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Autumn Countryside Show, 8–9 October 2016

By 22 August 2016January 27th, 2021No Comments
Autumn Countryside Show 2016

Visitors to the Museum can enjoy our Autumn Countryside Show on 8 and 9 October, and experience the wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of a traditional harvest.

This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions.

New this year: The Dog & Duck Show!

The fun and entertaining Dog & Duck Show gives a great insight into dog behaviour. Visitors can watch demonstrations of dogs’ natural instincts, plus a very amusing display of sheep dogs working with ducks.

Dog & Duck Show Weald & Downland Museum

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 and the Museum’s own Shires will be among the teams of draught horses at work.
  • Vintage tractors will be busy preparing the ground for sowing and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements.
  • The weekend’s celebrations will also include a fun dog show (Sunday only), dog displays, falconry and a chance for visitors to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride (a small charge applies).

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.

Steam threashing train Weald & Downland Museum Autumn Countryside Show

Food, drink & craft stalls

Buy hot or cold meals and snacks from a selection of food and drink stalls in the Events Field, and visit the craft stalls too! Enjoy a smoothie, buy some delicious cakes, partake of the Hepworth and Wobblegate bars, and don’t forget the vintage ice-cream van.

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. If you’d like to take part, entry forms can be accessed online.

Event details

The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 October, from 10.30am–5pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the Museum site.

The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.

See a photo gallery on our Autumn Countryside Show page.