As we move into another year of delivering our amazing agricultural show, we are so excited about this year’s South of England Show, and offering visitors a Livestock experience they won’t forget in a hurry. With an array of breeds on display across all days, it’s not surprising that our Livestock feature is one of the most popular attractions of the Show every year. Come and see this spectacular demonstration for yourself, we promise it will be well worth seeing.
See some of the finest cattle from Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and Norfolk compete to become best of breed and then overall show champion. The daily Cattle Parade is not to be missed, showcasing up to 20 breeds around the main Ardingly Ring. We have some of the best judges from around the UK, watch from 9am or walk through the Abergavenny Building in the afternoons for a close up view. Everyone is welcome.
We have over 20 different breeds of sheep on display throughout the day, including our local breed the Southdown. Classes will run daily on Thursday with the supreme sheep champion awarded on Friday. Saturday will see our young handlers aged 5 to 18 take to the ring to exhibit their amazing showing skills. There will be plenty of people on hand to answer your questions so you can find out more about the wide range of breeds on display.
From beautiful tiny piglets to enormous sows, the Pig Village offers excitement and interest to visitors of all ages. Meet and greet, watch our exhibitors guide the pigs around the ring and enjoy our ‘Piggy Pranks’ agility competition. There is something happening every day with main competitions on Thursday. On Friday we’ll have our Pig of the Year qualifying competition as well as the championships, with young handler competitions on Saturday.
The Poultry Tent and shearing shed, organised by Arun Valley Poultry Fanciers Society, offers the opportunity for visitors to see a wonderful variety of different breeds of fowl, in addition to handling and the sale of poultry from local breeders. Saturday sees the competitive show with exhibitors entering their birds and eggs for judging. This year’s theme is a Celebration of Sussex with Sussex chickens and Sussex produce in a garden setting.
Come along to our Goat tent to see some of the best goats from all over the country, from pygmies for pets to high yielding dairy goats. A few of our exhibitors export our great British goats all over the world, flying the flag for the UK. We have an information stand so you can find out all you want to know about these useful and beautiful animals. We will be showing on Thursday and Friday, so come along and see us in the main Ardingly Ring.