Museum News

Historical fiction short story competition 2020

We invite you this spring and summer to take part in a creative challenge, by producing a short story for our historical fiction competition. The judges will be looking for high-quality stories in one of two categories: Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses/artefacts) of the Weald & Downland... (read more)

Waste not, want not – baking a banana cake

Waste not want not. Got some overripe bananas to use up? Why not try this recipe from our Bakehouse for a delicious banana cake. BANANA CAKE (makes 12 large slices) Ingredients: 330g self raising flour 70g Weald & Downland flour or other wholemeal flour 180g sugar 180g butter 1 teaspoon of mixed spice 200g dried... (read more)

Working from home – our baker keeps baking!

With many of us working from home or just spending more time in currently, it’s important to try to keep to your daily routine as much as you can, if you can…. So obviously with being known also as ‘Steve the Baker’, for me this means keeping baking. As you might imagine there’s no shortage... (read more)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – 17/03/2020

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and community is paramount. In light of Government issued advice, we will be cancelling all events until mid-May, after this time we will review the situation. As we are an open air site, with 40 acres of grounds, we will keep access open to visitors, however our... (read more)

Tripadvisor ‘Hall of Fame’

We are proud to announce that not only did the Weald & Downland Living Museum receive Tripadvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for 2019, but also the ‘Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame‘. The Hall of Fame certificate is awarded to businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Approximately 10% of businesses... (read more)

Go wild at the Museum!

Not just a home for fantastic historic buildings, the Weald & Downland Living Museum is a great place for spotting the huge range of wildlife that makes its home in this beautiful West Sussex downland. We have recorded over 53 bird species living here or visiting us during the year – some, like the mallards... (read more)

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)

CHRISTMAS MARKET – SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2019

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)