Spring Live! kick-starts seasonal events in Sussex

Ardingly had a spring in its step this weekend as the South of England Agricultural Society hosted its first large scale event of the year at its showground.

The two-day event entitled Spring Live! showcased some of the very best that the British countryside has to offer and was crammed with animals, activities, experiences, and entertainment for all the family.  Visitors were able to sample a variety of artisan treats from local and independent producers, take part in workshops like circus skills or wand making, and try their hand at more unusual pursuits like axe throwing or Segway driving. There was also a multitude of shopping opportunities for those looking for something different from what’s available on the high-street, and families were entertained by clog dancers, a dog show, a miniature railway, a selection of snakes and lizards and a ‘Giant Petal Globe’ for photo opportunities.

The weekend was also an opportunity for visitors to find out more about the Society and how as a charity they fund local projects and support education and countryside learning.  At the Countryside Hub visitors could see how the Charity’s recent Loan-a-Lamb scheme worked with local schools, and the recent contribution to the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ initiative for their patron Her Majesty The Queen.  Children could also build a gate, milk Buttercup the model cow and even have a go at lambing with the model sheep and the team from South Brockwells Farm.



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