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Museum at Night – Guided Walks (ticketed) FULL

Friday 13 May to Saturday 14 May 2016
Arrive from 8.30pm for 9pm start. Ends 11pm

Starting at 9pm, join an enchanting guided walk through the Museum site as darkness falls.

On the evenings of Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May, the Museum will be open from 8.45pm – 11.00pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our Museum at Night guided walks.

***Please note: tickets are SOLD OUT for both nights***

Beginning at dusk, each enchanting walk through the Museum’s site will stop to visit a selection of our rescued historic houses – each authentically lit by fire and candle light – to discover how their inhabitants would have lived during the hours of dusk and darkness.

  • Hear stories of poaching and smuggling in Sussex
  • Visit a charcoal camp, where the woodsman must stay awake to monitor the burn
  • Experience how travellers would have taken bed and board at the victualing house
  • Smell the tallow candles and learn how rural Tudors would have broken their sleep
  • Hear readings from the Georgian era and smell ale brewing

Our Museum at Night walks give our visitors a truly unique experience. Today we are so accustomed to our homes being well lit that it is difficult to imagine how our ancestors lived with only a candle or rush light for seeing in the dark.

Booking information

The Museum will be open from 8.45pm until 11.00pm on Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May for pre-booked visitors. The event is aimed at adults (16 years and over) and tickets are limited, so pre-booking is essential.

Please note: tickets are SOLD OUT for Saturday 14th May.

Tickets are £15 each and can be purchased by phone on 01243 811021 or by email to [email protected].

Culture24 co-ordinates Museums at Night, the annual festival encouraging new audiences to discover culture and heritage venues on their doorstep in a different light. The Weald & Downland Museum is taking part in Museums at Night 2016 again this year for what has now become an established Museum event.