Museum News

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)

Tickets on Sale Now: Meet Green Father Christmas

On the weekends of  8-9, 15-16 and from 19-23 December we are welcoming a very special guest to the Museum – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter)! Hurry, some dates are already sold out. Seated in his chamber, traditionally decorated with seasonal greenery, Green Father Christmas will be selecting presents from a large wooden chest to... (read more)

Hallowe’en Half Term Fun 22-26 October

Head to the Museum for half term fun with a Hallowe’en theme! From Monday 22 – Friday 26 October, children can get hands-on with a great range of activities around the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre site. Activities vary daily and plan to include: pumpkin carving face painting spine-tingling stories scary eyes pumpkin hunt floating ghosts paper pumpkins... (read more)

Book now for Museum at Night 25-27 October

The Museum is participating in the National Museums at Night event, with two evening promenades with fireside smuggling stories, plus a family-friendly tale trail. Museum at Night, 26-27 October On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October, the Museum will open its doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience its atmospheric Museum at Night guided... (read more)

Autumn Countryside Show 6-7 October

Celebrate the Abundance of the Harvest at our Autumn Countryside Show! Visitors to the Museum on 6 and 7 October will experience the immersive autumnal sights and sounds of the countryside at the end of the harvest. This popular show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus rural... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Home, 29-30 September

With exhibit homes at the Museum spanning rural life in south east England from 950AD to the Victorian era, join us over this special weekend for fascinating talks and demonstrations about domestic life through the ages. Come and explore our historic houses! Demonstrations Demonstrations vary daily and are subject to change, but we plan to... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Harvest, 1-2 September

Join us on this special weekend to enjoy seasonal demonstrations focusing on the harvest. Over the course of this weekend you can see a variety of different produce harvested across the Museum site. From the vegetables in Whittaker’s Cottage Victorian garden, to flax at Tindalls Cottage and the produce of Bayleaf farmhouse garden and orchard. Talks... (read more)

May Day barn & stable opens

On Monday 27 August, our latest exhibit – the barn and stable building from May Day Farm in Kent – was formally opened to the public. Originally built in the late 18th to early 19th centuries, this is a three bay threshing barn with rear lean-tos and its accompanying stable. These buildings now form part... (read more)

Rural Life Weekend: Charcoal & Woodyard, 25-27 August

Visitors to the Museum over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, can experience a traditional charcoal burn and a whole host of demonstrations in our working woodyard. During the weekend an early 20th century earth clamp is built, fired and emptied of charcoal at the Museum. Led by our Rural Life Interpreter,... (read more)