Best of Sussex countryside on show at Laughton

The laughton Country Show drew in the crowds. Picture by Susan King
The laughton Country Show drew in the crowds. Picture by Susan King

Long before its official 9am ‘kick-off’ time on both Saturday and Sunday, crowds were streaming through the gate of the Heritage Field to make sure they did not miss a minute of last weekend’s Laughton Country Show.

And there was plenty to make their early start worthwhile.

The show covered 10 acres of beautiful farmland with far-reaching views to the South Downs.

Field after field was covered with heritage steam engines, historic military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, steam organs, shepherds’ huts and too many trade stands to shake a stick at.

There were trade vans from yesteryear, ingenious ploughing, baling and woodcutting devices powered by steam, heavy horses and birds of prey which delighted crowds as they circled the arena and were fed by hand.

A food and craft hall displayed artisan goodies from across Sussex and the South East but on-the-spot eating was encouraged thanks to a collection of food and drink stands.

Collectors were welcomed and treated to a wide range of auto and farm jumble - ideal for tracking down that essential bit of kit that disappeared into the bowels of the garage. An antiques section displayed furniture, pictures and interior decorative bits and pieces from long ago - perfect raw material for a bit of trendy up-cycling.

Children (of all ages we noted) flocked to the traditional funfair with brightly painted ‘gallopers’ as its centrepiece.

The show covers such a large area there was plenty of room for family members to head off and do their own thing - engines, trade stands, antiques, working horses - and then come together in The Crown Barn, a friendly ‘local’ selling traditional English food.

A spokesperson for the show said: “It was so much better than we expected, given the fact that the weather forecast was not so good. The best thing was when people came up to us and told us what a good time they had. This show has been going for more than 20 years and some of the trade stand exhibitors have been coming all that time. It looks good for next year doesn’t it?”

The Country Show is partner to the Cuckoo Fair which takes place every Spring.

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