Top dog show at South of England Agricultural Society’s Spring Garden and Leisure Show in Ardingly

Lovers of the countryside are in for a treat when dogs of all shapes and sizes come together for one of the biggest and best dogs shows in the South.

Working, utility, and pastoral dogs will all be lining up to be judged at the South of England Agricultural Society’s Spring Garden and Leisure Show on May 1 and hounds, gundogs and toy breeds on May 2.

The Society’s annual Open Dog Show attracts more than 800 dogs every year.

They include pedigrees of all kinds and the canine that lifts the coveted Best in Show award qualifies automatically for Crufts.

The Open Dog Show, which last year passed an unannounced Kennel Club inspection with flying colours – gaining ‘excellent’ status - is held in high esteem by dog breeders and owners.

Likewise, the two days of showing and competition are one of the most popular events for spectators who follow the countryside calendar.

The Spring Garden and Leisure Show, at Ardingly is the venue for much more that heralds the arrival of the new growing season.

Trade stands will include a wide selection of plant wholesalers with everything from bedding plants to shrubs; crafts and unusual gifts; leisure, country and outdoor clothing; gardening equipment; and quality fresh produce and delicacies from across the region.

There will also be an abundance of local food and drink.

Experts from the Great British Garden Roadshow will put on three one-hour shows on Sunday and Monday, May 1 and 2. There will also be alpacas, children’s attractions and music from the Kausary Peruvian Band.

Prices are £9 per adult, £5 per child, £& per senior citizen or student and £23 per family.