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What to expect at the 2018 South of England Show

PUBLISHED: 12:07 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 30 April 2018

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Enjoy an impressive three-day programme of entertaining agricultural events, with new and exciting displays and attractions at the South of England Show on 7, 8 and 9 June 2018 in Ardingly

This annual flagship show of the South of England Agricultural Society will welcome the famous and renowned Atkinson Action Horses for their first ever appearance as the main ring attraction for 2018.

Best known for their appearances in television series’ Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria, the Atkinson Action team will be an exciting new addition to the show, with visitors able to meet both horses and riders in between performances taking place three times a day.

Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society said: “There is so much to look forward to at this year’s show including spectacular displays and the best examples of British agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equestrianism, rural crafts and skills, offering an intimate and close up countryside experience.”

The 150-acre showground will be alive with competitions and entertainment for all ages, arranged into ten zones that will take you on an unforgettable journey of Food & Drink, Livestock, Discover the Countryside, Agricultural Machinery, Garden, Plants & Flowers, Women’s Institute, Bees & Honey, Equestrian (including Heavy Horse Village), Skills & Craftsmanship, Country Sports & Hound Show, Market Place and over 500 retail stands with thousands of products.

Other firm family favourites include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, popular hound parades and the amazing livestock display.

Crowds can expect to see some of the country’s best equestrians in action as part of the daily showjumping and showing classes with over 1,500 horses and ponies taking part. Enjoy the fast paced inter-hunt relay and the beautiful Hackney breeds in the main ring and of course no country show would be complete without heavy horse turnouts and this has some of the very best. Afterwards come and meet the heavy horses in their stables and see the glamorous coach display and popular Sheep Show.

People of all ages can take full advantage of the ticket prices again this year with under 16s going free (accompanied by a paying adult £21); senior citizens and students over 16 £19. There is also free parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. Buy online at www.seas.org.uk and save 15% off the gate entry price; offer ends midnight 6 June.

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