Spring sun shines on first event of the year at Ardingly

The sun was shining at Ardingly at Spring Live! Last weekend.

The South of England Agricultural Society held their first show of the year, which sold out in advance, with COVID-19 regulations adhered to.

Spring Live! Was the first event of the year at the South of England Showground last weekend

Visitor numbers were of course limited and social distancing was in place throughout the show. There were still a wide range of activities for the family to enjoy.

Plenty of plants for sale at Spring Live! 2021

Corrie Ince, Show Director at The South of England Agricultural Society, said: “After having to cancel this event in 2020 it was wonderful to be able to host Spring Live! and give people the opportunity to get out and celebrate the British countryside and the arrival of spring. People have learnt in the past year to appreciate the great outdoors when out on their daily walks, so to be able to offer the opportunity for people to have a great day out as well as support and learn more about the countryside and its industries has been fantastic.

It wasn’t just our visitors that enjoyed the event — our exhibitors were also delighted to be trading and interacting with people again, which many haven’t done for 14 months.”

There were plenty of activities for children at the event.

Corrie continued, “We are very fortunate to have more than 50 acres of event space, so it was great to receive feedback from our visitors stating they felt very Covid safe. The safety and well-being of our guests and exhibitors has always been of utmost importance to us which is why we were awarded Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ COVID-secure venues mark of approval.”

The highlight of the calendar for the society is the South of England Show which takes place from 11 – 13 June. Tickets must be bought in advance here and include a 10% discount until 3 June.