Corrie Ince, show director for the Society said: “The Winter Fair is all about great shopping with Christmas fun alongside. We know that many of our trade exhibitors rely heavily on the pre-Christmas period and have had a terrible year so far. We want to support them and provide our members and visitors with a Covid-secure opportunity for Christmas preparation and family fun.”
“Those who have already booked a ticket to the Winter Fair will be automatically transferred to the weekend of December 5 and 6, with Saturday and Sunday selections remaining in place. The Society is contacting members and ticket-holders with more detailed information.
“The Winter Fair is held by, and in aid of, the South of England Agricultural Society—a charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning.
“The Society organises and hosts shows and events that promote agriculture, horticulture and the countryside including its flagship event, the South of England Show, which takes place in June each year.
“The Society also delivers educational events including conferences, schools days and competitions and provides grants, awards and bursaries for those with an interest or involvement in farming or other land-based industries. All the Society’s activities aim to celebrate, build awareness and develop understanding of products that come from land-based industries, as well as the use and support of local suppliers.
“The Society owns and operates the South of England Event Centre, the Showground, a 150-acre site situated on the outskirts of Ardingly village, in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.”
Covid safety will be at the forefront. However, firm favourites remain, and the event will offer the perfect opportunity to get the Christmas preparations sorted whilst enjoying a festive family day out.
“Visitors can shop till they drop with a plethora of artisan goodies from local, independent traders. For food and drink lovers, there’s mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams and chutneys, gourmet pies, cheeses, wines and handmade Christmas puddings and chocolates.
“For those looking for unique gifts and stocking fillers, there’s everything from wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, to natural soap, grooming gift sets, stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and more.
“It’s not just about the shopping though; families are sure to enjoy the live music, festive entertainment, and of course the traditional funfair.”
Corrie added: “The winter fair is a great opportunity for us to showcase wonderful regional artisan producers, and in turn offers our visitors a unique shopping experience where they can purchase gifts, home decorations, seasonal food and drink, and of course treats for themselves you wouldn’t find on the high streets.
“It’s been a tough year for all, and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the showground.
“ We hope that families come along and enjoy a wonderful festive day out together, all in the knowledge that they are helping the Society as a charity.
“Every ticket to the event we sell really does make a difference in helping us continue to showcase the countryside and it’s produce to the public. For the protection of everyone at the event, tickets to the Winter Fair 2020 will be limited and should be booked at www.seas.org.uk before arrival to ensure entry and to avoid queues.”