Twenty pairs of heavy horses will be one the attractions at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’s annual festival

It may have been one of the most difficult years for farming in generations, but the sight of heavy horses working on the land rarely fails to boost the spirits of countryside enthusiasts.

And that’s what they’ll see at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum’s Autumn Countryside Festival at Singleton near Chichester, West Sussex on 27-28 October.

Twenty pairs of heavy horses, 15 vintage tractors, a huge threshing drum and a steam engine will all be at work on the land at the museum’s 50-acre site.

Other exhibits include a medieval farmstead with farmhouse, barns, orchard and gardens.

Among the teams of plough horses will be the museum’s own pair of Shires, along with Suffolks, Clydesdales and British Percherons.

The museum is open for the countryside celebration from 10.30am- 5 pm. Admission is £7.00 for adults, £4.00 for children.

For further information (tel: 01243 811348) or visit www.wealddown.co.uk