VIDEO: Weald and Downland Museum Countryside Show

HUNDREDS turned up to the Autumn Countryside Show at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum over the weekend (October 12-13).

The sights, sounds and smells of a traditional harvest greeted visitors attending the fantastic fun-filled event.

One of the day's attractions

One of the day's attractions

There was something for everyone with heavy horses, vintage tractors, steam-powered threshing, a horticultural show, cider making demonstrations, displays and competitions.

The sprawling 45-acre site welcomed crowds in their droves as farm-fanatics and families alike turned up to take in the traditional countryside activities.

Children were encourage to get involved, and at every turn there was a youngster trying their hand at woodwork or weaving.

In the centre of the field spectators were treated to a dog show, gun dog display, falconry display and tractor exhibition.

A threshing train was one of the main centrepieces of the weekend, showcasing how wheat crop is prepared.

Dave and Nicola Small were the stars of the show, along with Holly, Jake, Bella, Dougie and Rosie - their working gun dogs.

The crew, from their kennels, Reedlands Retrievers, have been in the trade for more than 30 years.

Dave and Nicola, having just taken a year off, were back to show the audience what their bright and talented dogs were capable of. The pack, aged from nine months to 11 years old, showed off their skills, from retrieving birds to responding to commands.

Three of the pack were given starring roles in the most recent Christmas special of the television drama, Downton Abbey.

They also work alongside Heyshott-based charity, Canine Partners.

In fact, some eagle-eyed visitors even spotted actor from the show, Hugh Bonneville, at the open day with his family and dog.

The crowds also turned up to see horse man at the museum, Mark Buxton, alongside his impressive 16 year old horse, Mac, who stands at a whopping 17.3 hands high.

Meanwhile, Vic Constable from Tillington, who works as a steward at the museum, entertained guests with his knowledge of fire lighting and scything.

For more information about the museum and events, visit www.wealddown.co.uk/