Museum News

‘Simply beautiful. Just Champion, Mr Champion’

Craftsmanship at its finest with a detailed and inspirational display of replica furniture from the ages. ‘Just Champion’: Replica furniture made for the Museum by Roger Champion since the 1970’s. The new exhibition is situated in the Michael Burton Gallery at the Weald & Downland Living Museum within the Longport Farmhouse and opened in February.... (read more)

Percheron Horses – growth and maturation

Our wonderful Percheron horses Ollie, Olwyn and our 7-month-old foal Sampson (pictured) will be taking a short break from us here at the Museum, as it is time for Sampson to be weaned from his mother Olwyn.  During this time away together, Olwyn and Ollie will both be undertaking some refresher training from mid-February onwards... (read more)

February Half Term Family Fun

Turn off the TV, wrap up warm and head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor ‘hands-on’ fun this half term. From Monday 18 – Friday 22 February children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into a range of creative challenges and countryside skills, including outdoor trails,... (read more)

Wassail! Saturday 19 January

Come and bless the Museum’s orchard at one of our winter Wassailing event! Wassailing Day Visitors on Saturday 19 January can watch and take part in traditional and craft activities with a wassailing theme between 12pm and 3pm. Wassailing in the orchard is free but places are limited and must be pre-booked at one of... (read more)


JOIN OUR HISTORY GANG! An exciting, creative group for 8-12 year olds at the Weald & Downland Living Museum We meet for a half-day on a Saturday once a month. Don’t miss out – sign up and join us today! When? A half-day Saturday once a month (see details below). Where? Within the historic houses... (read more)

Late Night Shopping at the Museum 19 December

The Museum’s gift shop will be open for late night shopping on Wednesday, 19 December! Come along for discounts, mulled wine and mince pies. Join us at the Museum shop from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 19 December and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies (available from of our Museum café) while you browse . Our Christmas items... (read more)

Enjoy Christmas at the Museum

From Tudor to Victorian times, a historic festive treat awaits visitors on Boxing Day and Thursday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas through the ages. It is a wonderful time to visit the Museum and enjoy the atmosphere of our historic homes, which have been decorated to reflect... (read more)

Winter opening times

As we enter the festive season (and to enable you to plan your visits) we would like to make you aware of the Museum’s opening dates over Christmas and the New Year. Closure dates: Friday 14 December 2018 – closed from 1pm for the staff Christmas party Monday 24 December 2018 – closed for Christmas... (read more)

Free entry for National Lottery Players, Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December 2018

On Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December 2018 we are taking part in The National Lottery’s ‘thank you’ 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 – we are keen to thank and remind... (read more)

Christmas Celebrations through the Ages, 26-27 December

Enjoy the History of Christmas Past! A festive historic treat awaits visitors to the Museum fon Boxing Day and Thursday 27 December, when our collection of rescued rural homes will be traditionally decorated to show how Christmas has been celebrated through the ages. Period music, historical demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, plus log fires will... (read more)