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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

by Clare Mansell
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum


I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I really love about living back in the south-east of England is having so many amazing things on your doorstep. Big shops, theatre, Goodwood racecourse, four international airports and really good places to go for days out.

On Friday afternoon Theo and I spent a couple of hours at one of my favourite local spots, the Weald & Downland Museum. You wouldn’t think a bunch of old buildings would hold much interest for a three year-old, but there’s loads to keep them entertained. The site is massive (40 acres in total) and the 50 exhibition buildings are all pretty kiddy proof so he can run in and out of them exploring. There’s also a huge selection of animals on the site from geese to pigs, horses and sheep… Oh and the staff (volunteers actually) are all lovely.

wandd2wandd3wandd4It was a pretty miserable afternoon weather-wise and I didn’t think we’d stay that long (I was actually there to film some footage for a video I was making) but Theo spent two and a half hours exploring the place and declared that he wanted to stay forever. I was exhausted, but he just kept going, dragging me with him!

Anyway the good news (for Theo at least) is we will be back. I took a leaf out of one of my friends books and took out annual membership, which actually only costs £31 (a day ticket is £12.50.) Theo is free until he turns four, so we will be making the most of it this summer!

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Carie May 25, 2015 - 7:21 am

oh it looks beautiful! And it sounds like a lot of fun too, £31 for annual membership is a bargain.

Emma T May 25, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Looks like a lovely place to explore. Places certainly get expensive once kids hit 4 or 5. Next January will definitely be curtailing some of our adventures.

MrsShilts May 25, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Looks like such a beautiful and peaceful place. Great photographs #LivingArrows

Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy May 26, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Looks like a lovely day out. Shame about the weather but it didn’t stop you xxx great captures #livingarrows


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