Traditional woodland management

Traditional Woodland Management – Cancelled

Above the central part of the Museum is an area of woodland that is managed by the Museum team. Hazel coppice has been re-established here and poles are cut at intervals, depending on the size of material needed for different tasks. Winter is the time that much of this work takes place, so it is also a good time for us to invite visitors to wrap up warm and follow the journey that a simple piece of wood may take across the Museum site to its various destinations.

Coppiced woodlands were once very important in the rural economy, especially for fuel and fencing and the young wood provides raw material for many products. The Museum collection therefore also holds a number of tools linked to woodland management and there will be an opportunity to find out more about these tools too.

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

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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 23–24 January 2021