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Exhale this Autumn

By 4 October 2021No Comments
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Seasonal events making it the perfect autumnal attraction for all the family!

We are excited to launch our new Autumn programme packed full of family-friendly fun for all ages, from children’s half-term fun to the popular Historic Life Weekend events.

We invite you to experience a unique glimpse into our rural history, with the chance to explore historic buildings and gardens, traditional agriculture and farm animals including demonstrations and displays.

Autumn is a magical time to explore the Museum as the landscape transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours. Visitors can enjoy the idyllic surroundings by taking a walk through the beautiful grounds on a self-led nature trail or wrapping up with a hot drink from the café that looks out over the mill pond.

What’s on this autumn at Weald & Downland Living Museum:

October Half Term: Horrible Tasks of the Past  (23-31 October)

This October half term the Museum will be hosting “Horrible Tasks of the Past” and creating a memorable and immersive experience for families by exploring some of the not-so-nice things people had to do in the past. From unpleasant jobs and household tasks, to what people had to eat and even smell as part of their daily lives.

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Historic Life Weekends

The Historic Life Weekends are a great chance to chat with experts, enjoy live demonstrations and delve deeper into rural life through the ages whilst exploring the Museum.

Homes & Harmonies – Traditional & Historical Music (25-26 September)

The weekend will explore musical heritage with the chance to experience traditional melodies and songs and find out more about traditional instruments with a range of music played throughout the Museum.

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Wool (16-17 October)

Wool was an essential material used for both clothing and other household items. This weekend will include demonstrations from spinning to natural dyeing, knitting to nalbinding and weaving. There will be a chance to see different fleeces and compare their properties and have the opportunity to buy materials to take home if you are inspired to try a new skill.

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Fire & Light (6-7 November)

The ability to light and heat our homes and quickly cook a hot meal is something we all take for granted. This weekend will explore how homes were lit and heated in the past and what this meant for everyday rural life. Demonstrations will include lighting a fire with flint and steel alongside talks on woodland management, the role of candles and efficient cooking over an open fire.

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Find out more about upcoming events here www.wealddown.co.uk/whats-on