THE South of England Show is back this year with a focus on going back to its roots as an agricultural event.

The show will take place from June 10 to 12 with more than 100 things to see and do.

The three-day programme sees the return of equine and livestock competing as well as new attractions, including displays from the Army and a garden design competition.

The annual event at the South of England Showground in Ardingly allows visitors to see, meet and learn from farmers, landowners, rural businesses and local artisan producers.

The cattle parades and international showjumping will be returning to the main ring this year, as will heavy horse hound displays, scurry driving and inter-hunt relay competitions

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The outer rings has a full programme of cattle, goat, sheep and pig judging as well as equine showing, which includes ridden hunters, moorland ponies, side saddle and more.

Shoppers can whet their appetite in the food hall and village, which will feature food from local and independent producers. 

The Grape and Grain Walk will bring together vineyards and microbreweries for some light refreshment while live music plays.

There will be the best of countryside shopping on offer including clothing, pet accessories, rural crafts, plant and garden supplies and independent boutique stands.

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Visitors looking to experience traditional countryside activities and crafts will enjoy the hedge laying and trug making as well as country sports with gundogs, hounds and birds of prey.

A children’s trail will take the little ones through the show to experience activities such as learning about where food comes from and how it is produced.  

There will also be live music, farm machinery through the ages, pay and play golf, a Medieval reenactment zone, axe throwing, archery, tug of war and cookery demonstrations.

For more information about the South of England Agricultural Society and its shows visit

Tickets cost £21.60 for adults, £19.80 for senior citizens/students, under 16s go free with a suggested donation of £2 for children aged five to 15.