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Festive events for 2021

By 11 October 2021No Comments
Christmas fir with lights

The award-winning Weald & Downland Living Museum unveils its new Christmas programme and invites visitors to soak up the festive spirit and take a glimpse into Christmas preparations through the ages with a new two-day event to start the season.

‘Advent – A Christmas Experience & Market’ will focus on the preparations for Christmas, will take place on 3-4 December and will include an array of festive and family-friendly experiences exploring Christmas traditions from the past.

Set in 40-acres in the South Downs National Park, visitors will have the opportunity to discover how people prepared for Christmas by delving into the rural past. This will include live demonstrations such as music in the tin tabernacle, food demonstrations in the Tudor kitchen and inspiring calligraphy and card making in the medieval house from Sole Street. Visitors can also explore the historic buildings and artefacts found on-site while enjoying delicious seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts and freshly baked spice biscuits from the Victorian bakehouse.

The two-day event will also include a boutique market which will be set against the picturesque mill pond and market square. Over 50 hand-selected stall holders will showcase a range of high-quality products all sourced from the local region. From arts and crafts to food and artisanal gifts, it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique stocking filler or memorable present while supporting local traders and craftspeople.

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On Sunday 5 December, the popular Tree Dressing event will return to mark the custom of honouring the importance of trees. This will include an illuminated procession through the Museum grounds at dusk and guests are encouraged to bring their own headdresses and lanterns which are then placed around the Museum’s aspen trees to create a circle of light.

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The Museum will continue the festivities from mid-December with a special guest, Green Father Christmas. Families can enjoy some traditional Christmas magic and book to meet Green Father Christmas who will be dressed in seasonal greenery and present children with handcrafted gifts.

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Please note: Tickets for ‘Advent – A Christmas Experience and Boutique Market’ must be pre-booked in advance and there will be parking available at Goodwood Racecourse and a ‘Park and Ride’ shuttle service running to and from the Museum between 10:00am-4:30pm across both days.


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