Throwing clay pottery

Clay & Pottery

During this weekend we will look at the everyday items made from clay, both those used in the home, but also in construction.

Potters will:

  • share their skills
  • demonstrate how pots are formed and thrown on a wheel, and
  • talk about the development of different objects over time.

Also find out more from our demonstrators and staff at our brick drying shed on the preparation of the clay and the brickmaking industry.

Clay for ovens will be another theme, and we hope to build a bread oven, near the Saxon building during this weekend to use during the following Historic Life Weekend on baking (17-18 April).

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

Tickets will be available to book early-February for this weekend.

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 20–21 March 2021