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Mobile caving debut at weekend’s big show

Mobile caving makes a debut when the Spring Garden and Leisure Show is staged this weekend at the South of England Showground near Ardingly.

The show will be open on Sunday and Monday Bank Holiday from 9am to 5 pm, and under -16s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Organisers say visitors can enjoy lots of new outdoor pursuits and interactive entertainment, pick up on some top gardening tips, get creative and indulge in some fantastic retail therapy.

New this year will be the UK’s first interactive mobile caving system.  It is said to be the only one of its kind in the country and probably the most realistic artificial caving experiences above ground with more than 90ft of tunnelling inside including two levels, sumps, stalagmites and squeezes.

Other activities featured include rock climbing, tent pitching, a mobile shooting range, rope workshop, model aircraft demonstrations, craftwork and a campfire.

Top gardening tips for green-fingered enthusiasts will be provided in the ever-popular Gardening Theatre, where gardening guru Jean Griffin of BBC Sussex, Surrey and Kent will return for the weekend, chairing another programme of question and answer sessions with a panel of gardening experts.

Entries for the floral display competition in both the Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced classes will be exhibited in the Gardening Theatre and visitors can also wander around the inspiring plant and nursery area with thousands of plants to choose from and an extensive range of gardening equipment to buy.

Exciting competitions include the Crufts Qualifying Open Dog Show; the Horticultural competition and the South East Regional Alpaca Show, which has moved to the Abergavenny Building this year.

Admission is £10 for adults, with senior citizens and students over 16 paying £8.  All dogs are welcome. Buy tickets online and save 10% on the gate price at www.seas.org.uk Facebook: https://facebook.com/SouthofEnglandAgriculturalSociety

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