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HRH the Duke of Gloucester meeting one of the rare breeds, watched by Chris Baldwin and Richard Pailthorpe, director of the museum.
HRH the Duke of Gloucester meeting one of the rare breeds, watched by Chris Baldwin and Richard Pailthorpe, director of the museum.
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The annual agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds of farm animals is being held at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum this Sunday.

Now in its 27th year, the biggest and most popular shows of its kind in the south east will feature over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry.

Features on show include magnificent rare breed cattle, orange-bristled Tamworth pigs, Southdown sheep with their teddy bear faces and dumpling shape, and the ever-popular Pygmy goats which stand not much more than a foot high.

Charles Martell will present the prizes. Charles is famous for his Stinking Bishop cheese, one of the hard and soft cheeses he makes with milk from his herd of rare breed Old Gloucester cows. Fans of Wallace and Gromit will remember the cheese featuring in the Aardman Productions’ 2005 animated movie Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Spinners, weavers and dyers show their mettle in the marquee at the show, which also features knitted, woven and crochet items. There will also be a range of trade stands to browse and buy from. The event is held on Sunday, from 10.30am until 5pm.

See wealddown.co.uk for ticket information.