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Experience all the trimmings of Christmas past

By 24 December 2014January 26th, 2021No Comments

A historic and festive treat awaits you at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum from Boxing Day to Sunday 28 December 2014.

We have decorated our collection of houses to reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the ages with a special focus on the Tudor era.

Bayleaf farmhouse

The hall of the 15th century Bayleaf farmhouse has is dressed with evergreens and a table laid for a yeoman farmer’s Christmas.

Bayleaf farmhouse's Christmas table

Bayleaf farmhouse with its Christmas feast

Winkhurst Tudor kitchen

In Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, cooks are demonstrating a variety of seasonal food and drink, including Christmas mincemeat pies and enriched bread. Tasters will be on offer (subject to availability).

Period music, historical demonstrations, plus crackling open log fires will bring history to life, so that visitors can discover how our rural ancestors celebrated Christmas from Medieval to Edwardian times.

Pendean farmhouse

Built in 1609, Pendean farmhouse is dressed to reflect Christmas in early Stuart England with a warming yule log, traditional greenery and indoor games.

Poplar cottage

In Poplar cottage you can learn about the time when the Puritans cancelled Christmas during Cromwell’s Commonwealth.

The Museum team hopes that you will join us to experience a Tudor Christmas from Boxing Day to Sunday 28 December 2014.

The Museum is open daily until 1 January 2015, after which our winter opening hours apply. Information on opening hours and admission prices is available here.