Advent – A Christmas Experience & Market
A brand new for 2021
Come and visit the Museum over the 3 & 4 December to delve into the past and learn how our ancestors prepared for Christmas through the ages. Immerse yourself in all things festive, with live demonstrations and activities for all to enjoy. From music in the tin tabernacle, food demonstrations in the Tudor kitchen and inspiring calligraphy and card making in our Medieval house from Street, to roasted chestnuts and freshly baked spiced biscuits from our Victorian bakehouse!
To get you into the festive spirit, not only will you be able to explore our collection of historic buildings and artefacts, but there will be a boutique Christmas market around the Museum’s mill pond and market square, where you will find 50 hand-selected stall holders, selling quality products from around the local region.Pre-Book Your Tickets Today
This is a limited, ticketed event, entry will be via pre-booked tickets only. Due to the limited numbers of tickets available to this event, we have released a percentage of ‘member tickets’, which are free to members, with pre-booked tickets. Due to the popularity of this event, Membership guest passes and complimentary passes will not be accepted for this event.
Simply click the above ‘Pre-book you tickets today’ link and select which ticket type you would like, which day and what entry time that works best for you.
To provide the best visitor experience we will be staggering entry into the Museum via timed entry tickets.
There will be six (6) entry times available every half hour; first entry at 10:30am to last entry at 1pm and there is no time limit once you are on site.
NB: the Museum closes at 4pm and the last shuttle bus will leave at 4.30pm.
Park & Ride – Car Parking and Shuttle Buses
We have introduced new parking arrangements for this event.
Parking for this event will be at the Goodwood racecourse car park (this will be clearly sign posted for the event), and complimentary shuttle buses (provided by Stagecoach) will shuttle visitors to and from the Goodwood racecourse car park to the Museum throughout the day. First bus will leave Goodwood racecourse at approx. 10.20am and the last bus will depart the Museum at 4.30pm.
- Stagecoach will continue to follow COVID regulations for the normal daily services, including masks, cleaning, etc. Read their policy – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and FAQs | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)
- Conditions of carriage policy- Conditions of carriage | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)
Please arrive at the Goodwood racecourse car park approx. 15 minutes before your allocated time slot.
There will be Museum staff situated at the Goodwood Racecourse car park to assist and answer any questions you may have. Please have your tickets ready to show a member of our staff.
** Parking is not permitted in Singleton or West Dean villages. **
There will be limited disabled parking available at the Museum to Blue Badge holders only – please make sure you display your blue badge clearly upon entry at the Museum’s main entrance.
If you do choose to use the park and ride service from the Goodwood car park to the Museum, information on Stagecoach’s mobility scooter access can be downloaded here – CPT Scooter Leaflet
Travelling by Foot/Public Transport
For those wishing to travel via public transport or arrive on foot, please enter the Museum using the pedestrian gate to the right of the Museum’s main entrance on Town Lane.
Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to accommodate group bookings for this event, however if you do wish to travel by coach, you will have to use the Park and Ride service provided from Goodwood Racecourse to the Musuem. If you have further questions, please contact the Museum team on 01243 811363.
Unfortunately we are unable to welcome dogs (excluding guide dogs) at the Museum for this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Food & Drink
The Museum’s café and Shepherds Hut will be open over the event weekend serving a variety of festive food and drink. There will be a limited number of other food & drink outlets available as well.
Please note this event is not the same as the Museum’s previous Christmas Markets.
This event’s main focus is on the preparation of Christmas through the ages, with demonstrations taking place across the Museum and its buildings, with the added bonus of a boutique Christmas market.
We accept both cash and card payment, however please note some stall holders may not have the facilities to accept card, so we recommend bringing some cash with you, as we do not have cash withdrawal facilities (i.e. ATM) at the Musuem.
We have worked hard to provide wheelchair access throughout the Museum site, unfortunately due to the historical nature of some of our buildings, wheelchair access is limited.
Please take great care when visiting the site as there are areas of uneven ground which can be hazardous.
Although we are an open air site, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Museum.
Information for Visitors
The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore, plus you can learn how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen and how flour is milled in the watermill – where you can buy grain and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Also enjoy the fresh air and see the heavy horses and the other traditional breed farm animals including chickens and geese. There are lovely woodland walks and children can explore our woodland play area and family activity barn.
Our waterside café will be open (serving 10.30am–4pm), plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas.
All activities are subject to change.