South of England Agricultural Society’s spring event returns

An Ardingly showground was home to a two-day event at the end of April which showcased and celebrated the great British outdoors.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:27 am
South of England Show

The South of England Showground saw Spring Live! return for 2021, the South of England Agricultural Society’s first show of the year, which took place on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

The event, which was sold out in advance, was still able to offer a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy despite restricted visitor numbers and social distancing.

People were able to see a variety of farm animals, take part in chocolate and circus skills workshops, experience the thrill of the funfair and even try their hand at archery and axe throwing.

There were maypole dancing displays, tradtional countryside activities, and information about the newly updated Countryside Code.

Corrie Ince, show director at the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “After having to cancel this event in 2020 it was wonderful to be able to host Spring Live! and give people the opportunity to get out and celebrate the British countryside and the arrival of spring.

“People have learnt in the past year to appreciate the great outdoors when out on their daily walks, so to be able to offer the opportunity for people to have a great day out as well as support and learn more about the countryside and its industries has been fantastic.

“It wasn’t just our visitors that enjoyed the event — our exhibitors were also delighted to be trading and interacting with people again, which many haven’t done for 14 months.

“We are very fortunate to have more than 50 acres of event space, so it was great to receive feedback from our visitors stating they felt very Covid safe.

“The safety and well-being of our guests and exhibitors has always been of utmost importance to us which is why we were awarded Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ Covid-secure venues mark of approval.”

Tickets for the 2021 South of England Show can be bought at