NEWSREADER Natasha Kaplinsky mingled with alpacas as guest of honour at a spring show.

Thousands enjoyed the sunshine at the Spring Garden and Leisure Show at the South of England Showground in Ardingly across the Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as a huge garden shop there was a dog show, caravan manoeuvring course, a petting farm for children and much more.

Other highlights included the South East Regional Alpaca Show in which dozens of the South America creatures competed for the coveted first prize.

Brighton-born newsreader and Strictly Come Dancing star Natasha Kaplinsky awarded the first prize to a Huacaya Alpaca from Houghton Hall Alpacas.

Iain Nicol, chief executive of the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “We had a marvellous weekend where the showground was full of fabulous plants and entertainment to really kick off spring."