A record-breaking 14,000 visitors came to the Winter Fair at the Showground on 23rd & 24th November.

The busiest Christmas event we have held to date, the Winter Fair was organised to help raise funds for the Society to fulfil its charitable remit. Any profits will be put towards helping our educational work from inspiring school children to learn about food production and appreciate the value of the countryside, to offering travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector or helping fund agricultural research, and showcasing the countryside and its industries to the public at our Shows.

The fair, which ran through the weekend was a shopper’s paradise offering visitors the perfect opportunity to get their Christmas preparations sorted with a gifts and greetings marquee, a clothing marquee and of course our fabulous food hall with so many local and independent traders offering everything from truckle cheeses, to gin, from fudge to macaroons.

Alongside the shopping there were plenty of festive activities to get involved in, from jumping in our giant snow globe to grab that perfect Xmas card cover to visiting Santa in his Grotto, and decorating festive shapes at the chocolate workshops with Chocolate Genie. And the festive fun wasn’t just for the children! Adults could hear from the British Sugar Craft guild on how to make everything from penguins to elves for that perfect xmas cake decoration, and there were daily workshops from Sussex Florals on luxury wreath making to take part in.

Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, said:
“It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying our Winter Fair at the showground and supporting our charity’s work. Without them we couldn’t offer the support we do to so many involved in agriculture and other related land-based industries. Everyone was truly getting into the festive spirit and it was a great weekend for local families to kick off the Christmas shopping period in style.”

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