IN PICTURES: A look back at The South of England Show

The South of England Show returns from Friday to Sunday (June 11-13) this year, celebrating the best of the Sussex countryside.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 7:22 pm
A young horserider at the South of England show in June, 2011. Picture: Steve Robards
A young horserider at the South of England show in June, 2011. Picture: Steve Robards

The event runs from 9am to 6.30pm each day at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.

It will be a little different this year, with restricted visitor numbers because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But organisers say the 2021 show will take visitors back to the event’s roots with agriculture, country pursuits, displays and demonstrations.

South of England Agricultural Society committee chairman Brian Jeffries presents a gold medal to Richard Hilson from the National Vegetable Society at the 2013 show. Picture: Susan King

We’re taking a look back ourselves with a selection of pictures from shows over the past two decades.

Plumpton College students at the 2013 South of England show. Picture: Susan King
The Sussex County Association of Change Ringers at the 2013 show. Picture: Susan King
Children enjoy a Winnie the Pooh display at the 2014 show. Picture: Peter Cripps
Children from Firle Church of England Primary School at the 2014 show. Picture: Peter Cripps
Princess Anne at the South of England Show. This picture was taken in 2005 by Malcolm McCluskey
South of England Show chairman David Allam in 2006. This photo was taken by Malcolm McCluskey.
Visitors from Horsham pose for a photo at the 2007 South of England Show.
Princess Alexandra at the South of England Show in 2007. Princess Alexandra is one of many royal visitors over the years.
Rory Payne with some treats from Cocoa Loco. This photo was taken in 2007.
Andy Hepworth of Hepworth & Co Brewery Ltd. Andy shows off his beers at the 2007 show.
Sarah Wareham with Tamhorn Alice, the pedigree Belgian blue reserve champion, at the 2007 show.
Oathall students with their display at the South of England Show in 2007.
The Duke of Norfolk opening the South of England Show in 2008 with one of his wife's Gloucester Old Spots. Picture by Malcolm McCluskey
Daniel Goodman from Brinsbury College in Pulborough. Pictured at the South of England Show in 2008.
A young rider takes a jump at Ardingly's South of England Show in 2008.
Audiences watch a very old tractor getting a move on at the 2008 show.
A winner is paraded at Ardingly's South of England Show in 2008.
Tony Sullivan, a Bluebell Railway volunteer with the 1875 locomotive called Stepney. Picture by Steve Cobb in 2009.
Horseriders at the South of England Show in 2009. Photo by Steve Cobb.
Stuart Pocknell, Southdown and Eridge huntsman, at the show in 2009.
Sgt Paul Masterson, Casualty Reduction Team, Roads Policing Unit, Uckfield, with puppets from Puppet Broadcasting Company. Photo by Steve Cobb in 2010.
John Prince of Palace Bronze, with an example of the statues he sells. Photo taken by Steve Cobb in 2010.
Sheep shearing students from Plumpton College at the 2015 show.
A young horserider at the South of England show in June, 2011. Picture: Steve Robards