IMMERSE yourselves in the autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside at the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show.
This popular event features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a horticultural show, rural craft demonstrations, displays, competitions and stands with a countryside theme.
Working plough horses are a firm favourite, with the museum’s own Shire horses among the teams at work.
Vintage tractors will prepare the ground for sowing after the harvest and a diverse collection of tractors and farm implements will be on display.
The weekend’s celebrations also include falconry displays plus the Dog and Duck Show. On the Sunday, there’s a fun dog show for the family to enjoy.
The threshing of the museum’s wheat crop – separating the grain from the straw – is one of the event’s main attractions, pictured above. The annual horticultural show is included as part of the show, with classes to suit all ages, ranging from vegetables to woodwork, marmalade to mini scarecrows. Entry forms can be accessed online using the link.
And look out for colourful displays of flowers created by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. Their talented team will be laying a flower trail, beginning at the event entrance and throughout the museum. There will also be displays from local clubs, societies and the museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations.
Visitors can enjoy a wide range of food and drinks from stalls in the food village.
The museum will be open both days from 10.30am-5pm. Regular entry charges apply.