MUSEUM CALENDAR: FULL LIST Of EVENTS

  • Green Father Christmas at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

    Meet Green Father Christmas – 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 17 & 20-23 December (ticketed)

    Saturday 07 December to Monday 23 December 2019
    10.30am - 4pm
    This December we are welcoming a very special guest to the Museum – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter). Saturday 7 December – SOLD OUT Sunday 8 December – SOLD OUT Thursday 12 December – evening visits Saturday 14... (more info)
  • Christmas at the Museum

    Thursday 26 December to Friday 27 December 2019
    10.30am - 4pm
    From Tudor to Victorian times, a historic festive treat awaits visitors on Boxing Day and Friday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas through the ages. It is a wonderful time... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Stories

    Saturday 18 January to Sunday 19 January 2020
    10.30am - 4pm
    Enjoy a weekend of stories! Wrap up warm and you can make your way between different historic homes to listen to stories around the fire. We will be telling a variety of historic tales, classics and new work inspired by the Museum.... (more info)
  • Child at half term

    Half Term Activities: Treasured Objects

    Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020
    11.00am - 3.00pm
    Wrap up warm and head to the Museum for five days of creative half term family activities from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020, with a theme ‘Treasured Objects’. From make and take activities to creative crafts –... (more info)
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    Historic Life Weekend: Treasured Objects

    Saturday 22 February to Sunday 23 February 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Join us for the first Historic Life Weekend of the year! With a theme of treasured objects, many collectors will gather to show of their pride possessions, whether you are a collector yourself or just want to have a look around, there will... (more info)
  • Home page and feature pic for brewing

    Historic Life Weekend: Brewing Through the Ages

    Saturday 07 March to Sunday 08 March 2020
    10:30am - 4.00pm
    Join us at the Museum on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March as we continue our series of Historic Life Weekend’s with Brewing Through the Ages! Two complementary Historic Life Weekends in March will focus on brewing and then baking.... (more info)
  • Baking Bread home page

    Historic Life Weekend: Baking Through the Ages

    Saturday 21 March to Sunday 22 March 2020
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Bread and butter are staple foods that we almost take for granted. Yet there is much more to both than meets the eye. What were the methods used and finished bread like at different times in the past? And what might be used if wheat or... (more info)
  • Daffodils in window

    Easter at the Museum

    Saturday 04 April to Sunday 19 April 2020
    10.30am - 5.30pm
    The Museum is a wonderful place to visit at Easter. From our traditional Easter weekend to family-friendly Easter activities – there’s something for everyone! With the longer days and warmer weather can be enjoyed against the... (more info)
  • Visitors attending the food festival

    Spring Food Festival

    Saturday 02 May to Sunday 03 May 2020
    10.30am - 5pm
    The very best of the south east’s produce – from heritage production methods to the modern day – will be showcased at our special spring event on 2 May – 3 May. Enjoy free cookery demonstrations and short talks, shop... (more info)
  • Museum at Night: Amazing Animals (Ticketed)

    Friday 15 May to Saturday 16 May 2020
    8.45pm - 11.00pm
    On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2020 we will open our doors from 8.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks with a Amazing Animal theme, showcasing our treasured site in unexpected... (more info)
  • Wood cutting feature page

    Historic Life Weekend: Wood Craft & Trades

    Saturday 23 May to Monday 25 May 2020
    10:30am - 4pm
    Wood is an essential building material, for homes, furniture and much more.  During this weekend you can find out about the way it is worked into the different forms, with demonstrations from a range of craftspeople and displays. For... (more info)
  • Boys playing outdoors at the Museum

    Half Term Activities: Nature

    Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020
    10.30am-6pm
    Head to the Museum for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this half term focusing on the Natural World. From Bank Holiday Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May, accompanied children of all ages can channel their energy into a range... (more info)
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    Historic Life Weekend: Wildflowers

    Saturday 06 June to Sunday 07 June 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    A rich diversity of plants in meadows, at field edges as well as in gardens has been a feature of the countryside of our region. Find out more about wildflowers, and the insect, birds or small mammals they support, over the course of this... (more info)
  • Mr Stink artwork

    Children Theatre: David Walliam’s ‘Mr Stink’ (Ticketed)

    Friday 12 June 2020
    6.00 pm - 8.30 pm
    Watch the fabulous characters from the infamous novel by David Walliams come to life in Heartbreak Productions’ adaptation of Mr. Stink for the outdoor stage on Friday, 12 June 2020. Gates open 6.00 pm. Performance begins 6.30 pm. MR... (more info)
  • Summer Season artwork in bright colours

    Summer Season – Cultural Evenings of Film, Theatre, Music & Opera

    Friday 12 June to Sunday 30 August 2020
    6.15pm to late
    Come & enjoy evenings of culture across the summer with film, theatre, music & even opera!  Relax & unwind in the hazy evening light and enjoy summer entertainment set against the backdrop of our beautiful museum.  You can... (more info)
  • Museum herbs promo

    Historic Life Weekend: Herbal Heritage

    Saturday 20 June to Sunday 21 June 2020
    10:30am - 4pm
    Around midsummer is one of the best times to enjoy the 6 historic gardens at the Museum, and find out about historical ideas and uses around for different herbs. Through demonstrations, display, guided walks and talks you can find out more... (more info)
  • promotional Choice Grenfell

    Choice Grenfell (Ticketed)

