• Autumn Countryside Show 2016 Weald & Downland Museum

Autumn Countryside Show

Saturday 07 October to Sunday 08 October 2017
10.30am - 5.00pm

Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show! Visitors to our Autumn Countryside Show on 7 and 8 October will experience the wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside as we celebrate the harvest. This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations – including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing – steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, woodland and rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions.

The Museum’s 40-acre downland site is the perfect location for this annual festival, which celebrates and showcases many traditional countryside activities. Working plough horses are a favourite with visitors of all ages, with our own Shires among the teams of draught horses at work. Vintage tractors will be busy preparing the ground for sowing after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements for visitors to enjoy.

Steam-threshing demonstrations

The threshing of the wheat crop – separating the grain from the straw – is one of the main attractions during the weekend. In the days before combine harvesters, the ‘threshing train’ was a common sight – working the farms and travelling the lanes during the autumn and winter months. It usually comprised a steam traction engine, threshing drum, elevator, and living van used by the engine driver and his mate.

Annual Horticultural Show

The 8th annual Horticultural Show will take place as part of the show, with classes to suit all ages, ranging from vegetables to woodwork, marmalade to miniature gardens.

Alongside the class entries will be displays from local clubs, societies and the Museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations.

Crafts, demonstrations, food & drink

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 and snacks from the Museum café or its marquee in the Events Field. Also enjoy craft and trade stands, plus demonstrations with a countryside theme.

Opening hours

The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017, from 10.30am – 5pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show. Entry is free for Annual Members.

The Museum’s café will be open, plus there are undercover and outdoor picnic areas. Food stands at the event will include hot and cold foods, sweets and much more! Visitors can also enjoy a pint at the bar on site.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

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