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  • When is the South Downs Show?
    The event will run over two days, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2024. All purchased tickets are valid for one day of the festival, so ensure you check which day you are buying for. You will need to buy a separate ticket for each day if you wish to attend both Saturday and Sunday. The vast majority of our attractions, events and stallholders will be present on both days. However this cannot be guaranteed in all cases and last minute circumstances may mean line-ups change. Please see our 'What's On' page for the most up-to-date information.
  • What time can I arrive?
    The show opens at 9am both days and closes at 5pm. The car park will be open from 8am.
  • Do I need to bring cash?
    Where possible, please take cash with you for the market stalls and paid attractions. We will do our best to provide card payment facilities, but cannot guarantee that all stalls will have them, especially due to the nature of the event/WiFi access etc! There are no cash points available at the show.
  • Where are the toilets/facilities?
    There will be plenty of toilets spread throughout the site. Facilities will include multiple high end trailers, as well as accessible and baby changing facilities.
  • Can I become a sponsor?
    We are always interested in building partnerships with new businesses and organisations. Please contact sds@the-hometown-group.com if you would like to discuss this further, we would love to hear from you!
  • What do I do if I have lost property at the South Downs Show
    Please contact sds@the-hometown-group.com and we will help if we can.
  • Photography
    Please be aware that we will be taking photos throughout the event which may appear later on our social media and website. Please contact us if you wish to discuss any images that have been shared.
  • Why are not all the attractions free?
    We want to keep the South Downs Show accessible to everyone so we offer ticket prices as low as possible, lower than many similar shows. We also offer many free activities and a whole line-up of live music and arena acts for all to enjoy! But to run the fair year after year, there are costs involved. Charging admission for some attractions helps us cover those expenses. These include things like: Bringing in exciting entertainment: Some of the most exciting parts of the show cost a lot to bring in, but we hope you agree they are worth it! Ensuring the smooth running of the event: Keeping the South Downs Show safe and enjoyable for all requires consistent investment, for example in parking management, first aid expertise, and site maintenance. Taking care of the animals: If there's a petting zoo or animal shows, we need to ensure that our traders can cover the costs of feeding and caring for the animals. By charging for some attractions, we can keep the overall cost of admission low and ensure there's something for everyone to enjoy at the fair!
  • Can I buy tickets on the day?
    Based on demand in previous years we expect to sell out before the event. As soon as we reach capacity, we will be unable to sell tickets on the door. Our website and social media pages will remain up to date with ticket availability. We recommend that you pre-book to avoid disappointment as our site has a certain capacity. Pre-booking also allows you to get tickets at a cheaper rate.
  • How much are tickets?
    Tickets are on sale now! See below for full price list: Family Ticket - £32.00 Admits 4. Will admit 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Children to be under 16 years of age. Adult Ticket - £13.00 Will admit 1 adult. Adult is 16 years of age and over. Child Ticket - £10.00 Will admit 1 child. Child is from 5 years and under 16 years of age. Concession Ticket - £10.00 Will admit 1 ONLY. Concession tickets apply to over 60s, people with disabilities and carers. Toddler Ticket - £0 Will admit 1 toddler. A toddler is under 5 years of age. The price of these will be go up on the 10th & 11th August (if they don't sell out in advance) so we highly suggest you book your ticket in advance of event weekend. Please book using the link below.
  • What is included in the entrance fee?
    An Awesome Show. The complete line up of the main arena acts for the day - Little Nippers (2 shows), Knights of Nottingham (two shows), Ridgeside Falconry, Hamble & Hounds Gun Dog Display and Dog and Sheep show. - The Dancing Sheep Show - Meet and greet the alpacas - See the animals in the Millers Ark Farm - Free children's activities including Circus Skills Workshop and Shows, Punch & Judy Shows and close up magic - Entry into dog competitions as well as watching displays in the Dog Zone Arena - Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting - Large games - A display of vintage tractors - A display of vintage Landrovers - Entry into the Dog Show Categories and watching the talks and demonstrations in the Dog Zone - A selection of bushcraft activities, archery, metal detecting and fly fishing and yet also some of these activities may ask for a small donation to the running of their club as well as watching gun dog trials, dog shows, wood carving and vintage tractors. We have worked hard to create an awesome show for you but there will be additional charges for taking part in the children's rides including helter skelter, mini landrovers and old fashioned carousel.
  • Where is the event?
    The South Downs Show will be held at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, just off the A3, three miles south of Petersfield in Hampshire, within the South Downs National Park. Postcode - PO8 0QE Follow the signs on arrival and DO NOT enter the main QECP visitors entrance.
  • Are motorhomes or caravans allowed in the car park?
    Motorhomes and caravans are allowed to park during the day of time of the event. We are unable to allow motorhomes and caravans to stay in the carpark overnight. You will be directed where to park when arrive. You may have to walk a bit longer to get to the main entrance if you arrive in a motorhome or caravan. If you are a part of a club and travelling in groups of more than one vehicle please get in contact to book a parking space. Any questions, please let us know.
