The South of England Show is back this year from 10-12 June in all its glory – reminiscent of pre Covid days and with a real focus on going back to its roots as an agricultural show. With more than 100 fun things to see and do, the three-day programme sees the return of equine and livestock competing as well as new appearances including displays from the Army and a garden design competition.
Taking place at the iconic South of England Showground, the annual family-based event allows every generation to see, meet, and learn from farmers, landowners, rural businesses, and local artisan producers to truly connect with the countryside – and ultimately have a fun-packed day out.
Beloved classics such as the cattle parades and international showjumping will be returning to the main ring this year, as will heavy horses hound displays, scurry driving and inter hunt relay competitions. The outer rings will see a welcome return to a full programme of cattle, goat, sheep and pig judging as well as equine showing which includes ridden hunters, moorland ponies, side saddle and more.
Shoppers can whet their appetite in the Food Hall and Village which will feature culinary delights from local and independent producers. Also, the Grape & Grain Walk will bring together local vineyards and microbreweries for some light refreshment, while the ever-popular sound of Great Gatsby band Casablanca Steps plays live.
There will be the best of countryside shopping on offer including clothing, pet accessories, rural crafts, plant and garden supplies and independent boutique stands. You can even pick up a top of the range car or tractor.
Visitors looking to experience traditional countryside activities and crafts are also sure to enjoy the hedge laying and trug making, as well as country sports with gundogs, hounds, and birds of prey.
A children’s trail will take the little ones through the show to experience a variety of activities including learning about where food comes from and how it’s produced. The ever-popular sheep show will have everyone laughing out loud, and the Discover the Countryside area will provide amazing experiences for all ages with forestry, fly casting and the NFU Discovery Barn.
There’s also live music, farm machinery through the ages, pay and play golf, a medieval re-enactment zone, axe throwing, archery, tug of war, cookery demonstrations, and a whole lot more!
Corrie Ince, Show Director for the South of England Agricultural Society, commented:
“We were very fortunate that we were able to hold The South of England Show in 2021, albeit on a much smaller scale. With restrictions lifted we are delighted to be coming back with a bang and offering an action-packed programme. Visitors to the show will be able meet rural businesses and farmers, learn first-hand about countryside industries and see a huge variety of horses and livestock strutting their stuff in the main rings. A day at the show offers a unique opportunity to see and sample all the wonderful things our countryside and region have to offer.
“As a charity, we are grateful for the support of the general public. Their attendance of our shows means we can raise vital funds to support people with an interest or involvement in land-based industries including agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, and more. We look forward to seeing you!”
For more information about the South of England Agricultural Society and its shows visit www.seas.org.uk.
Tickets are available from www.seas.org.uk and cost £21.60 for adults, £19.80 for senior citizens/students (inclusive of 10% online discount until 2.06.22) – under 16s go free (suggested donation of £2 for children aged 5-15).