Day in life of a peasant

Winter feast 600 years ago at the Weald & Downland Museum.
Winter feast 600 years ago at the Weald & Downland Museum.
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You might be used to the traditional Christmas turkey but could you imagine what it would be like to have a stuffed boar’s head perched on your Christmas table or to celebrate the festive season in a 600 -year-old peasant’s cottage?

At the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, near Chichester, you can experience just what life was like for people celebrating Christmas as far back as the 13th Century.

With its amazing collection of historical buildings from 15th century kitchens to 17th century hall houses, the Weald & Downland lets you take a step back in time to see first hand Christmas celebrations from centuries ago.

You can walk in the beautiful grounds of the museum, take a peek inside ancient buildings and meet re-enactors who will give you a taste of what life was like for the people of the time.

Learn about the traditions of the past and explore the authentically decorated buildings filled with festive fare, and music as you huddle around log fires and watch the many demonstrations of traditional crafts and daily life.

Each building at the museum has been painstakingly dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form at the museum, ensuring the highest level of authenticity for visitors.

Open from 10.30am until 4pm the Museum at Christmas exhibition runs until January 1 . Visit for more information.