Museum News

Ever tried a Sussex Wassailing Cake? Be sure to visit our Bakehouse this Saturday (18/01/20)!

In preparation for the Wassailing that is taking place in the Museum this Saturday (18/1), the Bakehouse has been looking for local recipes using apples and cider in a cake, and trail baked a Sussex Wassailing Cake recipe. The feedback from staff and volunteers has been very positive. So we will be adding it to... (read more)

Museum Closure 14/01/20

Due to severe weather conditions and strong winds the Museum will be closed from 1pm today (14/01/20). The shop and café will remain open and we will update you on the situation throughout the day. Please keep in touch via our social media channels and website for further updates.   We apologise for the inconvenience... (read more)

Wassailing Day – Saturday 18 January 2020

Visitors to the Weald & Downland Living Museum on Saturday 18 January can also find out about wassailing that day. This is one element of the Stories weekend, of our first Historic Life Weekend for 2020. About Wassailing The word ‘Wassail’ comes from the Saxon, ‘Waes Hael’, which means ‘Good Health’. It was a toast... (read more)


Our market is open to everyone arriving on foot. We have 2 for 1 entry for anyone arriving via bus or bike. Given the wet weather we have limited car parking. The car park will be open to pre-booked ticket holders only. Ticket holders for Saturday who were unable to access the car park and... (read more)

#ThanksToYou Campaign – Free Entry to National Lottery Players (25-29 November)

On Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019 we are taking part in The National Lottery’s ‘#ThanksToYou’ campaign and offering free entry to the Museum for National Lottery players. As a recipient of National Lottery funding – most recently for our stunning new visitor centre ‘Gateway’ – we are keen to thank and remind... (read more)

We won! Sussex Life’s Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019.

Weald & Downland Living Museum named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at 2019 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards. Weald & Downland Living Museum was presented with the top prize at a ceremony at The Grand in Brighton on 24th October. Last week the Museum was named ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the 2019 Celebration... (read more)

Calling all collectors! People’s Show 2020

As part of the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary we will be holding a ‘People’s Show’ from 13 February until 11 May 2020. At the Museum we have around 16,500 items in our collection dealing with rural life and building activities, but we also know that some of you have wonderful collections too... (read more)

Festive, Food & Fun! Join us at our Christmas Market 22-24 November 2019

Join us and our collection of rescued historic buildings, which set the scene for our atmospheric Christmas Market, which takes place over three days from Friday 22 November to Sunday 24 November, 10.30am-4pm. The Christmas Market offers superb value for money, with a reduced entry price to both the Museum and Christmas Market of just... (read more)

Golden Future Campaign Launch

The Weald & Downland Living Museum launches The Golden Future Campaign – a two-year fundraising campaign to raise in excess of £2m. The Weald & Downland Living Museum first opened its doors on 5 September 1970 to preserve and celebrate the history of rural England. To mark the Museum’s 50th anniversary, the Museum has launched... (read more)

Thank you! We made it over the line – Newdigate Bakehouse & Eastwick Park Dairy

The Museum is delighted to have reached our fundraising goal!  Due to a generous legacy we have reached our target.  We would like to thank all those who have generously donated to enable us to bring these two buildings to life.  To the individual Donors and the Trusts and Foundations which include DCMS/Wolfson, The Ian... (read more)