Sussex charity, the South of England Agricultural Society, is delighted to announce that contemporary designer Morag Myerscough will be bringing her first-ever mobile installation, a bright, bold, touring bandstand, to this year’s South of England Show taking place in Ardingly, West Sussex on the 7, 8 & 9 June 2018.
This eye-catching stage installation was commissioned by the Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft and arrives at the South of England Show as part of Myerscough’s ‘Belonging’ tour of Sussex. Forming a unique addition to the Long Man Brewery Music Stage located in the Show’s brand NEW Entertainment Zone, this creative bandstand will feature a range of talent from across the South East. These musical artists will entertain the crowds, as they deliver a mixture of original tunes and well-known covers, combining folk, acoustic, pop and bluegrass that will bring everyone to their feet.
Said Kelly Grant, Development Director of the South of England Agricultural Society, “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the Morag Myerscough bandstand at the South of
England Show this year. Her work with community building and the theme of
‘belonging’ reflects our work as a charity, bringing town and country folk together at the show for three fun-packed days offering visitors an unforgettable experience of exciting family entertainment combined with a unique close up of the countryside.
“We have worked really hard to deliver a fresh and exciting entertainment programme this year where young fans of TV’s PAW Patrol will also have the chance to meet characters, Chase and Marshall on the Saturday of the Show in the Entertainment Zone which will also feature a double decker bus, funfair, flight simulator, face-painting, axe-throwing, BMX stunt demos and workshops, Haywards Heath Rugby Club activity sessions, Laser Qube experience and a fabulous food court.”
This year’s must see Ardingly Ring attraction is the famously talented Atkinson Action Horses and stunt riding team. Best known for their appearances in the hit television series’ Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria, the Atkinson Action team will be an unforgettable addition to this year’s Show, with visitors also having the unique opportunity to meet and greet horses and riders in between performances taking place twice a day.
Located at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, the South of England Show is one of the longest running agricultural shows in the UK and will welcome in excess of 65,000 people, over 2,000 animals including; cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and horses, over 400 quality retail stands. Visitors will be able to enjoy a jam-packed programme of activities, as they discover the variety of attractions available inside the many zones located throughout the beautiful 150-acre countryside estate.
Other family favourites include the high-energy Shetland Pony Grand National, where young riders come together to battle it out across the race course; the quintessentially British and ever popular Hound Parades and Inter Hunt Relay, world-class Showjumping from riders across the UK, impressive Heavy Horse turnouts, and not forgetting the amazing livestock display, expertly commentated for crowds to enjoy the best of breed in beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.
As well as offering a unique close up of the countryside combined with great family entertainment, music, crafts and shopping galore, the South of England Show boasts one of the most impressive food halls in the South East featuring an abundance of mouth-watering local and regional foods.
Visitors are also in for a treat as the Society’s food service partner, Five Star Catering, who provided all the public catering in Windsor at the recent Royal Wedding, will be offering a range of delectable food available in the various food court areas located throughout the Showground. A range of tasty menus will also be available from the Society’s in-house catering partner, Grayson’s, which can be enjoyed in the Turners Hill Bistro, Norfolk Place Brasserie and Norfolk Pavilion Café.
By attending the Show, visitors will be helping to support the good work that the Society does within countryside education, which is demonstrated through the hundreds of students from across the region involved in competitions, exhibits and interactive displays; ranging from the Hadlow College Tractor Challenge to the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition. It’s the Society’s continued aim to raise awareness of British farming and educate the next generation on the importance of agriculture and horticulture and its future in this country.
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.