Sunshine greets the visitors at South of England Show

The crowds were out in force and the sun shone for the first day of this years South of England Show.

The three day spectacular features the best of British agriculture, horticulture, livestock and equestrian.

Shetland ponies will go head to head in their own mini Grand National, in the Heritage Zone visitors will be able to experience life as a Saxon or a Norman and watch re-enactments.

The younger members of the family can watch one of their favourite picture book characters come to life when the Gruffalo making a special appearance on Saturday.

The Bolddog Lings Motorcycle stunt team will provide a thrilling spectacle in the area.

This year a new area for the 2019 Wine Walk where you can sample the wines which are produced on our our doorstep.

There are over 400 shopping stands to choose from and a big timetable of events in the main arena.

The show is open Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6:30pm.

Uckfield FM’s Mike Skinner caught up with the shows Chief Executive Iain Nicol:

A gentleman from Ditchling has been to every show since 1968 which was the first one on the site at Ardingly:

The Show Jumping was very popular

Try your hand at campanology

The hounds

This gentleman has been to every show ever held at Ardingly since 1985.

Cups and silver galore

The Plumpton College garden at the entrance to the flower tent

Trench Cake and surprisingly tasty it is

Scarecrows made out of waste

An entry from the WI at Chailey

And the sheep were getting a haircut

New farm tractors

And what it used to be like

Weaving demonstration

Spinning exhibition

The geese very noisy

Forest School

And there were dozens of hounds

All images Mike Skinner

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