Living History Festival Weald & Downland Museum

Living History Festival

Saturday 03 June to Sunday 04 June 2017
10.30am - 5pm

Step back in time! Come and walk through the ages at our new Living History Festival over the weekend of 3-4 June 2017.

What happened at a medieval tournament? How did Saxon craftspeople make beautiful items? What were the sights and smells of a Tudor market? How did you survive in the Victorian era with little money?

During this special weekend you have the chance to walk through many different eras, from Roman to the twentieth century, to discover all this and much more.

Meet scores of re-enactors who will provide a glimpse into a different age. Activities will be located across the museum site, with timed events in the field arena (programme to be published in April).

An event for all the family with encampments to explore, food and drink to taste, demonstrations of horsemanship and military drills to watch as well as trades, crafts and historical demonstrations to enjoy.

Groups present over the weekend include Destrier and The Pastons, Hartleys Companie, Myal PyperPelican-in-her-Piety, RAF Regiment Historic Flight, The Ragged VictoriansThe Tudor Group, The Yeomanry and Territorial Force, Wardour Garrison and Weorod, alongside the Museum’s team of demonstrators.

How to book

Regular Museum admission prices apply and include admission to the show and Museum (free for Annual Members). Children aged 4 years and under enter free of charge.



Information for visitors

The Living History Festival will open at 10.30am and close promptly at 5.00pm. The Museum itself will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363  or [email protected] in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.

The Museum’s new waterside café will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas.


We are always very pleased to welcome new faces! If you are interested in exhibiting with us in 2017, please download our 2017 Exhibitor Pack here or click on the image below.

Trade Exhibitor Pack                       Food Producer Pack                        Catering Tender Pack

 Weald & Downland Museum exhibitor pack 2017 image  Food pack Catering pack



Outright (or contributory) sponsorship of any event is possible! We have various packages to suit all budgets and we would be delighted to discuss your requirements. Our events are a fantastic way to reach your target audience and support the Museum. Download our 2017 event packages here. For further information please email our Events Manager on [email protected] or call 01243 811363.