Celebrate Christmas through the ages

Date Posted: 31/08/2012

Home to nearly 50 reconstructed historic buildings, The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in the South Downs National Park, will be open throughout the Christmas break for group visits.

From 26th December to 1st January there will be the opportunity to discover how our rural ancestors celebrated Christmas, and a chance to enjoy traditional food and drink such as chestnuts and spiced ale in the cosy old buildings.

Festive activities and opportunities

The decorated houses at the museum will reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the ages: the hall of the 15th century Bayleaf farmhouse will be decorated with evergreens including holly and ivy gathered from the museum’s woodland.

In Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, cooks will demonstrate a variety of seasonal food and drink. Pendean farmhouse, built in 1609, will reflect Christmas in early Stuart England, and will have a crackling yule log for visiting groups to warm themselves by, as well as indoor games.

In Poplar Cottage groups can find out about the time when the Puritans cancelled Christmas during Cromwell’s Commonwealth; and Whittaker’s Cottages and the schoolhouse will reflect a working class Victorian Christmas.

Visiting information

The Museum is open daily throughout the winter until 23rd December, and then opens for Christmas from 26th December to 1st January.

For further group travel information visit www.wealddown.co.uk.

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