Weald & Downland Living Museum

Working Animals Show

Saturday 21st July to Sunday 22nd July 2018

Calling all animal lovers! Our new Working Animals Show. 21-22 July 2018, will focus on traditional and modern working breeds in an entertaining and informative manner for visitors of all ages.

Enjoy free talks and demonstrations in our animal-themed zones where you can learn about the animals, their work and how to care for them. Also learn about animal-based careers.

Watch arena displays to see these magnificent animals in action! Plus visit the children’s zone, where our younger visitors can learn about, handle and groom friendly animals.

Horses: meet Shire and Percheron heavy horses and learn about the farming tasks and machinery they work with. Take a carriage ride if the weather is fair (for a donation).

Oxen: see Sol and Saxon, the Museum’s pair of working Sussex oxen. Learn about how oxen were traditionally used for farming and watch them pull a cart around the Museum site.

Birds of prey: learn how these amazing hawks were traditionally used and watch an arena display of their work.

Dogs: herding, military and assistance dogs can be seen in action. Try the agility course with your own pet dog too!

Donkeys: used for riding and carrying loads, come and meet the friendly donkeys who will be at leisure during this event.

Also: ferret racing, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, bees and therapy animals!

Even more animals, talks and demonstrations are being added each week – watch out for more information soon.

NB. we are taking a year out to refresh our popular Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, ready for a great comeback in 2019.


If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please download our new Working Animals Show Exhibitor Application and Booking Form.

We are not able to take reservations over the phone and require a completed, signed booking form (and all necessary documents) prior to accepting your booking. Please note that, as of this year, we require a separate pack for each event.

Download our Risk Assessment template here. For full Working Animals Show 2018 terms and conditions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact our events team on 01243 811032 or tradestands@wealddown.co.uk.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 20th April 2018.


Interested in becoming an event sponsor? We have bespoke packages available to suit every budget – please contact us on 01243811011 or email our events team to discuss.


Standard admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and tickets will be available to purchase in advance via our online shop.

Some activities require a small payment or donation – these will be clearly marked in the show programme (available to view on this page shortly before the event date).

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit. Accessible parking is available for those in need – simply ask our team upon arrival and they will direct you.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

For further information contact us on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk.