Heavy Horse Show

Saturday 04 June to Sunday 05 June 2016
10.30am - 5.00pm

Visitors to the Museum will enjoy an unforgettable weekend of displays, demonstrations and parades at our Heavy Horse Show on the weekend of 4-5 June 2016.

Click here to view the Heavy Horse Show 2016 programme online!

Arena displays will take place throughout the weekend with ringside commentary, including a parade of horse-drawn agricultural and trade vehicles, and breeds including Shires, Suffolk Punches, Percherons and Comtois will participate in a variety of activities. Weighing up to a ton and standing up to 19 hands high, these powerful and majestic horses are prized for their good looks and capacity for work.

  • On Saturday, the British Heavy Horse Cross Country Trials will take place. This multidisciplinary event will include dressage, marathon, obstacle drive and cones competitions.
  • On Sunday, enjoy the grand parade of many horses and horse-drawn vehicles, which will bring the show to a close.

Watch demonstrations with a countryside theme, including: pole lathe turning, walking stick making and a display by the Guild of Model Wheelwrights. This year, visitors to the show can also:

  • Watch ferret racing by STA Ferret Rescue & STA Racers
  • Try archery with RN South Coast Archers
  • Ride a friendly donkey
  • Take a horse and carriage ride

Please note that small charges may apply to certain participatory activities.

Come and browse and buy from a selection of craft and trade stands, including furniture, horse brasses, jewellery, spun and blown glass, stained glass, and leatherwork.

There will be a range of delicious hot and cold food on sale and visitors can quench their thirsts with a drink from the bar in the Events Field. The Museum’s café kiosk will be serving tasty homemade light lunches and snacks.

Important information

The Heavy Horse Show will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June 2016 at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester. 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 leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

Exhibitors: find out how to exhibit here.