Best of the South at the Heathfield Show

Driving at Heathfield Show
Driving at Heathfield Show

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 24) is not just a big day for Heathfield; it’s a giant day for the whole of the South East of England.

The Heathfield Show opens from 8am at Tottingworth Farm and offers visitors a glorious mix of country pursuits, spectacular sights, browsing, shopping, eating and drinking.

Organisers point out this is not just a show, it’s a focal point for the farming community and everyone with an intrest in the countryside and the rural way of life.

Principal attractions are the livestock exhibits; horses and ponies, prize-winning cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Hedge layers, lace makers, a wheelwright and a saddler – are just a few of the Sussex-based talented local artisans who will be demonstrating their crafts in the Country Ways area at the Heathfield Show.

The 67th Show is ‘celebrating the past and looking to the future’.

It will be packed with locally produced food and drink producers, local arts and crafts, livestock and horse classes and terrier racing along with an extravaganza of serious competition and entertainment in six rings across the showground.

Surrounding all this are the trade stands. Gathered together for the day, visitors have the opportunity to buy anything from a combine harvester to a bush bird caller, from a Cornish pasty to a cashmere scarf. With over 200 trade stands there is something for everyone.

Entertainment ranges from Jason Smyth’s adrenalin tour – gymnastics on quad bikes, the New Zealand sheep show, a climbing wall, opportunities all over the Showground to meet the 1,500 animals which will be present at the Show and many many more excitements.

There will once again be a poultry marquee, not only offering advice but also chickens for sale.

The Heathfield and District Agricultural Society welcomes everyone to the show. There is free parking, a free programme and a free park and ride service from the town’s Clock Tower. Information: 01435 864587