    Saturday 27 June 2020
    6.15 pm - 9.00 pm
    Join us at the Weald & Downland Living Museum on Saturday 27 June for a  heart-warming 40th anniversary tribute to the unremittingly genteel, comedienne and monologist, Joyce Grenfell. Gates open 6:15 pm. Performance begins 7.00 pm.... (more info)
  • Andy on the horse for feature page

    Historic Life Weekend: Agriculture – The Role of Horses

    Saturday 04 July to Sunday 05 July 2020
    The seasons and weather conditions dictate the times to sow, harvest and undertake many different tasks needed to look after a farm or estate. During this weekend, we will have demonstrations with horses and other farming implements to... (more info)
  • promo image for into the woods

    THEATRE: IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY

    Tuesday 14 July 2020
    6.00pm - 8.30pm
    If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Everyone knows the stories… or so we believe. What if Little Red Riding Hood never entered the woods? Or Snow White didn’t wake up? Join us for an evening of... (more info)
  • Tosca Promo image

    Opera: Tosca (Ticketed)

    Friday 17 July 2020
    6.15 pm - 10.00 pm
    A one-time only opportunity to watch Opera Brava’s ‘Tosca’ (sung in English) in the stunning setting of the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex. Gates open 6:15 pm. Performance begins... (more info)
  • La Traviata promo for feature page

    Opera: La Traviata

    Saturday 18 July 2020
    6:15 pm - 10.00 pm
    A one-time only opportunity to watch Opera Brava’s ‘La Traviata’ (sung in English) in the stunning setting of the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex. Gates open 6.15 pm. Performance... (more info)
  • Rare Breeds 2020 artwork

    Rare & Traditional Breeds Show

    Sunday 19 July 2020
    10.00am - 4.30pm
    The Rare & Traditional Breeds Show is back at the Museum for 2020! UK smallholders play a vital role in nurturing rare and traditional breeds of livestock, and hundreds of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats who will participate in the show.... (more info)
  • LITH poster final

    Theatre: The Story of Love in the Harbour

    Thursday 23 July 2020
    6.30 pm - 9.15 pm
    Don’t miss this wonderful heart-warming musical theatre production:  “The Story of Love in the Harbour”, based on the play by Eddie Alford, with music and lyrics by Danielle Morgan and John Merrigan.  This production comes to the... (more info)
  • wood crafts promo for feature page

    Historic Life Weekend: Heritage Crafts and Skills at Risk

    Saturday 01 August to Sunday 02 August 2020
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    There are many traditional skills and crafts that now have few people with a working knowledge of them. During this weekend we will bring together a range of craftspeople who practice different skills and offer the opportunity to see many... (more info)
  • Summer Steam Show

    Saturday 15 August to Sunday 16 August 2020
    10.30am - 5pm
    Join us at our annual Summer Steam Show on Thursday 15 August – Friday 16 August! Celebrating every mode of transport from our four legged friends to the invention of the combustion engine, this two day Summer hit will be packed with... (more info)
  • Theatre: Treasure Island (Ticketed)

    Thursday 20 August 2020
    6.00 pm - 8.40 pm
    Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel Of Fun! Visit the Weald & Downland Living Museum on Tuesday 20 August 2020 for a fun, family adventure! Gates open 6.00 pm. Performance begins 6.30 pm. TREASURE ISLAND It’s pirate ships and salty old sea dogs... (more info)
  • promo image of Falstaff

    Theatre: Much Ado About Falstaff’ (Ticketed)

    Sunday 30 August 2020
    6.15 pm - 9.00 pm
    Join us at the Museum to watch Kick In The Head Productions new play Much Ado About Falstaff’, the play follows Shakespeare’s character Sir John Falstaff…a rogue, a womanizer and a lazy – do nothing, glutton, but also... (more info)
  • Golden Future Campaign 50 Years and Counting

    Historic Life Weekend: Museum at 50

    Saturday 05 September to Sunday 06 September 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    50 years ago this weekend the Museum formally opened to the public. The conservation of historic buildings and sharing information about them was firmly at the forefront of the Museum’s mission. During this weekend we will have a series... (more info)
  • Autumn & Countryside Show: Farming, Food, Horticulture

    Saturday 03 October to Sunday 04 October 2020
    10.30am - 5pm
    Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 October 2020! Our popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations... (more info)
  • Jez Smith playing Hurdy Gurdy

    Historic Life Weekend: Music – Historic Homes & Harmonies

    Saturday 17 October to Sunday 18 October 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    This Historic Life Weekend has a theme of Music – Historic Homes & Harmonies. Come and listen to music played in the different historic homes at the Museum – some traditional melodies or songs, some played on historic... (more info)
  • Children with pumpkin

    Hallowe’en Half Term Activities

    Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2020
    11.00am - 3.00pm
    Enjoy the great outdoors this autumn half term at the Museum, with fantastic Hallowe’en-themed family activities taking place from 11am-3pm from Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October. Children of all ages can channel their... (more info)
  • Museum at Night: Tales of the Unexpected (Ticketed)

    Friday 30 October to Saturday 31 October 2020
    6.45pm - 9.00pm
    On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 2020 we will open our doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience our atmospheric Museum at Night guided walks with a theme of tales of the unexpected, showcasing our treasured site in... (more info)
  • Historic Life Weekend: Fire & Light

    Saturday 07 November to Sunday 08 November 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Today we can come home to a house that can often be heated quickly, with the means to cook rapidly and light at the flick of a switch. A walk through the Museum during this weekend will give a better idea of how homes in the past were lit... (more info)