Visitors to our Autumn Countryside Show, 10 – 11 October will 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.
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 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 for sowing 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 (Sunday only), dog displays and falconry, plus:
- Greet our Sussex Cattle steers at the Bayleaf Farmstead
- Ferret racing – place your bets and cheer your ferret on as it makes its way through the fun obstacle course of pipes, water pools and see-saws
- Chichester College – the college will be displaying their furniture and demonstrating their skills
- Apples to cider – watch a demonstration of apple scrutting and pressing.
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.
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, societies and the Museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations.
Information for visitors
The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, the is a whole host of stands selling food and drinks, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas.
Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no smoking site – this includes all buildings and open spaces within the site.
The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October, from 10.30am – 5pm.
Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show.