MUSEUM CALENDAR: FULL LIST Of EVENTS

  • artefact store

    Dementia-Friendly Museum Session: Gridshell Artefact Store (Ticketed)

    Saturday 18 March 2017
    2.30pm - 4pm
    As part of the Chichester District ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival’ the Museum is offering a series of short sessions with afternoon tea. On Saturday 18 March 2017 we are offering a guided tour of the Museum’s artefact... (more info)
  • Shakespeare Family Day 2016

    Shakespeare Family Day

    Saturday 25 March 2017
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Come along and take part in a selection of family friendly activities, which aim to enhance your visit to the Museum. Follow a trail to find out more about Shakespeare-related items in our collection Try simple craft-based activities... (more info)
  • Mothering Sunday 2016

    Mothering Sunday

    Sunday 26 March 2017
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Bring your mum for free! Celebrate Mothering Sunday and the start of spring at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. Mothering Sunday is a fantastic time to visit the Museum, with new-born lambs and spring buds bursting into life... (more info)
  • Music being played in a historic house

    Dementia friendly museum session: Historical music (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 04 April 2017
    2.30pm - 4pm
    As part of the Chichester District ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival’ the Museum is offering a series of short sessions with afternoon tea. On Tuesday 4th April 2017 we will be offering a session of historical music. Come and... (more info)
  • Easter activities 2015

    The Museum at Easter

    Saturday 15 April to Monday 17 April 2017
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    The Museum is a wonderful place to visit at Easter. We offer a schedule of activities that vary daily, including: Easter cooking in the Tudor kitchen, egg painting, bonnet making and a traditional Bonnet Parade on Easter Monday. The... (more info)
  • Frame and Plane: Design Response for the New Gateway Project (Ticketed)

    Monday 24 April 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk With the Museum’s collection spanning over 950 years, to replicate any one style or period would have been inappropriate. ABIR Architects have chosen a design response which marries the numerous timber framed elements,... (more info)
  • Food & Folk Festival 2016

    Food & Folk Festival

    Saturday 29 April to Monday 01 May 2017
    10.30am - 5pm
    What’s on The very best of the South East’s produce and folk traditions will be showcased at our charming spring event. Enjoy free cookery classes and short talks, traditional folk music and dancing, vendors selling local produce... (more info)
  • Dementia Friendly Museum Session: Make a clay pot (Ticketed)

    Wednesday 03 May 2017
    2.30pm - 4pm
    As part of the Chichester District ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival’ the Museum is offering a series of short sessions with afternoon tea. On Wednesday 3 May 2017 we are offering the chance to make a clay pot. From wattle and... (more info)
  • The Time Travellers’ Guide to Restoration Britain (Ticketed)

    Thursday 04 May 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk If you find yourself in Britain in the years 1660-1700 – the age of Charles II, Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton and the Glorious Revolution – where will you stay? What will you eat? What laws will you need to obey? What... (more info)
  • Jane Austen’s Emma (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 09 May 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk 2017 marks 200 years since the death of Jane Austen and many events will celebrate her life and amazing works this year. Just one year before her death, Jane Austen published ‘Emma’, the last to be published in her lifetime.... (more info)
  • Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 16 May 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk An extraordinary young woman, who changed the course of history. Fresh from the sophisticated palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King... (more info)
  • Museum at Night - Weald & Downland - Anna Walls Photography

    Museum at Night: May (Ticketed)

    Friday 19 May to Saturday 20 May 2017
    7.00pm - 9.30pm
    On the evenings of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2017, the Museum will be open in the evening for pre-booked visitors to experience our Museum at Night guided walks. Full details to be released in March 2017. Tickets are limited and must... (more info)
  • Craftsmanship and Community (Ticketed)

    Wednesday 24 May 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk Ewan Clayton, a calligrapher, grew up in the craft Guild on Ditchling Common where two generations of his family worked as silk weavers, Ewan himself was a member of the community. As we approach the community’s centenary in two... (more info)
  • Spring half-term activities

    Monday 29 May to Friday 02 June 2017
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Families looking for a fun day out should head to the Museum this half-term for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on fun. From Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June, children can get stuck in to a range of activities with a hands-on history... (more info)
  • Living History Festival Weald & Downland Museum

