situated before the pay gate entrances on Blue Gate and Green Gate. You can enquire and purchase South of England Agricultural Society memberships at these stands.
Who organises the South of England Show?

The South of England Show is run and managed by the South of England Agricultural Society, a registered charity that funds and support agricultural education and countryside. All revenues help support the running of the South of England Show and fund the Society’s charitable projects.
Where is the nearest railway station?

The nearest railway station is Haywards Heath.
Is there a shuttle bus service from Haywards Heath Station to the Showground?

Yes, Compass Travel operate a shuttle bus service number 88 for The South of England Show between Haywards Heath Railway Station and the Showground. Click here for the timetable.