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Get Hands-On with History

Head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton for some fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half-term.

From Bank Holiday Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June children can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges, which are located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as we have plenty of areas under cover.

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







Mint a ‘coin’





Learn to say an Anglo-Saxon phrase





Have a go at writing with a quill pen and guess the famous signatures





‘Cure or…?’ – a presentation on medicine from the past





‘Dress as a …?’ – find out what people would have worn in Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times





Try a horrible historical job





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 each morning.

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 pigs and piglets, 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 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.

Information and Bookings: 01243 811348 // www.wealddown.co.uk