Autumn Countryside Show
Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show!
Our 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. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
How to Exhibit
If you wish to exhibit at this event we will be releasing our booking forms early spring. If you are an existing contact, we will contact you via email. If you are a new exhibitor to the show, please refer back to this page in late March.
The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018, 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 enter for free.
The Museum’s waterside 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.