Historic Life Weekend: Wood Crafts & Uses

Saturday 15 June to Sunday 16 June 2019
10.30am - 5.30pm

Wood is an essential building material, for homes, furniture and much more.  Find out about the way it is worked into the different forms, with demonstrations from a range of craftspeople and displays. Which trees are used for which purposes? How is this resource managed to best use in the past and today? How do people learn these craft skills?

Over the course of this weekend there will be a traditional charcoal earth burn, with a team to explain the processes of each stage.

Father’s day is on Sunday, 16 June – so why not enjoy a day out at the Museum, where there will be plenty of things to see and do for Dads, Granddads and the whole family to enjoy.


For 2019 we have a new series of Historic Life weekends focusing on different historical angles of the Museum’s collection. 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 and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.

A full programme for each weekend will be published online about a week ahead and the programmes are subject to change.


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 oxen, 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 9am-3pm), 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.