Autumn & Countryside Show: Farming, Food, Horticulture

Saturday 05 October to Sunday 06 October 2019
10.30am - 5pm

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 ferret racing 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.

Plan your visit and download the 2019 Autumn & Countryside Show Programme

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.

Fun Dog Show

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

  • Class 1: Best Rescue dog
  • Class 2: Best Veteran dog
  • Class 3: Best Puppy 6 – 12 months
  • Class 4: Best Condition
  • Class 5: Best Friend – Child under 12 with a dog
  • Class 6: Dog Judge would like to take home
  • Class 7: Best in Show

Classes take place next to the arena from 1pm – 4pm. The ‘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.

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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.

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 2019 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 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019, 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.


Regular Museum admission prices apply and include admission to the show and Museum (free for Annual Members). Children aged 4 years and under enter free of charge. There is ample free parking.

The show will open at 10.30am and close promptly at 5.00pm. The Museum itself will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons.

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

The Museum’s waterside café will be open, plus food and drink stalls in the event’s Food Village. There are also lots of picnic areas too.

Dogs on leads are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times. Dogs are welcome on the deck of our cafe and in the first indoor section.

Please note that there is no cash machine on site – although some stallholders take card payments you will need to bring your spending money with you.

If you have any questions please contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or email [email protected] in advance of you visit.

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