A Multi Period Living History Show

Battles Through History Military Show, Sussex

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2024

Battles Through History

the south of england showground

Where time travel into the past is possible.

Battles Through History is the new Multi period living history show you simply MUST get to in 2024!

Set in 150 acres at the South of England Showground, this show is set to be the Last Hurrah of the summer season. Not only a great day out for families and friends, but fabulous for all those that participate.

There will be Living History, Military Vehicles, Wargamers, Modelmakers, a Vintage Village, Traders in all things of all eras. Museum quality exhibitors, hands on history for the children to get involved with and battles, live music and entertainment – and many, many battles!

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2024

The South of England Showground, Ardingly, RH17 6TL

A weekend for war history fans

battles & attractions

Experience thrilling combat displays, drills and skirmishes across the ages at the arena and around the showground. Engage with living history re-enactors covering ancient Greece to modern warfare in their camps. Watch the wargamers replaying wars in miniature. Explore military vehicles, chat with owners, and catch helicopters arriving over the weekend. Join the medieval Falconers in the arena display and end your day with a thrilling WW2 Battle finale. History comes alive at this event!

activities & entertainment

Participate in a variety of interactive activities for children and adults, hosted by diverse groups and enjoy live music in the evenings. A weekend of historical immersion and entertainment for all!

stalls & refreshments

Step into a world where military, vintage, wargaming, model making, and artisan traders are eagerly showcasing their unique treasures both indoors and outdoors. Discover a thrilling mix of authors signing and selling their books while offering captivating talks in the Norfolk Pavilion. Satisfy your cravings with delicious treats at the Vintage Café, grab a drink at our onsite bars, and explore a tempting array of food stands.

ticket prices

day tickets


£15.50 (advance) £18 (at the gate)


£11 (advance) £12 (at the gate)

Child (5-16):

£9 (advance) £10 (at the gate)

Child (under 5)


Family (2 adults, 2 children):

£39.50 (advance) £48 (at the gate)

weekend tickets


£26.50 (advance) £31 (at the gate)


£19 (advance) £22 (at the gate)

Child (5-16):

£13.50 (advance) £16 (at the gate)

Child (under 5)


Family (2 adults, 2 children):

£69.75 (advance) £83 (at the gate)

Saturday extension to 11.30pm:

£5 per person


£50 per 5x5m pitch

*Only available for weekend ticket holders and must be purchased in advance.

NO Booking Fees! Visit the box office to view and book your tickets. Please visit the ticket information page for more information.

the showground

Battles Through History Showground Map

*Map is subject to change*

The Showground is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and located just 36 miles from London and 20 miles from Brighton and one of the joys of this fabulous site is that there is plenty of free parking and real flushing toilets too!

The South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, RH17 6TL. Please use the directions button below for information on travel by road, bus and train.

Opening Times

Advance ticket holders from 9am

Gate ticket holders from 9.30am

Arena show starts at 10am

Author talks start at 10.30am

Show closes at 5pm

Extension ticket holders for Saturday night entertainment must leave site by 11.30pm

Applications for the following trades & exhibitors are now open;

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Please note we are not accepting any more applications for caterers as all available pitches have been filled.

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