Be a Mad Hatter and see the Easter Bonnets

The Weald & Downland Museum at Singleton, near Chichester, West Sussex is the place to go on Easter Monday 25 April 2011 for some family fun. A Parade including an Easter Bonnet competition will be the highlight of the day’s activities amongst the Museum’s historic buildings set in 45 acres of the South Downs National Park. With spring in the air,  Easter is an ideal time for a visit with new born lambs, and horses at work on seasonal tasks.


The award-winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits and is designated by the Government for the outstanding importance of its collections. Exhibits include a medieval farmstead; a working watermill producing wholemeal stoneground flour; exhibitions focusing on traditional building techniques and agriculture; historic gardens, farm livestock and a working Tudor kitchen. The Museum runs a well-established schools programme, and an adult learning programme of courses in building conservation and rural crafts. There is a café which uses the Museum’s own flour and a shop with gifts and books on countryside and buildings themes.  The modern Downland Gridshell houses the Museum’s building conservation centre and artefact collection; there is a daily tour at 1.30pm when the Museum is open, and an appointments system for visits to the collections for research purposes.

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