On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2019 the ever-popular Autumn Show & Game Fair will return to the iconic South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.
Offering the perfect autumnal day out for all ages, with children under 16 offered entry free of charge*, the show will feature a plethora of countryside sports and activities and mouth-watering food and drink stalls all designed to celebrate the joys of agriculture, countryside pursuits and 2019’s harvest.
Dog lovers will rejoice as their four-legged friends can accompany them to the event and even participate in the agility course and ‘have a go’ scurries. There will also be terrier racing and gundog displays, plus plenty of other canine inspired activities and shopping stands to treat the furry members of the family and get those tails wagging.
In true countryside sporting style, visitors to the show can also try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, falconry, archery, axe throwing and more, while gardening enthusiasts can admire the various horticultural displays and take part in the gardener’s Q&A sessions.
Tradition and heritage will be at the heart of 2019’s show with dozens of unique vintage agricultural machinery, Scammel and traction engines on display to recreate and educate about the bygone era of farming.
Regardless of age, everyone is sure to love Jonathan Marshall’s world famous equine and falconry display, and the popular pumpkin trail will be back, offering children a fun journey around the showground, stopping off to see the rabbits, Sussex Cattle and other farm animals, traditional funfair, pony rides, kite flying and mini steam train.
Iain Nicol, CEO of The South of England Agricultural Society which organises the show, said:
“Autumn is such a wonderful time of year in the countryside and our October event features a jam-packed programme of entertainment and activities to celebrate the season and the great outdoors. Our focus is very much on encouraging visitors of all ages – even the canine members of the family – to ‘have a go’ at the numerous countryside pursuits on offer.
“While the event is most definitely designed to offer a wonderful day out in the family calendar, there’s also another important reason we host these shows each season – The South of England Agricultural Society is in fact a charity. As such, all of the profits from the Autumn Show will help support people across the South with an interest or involvement in agriculture and other related land-based industries and enable us to showcase the countryside and it’s industries to the public at our four seasonal shows. From inspiring school children to learn about the land, to offering travel bursaries for people working in the farming sector or helping with funding towards agricultural research – when you buy a ticket for the Autumn Show & Game Fair, you will also be doing your bit to help the future generation.”
Tickets for the Autumn Show & Game Fair 2019 cost £10.80 for adults and £9 for seniors/students including a 10% online discount (ends midnight 4.10.19). *Under 16s go free with a paying adult. Tickets available www.seas.org.uk.