Autumn Countryside Show 2017

Posted on - August 15, 2017 / Author - Alison Driver /

Weald and Downland Living Museum

Saturday 07 October to Sunday 08 October. 10.30am – 5.00pm

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

This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations – including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing – steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, woodland and 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. 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.

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.

ANNUAL 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.

FLORAL DISPLAYS

Sussex NAFAS members will be attending the show and displaying flowers all across the Museum site.

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.

For tickets and more information click here

 

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