Enjoy the countryside at the Laughton Show

The Laughton Show
The Laughton Show

Rediscover your rural roots at what is arguably the biggest and most exciting country fair in East Sussex.

Whether you run a country estate, sweep your patio or nurture a window box, the Laughton Country Show (September 12 and 13) offers something for everyone who enjoys outdoor living, the thrills of traditional steam or just a great day out with plenty to eat and drink.

There’s 10 acres of trade stands, a food and craft hall and birds of prey displays where the 20-20 vision of owls and hawks demonstrates their place at the top of the food chain in the wildlife world.

A fascinating collectors’ and antiques section shows the best of the past while mechanically-minded folk linger over auto and farm jumble. For those of us old enough to remember, a traditional funfair provides the chance to reminisce. Alongside, still for steam aficionadoes, visitors can find steam organs belting out Victorian and early 20th century music. There’s almost too much to describe so the only answer is to go along and see for yourself. But don’t just look - take part with tank rides and off-roading.

Traditionalists love demos of rural skills such as haymaking and woodchopping while they can satisfy the inner man (and woman) at The Crown, a traditional 200 seater Sussex barn offering a full roast meal plus a large licensed bar selling all the favourites including local beer, Harvey’s.

Tickets represent excellent value for money with entertainment going on well into the evening. Keep your seats in The Crown for Saturday night’s band, Ian Fox and Al Stewart Trio. In the Lake Side Tavern you can enujoy Crystal Clear followed by a fantastic fireworks display at 10.30pm. A family ticket (two adults, two children) is £20; adults’ ticket is £9 , OAPs £8 and children £4. Under fours go free.

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