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Easter at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Easter Weekend

Explore and learn this Easter Weekend

Join in our Easter Egg Trail around the 40 acre site from Good Friday, 29 March.

 

Good Friday, 29 March

  • Find out more about how the Bayleaf household would have prepared for Easter on Good Friday.
  • Learn about the traditions of Stewart England in Walderton Cottage
  • Discover the art of Natural Dyes in Winkhurst Hall
  • See our Historic Garden’s team as they carry out the tradition of potato planting in Whittaker’s Cottage garden
  • See demonstrations on traditional spinning on a wheel in Horsham Medieval Shop
  • Learn about the art of chair leg making in the Carpenters shop
  • Visit Adrian Warrell as he will be living in Poplar Cottage over the weekend, demonstrating shoe making and carrying out some household tasks, including mending the fenestrals (window cover) on the cottage windows.
  • Try a freshly baked hot cross bun from the Museum bakehouse (subject to availability)

 

Saturday, 30 March

  • Learn about the traditions of Stewart England in Walderton Cottage
  • See demonstrations of spinning a yarn on a traditional spinning wheel in Winkhurst hall.
  • Learn about how to keep a Victorian household in Whittaker’s cottage.
  • Visit Adrian Warrell as he will be living in Poplar Cottage over the weekend, demonstrating shoe making and carrying out some household tasks, including mending the fenestrals (window cover) on the cottage windows.
  • Try a freshly baked hot cross bun from the Museum bakehouse (subject to availability)

 

Easter Sunday, 31 March

  • Meet Aaron and Jo as they will be demonstrating how the Tudors would have broken the Lenten Fast and celebrated Easter Sunday. Roasting lamb on the spit
  • Learn about the traditions of Stewart England in Walderton Cottage
  • Find out at the art of natural dyes and fabrics in Winkhurst Hall with Andy Shorter.
  • Hear Merv Mewis & Kathryn Young playing traditional acoustic music on handmade instruments in the Downland Gridshell building.
  • Learn about how to keep a Victorian household in Whittaker’s cottage.
  • Visit Adrian Warrell as he will be living in Poplar Cottage over the weekend, demonstrating shoe making and carrying out some household tasks, including mending the fenestrals (window cover) on the cottage windows.
  • Try a freshly baked hot cross bun from the Museum bakehouse (subject to availability)

 

Easter Monday, 1 April

  • Hear Merv Mewis & Kathryn Young playing traditional acoustic music on handmade instruments in the Downland Gridshell building.
  • Explore the Cabinet of Curiosities in Walderton Cottage

 

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Information for Visitors

The Museum’s 40 acres site, historic gardens and buildings are fascinating places to learn about rural history. Visitors can purchase grain from the Museum shop and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Whilst enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air, look out for our working animals, which can include the Heavy Horses, Sheep and Ducks. There are a number of lovely woodland trails, including a woodland play area for children to explore.

Why not enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch at our waterside café?  Visitors can also bring a picnic as there are plenty of picnic areas available on site.  Takeaway refreshments will also be available from our seasonal Shepherd’s Huts located around the Museum.

Dogs on short 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.

 


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Date

Fri 29 March 2024–Mon 1 April 2024
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Time

10:00am–5:00pm