Get a taste of country life at Heathfield and District Agricultural Show

Shire horse in the ribbons at lasts year's show
Shire horse in the ribbons at lasts year's show

Saturday is the one day of the year people can go along to experience the very best that the Sussex countryside can offer.

The Heathfield and District Agricultural Show takes place at Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak from 9-5pm.

The day gives local people and visitors the chance to enjoy all aspects of farming, both innovative and traditional.

It’s not just farm animals and produce on show - there are literally dozens of exciting and different marquees with something for everyone, from a special micro brewery tent to terrier racing.

One of the many exhibits this year is the Women in Rural Business marquee which showcases the organisation of Women in Rural Enterprise. On the day when they will be offering advice and support to women who are interested in starting their own business. Visitors can count on valuable input so everyone is encouraged to go along and ask questions.

The microbrewery tent, situated next to the popular food tent, will have seven Sussex-made brews on offer, including the Long Man Copper Hop and delightfully named Goldstone Ruddy Duck.

At the showground there will also be a farmers market, packed with delicious produce, an excellent spot at lunchtime or for snacks throughout the day. Stalls at the farmers market include Castle Cakes, which has special allergy free baking on offer, and artisan cheese makers Alsop & Walker from Cross-in-Hand, along with many more.

Another exciting area of the showground is given to the Country Ways ring and marquees. This will be filled with a host of different country crafts from traditional trug making by the ‘Trug men of Herstmonceux’, to a thrilling flying display from the Sussex Falconry group of Mayfield.

The ring will also have an observation hive provided by the Sussex Beekeeping Association, and a closer look at ‘The Kingdom of the Mole’ which provides a humorous insight into man’s attempts to eradicate the mole.

As well as these displays, the ring will be filled with stands for traditional country crafts including lace making, spinning and saddlery, a real working forge and pottery painting stand. The area will also hold the Sussex Young Farmer’s Club marquee and the heavy horse display courtesy of The Working Horse Trust.

Trade stands sell clothes such as Capital Cashmere and Romney Marsh Wools, the Family Chiropractic Sussex with free posture checks and different charity stands including Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Age UK East Sussex.

Tickets can be bought in advance online for £13.50 and £16 on the day. Concessions are £13 in advance and £14 on the gate. Children under 16 go free with a full paying adult.

There is a free programme, parking is free and there is a free park and ride bus from Heathfield.