Museum News

Enjoy Christmas at the Museum

A historic festive treat awaits visitors to the Museum on Boxing Day and Tuesday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the ages. Period music, historical demonstrations, plus log fires will bring history to life, so that visitors can discover how our rural ancestors celebrated from medieval... (read more)

Tree Dressing Celebration, 4 December

Our annual Tree Dressing celebration is a magical occasion for visitors of all ages. Based on an ancient custom that celebrates the life-giving properties of trees, Tree Dressing takes place during National Tree Week. With its origins in the Green Man legends and other ancient customs, visitors to the Museum are invited to make a... (read more)

Gateway Project update

Work has continued apace with our Gateway Project. Now that the structures of the two complexes have been erected it is possible to get a really good feel for the layout and appearance of the buildings, which externally sit comfortably in the landscape, but internally offer considerably more space than originally envisaged from the plans.... (read more)

A Fabulous Festive Christmas Market, 26-27 November 2016

Find and purchase those perfect gifts during a great day out at the Museum, with stalls located in and around our collection of rescued historic buildings. Our annual Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November. It’s a popular festive event that offers superb value for money, with a reduced entry price to both the... (read more)

Meet Green Father Christmas

On the weekends of 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December we are welcoming a very special guest to the Museum – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter). Seated in his chamber, traditionally decorated with seasonal greenery, Green Father Christmas will be selecting presents to give to each child that he meets. Every child can spend time with Green... (read more)

Hallowe’en Half-Term Fun

From Monday 24 – Friday 28 October, children can get stuck in to a wide range of activities around the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre downland site. Activities will vary daily, but plan to include: pumpkin carving play a game of conkers make a mask hear a spine-tingling story seated around the fire create a dancing skeleton... (read more)

New exhibit: Anglo-Saxon house opens 14-15 October!

On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October, visitors to the Museum can see the official opening of our latest exhibit – a reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon hall house. Over our two-day event there will be a fascinating programme of talks, demonstrations and readings, which will bring the Anglo-Saxon period to life. This new addition sees the timespan covered... (read more)

Museum at Night Guided Walks

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, we will open our doors from 7pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks. These unique walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – visitors will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of... (read more)

Scarecrow Parade, 7 – 28 October

From Friday 7 until Friday 28 October, we will be welcoming a wonderful selection of scarecrows to the Museum site. From Percy (the friendly garden team’s scarecrow) to Frank (a truly terrifying creation by the collections team), there will be many to see. Besides our own creations, we have invited a selection of local organisations... (read more)

Autumn Countryside Show, 8-9 October

Visitors to the Museum can enjoy our Autumn Countryside Show on 8 and 9 October, and experience the wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of a traditional harvest. This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions. New... (read more)