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Living History Festival 2–3 June

By 14 May 2018January 26th, 2021No Comments
Living History Festival 2018 at Weald & Downland Living Museum

If you have ever longed to travel back in time and experience history at first hand then head to our Living History Festival on the weekend of 2–3 June 2018.

Embark upon an immersive journey through over 1,000 years of English history, all brought to life by over 200 of the UK’s leading costumed re-enactors.

Over the course of this wonderful weekend you can experience what life was like from Saxon times through to the 20th century. Visitors can not only spectate at a medieval jousting tournament, but also experience the exciting preparations leading up to the event.

British Percheron Horse Society Centenary

This year’s show incorporates the centenary celebrations of the British Percheron Horse Society and we are pleased to welcome some 30 of their magnificent horses to the event. Some of the society’s horses will be taking part in arena re-enactments connected with British history.

The society will also display modern uses of the Percheron, including showing, competition driving, riding, plus farm and forestry work.

Displays and demonstrations

Visitors have the chance to meet scores of re-enactors and members of our interpretation team, who will provide a glimpse into different ages.

Why not watch Saxon folk crafting beautiful items or immerse yourself in the sights and smells of a Tudor market? Come and understand for yourself the challenges of living in poverty in the Victorian era.

There is a packed arena timetable and demonstrations will be located across the Museum site, bringing our fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings to life.

This is an ideal event for all the family, with encampments to explore, food and drink to taste, demonstrations of horsemanship and military drills to watch, plus trades, crafts and historical demonstrations to enjoy.

Information for visitors

Regular entry prices apply (free for Annual Members) and include access to the festival.

The Living History Festival will open at 10.30am and close at 5pm. The Museum will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields.

Please note that there will be some loud noises during displays. Our waterside café will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas.