• Autumn Countryside Show 2016 Weald & Downland Museum

Autumn Countryside Show

Saturday 08 October to Sunday 09 October 2016
10.30am - 5.00pm

Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the harvest!

Visitors to our Autumn Countryside Show on 8 and 9 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.

New this year: The Dog & Duck Show!

The entertaining and educational 30-minute Dog & Duck Show demonstration includes:

  • fascinating insights into how to understand dogs
  • demonstrations of dogs’ natural instincts
  • a very amusing display of sheep dogs working with ducks



Stuart Barnes’ passion for the canine species has enabled him to gain an incredible understanding of everything about dogs. Stuart and his team use both trained and untrained sheep dogs to herd ducks, amusing and educating audiences about common dog behaviour issues and how these can be resolved. The show demonstrates how untrained and poorly behaved dogs still have a programmed natural instinct, giving the audience a new understanding of the Way of the Dog.

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 7th 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. Download your entry forms today!

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 marquee in the Events Field or its kiosk behind the Market Square. Also enjoy craft and trade stands, plus demonstrations with a countryside theme.

Note: the full show programme will be uploaded to this page on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Opening hours

The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2016, 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 kiosk 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.

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

Kindly supported by:

Thesis Asset Management