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Autumn Half Term family activities

By 25 September 2014January 11th, 2021No Comments

Come and enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours and the great outdoors at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. From 27 – 31 October there will be a week of wonderful seasonal activities, with a focus on Autumn in the South Downs.

There will be a host of arts, crafts and games to enjoy. Children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of hands on activities and outdoor trails, which are all located around the Museum’s 50 acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as we have plenty of undercover areas!

Activities might vary depending on the weather:

  • Learn about and make a mini Guy Fawkes
  • Play conkers
  • Try willow weaving
  • Explore chalk and charcoal
  • Brass rubbing
  • Candle making
  • Badge making

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore and learn how our forebears lived. See how our watermill works using a very topical natural resource and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the millpond.

Look out for the Shire horses and traditional breed farm animals including sheep, pigs (plus piglets), chickens and geese.

The Museum has 50 historic buildings which have been rescued from destruction, moved and carefully reconstructed on the downland site.

Whatever the weather it is a great opportunity to bring friends and family to the Museum’s idyllic location which is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park near Chichester, West Sussex.

Activities will run from 11am – 4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The lakeside café will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Sorry no children’s bicycles. Please wear clothes suitable for playing outdoors.

Normal Museum entry charge applies and the Museum closes at 4pm.

Notes to editors

Reporters and photographers welcome. For further information and photographs contact Kate Russell on 01243 811014.

Further details about the Museum and its activities are available on the Museum’s website www.wealddown.co.uk.

Background information

Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the award-winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has 50 historic building exhibits and is designated by the Government for the outstanding importance of its collections.

Exhibits include a medieval farmstead; a working watermill producing wholemeal stoneground flour; exhibitions focusing on traditional building techniques and agriculture; historic gardens, farm livestock and a working Tudor kitchen.

The Museum runs a well-established schools programme, and an award winning adult learning programme of courses in building conservation and rural crafts. There is a café which uses the Museum’s own flour and a shop with gifts and books on countryside and buildings themes.

The modern Downland Gridshell houses the Museum’s building conservation centre and artefact collection; there is a daily tour at 1.30pm when the Museum is open, and an appointments system for visits to the collections for research purposes.

“…The greatest variety of 15th and 16th century buildings in the country”–  BBC TV’s Tudor Monastery Farm about its choice of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum for the series’ principal location.