Half term events in Sussex - Weald & Downland Open Air Museum


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Turn off the TV, wrap up warm and head to the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor ‘hands-on’ fun this half term.

From Monday 16 – Friday 20 February children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into a range of creative challenges and countryside skills, including outdoor trails, arts and crafts activities, all of which are all located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there is plenty of area under cover.

Activities will include:

• Make a bird pudding

• Weaving

• Rag rugging

• Badge making

• Lino printing

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The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore. Learn how food was prepared without 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, chickens and geese.

Most activities are under cover and will run from 11am – 3pm. 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 and shoes that are suitable for playing outdoors. Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 4.00pm.

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



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