half term activities weald and downland museum

Hands-On History Half Term Activities

Monday 28 May to Friday 01 June 2018
10.30am-6pm

Head to the Museum for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, accompanied children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around our 40-acre downland site.

Get hands-on with history – collect an activity card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges!

Tasks will vary daily but include:

  • Try a horrible historical job
  • Have a go at writing with a quill pen
  • Learn about medicines from the past
  • Dress up! Find out what people would have worn in Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times
  • Take the historical agility test
  • Create a family crest

A programme of activities will be posted on the Museum’s website and social media channels the evening before each activity day.

About the Museum

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore. Learn how food was prepared without modern technology in the Tudor kitchen. See how our watermill works and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Look out for the heavy horses, oxen, and other traditional farm animals including sheep, chickens and geese.

Don’t worry! Wet weather won’t spoil play as there are plenty of areas under cover. Activities run from 11am-4pm daily. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please wear clothes and shoes that are suitable for playing outdoors.

Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with access requirements are advised to read our accessibility pages in advance of their visit.

Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 6.00pm (shop closes 5.30pm). The Museum’s dog-friendly waterside café will be open serving hot and cold meals and snacks from 9am to 3pm (closes 5pm).

The Museum is home to more than 50 historic buildings, which have been rescued from destruction, moved and carefully reconstructed on our downland site. Whatever the weather, a visit to the Museum is a great opportunity to bring friends and family to our idyllic location in the heart of the South Downs National Park.