• Exhibition: People’s Show

    Thursday 13 February to Monday 11 May 2020
    As part of the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s 50th Anniversary we will be holding a ‘People’s Show’ from 13th February until 11th May 2020. At the Museum we have around 16,500 items in our collection dealing with rural life and... (more info)
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    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
    This Historic Life Weekend: Treasured Objects event links with the ‘People’s Show‘. The Museum’s team of volunteers and staff, as well as people who have items on display in the exhibition, will present in short... (more info)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Easter at the Museum

    Saturday 04 April to Sunday 19 April 2020
    10.30am - 6.00pm
    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)
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    Spring Food Festival

    Saturday 02 May to Sunday 03 May 2020
    10.30am - 5pm
    The very best of the south east’s food & drink – will be showcased at our special spring event on 2-3 May. Enjoy free cookery demonstrations and short talks, shop from stall holders selling local produce, watch demonstrations... (more info)
  • Museum at Night: Mysterious 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 ‘Mysterious Animal’ theme, showcasing our treasured site in... (more info)
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    Historic Life Weekend: Wood Craft & Trades

    Saturday 23 May to Monday 25 May 2020
    10:30am - 6pm
    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)
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    Half Term Activities: Nature

    Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020
    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
    10.30am - 6.00pm
    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Historic Life Weekend: Herbal Heritage

    Saturday 20 June to Sunday 21 June 2020
    10:30am - 6pm
    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)
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    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)
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    Historic Life Weekend: Agriculture – The Role of Horses

    Saturday 04 July to Sunday 05 July 2020
    10.30am - 6pm
    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)
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    Tuesday 14 July 2020
    6.00pm - 8.30pm
    (IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY) 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?... (more info)
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    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)
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    Opera: La Traviata (Ticketed)

    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Wednesday 05 August to Wednesday 26 August 2020
    11.00am - 4.00pm
    IT’S ELEMENTARY! WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 5, 12, 19 & 26  August Wonderful Wednesdays are fun-packed activity days for families, which take place at the Museum every Wednesday in August! Every Wednesday during... (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 Saturday 15 August – Sunday 16 August! Celebrate all modes of transport and learn about the impact they had on the rural community from the introduction of steam into farming practice to the... (more info)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Autumn & Countryside Show

    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 Autumn & Countryside Show on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 October 2020! Our popular seasonal show features traditional working... (more info)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Christmas Market

    Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November 2020
    10.30am - 4.00pm
    Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Museum! Our bustling Christmas Market sees over 200 stands – selling arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more – ‘pop up’ in our collection of rescued... (more info)
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    Tree Dressing

    Sunday 06 December 2020
    10.30am - 4.30pm (activities from 12.30pm)
    Tree Dressing is a magical occasion for all the family, celebrating the importance of trees in our lives. Make a greenery headdress and turn a jam jar into a lantern Join the procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns Dress the aspen... (more info)