Posted 5 June 2015 by Andrew Gardner
This month's must-do events in Sussex include the South of England Show at Ardingly Showground on 11, 12 and 13 June. It's surely one of the biggest and best agricultural shows and the gate prices come into their own for a family day out, since under-16s with an adult go in free. The dog will love it, too.
Highlights - well, I don't know where to start but they include show jumping, a Shetland Pony Grand National (some of you might well put that top of the list), the daily parade of award-winning livestock, horse-shoeing and Young Craftsman of the Year competitions, the Bees and Honey Marquee, the Garden, Plants and Flowers Zone, the Heavy Horse Village, the English Food and Wine Pavilion - which is sure to include plenty of local Sussex produce - and dramatic displays by the Bolddog Lings motorbike stunt team.
It's a real family day out, and for the kids especially I think the Sheep Show, in the Countryside Learning Area, will be a winner and they can let off steam at the fairground if being outside all day isn't enough to wear them out. The strength of South of England Show is the way it presents the countryside as something we can all get involved in, rather than just a spectacle to watch.
A different spectacle entirely is this year's Glyndebourne Festival, which is being hailed by reviewers as one of the most exciting and diverse in many years. Definitely one to watch in awe rather than get involved in (although my Lewes-based uncle once had a walk-on part with a wheelbarrow). Picnics in the park, which was so successfully redesigned in time for last year's festival, are part of the experience - which for many of you, I know, will be the highlight of your holiday.
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