  • Where can I park?
    There will be free parking available on site at the entrance to the show. Blue badge parking will also be available and will be located close to the main entrance. South Downs Show parking is separate to the QE Country Park Parking. You will be charged if you park in the QECP car parks.
  • Can I leave your show and come back later?
    You are certainly able to leave the show However, depending on the traffic it may be difficult to drive out of the car park and re-enter. We expect the entry and exit routes to be especially busy between 8:30 and 11 AM, and between 3 and 5 PM. Each ticket also only allows access on one day of the event. Please ensure you have checked which day you have bought for.
  • Do you have baby changing facilities?
    Yes we do - these will be signposted or feel free to ask any members of staff
  • What activities are available for children?
    We have a range of attractions specifically designed for families and children of all ages! These range from the petting zoo, children's rides and a beautiful vintage helter-skelter, to archery and laser clay pigeon shooting. Please see our 'What's On: Family Fun' page for full details on family-friendly activities at the South Downs Show: https://www.southdownsshow.com/family-fun
  • What happens in the event of a lost or unaccompanied child?
    We have a robust policy for lost children. If a child has been lost, please approach a member of staff, who will be around the site all weekend and marked out by hi-vis. All members of staff will be informed via their radios and the event team will make an orchestrated search of the site. If a child is found lost and unaccompanied, our DBS checked members of staff will remain with them until their parents or guardians are identified. Announcements will be made from the event HQ to facilitate this process. For any questions about the specifics of our event policies, please contact us at sds@the-hometown-group.com
  • Is the event accessible?
    The event is based outdoors in a field, access is clear but please be aware that some ground may be uneven. Our team are here to help, please get in touch if you have any further questions, and don't hesitate to come and find us during the event if you need support! Blue badge parking spots will be available and located close to the main entrance. Mobility Scooters are NOT available for hire on site. Sorry about this, we are trying to organise this service for future years.
  • Can I hire a mobility scooter at the show?
    Mobility Scooters are NOT available for hire on site. Sorry about this, we are trying to organise this service for future years.
  • Do you have an accessible parking area?
    Yes we do. When you arrive, our staff will show you where to go!
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Dogs are VERY welcome at the show, however they MUST be kept on a short, non-retractable lead at all times. Please ensure you clear up after them and bring plenty of fresh water. Dogs are not permitted in the Livestock areas. There will be other animals on site and loud noises due to the nature of the attractions - this may not be the right atmosphere for nervous animals. Hometown Events Ltd will not be held liable for reactive animal behaviour. Duty of care is a responsibility of the animal owner and all action will be taken against the animal owner by the person who suffered loss or injury. If you have any questions about bringing your dog, please get in touch! (Please remember under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should animals be left in vehicles on show day!)
  • How can I enter my dog in the Dog Show?
    It is completely FREE to enter your dog into the different dog show categories. Please just turn up 5 minutes before the category starts (timings below) and go straight into the Dog Zone Arena. A South Downs Show team member will be there to help if you have any questions on the day. Categories: 10.40-11.00 Most Like Owner Waggiest Tail 12.55 - 13.15 Best Party Trick Cutest Puppy 14.25 - 14.45 Loveliest Lady Handsomest Hound
  • Can I bring my own food/drink?
    There will be a fully stocked Beer Tent and Food Zone, but you are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Please do not leave any rubbish on site! If you are concerned about dietary requirements/allergies, please get in touch with our team.
  • Can I buy food and drink at the site?
    We have a huge range of caterers at the show, including vegetarian and vegan options. Please see our Food and Drink section to browse the amazing caterers we have booked so far! https://www.southdownsshow.com/food-and-drink
  • I am trading/would like to trade at the event and I have a question!
    Please head to the traders page HERE and read through the information. This is also where you can apply to attend the event. If you have any further questions, please email ben@the-hometown-group.com
  • Does the early bird offer extend to stallholders?
  • What First Aid facilities are available?
    There will be First Aid provision on site, including 2 emergency first aid responders. Petersfield has a minor injuries unit, an ambulance station and an A&E less than 30 minutes away. Our site plan is also fully risk assessed and has built-in access routes for emergency vehicles. Please speak to any of our staff if you need support.
  • What happens if there's a heatwave?
    The event will still be going ahead in the event of a heatwave. Please read the UK government guidelines below. There will be water to buy on site but please bring plenty of your own! We will be providing lots of shade. If you are bringing your dog, please (sadly!) consider leaving them at home and NOT in locked cars if it going to be hot. We will be patrolling the car park and if necessary, action will be taken to rescue animals in distress. PLEASE NOTE: Some attractions may pull out at last minute for the welfare of the animals/volunteers/performers. But don't worry - there's still lots of brilliant activities and things to see/do!
  • Don't hesitate to get in contact if you have any other questions or concerns!
    You can email sds@the-hometown-group.com, or contact us on our social media pages.
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