    Living History Festival

    Saturday 03 June to Sunday 04 June 2017
    10.30am - 5pm
    The Museum is holding a brand new Living History Festival over the weekend of 3-4 June 2017. Step back in time whilst you walk through the ages at the Museum’s new signature event. Scores of re-enactors will be bringing the past to... (more info)
  • Stone Masonry Through the Ages (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 06 June 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk An evening to be inspired by the skills of a master craftsman and discover more about stonemasonry through the ages. The talk will consider all aspects of this area of work from the sourcing of materials and quarrying, to the... (more info)
  • medicine

    Dementia Friendly Museum Session: Tudor herbs and medicine (Ticketed)

    Thursday 08 June 2017
    2.30pm - 4pm
    As part of the Chichester District ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival’ the Museum is offering a series of short sessions with afternoon tea. On Thursday 8 June 2017 we are offering a session on Tudor herbs and medicine. The Tudors... (more info)
  • Wood Show 2015

    Wood Show

    Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June 2017
    10.30am - 5pm
    Enjoy a wonderful two-day event celebrating wood and its many traditional uses! The Museum is home to over 50 buildings – many of which are timber-framed – and wood is central to the Museum’s conservation work. Visitors to the Wood... (more info)
  • Traditional as Radical: How the Weald & Downland inspired a contemporary design studio (Ticketed)

    Wednesday 21 June 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk Sebastian Cox’s earliest memory is of a family visit to the Weald and Downland Museum when he was three. He has continued to visit the Museum, through his early years, teens and into adulthood; for both pleasure and for work.... (more info)
  • historic gardens

    Historic Gardens Weekend

    Saturday 24 June to Sunday 25 June 2017
    11:00am - 5:00pm
    Come and find out about the Museum’s period gardens over the weekend of 24 – 25 June 2017. Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian... (more info)
  • A272, An Ode to a Road (Ticketed)

    Wednesday 28 June 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk In 1966 Pieter Boogaart visited Great Britain for the first time, as a student of English. He and his future wife were immediately infected with Anglophilia, and it was then that Pieter fell in love with the A272 in particular. As... (more info)
  • Dementia Friendly Museum Session: Tactile wooden sculpture (Ticketed)

    Monday 03 July 2017
    2.30pm - 4pm
    As part of the Chichester District ‘Living Well with Dementia Festival’ the Museum is offering a series of short sessions with afternoon tea. On Monday 3 July 2017 we will be offering a session on tactile wooden sculpture. Join... (more info)
  • Exploring Sussex Churches (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 04 July 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk Although Sussex was relatively late in converting to Christianity it has, uniquely amongst southern counties, retained a large proportion of its earliest church buildings. Subsequent wealth and influences have not destroyed all... (more info)
  • The conservation of the Barn from May Day Farm, Tonbridge (Ticketed)

    Thursday 06 July 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk Find out about one of the Museum’s latest building conservation projects in this illustrated talk. The Museum’s Carpenter will explain the dismantling and conservation of the late C18th/early C19 timber framed barn from May... (more info)
  • Silk Road Steppes, Gondwana Landscapes and Woodland of the World: the wild and designed at Wakehurst (Ticketed)

    Thursday 13 July 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden: 535 acres of woodland, meadows and water, complementing fine ornamental horticulture. The Great Storm of 1987 was a dramatic moment in our history, but one we turned to our advantage,... (more info)
  • Rare Breeds Show 2016 - Weald & Downland Museum

    Rare & Traditional Breeds Show

    Sunday 16 July 2017
    10.00am - 4.30pm
    Four legs, furry legs, trotters and hooves… come and see cattle, sheep, pigs and goats in this delightful agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds! With prizes at stake and classes for young handlers, it is one of the... (more info)
  • The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich, and its place in the history of English Baroque (Ticketed)

    Thursday 20 July 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    ‘The noblest monument of wisdom and benevolence’ The talk The Royal Hospital at Greenwich was founded in 1694 by Queen Mary II to offer a safe harbour for injured, disabled or infirm seamen who had served in the Royal Navy.... (more info)
  • Photo of The Taming of The Shrew

    The Taming of the Shrew

    Friday 21 July 2017
    Gates open 6.30pm. Performance begins 7.00pm.
    You are invited to Heartbreak Productions’ 1928 Fete of Misrule to enjoy an open air performance of The Taming of the Shrew in a beautiful setting. Everyone wants to marry Bianca, Kate’s younger sister, but no suitor can be found for... (more info)
  • Festival of Archaeology: the Saxons

    Saturday 22 July to Sunday 23 July 2017
    Visit the Museum during the Festival of Archaeology! Our 2017 event will cover Saxon archaeology. More details to follow nearer to the event date. Information for visitors The Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 6pm and regular Museum... (more info)
  • The Weald & Downland Gridshell as the harmonic embodiment of Architecture, Structure and Craft (Ticketed)

