Highlights And Activities For The Autumn Show And Game Fair 2017
Celebrating the best of country life, the Autumn Show & Game Fair at the South of England Showground in Ardingly attracts over 15,000 visitors every year and organisers from the South of England Agricultural Society hope to welcome an even larger crowd this year over the weekend of 30 September and 1 October.
As in previous years ‘Come and have a go’ is the main emphasis again for this year’s show focusing on all that’s wonderful about living in rural Sussex in a fun and inviting way. Highlights & activities taking place at the show are listed below as well as people you can meet and find out more about their areas of expertise.
- Falconry on Horseback (both days 12.15 & 15.30) – witness the speed, power and ultimate grace of these beautiful trained falcons and stunning white stallions in this unique display. Combining ancient horsemanship skills with the medieval art of falconry led by Jonathan Marshall.
- (NEW) Cornish Countryman (Saturday 11.30 & 14.15, Sunday 11.45 & 15.00) – Chris Green will be entertaining the crowds with his fascinating and humorous show including pigeon decoying, duck calling and building hides.
- Gun dog training (Saturday 10.15 & 13.00, Sunday 10.30 & 13.00) – get the best from your dog with advice and specialist gun dog training tips from Andrew Farley of Horam, East Sussex.
- (NEW) Food Court with lots of fantastic seasonal artisan food and drink to enjoy or buy to take home
- (NEW) Bread Making – with baking becoming more and more popular why not stop off and learn some traditional methods of bread making
- BASC Taste of Game Theatre – celebrate the British harvest and learn more about cooking with game and the health benefits of eating more seasonal produce
- Try your hand at fly fishing (various times throughout the weekend) with the Cinder Hill Fly Fishing team
- Clay pigeon shooting (all weekend with prize giving on Sunday at 15.30-16.00) with Northall Clay Pigeon Club from Fletching, East Sussex. You can also have a go at the air rifle range
- Learn about the ancient art of Falconry (displays on Saturday 11.00 & 13.45, Sunday 11.15 & 14.30) with Huxleys Birds of Prey from Horsham, West Sussex.
- Gun Dog Scurrying with the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) in association with Plumpton College Game and Wildlife Management.
- Terrier Racing – there are three races on each day of the Show and they are open to all Terrier type or size dogs – just turn up and join in the fun!
- Mid Downs Agility Dog Club competitions will be fast and furious at the show and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike. The main competition is open to dogs registered with the Kennel Club but there’s also a fun agility ring where all dogs and their owners can have a go at tackling the obstacle course for a small charge.
- Archery – take aim with expert advice from Joe’s Bows who provide guidance for people of all ages and levels of experience.
- Blacksmiths – come and see the sparks fly as the blacksmiths display their skills at the traditional craft of forging and have a go yourself
- The National Vegetable Society will be at the show where you can find out what makes the perfect onion or how to grow giant leeks. Prize Giving at 4pm on Sunday 1 October
- Flower Arranging Competition – celebrating Autumn Glory there will be two classes, Beginners and Intermediate with Prize Giving taking place at 4pm on Sunday 1 October
- Let’s go fly a kite with the Brighton Kite Flyers and their breathtaking giant creations.
- Take a tour around the South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club’s exhibition and learn how they restore wonderful machinery from a bygone era of farming. There will also be traction engines on display at the show this year
- Meet the stars of the Donkey Show (Sunday only), organised by the Donkey Breed Society
- Talk to the East & West Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes about all the rural crafts and the floral ‘Box of Delights’ displays on show