Thousands flock to 52nd South of England Show

Despite the typically un-predictable British weather, just under 58,000 visitors flocked to the South of England Show last week as it hosted its 52nd event

Organised by charity The South of England Agricultural Society, the show was established in 1967 to celebrate, and educate the public about, all things agricultural, and 2019’s event was certainly one of the Society’s biggest successes.

The three-day show welcomed visitors of all ages and interests from across the South East and afar. From families and friends enjoying a day out in the fresh air, to gardeners and foodies visiting thewondrous horticulture marquee and gastro-delight stands. They were joined by school children learning about livestock and farming culture, followers of showjumping, farmers, landowners, chicken and goat keepers, together with society members; the event gathered a hugely diverse crowd.

The 50-acre showground hosted a jam-packed programme of entertainment and top quality agricultural, equestrian and craftsmanship competition with over 800 livestock entries, 1,700 show jumping and showing competitors, and 90 Young Artisan Competition entries, along with 5 jaw-dropping displays from the Bolddog Lings motorcycle stunt team, and one very special visit from the children’s picture book character The Gruffalo. All this on top of the show’s epic shopping villagefeaturing around 500 stands, a live music stage, Wine Walk, heritage zone, funfair and more.

Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, said:

“What a show! We are beyond grateful to everyone that came to visit our 52nd South of England Show and hope that all our visitors enjoyed the excitement and escapism that the countryside brings.

“It takes a small army of over 500 volunteers and supporters to host this showcase and celebration of agriculture and our countryside. It also helps support those in the industry whilst also helping the public to learn and experience more about farming and the countryside. After 52 years, we are still regularly attracting around 60,000 visitors to what has become THE must-attend event for everyone living in the South, no matter their interests.”


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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.