It's Show Time!
A Sussex country show that's always worth visiting is Heathfield Agricultural Show this coming weekend (26 May) – a true traditional agricultural show whose purpose has always been to show visitors the provenance of meat and the important part farming plays in getting food to our tables. There'll be farm animals to look at and learn about, plus showing classes for sheep, cattle, pigs and horses which always make a lovely spectacle. An Olympic-themed flower show (with classes for both professionals and novices) and a display of vintage tractors complete the line-up, so whether you're watching or taking part it promises to be a great day out.
View our East Sussex cottages where we still have late availability and given our god weather at long last many are taking the opportunity to get away.
That same weekend also sees BE-affiliated horse trials at the lovely Borde Hill estate near Haywards Heath. Walking the lovely, flowing cross-country course is a favourite way to see a park like this, and of course you can have your picnic by the water jump while you watch for the inevitable duckings. This one's a grass roots competition with classes up to novice level, so for those new to eventing it's not a scary spectacle but you might still spot international riders bringing out young horses – including Sussex-based rising stars Emily Llewellyn and Gemma Tattersall, who are both scheduled to compete on the Sunday.
If horses aren't your thing but you'd like to see Borde Hill Gardens in a different light, the intriguing Mystery in Stone exhibition of contemporary stone carvings from Zimbabwe starts there on Monday 28 May. See you there, hopefully from one of our West Sussex properties!