Baking weekend


Bread and butter are staple foods that we take for granted. Yet there is much more to both than meets the eye!

What were the methods used and finished bread like at different times in the past? And what might be used if wheat or other crops were poor in a particular year? How likely were you at various times to have unscrupulous producers bulking out bread with other products? When in the year was butter made and available?

During this weekend we will not only be celebrating our new bakehouse, but exploring this staple of our diet from other houses across the Museum. With the chance to have tasters in certain areas (restrictions permitting) and gain inspiration for baking at home.

Butter from the dairy and flour from the mill are essential components of this weekend and you can find out more about how the produce is created and used.

A full programme will be published online ahead of the weekend.

Tickets will be available to book approx. 5-6 weeks prior to this event.

How We Are Keeping You Safe

We have been working hard to put extra safety measures in place to ensure we are COVID-19 secure and have implemented several new precautions, following government advice, so that we can provide a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone. Please see our full FAQs and guidelines.

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. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.

Historic Life Weekends

For 2021 we have new topics in our popular series of Historic Life weekends. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested in a topic and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.


Sat–Sun 17–18 April 2021