Four shows celebrating the great British outdoors will return to the South England Showground in west Sussex this year, promising live entertainment, outdoor activities, animal meet and greets and more.

South of England Show

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Traditional countryside dancing can be seen at the South of England Show in June.

Spring Live! (2nd - 3rd May), South of England Show (11th, 12th & 13th June), Autumn Show & Game Fair (3rd - 4th October) and Winter Fair 21st - 22nd November) are all organised by the South of England Agricultural Society in a bid to get people outside and having fun.

Groups who attend the show will be helping the society to fund initiatives and projects that support agricultural education and countryside learning.

What can I expect?

Spring Live!

The first event taking place in May will be Spring Live!, featuring live and interactive entertainment, gardening demonstrations and more than 200 shopping stalls.

Younger members of the group can get closer to farm animals, take part in wand-making workshops and also jump on a ride at the fun fair.

As well as this, there will be a food hall which is full of different foods from local producers and traditional countryside activities such as maypole dancing and axe throwing.

South of England Show

The June show will include a dinosaur trail and stunt displays from the Atkinson Action Horses, professional show jumping, heavy horse displays, livestock parades and more. 

Groups will also be able to make use of different stalls selling rural crafts and try their hand at pond dipping.

Autumun Show & Game Fair

Autumn Show & Game Fair, west Sussex

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The Autumn Show & Game Fair features horse stunts.

Featuring a variety of different countryside sports, displays and activities, this show aims to celebrate the ‘joys of agriculture’.

Visitors can have a go at clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, air riffle shooting, archery, axe throwing and more, while keen gardeners can admire horticultural displays in the gardener’s Q&A sessions.

Winter Fair 

The final fair in the series acts as a top spot for picking up locally sourced gifts from independent traders before Christmas. The fair also has a giant snow globe for a picture opportunity and a designated festival area for live music and festive entertainment.

South of England's Agricultural Society's Winter Fair

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Wreath making workshops are available at the Winter Fair.

There will also be various festive workshops and demonstrations available such as wreath making, cake decorating and the chance to decorate festive chocolates.

For more information about each of the four shows, visit