Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
We went to this amazing outdoor museum. When we were there they had on a Folk Music and Food Festival too.
This museum is quite unique in that it is all set outside. You go through the ticket gate but are then out in a field. They have saved old buildings from all around England and have taken them down brick by brick and then re-built them in the fields of the museum. You walk around the fields and then just come across another building. It is really cool.
I made a May Day Head Garland.
This is the Market Hall building, where they held markets underneath.
This is the upstairs. See they have no glass in the windows, only shutters for the night time.
This is the chair where the head of the market sat and did all the deals. He was probably very serious.
This is the chest where they kept the money from the market.
We saw some Morris Dancing.
We saw a Tudor Spectacles Maker’s tent.
This is my brother with a ‘baffle’ wall. He looks baffled!
When you open the door to this house, you come across a wall straight in front of you and then you have to go left or right. It is actually the end of the fireplace in the middle of the house. the fire then heats one room on the left and has the bread oven in the room on the right.
You can go upstairs in all of the buildings and some of them have some old furniture in.
There is a tiny one-room schoolhouse.
And a cottage garden.
One of the houses actually has an upstairs toilet that juts out over the garden where they could go for a poo!
We found a great hill to roll down!
When we got back to the market square, we did some archery.
We had a great day here and the weather was fantastic. I highly recommend that you go here. I must go back when there isn’t a festival on so that I can see the houses better. I also didn’t get to do the museum detective guide because there was so much else on.
The only way that this museum would have been better if I could have got in by using my Blue Peter badge, but it is not on their list.
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