Preview: South of England Show

FARMERS, growers, food producers, WI members and countryfolk from across East Sussex have been visiting the South of England Show for the past 44 years.

This year’s show, taking place on June 9, 10 and 11, looks set to be a record breaker, throwing the spotlight on the best in British agriculture, equestrianism, horticulture, food and drink, country crafts, sports and entertainment.

The Society has chosen Water as the central theme for not only the South of England Show but also for the whole year.

Water is the simplest and purest liquid of life, and crucial to food production and animal husbandry.

Water exhibits and education will be displayed throughout the showground and young people will be able to learn why this life-giving resource is critical to us all.

Gardening devotees will find inspiration in the floral marquee with stunning displays depicting all aspects of horticulture, from flowers to floral art and complete gardens.

Children will be in their element with a vast array of activities and the opportunity to see a menagerie of animals at close quarters.

Meanwhile, talented teenagers from all over the South East will display their skilful creations in the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year Competition.

Entertainment comes in a variety of guises – and this year we are delighted to see the return of the popular White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team.

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.

Taking place on 9, 10 & 11 June, the South of England Show is a wonderful countryside experience not to be missed. Show opens: 9.00am – 6:30pm daily.Advance tickets – credit card hot line: 01444 892857 (19 May – 6 June 9am – 6pm) For show information and details of local ticket agents tel: 01444 892700 or visit the website: