Rural Life Weekend: Charcoal & Woodyard, 25-27 August

Visitors to the Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, can experience a traditional charcoal burn and a whole host of demonstrations in our working woodyard.

During the weekend an early 20th century earth clamp is built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the Museum. Led by our Rural Life Interpreter, Jon Roberts, a team will tend the clamp and talk to visitors about the charcoal burning process and its importance in south east England.

Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of traditional skills at the woodyard throughout the weekend, plus free 10-minute taster talks. These vary daily and all activities are subject to change. Please check our events page for an activity list shortly before the event.

About the Museum

The Museum’s collection of 50 rescued historic buildings, set in 40 acres of parkland, are great places to explore. Learn how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen, see how a watermill works, watch the blacksmith at work, and spot the traditional farm animals – there are Shire and Percheron horses, Sussex oxen, chickens and geese. The Museum’s waterside café will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Regular entry charges apply and the Museum will be open from 10.30am to 6pm, our shop is open until 5.30pm and our café is  open 9.00am-5.00pm. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.  Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility web page in advance of their visit.