Harvest time is celebrated at autumn show

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As autumn descends upon us, learn the true way of rural life during a two-day event at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. STEWART PARSONS finds out just what is planned.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside at harvest time as the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum holds it Autumn Countryside Show.

A range of traditional countryside activities will be demonstrated during this event, which takes place over this weekend.

You will be able to see heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered corn threshing, falconry and dog displays, craft demonstrations and have the chance to browse and buy gifts with a countryside theme at the many craft and trade stands.

The working plough horses are always a favourite with visitors of all ages, with the Museum’s own Shires among the teams of Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale, Ardennes and British Percheron draught horses that will also be at work. The vintage tractors will too be busy preparing the ground after the harvest, and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements.

The weekend’s celebrations will also include a fun dog show, gun dog display, working donkeys, a falconry display, the chance for visitors to experience a horse-drawn wagon ride around some of the most beautiful areas on the Museum’s site and an opportunity to watch a variety of traditional rural craft demonstrations.

Part of the event will include a Horticultural Show, where keen growers, budding enthusiasts, beginners and children will compete in a range of entry classes, including any vegetable or group of vegetables, any flower or group of flowers, a large cake or six small cakes and a scarecrow.

The museum, near Chichester, is open for the Autumn Countryside Show from 10.30am until 5pm, this weekend.

Admission is £9.50 for adults, £8.50 for OAPS, £5 for children aged four to 15 years and £26 for a family (two adults and three children). Children under four years are admitted for free.

For further details, see wealddown.co.uk