Weald & Downland Living Museum

Welcome to Weald & Downland Living Museum

I have to say before I start, I’ve been really excited about visiting this location! I remember coming here as a child, with my parents and grandparents. So, this visit brings back lots of memories for me, and couldn’t wait to do this post and vlog which I’ll leave a link at the end so you can go along and watch the footage.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Welcome, So, like I have said I’m really excited about sharing this post, if you haven’t visited Weald & Downland Museum, I’d say it’s a must it’s beautiful, peaceful place to visit and lots of different things to see and do and interact with. I wanted to share this quote from there website, which gives you a little more insight about their location.

“We are an independent museum, we rescue and conserve historic buildings, we teach traditional trades and crafts to ensure their preservation and we share the untold stories of rural life and those who lived it in the South East of England”

- Simon Wardell, Museum Director-

It’s a great place for all ability’s and loads of room for the children to run round, plus you can bring the fury friends too, yes you can bring the dogs which I think makes it extra special bring the whole family out for a day trip.

Obviously, the fury friends aren’t allowed in all parts but it’s a large area of land so they will have a lovely walk and should sleep well by the end of the day.

So, my Sister and I went together to visit Weald & Downland Living Museum, we found it easy to find, with the guide of the sat nav but once we were close it was all sign posted anyway.

When you enter the grounds it’s clearly sign posted for car parking and same for the disabled parking as well. Also, the parking is free.

Once your parked up and ready you can see the entrance clearly and there are paths leading to the main entrance which is also where you pay.

(I will leave all pricing and other information at the end)

As soon as you arrive you notice how peaceful and quite it is, I personally didn’t feel anxious or panicky at all which makes a change for me. I normally struggle going to new locations, so this really made a big difference for me.

Once you have paid for admissions you are free to look round in your own time, there is also a map you can pick up to help you navigate your way around, I would highly advise you take one it really does help you from missing anything, and you really don’t want to miss anything! They also give you a list of what’s on during the day while you are there, so it’s easier to plan your visit without missing any of the activity that they are holding on the day.

You walk through the main hall which starts your visit, looking at different tools and building materials that they used to use and some of the history.

Then you walk out on to the green where you can walk round the land exploring everything it has to offer.

If you need a toilet, there is a cafe opposite the entrance where you have disabled and public toilets, also there are wheelchairs there if you feel you may need one. Which is also a big bonus.

Depending what time of year your visiting if you’re going in the wetter months you might want to wear walking boots or welly’s (me and my Sister found out the hard way and got very muddy and wet, but all part of the fun!)

There are lots of benches placed around for if you need to sit down or stop for lunch, and bins as well. If the bins are full or you can’t find one, please take your rubbish home with you.

As you are walking around you will be able to go in to all the houses although some of them are not accessible for wheelchairs, those that are have ramps, also some of the houses have stairs, so please bare this is mind. This is also why disabled people get a discounted price, and carer goes free.

I can’t praise this place enough though, no it isn’t completely wheelchair friendly, but they do there upmost to accommodate for those with disability’s of any kind, if there is something that will make your visit even better then they do will their utmost to help.

There is a lovely café there as well, and there are three sets of toilets around the grounds.

There is also a lovely gift shop to go through at the end and leaflets with other places to visit.

Like I said at the start if you haven't been here or it’s been a while it’s definitely worth coming back for a visit it’s always changing where they add new buildings, it’s also lovely to see that it’s a working museum, so you get to see the people working and the animals working how it used to be back in the old days.

They also hold lots of different events, throughout the year and at Christmas they even have father Christmas come and visit, which is brilliant I picked up a list of what they have going on while we were there, which I’m going to share so that you can see some of the things they offer, I’ll also leave a link to their website , so that you can see what they have coming up in the coming months, they really do have so much to offer.

