CONTEMPORARY designer Morag Myerscough will be bringing her first mobile installation to the new Entertainment Zone at this year’s South of England Show in Ardingly.

The bright and bold touring bandstand was commissioned by the Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft and arrives at the South of England Show on June 7, 8 and 9 as part of the artist’s Belonging tour of Sussex.

It will form a unique addition to the Long Man Brewery Music Stage in the Entertainment Zone, and will host a range of talent from across the South East. Musical artists will deliver a mixture of original tunes and well-known covers, combining folk, acoustic, pop and bluegrass.

“We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the Morag Myerscough bandstand at the South of England Show this year,” said Kelly Grant, development director of the South of England Agricultural Society, the charity that stages the annual South of England Show. “Her work with community building and the theme of ‘belonging’ reflects our work as a charity, bringing town and country folk together at the show for three fun-packed days offering visitors an unforgettable experience of exciting family entertainment combined with a unique close up of the countryside.

“We have worked really hard to deliver a fresh and exciting entertainment programme this year where young fans of TV’s PAW Patrol will also have the chance to meet characters Chase and Marshall on the Saturday of the Show in the Entertainment Zone, which will also feature a double decker bus, funfair, flight simulator, face-painting, axe-throwing, BMX stunt demos and workshops, Haywards Heath Rugby Club activity sessions, Laser Qube experience and a fabulous food court.”

This year’s must-see Ardingly Ring attraction is the famously talented Atkinson Action Horses and stunt-riding team, best known for their appearances in the hit television series Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria. Visitors will have the chance to meet and greet horses and riders in between performances taking place twice a day.

The South of England Show is one of the longest running agricultural shows in the UK, with more than 65,000 people expected to attend and featuring more than 2,000 animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and horses, and more than 400 retail stands.

Other family favourites include the high-energy Shetland Pony Grand National, where young riders come together to battle it out across the race course, the quintessentially British and popular Hound Parades and Inter Hunt Relay, world-class showjumping from riders across the UK, impressive heavy horse turnouts, and the livestock display, expertly commentated for crowds to enjoy the best of breed in beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

As well as offering a close-up of the countryside combined with family entertainment, music, crafts and shopping, the South of England Show boasts one of the most impressive food halls in the South East, featuring an abundance of mouth-watering local and regional foods.

The Society’s food service partner, Five Star Catering, which provided the public catering in Windsor at the recent Royal Wedding, will be offering a range of\ food in the food court areas around the Showground, and a range of menus will also be available from the Society’s in-house catering partner, Grayson’s, in the Turners Hill Bistro, Norfolk Place Brasserie and Norfolk Pavilion Café.

The Society’s work in countryside education will be demonstrated through the hundreds of students from across the region involved in competitions, exhibits and interactive displays, ranging from the Hadlow College Tractor Challenge to the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition.  The Society aims to raise awareness of British farming and educate the next generation on the importance of agriculture and horticulture and its future in this country.

The South of England Show is at the South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 7, 8 and 9. Tickets £21/u16s accompanied by a paying adult free/senior citizens and students over 16 £19. Phone 01444 892700 or visit seas.org.uk.

Above: Ben from Atkinson Action Horses with Malik, Mojo, Bonito and Jay 

Above: The Belonging bandstand by Morag Myerscough

Below: a performer on the Long Man Brewery music stage

Above: the Shetland Grand National

Below: the Hounds Parade

Above: the livestock parade

Below: Follies Face Painting

Above: Pimm’s at the South of England Show

Below: face to face with the livestock

Above: the horse shoeing competition