Calling all animal lovers! The Museum’s new Working Animals Show, Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July 2018, focused on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative show for visitors of all ages.
Enjoy free talks and demonstrations in our horse, dog and ‘weird and wonderful’ themed zones; come and learn about the animals, their work and how to care for them. Also learn about animal-based careers and chat to the vet. Watch arena displays to see many of these magnificent animals in action!
- Horses: meet Shire and Percheron heavy horses and learn about the farming tasks and machinery they work with. Take a carriage ride if the weather is fair (for a donation).
- Oxen: see Sol and Saxon, the Museum’s pair of working Sussex oxen. Learn about how oxen were traditionally used for farming and watch them pull a cart around the Museum site.
- Dogs: police, fire and assistance dogs can be seen in action. Try the agility course and flyball with your own dog, and have the chance to achieve The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Bronze award.
- Donkeys: used for riding and carrying loads, come and meet the friendly Hayling Island Donkeys.
Visitors to the show can also see ferret racing, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas and therapy animals! Young visitors will enjoy the children’s zone, with its fun activities, crafts and more.
Information for visitors
The Museum will be open for the Working Animals Show from 10.30am until 5pm. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and there is free parking. Regular Museum admission charges apply (free for Annual Members).
The Museum’s has a dog-friendly waterside café, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas.
Visitors with disabilities are advised to read the Museum’s accessibility page on its website in advance of their visit. For further information email [email protected]down.co.uk or call 01243 811363 during office hours.