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Gateway Project birthday offers

By 5 June 2018January 22nd, 2021No Comments
Weald & Downland Living Museum café, Gateway Project and millpond

The Museum is celebrating the first anniversary of its Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Gateway Project visitor centre with a week of offers and competitions running from Thursday, 14 to Wednesday, 20 June 2018. This includes free entry for all dads and grandads on Father’s Day, Sunday, 17 June!

* Sorry – competition now closed *


The Museum is running seven competitions – one per day during its week of celebrations.

  • Win lunch for two – a £40 voucher to spend in the café
  • Win a cream tea for two – enjoy traditional scones and a pot of tea
  • Win a £40 Museum course voucher and learn a traditional craft or skill
  • Win a £20 Museum gift shop voucher
  • Win a gardener’s gift box
  • Win a foodie gift box
  • Win Annual Membership to the Museum

Competitions are promoted on the Museum’s website and social media accounts, with a great selection of prizes to be won.

Terms and conditions apply – see www.wealddown.co.uk/win2018 for details.


From Thursday, 14 to Wednesday, 20 June, customers at the Museum’s waterside café will be offered a free hot drink with any cake purchased. There are also delicious specials to enjoy – check the specials board upon arrival.

The Museum is also distributing 200 complimentary tickets to households in the Lavant Valley, which are valid for admission during its celebratory period.

On Father’s Day, Sunday, 17 June, the Museum is also offering free entry to all dads and grandads.

About the Gateway Project

The construction of the Museum’s Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Gateway Project was the most ambitious development in the Museum’s history, designed to transform visitors’ experiences.

The design concept for the visitor centre is based around farmstead village clusters – opening views, vistas and connections into the Museum.

Constructed from cross-laminated and green oak frames, with roofs of Keymer tiles and hand-cut chestnut shakes, the new buildings sit comfortably within the site. New interpretation galleries provide generous spaces for interactive displays, exhibitions and artefacts.

A separate cluster of buildings across an open courtyard includes a community space and waterside café with views over the mill pond.

The new buildings are one part of the wider Gateway Project, which also included the relocation of two exhibit buildings, further opening up the Museum’s artefact store, the creation of new hands-on family hubs, a robust activity plan and seven traineeships.