Museum News

Easter Celebrations and Activities 30 March – 13 April

Celebrate Easter with a visit to the Museum, where you will find a wide range of traditional activities that the whole family will enjoy. Easter weekend From Good Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April visitors can experience traditional Easter preparations and celebrations, which begin with the traditional Good Friday bake in Winkhurst Tudor... (read more)

A Feast for Garden Lovers – 30 June-1 July

Interested in plants, their uses and history? Add our Historic Gardens Weekend to your diary! At the end of June our gardening team will put down their tools for a short while to create beautiful displays, lead guided walks through our historic gardens and put on demonstrations to explain the fascinating properties of plants. Today... (read more)

Two Family Hubs and one Exhibition Space – great new projects coming this year!

Our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Gateway Project, which delivered our new visitor centre last year, has many different facets. The latest developments will be delivered around Easter-time and are two very special Family Hubs. At Hambrook barn the focus will be on play, for all ages. With a colourful backdrop and props, you can let your... (read more)

Enjoy three terrific theatre productions at the Museum this season

David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang, The Railway Children and The Hawkhurst Gang! Enjoy wonderful evening theatre performances at the Museum – there’s something for everyone! THE MIDNIGHT GANG A David Walliams Bestseller. Drum roll, please… Heartbreak invites you to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area... (read more)

Discover what your ancestors did at our Rural Life Weekends!

Building on our popular rural life weekends which were introduced last year, we are running six exciting events this year! Special activity weekend will focus on different elements of the Museum’s core themes of historic buildings and rural life. As you tour the Museum and visit our exhibits you will be able to compare similarities... (read more)

Mothering Sunday-Mums Enter Free! 11 March

 Mothering Sunday is a great time to visit the Museum, where you can enjoy an activity-packed alternative to traditional celebrations. All mums and grandmothers enter the Museum free of charge on this special day! Throughout the day visitors can watch and take part in a range of activities including: See the new spring lambs and... (read more)

Book now for our 2018 courses

Our 2018 course programme is now available to book online – hurry, as some courses have already sold out! Gift certificates and gift vouchers are also available to buy – call us on 01243 811021 to find out more. COURSES IN TRADITIONAL RURAL TRADES AND CRAFTS Courses in traditional rural trades and crafts are inspired by the... (read more)

Folklore-themed half-term activities 12-16 February

Wrap up warm and head to the Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor crafts, activities and stories with a folklore theme this February half-term. From Monday 12 to Friday 16 February children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into activities located around our 40-acre site. The theme for February half-term is... (read more)

Wassail! Saturday 20 January

Come and bless the Museum’s orchard at one of our new winter Wassailing events! Wassailing Day Visitors on Saturday 20 January can watch and take part in traditional and craft activities with a wassailing theme between 12pm and 3pm. Sorry sold out: Wassailing in the orchard is free but places are limited and must be... (read more)

Winter opening times

As we enter the festive season (and to enable you to plan your visits) we would like to make you aware of the Museum’s opening dates over Christmas and the New Year. Closure dates: Wednesday 20 December 2017 – closed from 1pm for the staff Christmas party Sunday 24 December 2017 – closed for Christmas... (read more)