The wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of a traditional harvest will welcome visitors to the Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show on 10 and 11 October.
This popular annual 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.
The Museum’s 40-acre downland site is the ideal 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 the Museum’s own Shires among the teams of draught horses at work. Vintage tractors will be busy preparing the ground after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements for visitors to enjoy.
The weekend’s celebrations will also include a fun dog show, falconry display and the chance to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride (small charge/donation applies).
The threshing of the wheat crop – separating the grain from the ear – 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. A threshing train will be on display, complete with the Museum’s 1862 threshing drum, one of the oldest working drums in the country.
Many traditional crafts will be showcased at the event and there will be a chance to browse and buy at the many trade stands featuring a variety of countryside items.
The 6th 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 and societies, plus traditional craft demonstrations. Entry forms can be accessed online.
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.
The Museum is open from 10.30am–5pm for the show. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show.
See a photo gallery on our Autumn Countryside Show page.