Steam-powered threshing at the Weald & Downland Living Museum Autumn Countryside Show

Autumn Countryside Show 6-7 October

Celebrate the Abundance of the Harvest at our Autumn Countryside Show! Visitors to the Museum on 6 and 7 October will experience the immersive autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside at the end of the harvest. This popular show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus rural crafts, displays, competitions and stands with a countryside theme.

Our 40-acre downland site is the perfect location for this annual festival, which showcases traditional countryside activities. Working plough horses are a firm favourite, with the Museum’s own Shire and Percheron horses among the teams at work. Vintage tractors will prepare the ground for sowing after the harvest and a diverse collection of tractors and farm implements will be on display. The weekend’s celebrations also include a horticultural show, falconry and gun dog displays, with a fun dog show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The steam-powered threshing of the Museum’s wheat crop – separating the grain from the straw – is one of the event’s main attractions. In the days before combine harvesters, the ‘threshing train’ was a common sight and usually comprised a steam traction engine, threshing drum, elevator, and living van used by the engine driver and his mate.

Horticultural Show

The annual Horticultural Show will take place as part of the show, with classes to suit all ages. Alongside the class entries will be displays from local clubs, societies and the Museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations. Download the Horticultural Show 2018 – entry forms here.

Enjoy a range of delicious produce from vendors in the Events Field and quench your thirst with a drink from the bar. Try tasty homemade light lunches from the Museum’s waterside café or its marquee in the Events Field. Also enjoy craft and trade stands, plus demonstrations with a countryside theme.

Opening hours

We are open for the Autumn Countryside Show from 10.30am-5pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show. Entry is free for Annual Members. Children aged 4 years and under also enter for free.

The Museum’s waterside café will be open, the are food and drink traders in the food village, plus there are undercover and outdoor picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy a pint at the bar on site.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to view our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.