Enjoy a Great Day Out In The Sussex Countryside This Autumn
Published: 25 Sep 2018
Have a go at thrilling countryside sports and pursuits and enjoy first-class entertainment, food and shopping at this year’s Autumn Show & Game Fair on 6 & 7 October 2018 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.
Celebrate the great British harvest at one of the largest game fairs in the region and try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, terrier racing, gundog scurries, dog agility, fly fishing, archery, axe throwing, pony rides, mini steam railway, kite flying, scarecrow making and bread making.
Children under the age of 16, who are accompanied by a paying adult, have free entry to the Show offering real value for money. Children will be kept entertained all weekend with the Pumpkin Trail, Family Fairground and Animal Barn where you can get up close to Sussex cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry.
Crowds will be wowed as the world’s leading display falconer, Jonathan Marshall, returns to the Main Ring with his fairytale dancing Spanish horses and high speed falcons. There will also be exciting displays from Warrenby Gundogs, Ridgeside Lurchers, Huxley’s Birds of Prey, the Kent & Surrey Bloodhounds on Saturday and the Cavalcade of Hounds on Sunday.
Food plays a central role to the Show with game cookery demonstrations run by BASC and bread making workshops run by the Traditional Bakery Show. Visit the Food Hall in the Queen’s Jubilee Building for every kind of tempting treat, with many produced in Sussex, including pies, chutneys, fresh meats, wines, liqueurs, cheeses and everything in between.
With multiple shopping opportunities across the Showground visitors can indulge in some unique retail therapy, from country clothing to jewellery. In addition feast on European and traditional British foods, speciality coffees and ales in the covered Food Court.
Enjoy seeing all the entries for the ‘Harvest Moon’ themed flower arranging competition on display, with prize giving on the Sunday of the Show and explore horticulture at its best with impressive examples of giant leeks to perfect onions from the National Vegetable Society.
Try your hand at fly fishing with friendly experts from Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Club or watch the clay pigeon enthusiasts in action at the Ladies High Gun competitions and the Team Shoot Challenge, organised by Dan Kerwood and his multiple gold medal winning daughter, Charlotte Kerwood of Northall Clay Pigeon Club. Complete beginners, including all members of the family, can also have a go with experts on hand to guide them safely, offering an ideal introduction to this popular sport.
New to the Show this year will be the South of England Scammell and Vintage Commercial Vehicle Road Run with up to 40 vehicles on display along with some fabulous Steam Engines and classic cars. Visitors can also explore dozens of fascinating vintage agricultural machinery, cars and traction engines, all painstakingly restored from a bygone era of farming by members of the South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club (SEVAC).
The Society’s Student Assignment Competition is open to students on higher and further educations course at land-based colleges and is designed to encourage individual research to improve knowledge and develop study skills. Society President, Richard Benyon MP will present the awards at a prize giving ceremony on Sunday 7 October.
Book now for advance ticket discounts at www.seas.org.uk
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