Wprking Animals Show

Working Animals Show

Saturday 21 July to Sunday 22 July 2018

Calling all animal lovers! Our new show, 21-22 July 2018, will focus on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative manner for visitors of all ages.



Enjoy free talks and demonstrations in our animal-themed zones where you can learn about the animals, their traditional uses and how to care for them. Also learn about animal-based careers.

Watch arena displays to see these magnificent animals in action! Plus visit the children’s zone, where our younger visitors can enjoy animal-themed arts and crafts.

Horses: meet Shire and Percheron heavy horses and learn about the farming tasks and machinery they work with.

Oxen: see Sol and Saxon, the Museum’s pair of Sussex oxen, and learn about how oxen were traditionally used for farming tasks.

Dogs: meet and greet herding, military and assistance dogs. Try the agility course with your own pet dog and watch the flyball!

Donkeys: traditionally used for riding and carrying loads, come and meet the team from Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary whose donkeys will be at leisure during this event.

Also: ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, and therapy animals!

NB. we are taking a year out to refresh our popular Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, ready for a great comeback in 2019.

Find out more about farm animals and livestock at the Museum here.


If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please download our new Working Animals Show Exhibitor Application and Booking Form.

We are not able to take reservations over the phone and require a completed, signed booking form (and all necessary documents) prior to accepting your booking. Please note that, as of this year, we require a separate pack for each event.

Download our Risk Assessment template here. For full Working Animals Show 2018 terms and conditions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact our events team on 01243 811032 or [email protected].

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 2018.


Interested in becoming an event sponsor? We have bespoke packages available to suit every budget – please contact us on 01243811011 or email our events team to discuss.

Information for visitors

Standard admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and tickets will be available to purchase in advance via our online shop.

Some activities require a small payment or donation – these will be clearly marked in the show programme (available to view on this page shortly before the event date).

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit. Accessible parking is available for those in need – simply ask our team upon arrival and they will direct you.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

For further information contact us on 01243 811363 or email [email protected].