Get ready for the South of England Show this summer

A member of Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Freestyle team in action.
A member of Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Freestyle team in action.

THE SOUTH of England Agricultural Society has been celebrating the rural way of life for the past 45 years.

The South of England Show at Ardingly is the Society’s flagship event and a national institution – rejoicing in our countryside heritage while embracing the demands of the 21st century.

It combines two key ingredients – the best of British rural life with the finest entertainment. Hundreds of farmers, growers, producers and craftspeople from across East Sussex, including most of the county’s Women’s Institutes and schools exhibit and frequently win classes.

Following on from the high standards of previous years, this one looks set to be exceptional as it throws the spotlight on the best in British agriculture, equestrianism, horticulture, food and drink, country crafts, sports and activities.

The Society has chosen ‘Food for Sport’ as the central theme for the South of England Show, which chimes perfectly with the Olympic celebrations taking place all over the UK during 2012.

As the South of England Show falls during half term, there is special emphasis on activities for families and children, although there is plenty on offer for visitors of all ages and tastes.

Spectacular entertainment in the guise of the acclaimed Bolddog Lings Freestyle motorcycle team will amaze the crowds with their gravity defying motorbike show and Jean Monti with the highest sway pole in the world. Jean will climb the 58-metre pole (185ft), balancing on his hands and swaying to and fro. Lots of other exciting entertainment will be announced later in the month.

The broad appeal of the Show hinges on a wide range of attractions outside the central agricultural theme – including one of the best outdoor shopping malls in the South East.

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Caption: A member of Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Freestyle team in action.