Creative fun every Wednesday during August at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum


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Come and enjoy summertime and the great outdoors at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum during August.

Every Wednesday, from 6 August through to, and including, 27 August, accompanied children will be able to enjoy arts, crafts and traditional countryside activities with a focus on summer in the South Downs.

There will be a host of activities to enjoy, and even a chance to have a go at Victorian and Tudor household tasks! Children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into a range of hands-on activities and outdoor trails, which are all located around the Museum’s 50 acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as we have plenty of undercover areas.

Each Wednesday a selection of the following activities will be available:

- Make a Tudor bath bomb

- Help with Victorian and Tudor laundry

- Have a Victorian school lesson

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- Learn about domestic Medieval life

- See the working donkeys

- Have a go at badge making, brass rubbing and candle making

- Help the blacksmith

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore. Following the broadcasting of the popular BBC 2 Tudor Monastery Farm series, learn how food was prepared without any modern technology in the Tudor kitchen. See how our watermill works using a very topical natural resource and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the millpond. Look out for the Shire horses and cattle, and the traditional breed farm animals including sheep, pigs, chickens and geese.

The Museum has 50 historic buildings which have been rescued from destruction, moved and carefully reconstructed on the downland site. Whatever the weather it is a great opportunity to bring friends and family to the Museum’s idyllic location which is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park near Chichester, West Sussex.

Activities will run from 11am – 4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The lakeside café will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please wear clothes suitable for playing outdoors. Normal Museum entry charge applies and the Museum closes at 4pm.