Weald & Downland Living Museum


SUNDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2018 10.30am - 4.00pm

Visitors to the Museum on Sunday 4 November can watch and participate in a number of traditional and craft activities with a Bonfire Night theme.

Hear the 1605 story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, see the bonfires lit in celebration of King James I’s survival and take part in the 5th November Act (known as Gunpowder Treason Day) celebrations – an enforced annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

Enjoy a range of crafts and activities before the bonfire is lit, including:

  • Hear fireside stories
  • Make a mini Guy Fawkes
  • See demonstrations of firelighting with a flint and steel
  • Make conker creations
  • Draw a fiery picture

Join in with singing and dancing around the bonfire from 3pm – 4pm.

Information for visitors

Activities run from from 11am – 3pm, when the bonfire will be lit. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please wear clothes suitable for playing outdoors. Wellies are advisable.

Between activities, enjoy the fresh air and see the heavy horses and the other traditional breed farm animals including oxen, chickens and geese. There are lovely woodland walks and children can explore our woodland play area (and meet Knucker the dragon).

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore, plus you can learn how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen and see how flour is milled in the watermill – where you can buy grain and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond.

Our waterside café will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site.

Regular entry charges apply (free for annual members) and the Museum will be open from 10.30am to 4pm.

Please note that all activities are subject to change.