Take a break from screen time

Tablet time has become a hot topic as studies continue to reveal reasons why we should be limiting the hours children spend in front of a screen.  Concerns around issues such as obesity, mental health and hindering social skills are causing parents to monitor usage.  In a study by West Sussex County Council in 2017, boys and girls across the county reported using the internet for around two hours a day.  Whilst this is good news for Sussex as it falls below Ofcom’s average estimate of 4.5 hours a day of screen time for children of a similar age, those two hours a day still rack up to the equivalent of an entire month of the year where children are glued to their screens! So, as the countryside around us blossoms with the arrival of Spring, what better time to leave technology on charge and get children into the great outdoors and discovering different ways to spend their time? Spring Live! at The South of England Showground offers activities and experiences to keep the whole family entertained and inspire time away from their ‘tech’. The event is organised by The South of England Agricultural Society whose entire ethos is to celebrate agriculture, horticulture, and the countryside.
Held over the May Day Bank Holiday (Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May), the annual show in Ardingly, West Sussex, will demonstrate how you can enjoy time without technology From wooden wand making to maypole dancing workshops there will be a huge range of new experiences for all the family to try, see and enjoy – all battery free. Children can find out if climbing a 6-metre-high wall is their thing or, if they’d rather, get up close to a Sussex Bull in the animal barn. Teens can try out the Segway Course or test their strength and aim with axe throwing. The show will even feature the popular Flyball competition, so even the four legged members of the family can join in the fun.
Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “Spring Live! is a great day out for all the family, providing the opportunity to for everyone to spend time
together as well as having a go at something a bit different. It’s also a chance for children to explore their own capabilities and by offering hands-on experiences and practical lessons our future generations will gain fond childhood memories as well as picking up a few new skills.
“With large numbers of visitors expected over the two days we look forward to welcoming people of all ages and
entertaining them the countryside way.  And as a charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning, a day out at Spring Live is a day spent supporting our work.” Tickets for Spring Live! 2019 are available from seas.org.uk and can be bought online in advance for a 10% discount. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens/students, and under 16s go free with a paying adult.