Skills & Craftsmanship

Horseshoeing Competition

No agricultural show would be complete without Heavy Horses and this year we are looking forward to a spectacular turnout from a wide variety of breeds. Competitors go to enormous lengths to groom and prepare these gentle giants of the agricultural world before they take centre-stage in the main Ardingly Ring, so come along to the Heavy Horse Village, generously sponsored by Sussex brewers Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd, and get up close to the horses, talk with their owners and discover more about one of our most popular contributors to the South of England Show.

Young Craftsman of the Year Competition

The Young Craftsman of the Year Competition showcases outstanding skills and craftsmanship in people aged 14 – 21 years old across the South East. Many previous winners and finalists have gone on to use their skills in their business. Prize money is in excess of £4,500 along with the Young Craftsman Trophy which is presented at the prize-giving on Saturday 10th June at 11.00am.

The competition includes entries in ceramics, forged metal, textiles, metal jewellery, design & technology and wood. The display of entries of this unique competition is well worth a visit.

Women's Institute

This year the East and West Sussex Federations of the WI will be “Celebrating Sussex” – 50 years of the South of England Show and 100 years of the Sussex Federation. The competition classes include a cake containing a Sussex beer; an up-cycled item made from a pair of jeans; a ghost story in 100 words; a stuffed toy from “Hundred Acre Wood”; a garden ornament using recycled materials; a co-operative class inspired by a “Sussex Celebrity” and an oil painting of “My favourite place in Sussex”.

The 13 classes will test a wide range of skills from baking to knitting and from flower arranging to sewing. All the entries will be on display at the Show where you are sure to be impressed by the standards of workmanship and ingenuity.

Each day, there will be a craft demonstration, an opportunity to ‘have a go’ and a display of archive material about the WI presence at the Show. Refreshments are available so please take a seat while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a delicious WI home-made scone or piece of cake.