Visitors attending the food festival

Spring Food Festival

Saturday 02 May to Sunday 03 May 2020
10.30am - 5pm

The very best of the south east’s food & drink – will be showcased at our special spring event on 2-3 May.

Enjoy free cookery demonstrations and short talks, shop from stall holders selling local produce, watch demonstrations and crafts, learn about historic food and drink in our collection of rescued historic houses, plus much more. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy!



Food & Drink

Visit stall holders situated around the Museum site, which feature tasty local produce and country crafts, from in and around the South East. Buy lunch from our fantastic traders or visit the Museum’s waterside café.

Cookery Theatre

Come and watch cookery demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre.

Meet the chefs and get inspired by their wonderful recipes!

Tasty Talks

There will be a fascinating programme of short talks and tastings. Keep an eye out on our website for more information.

Food and Drink Through History

Watch demonstrations of traditional food preparation, cookery and brewing in our collection of rescued historic homes from South East England. Explore their six period gardens – see what was grown, and learn about the culinary and medicinal uses of the plants you can find there.

Information for visitors

The Museum’s annual Food Festival is back for 2020 and will take place from Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 May.

Standard admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and tickets are available to purchase in advance. Please note that seats in the Cookery Theatre are strictly limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility pages in advance of their visit. Accessible parking is available for those in need – simply ask our team upon arrival and they will direct you.

Dogs on short leads are welcome but are not permitted in the areas where food and drink are being prepared – this includes Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, the bakehouse and Lurgashall watermill. Due to food preparation in the Downland Gridshell Building (where our Cookery Theatre demonstrations are taking place during this event) dogs are only permitted in the standing space at the rear.

There is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

For further information, contact us on 01243 811363 or email [email protected].

Subject to change, please check out our website over the coming month for more information.