    Monday 24 July 2017
    https://wealddownland.digitickets.co.uk/event/2083124?catID=4269
    The talk In 2002, the Weald and Downland Museum’s gridshell completion re-ignited architectural interest in gridshells world-wide. Especially with such structures, gridshell project success depends hugely on successful collaboration... (more info)
  • Through the Door festival image

    Through the Door

    Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July 2017
    10.30am - 5pm
    Imagine, play, create, explore – uncover what’s through the door! This exciting new family festival will offer children and their families the opportunity to run wild with their imagination – through woodland trails, funfair rides,... (more info)
  • Light, Space, Movement and Change (Ticketed)

    Tuesday 01 August 2017
    Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.
    The talk To coincide with the opening of an exhibition at the Museum of his work, Jeremy Houghton will discuss his inspiration and working method. He creates artworks that depict the dynamic world. The subjects and places that characterise... (more info)
  • Heartbreak Productions - Secret Garden performance photo 2017

    The Secret Garden

    Tuesday 01 August 2017
    5.30pm - 8.00pm
    Orphaned by a cholera outbreak in India, Mary is placed under the care of her grief-stricken uncle in the Yorkshire moors. Aided by the staff, Mary begins to blossom; finding solace by tending to the gardens. When she comes across a secret... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesday archery Weald & Downland Museum

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 2 August

    Wednesday 02 August 2017
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for children, which take place every Wednesday in August. Every Wonderful Wednesday, accompanied children can enjoy trying a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays wattle and daub Weald & Downland Museum

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 9 August

    Wednesday 09 August 2017
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for children, which take place every Wednesday in August. Every Wonderful Wednesday, accompanied children can enjoy trying a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays in August Weald & Downland Museum

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 16 August

    Wednesday 16 August 2017
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for children, which take place every Wednesday in August. Every Wonderful Wednesday, accompanied children can enjoy trying a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside... (more info)
  • Vintage & Steam 2016

    Vintage & Steam

    Saturday 19 August to Sunday 20 August 2017
    10.30am - 5.00pm
    Take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country! Visitors to the Museum’s Vintage & Steam show will enjoy all the bustle and... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesday Victorian chores Weald & Downland Museum

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 23 August

    Wednesday 23 August 2017
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for children, which take place every Wednesday in August. Every Wonderful Wednesday, accompanied children can enjoy trying a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside... (more info)
  • Charcoal & Woodyard Weekend

    Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August 2017
    From Saturday 26th until Monday 28th August, visitors can see a traditional early 20th century earth clamp built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the Museum. Led by our Rural Life Interpreter, Jon Roberts, a team will tend the clamp in... (more info)
  • David Walliams: Billionaire Boy

    Sunday 27 August 2017
    6pm - 8pm
    After the successful 2015 adaptation of Mr Stink (which David Walliams described as “Magnificent!”) and their 2016 performance of Ratburger, Heartbreak Productions returns to the Museum this summer with a theatrical premiere of... (more info)
  • Wonderful Wednesdays in August Weald & Downland Museum

    Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Holiday Activities – 30 August

    Wednesday 30 August 2017
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for children, which take place every Wednesday in August. Every Wonderful Wednesday, accompanied children can enjoy trying a wide range of arts, crafts and traditional countryside... (more info)
  • Autumn Countryside Show

    Saturday 07 October to Sunday 08 October 2017
    10.30am - 5.00pm
    Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show! Our popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations – including heavy horses and vintage... (more info)
  • Museum at Night - Weald & Downland - Anna Walls Photography

    Museum at Night: October (ticketed)

    Friday 27 October to Saturday 28 October 2017
    7pm - 9.30pm
    On the evenings of Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, the Museum will be open in the evening for pre-booked visitors to experience our Museum at Night guided walks. ***Full details to follow in August 2017*** Tickets are limited and must... (more info)
  • Christmas Market

    Friday 24 November to Sunday 26 November 2017
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Museum! Our bustling Christmas Market sees over 100 stands – selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more – ‘pop up’ in our collection of rescued... (more info)
  • Tree dressing

    Tree Dressing

    Sunday 03 December 2017
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Tree Dressing is a magical occasion for all the family, celebrating the importance of trees in our lives. Join in traditional songs and dances. Turn a jam jar into a lantern and join the procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns... (more info)