Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Historic Buildings

Title: Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Description: Located 7 miles north of Chichester, 500 years of architectural heritage from medieval to Victorian times has been preserved. Buildings, furnishings, fields, gardens and complete working environments bring back the ways of the past.

Address: Singleton, , Chichester, West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 0EU

Further Information:
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
West Sussex
PO18 0EU

Tel: 01243 811348

Winter Week Half Term activities
Mon 15 – Fri 19 Feb 11am – 3pm
Put on your winter woollies and wellies, come to the Museum and warm up with a week of creative activities and countryside skills: outdoor trails, arts, crafts and ideas to inspire accompanied children of all ages. Under cover if wet.

Open House on Mothering Sunday
14 March
A special spring day to welcome visitors old and new at the start of the season. £2 entry for everyone, plus our traditional bunch of daffodils for mothers and grandmothers!

Easter at the Museum:
Easter activities Sun 4 - Mon 5 April
Two days of activities and Easter celebrations, with a bonnet competition and parade on the Monday. The school holiday period is a delightful time for a visit, with spring in the air, newborn lambs, and horses at work on seasonal tasks.
Wonderful Easter Wednesdays 7 & 14 April. Hands-on activities, crafts and games to occupy accompanied children of all ages. All activities run 11 – 4pm.

Food and Farming Fair
Sun 2 – Mon 3 May
A wonderful choice of quality fare to sample and buy from the local producers of the south east, plus tastings, cookery classes and demonstrations. Around 80 stands will feature a stunning array of produce, from wines, sauces, ciders and beers to meat, cheese, ice cream, cakes and confectionery: all located in and among the historic buildings on the Museum’s site. The Food Fair will also feature displays, demonstrations and activities celebrating many aspects of downland farming.

Spring into Action! Half Term activities
31 May – 4 June, 11am – 4pm
Come and enjoy springtime in the countryside. Try Victorian household tasks, learn about the natural world, and enjoy arts, crafts, games and much more. For accompanied children of all ages, under cover if wet.

Heavy Horse and Working Animals Show
Sat 5 – Sun 6 June
One of the south’s biggest gatherings of heavy horses: two unforgettable days of display and demonstrations of horses at work on traditional tasks, and a wide variety of other working animals in action. There’s continuous ringside commentary and a parade of horses at the end of each day, plus a chance to meet the animals and their proud owners.

Fathers Day
Sun 20 June
Toys For The Boys! A chance for dad (and the rest of the family!) to try some unusual and challenging countryside activities. Drive a vintage tractor, try archery, air rifles and work with the Shire horses.

Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia
Wed 7 July (Separate ticket required.)
A delightful evening concert from this acclaimed local Sinfonia, whose sound reflects the beauty of the English countryside through this wonderful musical medium.

Early Music Afternoon
Sun 11 July
Song and dance from medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in the wonderful setting of our historic buildings. Come just to listen or join in the dancing!

Rare Breeds Show
Sun 18 July
Four legs, furry legs, feathered legs…come and get up close to over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry in this delightful agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds of farm animals. With prizes at stake, and classes for young handlers, it’s one of the biggest shows of its kind in the south east and hugely popular with visitors and exhibitors alike. Plus craft and trade stands with a countryside theme.

Wonderful Wednesdays!
28 July - 25 Aug 11am – 4pm
Hands-on activities to occupy children of all ages! Have a go at all kinds of interesting and unusual countryside skills, traditional crafts, lantern making, activities and games. Under cover if wet.

Steam Festival
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Aug
All the bustle and excitement of a Steam Festival, with steam engines on display and demonstrating the kind of work around the Museum’s site for which they were originally designed. With steam rollers, steam lorries, model boats, miniature railways and engines, and the ever-popular steam-powered carousel gallopers. The sights of the engines and the sound of the music will awaken memories for many and open doors of discovery for younger visitors! Plus trade stands to browse and buy.

Ruby Anniversary Celebrations
Sat 4 – Sun 5 Sept (ticketed event)
A weekend of wonderful activities celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary year. There will be things to do for all the family over the two days, including a Community carnival, arena events, music and entertainment. There will be an evening lantern parade and bonfire party, with lanterns made by children during the summer Wonderful Wednesdays.

Autumn Countryside Show
Sat 9 – Sun 10 Oct
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside at harvest time. At this beautiful time of year, enjoy heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, falconry and dog displays, woodcraft demonstrations and a chance to browse and buy for early Christmas presents with a countryside theme at the many craft and trade stands.

Autumn Adventures Half Term activities
Mon 25 – Fri 29 Oct 11am – 3pm
Wickedly wonderful seasonal activities, fun and farming for accompanied children of all ages! Carve a really scary pumpkin, play conkers, and enjoy arts, crafts and much more. Under cover if wet.

Christmas Market
Sat 13 - Sun 14 Nov
Find that perfect gift or treat at a traditional Christmas market, set in and around our historic buildings. Dozens of stalls with arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and much more. Avoid the parking charges in town and shop in our lovely downland setting! Admission only £2.50, including access to all Museum exhibits.

Tree Dressing
Sun 5 Dec 12.30 – 4pm
A wonderful celebration for all the family of the life-giving properties of trees. Make a lantern (bring a jam jar!), and join the procession to dress the trees as darkness falls. Plus headdress making, music, dance and seasonal tasty treats.

A Sussex Christmas
Sun 26 Dec – Sat 1 Jan 2011
Experience the traditions of Christmas past and discover how our ancestors enjoyed the Festive Season. Walk off the Christmas pud as you enjoy our traditionally decorated houses with their crackling log fires, with many decorated for Christmas in the style of the period when they were originally built. Also enjoy a variety of festive fare, music and stories. Come and enjoy a truly merry Sussex Christmas in our beautiful downland setting.