This annual flagship show of the South of England Agricultural Society, a charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning, remains a key date in the diary for the farming and agricultural community and members of the Society.

Spectacular displays and the best examples of British agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equestrianism, rural crafts and skills will offer an intimate and close up countryside experience. Hundreds of students from schools and colleges from across the region will be involved in competitions, exhibits and interactive demonstrations from a new tractor challenge to the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition.

The NFU Food and Farmyard exhibit takes the theme ‘Healthy soils, healthy food’ where visitors can learn how soil is a farmer’s greatest asset and then discover the wonderful world of earthworms. There will be daily cookery demonstrations, bakery and corn milling and the NFU’s Discovery Barn, will offer an educational roadshow for youngsters.

The entire 150-acre showground will be alive with hundreds of competitions and entertainment for all ages, arranged into ten zones that will take you on an unforgettable journey of; food and drink, livestock, discover the countryside, agricultural machinery, garden, plants and flowers, Women’s Institute, bees and honey, equestrian (including heavy horse village), skills and craftsmanship, country sports and hound show, market place and over 500 retail stands with thousands of products, many unavailable on the internet.

Best known for their appearances in television series’ Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria, the Atkinson Action Horses will be an exciting new addition to the main ring entertainment. There will also be a brand new Entertainment Zone featuring a music stage, open top double decker bus, funfair, simulator, face-painting, blacksmithing demonstrations, Saxon re-enactment and a fabulous food court.

Other firm family favourites include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National; popular hound parades; world-class show jumping; heavy horse turnouts and the amazing livestock display, with expert commentary showing the best of breed in beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

The enduring appeal of the South of England show, g
ives new and returning visitors a unique experience of agriculture, horticulture and the British countryside as well as great family entertainment, music, crafts, shopping galore and one of the most impressive food halls in the South East featuring many delicious local and regional foods.

People of all ages can take full advantage of the ticket prices again this year with under 16s going FREE (accompanied by a paying adult £21); senior citizens and students over 16 £19. There is also FREE parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. Buy online at and save 15% off the gate entry price; offer ends midnight 6 June.

DATE: 7,8,9 JUNE 2018


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