For three days over Christmas you can experience a Christmas through the ages at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.
The Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the ages with a special focus on the Tudor era.
See the Museum’s houses decorated with seasonal greenery, enjoy traditional music, watch mummers plays and find out how our rural ancestors celebrated this special time of year.
The hall of the 15th century Bayleaf farmhouse will be dressed with evergreens and boast a table laid for a yeoman farmer’s Christmas. In Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, cooks will demonstrate a variety of seasonal food and drink, including Christmas mincemeat pies and enriched bread. Tasters will be on offer (subject to availability). Period music, historical demonstrations, plus crackling log fires will bring history to life, so that visitors can discover how our rural ancestors celebrated Christmas from Medieval to Edwardian times. 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.
Regular Museum admission prices apply. Dogs on leads are welcome.