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A bustling Christmas Market

By 22 October 2014January 26th, 2021No Comments

Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out in a beautiful downland setting! Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Christmas Market 2014

The Museum’s incredibly popular Christmas Market provides superb value for money with reduced admission of £6 for adults and £4 for children, including admission to the Museum site and exhibit buildings.

Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park in Singleton, near Chichester, the Museum makes a beautiful setting for the market, which is located in and around the historic buildings.

It will be an ideal opportunity to find that perfect, and maybe unusual, Christmas gift, whilst enjoying a day out in a delightful seasonal landscape with its parkland, fields, woodland and picturesque lake.

There will be more than 140 trade stands with arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more. Visitors will be able to browse and buy at their leisure, but for those who don’t want to shop there are lots of other things to see and do.

In the Craftscene marquee children can enjoy “make and take activities”. There will also be mobile entertainment from ‘Dan the Hat’, a comedian and juggler, who plays an entertaining Victorian character ‘Nathaniel’. Visitors will be able to spot him riding his Penny Farthing around the site.

The Museum’s historic buildings will be open, all of which have been rescued from their original locations and carefully reconstructed, showcasing the lives and times of the rural people of south east England over the last 500 years.

The Museum shop will be selling their ‘On the Hop’, Harvest Ale, brewed using freshly picked Green Golding hops from the Museum’s own gardens – an excellent idea for a Christmas gift, especially with a Museum tankard.

As well as the craft and trade stands, there will be hot chestnuts to ward off the winter chill, and other tasty seasonal treats to sample and buy, including a delicious hog roast with apple sauce.

Visitors can also enjoy meeting the working donkeys which will be on site throughout the weekend. A seasonal atmosphere will be created through live music with a large number of bands and musicians scheduled to play around the Museum site including choirs and orchestras.

Richard Pailthorpe, Museum Director commented:

“Our lovely downland site is a great backdrop to this bustling Market. Visitors enjoy the chance to explore our historic houses as well as to choose some special Christmas treats: and with so many varied and unusual gifts to choose from, there will simply be something for everyone!”

The Christmas Market takes place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November from 10.30am to 4pm. Entry costs are at the greatly reduced rate of £6 for adults and £4 for children.

Some buildings have limited wheelchair access and a quick call to the Museum office in advance of the event for further information/guidance is strongly recommended.

Notes to editors

Reporters and photographers welcome. For further information and photographs contact Kate Russell on 01243 811014.

Further details about the Museum and its activities are available on the Museum’s website www.wealddown.co.uk.

Opening times

Open daily until 22 Dec, plus daily for Christmas opening 26 Dec – 1 Jan. From 3 Jan – 27 Feb open Wed, Sat and Sun only with the exception of half term week, 16 – 20 Feb, when Museum is open daily.

From 28 Feb open daily until 22 Dec 2015, plus daily for Christmas opening 26 Dec – 1 Jan 2016. Opening times: 10.30am-6.00pm BST, 10.30am-4.00pm rest of year.

Background information

Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the award-winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has 50 historic building exhibits and is designated by the Government for the outstanding importance of its collections.

Exhibits include a medieval farmstead; a working watermill producing wholemeal stoneground flour; exhibitions focusing on traditional building techniques and agriculture; historic gardens, farm livestock and a working Tudor kitchen.

The Museum runs a well-established schools programme, and an award winning adult learning programme of courses in building conservation and rural crafts. There is a café which uses the Museum’s own flour and a shop with gifts and books on countryside and buildings themes.

The modern Downland Gridshell houses the Museum’s building conservation centre and artefact collection; there is a daily tour at 1.30pm when the Museum is open, and an appointments system for visits to the collections for research purposes.

“…The greatest variety of 15th and 16th century buildings in the country” – BBC TV’s Tudor Monastery Farm about its choice of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum for the series’ principal location.