Rare breeds show 2017

Rare Breeds Show, 16 July

Over 500 animals will gather to be shown at the Museum’s Rare Breeds Show on Sunday 16 July 2017. This popular show is an annual celebration of the diversity of rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock, which has run since 1985.

UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of livestock, and hundreds of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats will participate in the show, which also includes displays of poultry, rabbits and alpacas.

Rare breeds are in danger of extinction if demand for their produce isn’t maintained – a taste for quality over factory farmed, intensively raised meat products. The Museum is a charity that works to preserve our rural heritage, and rare breeds are an important part of this.

The show has a strong following from both exhibitors and visitors, who value its friendly and traditional atmosphere set against the backdrop of the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre site in the South Downs National Park.

Classes are held for cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, plus fleece and handspun. Most importantly, the next generation of exhibitors and young handlers are actively encouraged to participate and compete for prizes. Classes are open for sponsorship – download your sponsorship form here.

Don’t miss The Sheep Show shuffle – yes, dancing sheep!

Watch the award-winning demonstration, The Sheep Show – a fun and educational live show of sheep breeds and shearing. “It’s a bit like Miss World in sheep”, says New Zealander Richard Savoy who owns and operates the show from their farm in Norfolk.

Browse and buy

Visitors to the show can also browse and buy from stands featuring a wide range of local crafts, many with a farm animal and countryside themes, plus locally produced food. Fuller’s Brewery will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides for a small charge. There is a lot to see and do at this fun event for the whole family to enjoy.

Sponsor a show class – this includes show ticket(s)

With classes containing farmyard favourites, why not treat yourself by sponsoring a sheep, pig, goat or cattle class? Download our sponsorship form here.

Information for visitors

The Rare & Traditional Breeds Show will open at 10.00am and close promptly at 4.30pm. The Museum itself will also close at the end of the show.

Regular Museum admission prices apply and include admission to the show (free for Annual Members). Tickets are available to buy online via our shop and are available on the day. Children aged 4 years and under enter free of charge.

The Museum’s waterside café, Wattle & Daub, will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

Dogs on leads are welcome but have restricted access to the animal lines.

Please note that the whole Museum is a no smoking site.

There is free parking in the Museum’s overflow car park fields.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363 in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site. For further information see our visitors with disabilities page.