Harvest some family fun

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be on offer at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.
Horse-drawn wagon rides will be on offer at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

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The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum has its annual Autumn Countryside Show this weekend.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester is hosting the popular Autumn Countryside Show tomorrow and Sunday.

Visitors can experience the natural beauties of the harvesting season at the fifth annual event at the museum, which features a wide range of preserved buildings.

The 45-acre site will play host to a variety of activities to suit all ages.

Visitors will be able to watch experienced teams plough through the fields with horses and vintage tractors.

The working plough horses also include the museum’s own Shires.

The wheat crop that is collected will be threshed and you will be able to see how farmers separate the grain from the ear. A threshing train, the machinery used to collect the crop, will be on display alongside the museum’s 1862 threshin g drum – one of the oldest working drums in the country.

Those interested in vintage machinery should go and see the steam-powered threshing demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend.

Alongside the machinery demonstrations there will also be falconry and dog displays and a fun dog show will be held in the main arena.

You will be able to take in the sights of the museum by a horse-drawn wagon ride and you can meet cows Grace and Gwen, stars of BBC’s Tudor Monastery Farm.

Across the two-day event there will be a horticultural show that will include a wide variety of classes to suit all ages.

These will range from vegetables to woodwork and marmalade to miniature gardens.

Craft demonstrations will be a highlight of the harvest event and visitors will be able to watch woodland and rural craft demonstrations.

There will also be thatching demonstrations tomorrow with a competition on the Sunday that will be hosted by Master Thatchers.

The Association of Pole Lathe Turners and the Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex Coppice groups will also provide weekend demonstrations.

The vast majority of these items along with countryside-themed gifts will be available to buy at the craft and trade stalls.

Admission costs £10.70 for adults and £5.90 for children.

For a full schedule of events and for more information visit wealddown.co.uk.