Enjoy Christmas at the Museum

A historic festive treat awaits visitors to the Museum on Boxing Day and Tuesday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the ages.

Period music, historical demonstrations, plus log fires will bring history to life, so that visitors can discover how our rural ancestors celebrated from medieval to Edwardian times.

Bayleaf farmhouse will play host to traditional greenery decorations. The spinning wheel is also decorated, to symbolises that no work takes place at Christmas. In Winkhurst Tudor kitchen tasters of a warming Plum Pottage and gingered bread will be served.

Pendean farmhouse, built in 1609, will be dressed to reflect Christmas in early Stuart England with a warming yule log, traditional greenery decorations and indoor games.

In Poplar Cottage visitors can learn about the time when the Puritans cancelled Christmas during Cromwell’s Commonwealth.

A visit to the Museum is the perfect opportunity to walk off the Christmas pudding!

2017 opening dates

After this event, the Museum will be closed until February half-term (Monday 20th – Friday 24th) and will reopen for the main season from 1 March 2017.