Summer fun at the weald & downland

Summer Holiday Activities – Week Five

Each week over the summer holidays we will have different activities for our visitors to explore, learn and have fun!

In the week of the 21 – 25 August activities include:


Knucker the Dragon Nature School

Activities will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, these are drop-in activities that will be available from 11am to 4pm.

There will be 3 stations as follows:

Creation Station – have a go at making your own kite or pinwheel windmill, try your hand at modelling a mini-beast, weaving and other butterfly and dragon fly crafts.

Games Station – have fun playing with our giant mini beast dominoes game and other games, take the Knucker the Dragon marble challenge, kite flying and more.

Investigation Station – discover the life cycle of butterflies and dragonflies and how they fly, investigate how windmills work, learn how to track woodland creatures from their footprints, excavate forest trees and have a chance to see like a bug with our special glasses.

Whilst you’re here why not pick up our Museum Detective handbook too and see how many of the things you can find on our I-Spy trail.


Hands-on Heritage Activities

Ever wondered how our ancient ancestors on the South Downs made tools and other objects by flint knapping?

Want to have a go at blacksmithing or find out how to take cuttings?

How about making a tile?

These are just some of the ‘have a go’ activities on offer during the summer holidays.

Activities vary throughout the week, please ask on arrival or take a look at the What’s On boards to find out about the activities on offer, Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm


Heritage Craft Heroes

Here at the Weald and Downland Museum we are dedicated to preserving traditional rural and heritage crafts so that they continue to exist for people to enjoy and learn in the future.

Several of these crafts are on The Heritage Crafts Association’s 2023 Red List of Endangered Crafts which are at risk of no longer being practised in the UK.

To put a spotlight on some of these crafts, we have invited practitioners to join us at the Museum during August to promote their crafts, from the 23 – 25 August you can meet:

Katie B Morgan a decorative artist specialising in folk and popular art including the restoration of gypsy wagons and fairground rides. All of her work is completely hand painted but creating the beautiful designs is time consuming, placing the craft at risk in an age of industrialised manufacturing.


The Museum can get very busy during the holidays, so we recommended pre-booking your tickets to guarantee your visit!

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Mon–Fri 21–25 August 2023