We went there on the 24th January 2020.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

10-minute talks

11:30 – Meet the Miller, Lurgashal Watermill, c9

12:30- Meet the Blacksmith, Southwater Smithy, c11

13:00- The Bakers Day, in the Bakehouse storeroom c18

13:30- Find out about the Historic gardens, Bayleaf garden, b1

At 14:00 join a 40-minute tour of the Downland Gridshell building and artefact store, d1

Other activities today:

* Exhibition: Folklore and Harvest in the Michael Burton Gallery, D3

*Explore our Tudor Farmstead, B1-B3

*Baking in the Bakehouse , come and taste our bread after 1pm, C18

*See the Blacksmith at work in the Victorian Smithy, C11

*Talk to the gardens team working in the historic gardens

*Chat to miller and see the working watermill in action, C9

*See the heavy horses, pigs, geese and chickens around the Museum

*Discover our family activity hub where you can dress as a Victorian, explore the gypsy caravan and play traditional games, D4

* Explore our woodland play trail with Kuncker (water dragon), above D4

(please be aware of tree felling that is happening just above the Museum site, if walking along the woodland paths)

So as you can see, just on the day we went they had a lot going on and they do this daily, different activities, plus they put on extra things throughout the year, so before you go you can check there web site out to see what they have going on.

Admission Pricing

The Museum is a registered charity we are encouraging our visitors to make gift aid donation in lieu of the admission price. Standard prices are shown in brackets below.

“Gift aid individuals on voluntary donation to the museum which enables us to claim an extra 25% from the government on total amount you pay”

Adults £15:00 (£14:00)

Adults 65+ £13:50 (12:00)

Children 5-17 years/full time students £7:50 (£6:50)

Family 2 adults & up to 3 children £42:00 (£38:00

Family 1 adult & up to 3 children £27:50 (£25:00)

Grandparents pass 2 adults 60+ & 3 children £40:00 (£36:00)

Grandparents pass 1 adult 65+ & 3 children £26:50 (£24:00)

Disabled & single helper £5:00 (£4:50)

Children aged 4 years and under extra free, car park is free.

Admission to our annual shows is included in the standard museum admission price unless otherwise stated.

Please note that a reduced entry price may apply for certain events (e.g. the Christmas market)

Events marked as “ticket” require pre- booking due to restricted availability and separately priced (these events are excluded from our annual membership package)

All admission tickets are available to buy online in advance of your visit.

*if you are a UK taxpayer.

Annual membership

With so many and varied events to enjoy here at the Museum, please consider joining as an annual member membership pays for itself in just three visits.

· £35.00 Adult

· £32.00 Senior

· £18.00 Child (under 18) / full time student

· £92.00 Family (2 adults + 3 children)

· £67.00 Family (1 adult + 3 children)

· £86.00 Grandparent family (2 adults 65+ & up to 3 children)

· £62.00 Grandparent family (1 adult 65+ & up to 3 children)

· £10.00 each disabled and single helper

Keep your receipt

If you decide to join as a member after visiting the Museum and join with in 7 days of your visit, we will reduce the price of membership by the amount you paid for admission.

Find out more on our annual membership page.

Contact information

Information line (recorded message)

01243 811348

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU

Website:- https://www.wealddown.co.uk

Social media

#WDLM @wealdownmuseum

(If you would like to contact them by emailing them then please head over to their web site, go on to contact ,there are a list of different emails depending what you are emailing them about, to contact the right people.)

Opening Dates

1st January-23 Dec Open daily

24th – 25th Dec CLOSED

26th-27th Dec Open for Christmas

28th-31st Dec CLOSED

Opening Times

10:30am – 4pm Outside BST

10:30am – 6pm During BST

(Shop during BST closes 5:30pm)

Event day’s Opening times vary – Please see our what’s on page for details.

I really enjoyed going to the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and really appreciate them letting us visit to do a vlog and blog about them.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Please feel free to leave a comment about your experience visiting Weald & Downland Living Museum, I would love to hear about your visit.

Also please feel free to ask any questions, if you have any.

Or there is somewhere you would like us to visit, please let us know.

PS, here is the You Tube link so you can pop over and watch our vlog I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did making it! don't forget to Subscribe to my You Tube channel do you don't miss more Rarars Adventures and please give us a thumbs up and share.

YOU TUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/X2l8mZPUWeU

written by Tara Roberts , edited my Mandy Duffin

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