During the October half-term holiday we decided to visit the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Located just near Chichester in West Sussex, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is a collection of historic houses and buildings dating from the 14th century to Victorian times, buildings that have been rescued from demolition, deconstructed, transported to the museum and then meticulously rebuilt.
Entry for three children and two adults was a very reasonable £36, car parking was free. Each child was given a booklet and a pencil with activities to do whilst at the museum and items to find. In addition it was Halloween so we had the extra task of finding the Halloween figures dotted about the museum. I also purchased a colour guidebook which was priced at just £1.
A few tips for your visit, good footwear is imperative as most of the paths aren’t paved, I took walking boots. Take a picnic or buy lunch early, at the time of writing due to the constriction of a new visitor centre the museum’s café is a temporary affair and with long and slow queues.
We spent a full day at the museum and barely scratched the surface. There was plenty of room for our children to run about and let off steam. This is an amazing place, staffed by legions of volunteers.
If you’ve not been to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum then you must go as otherwise you’re missing out on an amazing day.