Winter Fair 2024

23, 24 November 2024

Visitors to our Ardingly Winter Fair can shop until they drop from a large selection of stalls boasting artisan products, gifts, and food and drink from independent and local vendors.

It‘s not just about the shopping; there’s also festive fun to be had. Families can enjoy the giant snow globe for a perfect Christmas card photo or join one of the storytelling sessions with Mistletoe the Elf.

A street food area featuring live music, plus a funfair, and a Santa’s Grotto are also part of the weekend. As if that weren’t enough, festive workshops will include wreath-making and chocolate decorating for those who want to test their creative abilities and a new winter cheer workshop for some wassailing fun!

When is the Winter Fair?

Saturday 23 November 2024, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 24 November 2024, 9am – 4pm

Where is the Winter Fair?

South of England Showground,
Selsfield Road, Ardingly,
West Sussex, RH17 6TL

How much do Winter Fair tickets cost?

Members: free
Adults: £8.55*
Seniors/students: £7.20*
Under 16s: free**

We recommend you buy tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Tickets are limited.

*Includes advance discount which ends on 15.11.23, after which tickets are £9.50 for adults, £8 for seniors/students
**When accompanied by a paying adult. Suggested £2 donation for under 16s

What can I see and do at the Winter Fair?

On top of the festive fun, live music and street food, visitors can get creative with winter workshops, including wreath making and chocolate decorating. In addition, the shopping area is filled with beautiful and delicious gifts made by local artists, traders and producers.

The Winter Fair really is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit and kick off your Christmas preparations.


The Winter Fair is held at our Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex. We’re conveniently located and easy to get to by road, rail, and even air. The Showground is an outdoor venue, with indoor spaces for the Winter Fair, so make sure you wrap up and dress appropriately. For more information about how to find us, head to our visitor information page.

Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Tickets, if they remain available, will be sold on the gates and will cost £8.75 for adults and £7.25 for seniors/students. Under 16’s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.  Please note tickets for this event are limited and have sold out in previous years.

Once inside the Showground, live music, and selected activities will be free of charge, including the giant snow globe. Fairground rides and certain attractions will have an additional cost, such as the wreath making workshop. Please note that these may change each year.

You can purchase food and drink from our street food areas or from our Food Hall to eat at the show, or bring your own picnic.

There is free of charge parking at the Showground.  Parking can be on grass and uneven or wet.

Go to our visitor information page for details on how to find out and for a map of the Showground.

Parking for visitors with a Blue Badge is provided close to the show entrances. Please follow the signs or ask a steward.

There are toilets for visitors with disabilities within the toilet blocks as well as in the Queen’s Jubilee Hall.

For more information including details on carer entry and mobility scooter hire go to our visitor information page.

Although dogs are allowed in to this event, we do not recommend they are brought due to the large numbers of indoor areas where dogs are not allowed.

Yes. A cashpoint is available. In addition, many of the exhibitors accept card payment.

We are always looking for volunteer stewards to help make sure our shows are safe and enjoyable. Email or call 01444 892700 for more information.

Want to know more?

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If you enjoy attending our shows, find out more about Membership. You can attend each day of our four seasonal shows, access Members’ areas including parking, and you will be helping us to continue our work to fund and support agricultural education and countryside learning.

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