Go on an adventure at the open air museum

Weald and Downland Museum is putting on Christmas festivities.
Weald and Downland Museum is putting on Christmas festivities.
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During the Christmas holidays it can seem like most places are shut for the period, but there’s still some festive adventures to be had. The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester is offering a warm winter welcome for visitors until Tuesday, January 1.

The museum has nearly 50 historic buildings from across the south east for all the family to explore, and there will be an opportunity to discover how our rural ancestors celebrated Christmas. Activities will include live music, and traditional food and drink such a chestnuts and spiced ale with open log fires.

The hall of the 15th century Bayleaf farmhouse will be decorated with evergreens including holly and ivy, and the Winkhurst Tudor kitchen will have cooks demonstrating a variety of seasonal food and drink.

The Pendean farmhouse, build in 1609, will feature a host of indoor games and a crackling yule log.

The museum is open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, until Tuesday. Admission costs £10 adults, £5.40 children and under-fours go free.