MUSEUM CALENDAR: FULL LIST Of EVENTS

  • 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)
  • Saving our Bumblebees

    Saturday 24 June 2017
    2pm - 3.30pm
    The Talk Bees and other pollinators are vital to our wellbeing: about one third of all the food we eat depends on the pollination services they provide. More broadly, natural ecosystems depend upon pollination: without it, most flowering... (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)
  • Church in Brightling, Sussex

    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)
  • Museum Familiarisation Visit (Trade only)

    Wednesday 05 July 2017
    12.30pm - 4.00pm
    On Wednesday 5th July, from 12.30pm – 4pm, we open our doors to pre-registered tour operators, fellow tourist attractions and local businesses involved with tourism for our Museum familiarisation visit. It is an exciting time for... (more info)
  • May Day Farm barn conservation

    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)
  • Wakehurst gardens.

    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 & 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

    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)
  • Surrey Run 2017

    Sunday 23 July 2017
    10.30am - 6.00pm
    The Museum is pleased to welcome The Epsom Area MGOC on Sunday 23rd July for their Surrey Run 2017 event. This charity fundraising event will start at Bocketts Farm, Fetcham near Leatherhead in Surrey. The scenic route will cover a... (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 Family Festival

    Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July 2017
    10.30am - 5pm
    Imagine, play, create, explore – come and 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,... (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
    Gates open 5.30pm. Performance begins 6.00pm.
    The Misselthwaite Horticultural Society welcomes you to its 10th anniversary show. The founders of the society, Mary, Dickon and Colin are reuniting to celebrate how they grew together to become best friends, and to rediscover the magic... (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)
  • Demonstrating an English scythe

    Rural Life Weekend: English Scything

    Saturday 05 August to Sunday 06 August 2017
    10.30am - 6.00pm
    Join us to find out more about traditional scything during this informal weekend demonstrations and displays. The day will include: Scything demonstrations Informal presentation on how to set up a scythe and maintain it Grinding scythe... (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
    Gates open 5.30pm. Performance begins 6.00pm.
    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 Wednesday Victorian chores 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)
  • Careers Forum 2017

    Monday 09 October 2017
    10:30am - 4:00pm
    Explore possibilities for work in heritage, crafts, trades and countryside skills. Come and join us on Monday 9 October to explore work and career options in an informal environment. We will focus on four fields of work: traditional... (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)
  • Living History Festival

    Saturday 02 June to Sunday 03 June 2018
    10.30am - 5pm
    Step back in time! Come and experience 1,000 years of history at our new Living History Festival over the weekend of 2-3 June 2018. What happened at a medieval tournament? How did Saxon craftspeople make beautiful items? What were the... (more info)