About the Autumn Countryside Show
Chichester is in West Sussex, in southeast England, and is the only city in the county. One of its more unusual people of note was Charlotte Mardyn (1789 to 1844) who was an English actress of Irish descent. She was rumoured to have been the mistress of Lord Byron. Her acting skills caused one critic to write, "Her beauty of face, and symmetry of form were well adapted for it; but alas! when she had to open her mouth, all the illusion was destroyed." Today, aspiring actresses can learn to avoid influential British poets and take some acting lessons. And when October rolls around they can head for some wholesome fun at the Autumn Countryside Show held at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Chichester.
The sights and sounds of a traditional harvest will showcase this two-day steam event held on a 40-acre site and sponsored by the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.
If past shows are any indication of what to expect, then visitors will be treated to a two-day extravaganza of steam-powered threshing demonstrations, dog and falconry displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, and even ferret racing. Live country & western style artists from the local area will be performing on stage on both days and the “Food Village” will offer many delicious selections of locally produced foods and drinks.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The Museum project was formed in 1967 led by a small group of enthusiasts, including the museum's founder, the late Dr. J.R. Armstrong. It opened to the public on September 5, 1970. The 40-acre open-air museum features over 50 historic buildings dating from 950 AD to the 19th century, along with gardens, farm animals, walks, and a mill pond. The goal of the founders was to establish a centre that could rescue examples of “vernacular buildings” from South East England and stimulate public awareness and interest.
Entry To The Event
The gates will fly open at 10:30 a.m. and the Autumn Countryside Show will stay open until 5:00 p.m. with the museum closing at 6:00 p.m. The entry fee for the museum includes the Autumn Countryside Show and is £15.50 (£14.00) for adults, £13.50 (£12.00) for people 60 years and more, £7.50 (£6.50) for kids age 5-17, and free for younger kids. Disabled folks and their caretaker can enter for £5.00 (£4.50). The prices in parenthesis are the standard fee with no Gift Aid donation added. There are also some Family and Grandparent packages available.
Somewhere to Stay in West Sussex
Accommodations for overnight and weekend visitors should not be difficult to find because there any many camping and glamping sites, caravan parks, hotels, B&Bs, and Inns around Chichester. Tent campers are reminded that the show is in early October and the weather may factor in their decision to dwell under a cotton or nylon roof.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Visitors to Chichester will want to explore other local attractions like the Novium Museum that opened in 2012. The award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and with three floors of fantastic exhibitions. Another great place to take the kids is the South Downs Planetarium where a 96-seat auditorium will open the night sky with a display of the stars.
Parents are asked to keep a close eye on their kids especially when a hazardous demonstration with animals and equipment is underway. Car parking is free, and dogs are welcome if kept on a short lead and owners are diligent about any clean up. Baby change facilities, portable toilets, and handicapped-accessible toilets will be available as marked on the program map. Married men are strongly urged to get approval from their wives to carry on with attractive female actresses who lack talent.
When is the next Autumn Countryside Show?
The Autumn Countryside Show is planned to take place at Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU, Saturday 3rd October, 2020. This is a Weekend Vintage Event.
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