Museum News

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)

Winter Workshops 2019

Bookings are now being taken for our 2019 Winter Workshops. If you plan to visit us during December 2018 through to February 2019, why not take part in one of our special whole day programmes, which can be tailored to suit the time period you are studying. We offer sessions with Victorian, Tudor or medieval... (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)

Enjoy a Bustling Christmas Market 23-25 November

Our collection of rescued historic buildings sets the scene for our atmospheric Christmas Market, which takes place over three days from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 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 £8 per adult. Children (0-17... (read more)

Guy Fawkes Family Activity Day

Visitors to the Museum on Sunday 4 November can watch and participate in a number of traditional and craft activities with a Bonfire Night theme. Come and hear the 1605 story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, see the bonfire lit in celebration of King James I’s survival and take part in the 5th... (read more)