Thousands enjoy Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

A scarecrow at the Autumn Fair at the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton. Bill Brooks
A scarecrow at the Autumn Fair at the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton. Bill Brooks

This friendly face was seen among thousands of people who enjoyed the ushering in of the new season at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at the weekend.

Its popular Autumn and Countryside Show transported people of all ages back to a time when farming communities would work the land using very traditional methods.

Over the weekend around eight pairs of heavy horses were in action ploughing the fields while the steam-powered threshers were hard at work threshing all the wheat grown on site.

The show featured a wide range of activities and displays, which included a horticultural show, and demonstrations of rural crafts such as hurdle marking, spar making, pole lathe and wood turning and coppicing.

A collection of around 20 steam engines from the 1920s and some dating from even earlier gave people an insight into farming methods of yesteryear, while other features included a fun dog show, a gundog display, working donkeys and a falconry display.