Get Hands-On with History

Head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton for fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half term. From Bank Holiday Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June children of all ages can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as there are plenty of areas under cover.

The theme for this half term is hands-on history – collect an activity card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges! Tasks will vary daily but include:

  • Try a horrible historical job Hands-on history
  • Have a go at writing with a quill pen
  • Learn about medicines from the past
  • Dress up! Find out what people would have worn in Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times
  • Take the historical agility test
  • Create a family crest

A programme of activities will be posted on the Museum’s website and social media channels the evening before the activity day.

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 and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Look out for the heavy horses, oxen, and other traditional farm animals including sheep, chickens and geese.

Many activities are under cover and will run from 11am-4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 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 6.00pm. The Museum’s dog-friendly waterside café will be open serving hot and cold meals and snacks from 9am to 3pm.

The Museum is home to more than 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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