A history lesson before your eyes – The historic London Harness Horse Parade

The famous London Harness Horse Parade will again take place at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018.

This unusual Easter spectacle is a chance for the whole family to experience the sights and sounds of old England and see the history of transportation before their eyes. See how everything from eggs to beer was transported.   Over 100 horse drawn vehicles and carriages, from Shetlands to Shires, will take part from all over Britain, together with a parade of the earliest motor cars, vintage tractors and historic motorcycles.  There’s also a chance to take a ride back in time on the Fullers Brewery Dray pulled by two of their magnificent Shires.

This year the Parade will commemorate the end of WW1 with special displays of transport of that era.  The Parade will be honoured with a visit from racing commentator, television presenter and former jockey Brough Scott MBE whose own grandfather was the noted Great War soldier “Galloper Jack” Seely. Brough Scott wrote a biography of his grandfather’s legendary WW1 horsemanship and this played a role in influencing the powerful book, film and musical “War Horse”.  He has recently published “Churchill at the Gallop” and will be happy to sign copies. He will also be involved with the Presentations at the Parade together with The Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, Mr Alvan Seth-Smith.

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10:30 – Inspections and judging starts
13:00 – Parade and presentation of awards
14:00 – Parade ends

All times are subject to alteration.

Entrance fee

  • Adults – £8
  • Children – Free

Free Car Parking

There is plenty of free car parking available at the South of England Centre

Directions & Public Transport

Showground location, directions & Public Transport.

Coaches can be catered for, please contact the Secretary for further information.


Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads and under strict control at all times.