Reviewed by Laura Skinner
My husband and our two young children aged 4 and 3 picked the perfect day to visit the Easter events at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. Not only was the sun shining, but there were plenty of actives and events happening during our visit which made our Easter Monday really memorable.
We arrived at the Museum shortly after it opened at 10.30am and were surprised to see how full the car park was already. However they have plenty of spaces available and a lady directing us where to go. You pay for your tickets in the Museum shop which full of lots of lovely trinkets from mugs to bags of flour. There was plenty of choice for those who would like to bring home a souvenir.
My children were given a little booklet each on ‘How to be a Museum Detective’, which had pictures of 50 items they had to find throughout the museum. We were also given a map and a list of the events happening throughout the day.
The museum has a lovely atmosphere; it has over 40 acres which is great for the children to be free to run around in the fresh air, climb trees and run down hills. It also has over 50 exhibit buildings to see how life used to be which my children were amazed at. Some of the houses had costumed interpreters carrying out activities such as knitting and basket weaving.
There were lots of different Easter Events happening throughout the day for the children such as decorating an Easter Bonnet which they could then parade later on in the day to win a prize, my children loved the Punch and Judy Show and we all enjoyed watching and listening to Morris Dancers who were fantastic.
One of the favourite things of the day which was enjoyed by the whole family was the old fashioned games which were available to play with. We all enjoyed watching my husband’s attempts at walking on the stilts and my children enjoyed playing with the wooden horses and the wooden skittles.
There is a variety of farm animals at the museum such as chickens and sheep and the most beautiful Shire Horses, and it’s really fascinating looking at the all the old farm machinery.
There is a cafe available which doesn’t have a huge amount of choice and is a bit pricey, however most people seemed to bring their own picnic and have it by the most the picturesque lake which is full of ducks and the biggest fish my children have ever seen. There are a few picnic benches available but they do get taken up quickly especially the ones close to the lake.
There are plenty of toilets available which was adequately clean and all the staff we encountered were very friendly and informative.
The scenery around the museum is beautiful and there are woodland walks and so much to see. You can also bring your dogs with your as long as they are kept on a lead and it is the sort of place you could go to several times a month for a walk just to admire the beautiful scenery.
We all really enjoyed our day, and were all tired after our walking in the fresh air. We will definitely got back to the museum. They do annual membership which works out as good value. The cost per adult is £12.50 and £7.00 for children aged 4-15, I feel the price is fair especially when they have specific events on and it really is a lovely place to visit with the family.
Rating: 4.5 /5
Prices: £6 child, £12.50 adult and £35 family (these prices include Gift Aid), children under 4 are free.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU