Wood Show – dads go free

Celebrate the many uses of wood this Father’s Day weekend – from woodland crafts, horse logging and charcoal burning, right through to finished products for the home and garden.

Timber and wood are at the heart of the Museum and this two-day event celebrates its many traditional uses. Explore our collection of timber-framed buildings, plus see the crafts and skills associated with their construction and traditional rural life.

Visitors to the Wood Show, 17 – 18 June, will enjoy a range of wood craft demonstrations, a working wood yard, a traditional charcoal burn, teams of heavy horses carrying out forestry tasks, exhibitors and displays.

Father’s Day: dads enter for free all weekend

Bring your dad for free on this special weekend. From viewing the Museum’s collection of timber-framed buildings to traditional crafts and demonstrations, plus local stall holders selling hand-crafted bowls, furniture, tools, toys and other wooden products – there will be plenty to see, do and buy and it will offer a fascinating day out to celebrate Father’s Day.

Visitors to the show can browse and buy from stands featuring a wide range of local crafts. Admission prices to the show also include full access to the Museum, with its collection of over 50 rescued historic buildings set in a 40-acre site. There is a lot to see and do at this fun event for the whole family to enjoy.

Wood working

Visit the Museum’s wood yard (and stands around the site) to see traditional demonstrations including pole lathe turning, greenwood working, coppicing, hedge laying, besom broom making, spoon making and more. Master clog maker, Jeremy Atkinson, specialises in making traditional nineteenth-century style clogs and will be demonstrating his skills. He is the last person in England following this traditional craft. Local woodsman, Alan Waters, will be demonstrating the unusual spectacle of a traditional charcoal burn. Students from Chichester College will showcase their contemporary furniture making using some of the most up-to-date techniques.

Heavy horses

Museum Horseman, Mark Buxton, will demonstrate the use of a timber forwarder (loaned by Wests of East Dean) and timber loading demonstrations together with Frankie Woodgate. Frankie is a specialist in sustainable woodland management who, with her horses, will be working in and around the Museum’s woodland.

Talks, tours and more

There will be free talks and tours of the woodland, including a ‘medicinal trees’ walk guided by Christine Stapley, plus visitors can learn the secrets of some of the Museum’s timber-framed buildings.

The Museum’s conservation workshop, the Downland Gridshell building, will be full of interesting demonstrations, stands and activities. Visitors can also explore the Museum’s collection of historic tools and artefacts, which are on display in the Gridshell artefact store.

For a small extra charge, visitors can also try their hands at archery with the RN South Coast Archers, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting) or take a donkey ride with Hayling Island Donkeys.

Information for visitors

The Museum’s opening hours for this event are 10.30am until 5.00pm. Regular admission prices apply and include access to both the Museum and the Wood Show. All dads enter this event free of charge. The Museum’s new waterside café will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site.