Museum News

Morris Day of Dance, Sunday 10 June, 10.30am – 6.00pm

Join us for a day to celebrate this traditional form of English folk dance, its music and song. A whole host of sides will perform at the Museum to show the wide range of dances and music in the Morris tradition, and prove that it doesn’t just involve bells and handkerchiefs! Confirmed morris sides participating... (read more)

Hands-On History Half Term

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 site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there... (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)

Book now for our evening talks series

‘Tales of the Downs and Beyond’ is our exciting series of evening talks here at the Museum, for which tickets are now available. Running from 10 April through to 4 July, this year’s evening talks programme covers a wide range of topics including art, history, wildlife, and food and drink. Highlights include: A Sussex Wildlife... (read more)

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)

Conserving the ornamental dairy from Eastwick Park, Great Bookham, Surrey

Joe Thompson, the Museum’s Carpenter-in-Residence describes his work on the structural timbers of one of our latest projects. The Museum’s historic buildings tell many stories, some relating to materials, construction and conservation techniques, others to the people involved with them and the purposes for which they used the buildings, and some about the ideas and... (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)