Autumn Countryside Show

Saturday 06 October to Sunday 07 October 2018
10.30am - 5.00pm

Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show!

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

The weekend’s celebrations also include falconry and gun dog displays, with a fun dog show on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Museum’s 40-acre downland site is the perfect location for this annual festival, which celebrates and showcases many traditional countryside activities. Vintage tractors will be busy preparing the ground for sowing after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements for visitors to enjoy.

For what’s on, times and locations, download the Autumn Countryside Show programme here and plan your visit.

Steam-Threshing Demonstrations

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.

Horticultural Show

The annual Horticultural Show will take place as part of the show, with classes to suit all ages. Alongside the class entries will be displays from local clubs, societies and the Museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations.

Download your Horticultural Show 2018 – entry forms here and take part.

Fun Dog Show

A fun dog show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and is proudly run by MAD About Dogs. There are six fun classes to enter:

  • Most Obedient
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Dogs that Looks Most Like Its Owner
  • Best Bitch
  • Best Male
  • Best Rescue

Classes take place next to the arena from 1pm – 4pm. The ‘Novelty Best in Show’ and ‘Best in Show’ will be awarded after 4pm. To enter please sign up at the Dog Area by the arena – each entry costs £1 (per dog, per class) with all funds going to the Museum, which is a registered charity.

Crafts, Demonstrations, Food & Drink

Enjoy a range of delicious produce from vendors in the Events Field and quench your thirst with a drink from the bar. Try tasty homemade light lunches from the Museum’s waterside café or its marquee in the Events Field. Also enjoy craft and trade stands, plus demonstrations with a countryside theme.

How to Exhibit

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please download our revised Autumn and Countryside Show- Exhibitor Application and Booking Form.

Tractors and Horse entry forms are now available for submission:

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

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

Opening Hours

The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018, from 10.30am-5pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show. Entry is free for Annual Members. Children aged 4 years and under enter for free.

The Museum’s waterside café will be open, plus there are undercover and outdoor picnic areas. Food stands at the event will include hot and cold foods, sweets and much more! Visitors can also enjoy a pint at the bar on site.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to view our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.