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Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton

Muddy says: History has never been such fun! Step into real homes and workplaces of bygone centuries transported to one gorgeous setting – great for family days out, even weddings.

Discover over 50 rescued rural buildings spanning 950 years that have been relocated and painstakingly rebuilt within beautiful parkland in the South Downs near Chichester. Hear the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years.

Buildings at the family- and dog-friendly site range from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church.

Regular demonstrations include making flour in the 17th century working watermill and cooking in the Tudor kitchen. There are also seasonal activities, themed events and theatre productions.

Spend a whole day on site, taking a walk in the woods, bringing your own picnic or getting snacks to a full lunch in the waterside café.

Cafe

The glass-walled cafe, with views across the Mill Pond is open to the general public as well as museum visitors, has free parking and is dog-friendly. Tuck into treats made with flour ground in the site’s 17th century watermill. Hot food is available until 3pm.

Weddings

Gridshell building by Stephanie and Nicole Wedding Photography

Get wed at the Weald & Downland Living Museum in the Downland Gridshella dramatic modern building made of bent oak, or, have a simple woodland blessing in the Roots ceremonial clearing beneath a Hornbeam tree then party the night away in the Greenways Field. The whole site makes a wonderful backdrop with plenty of unique settings for photos.

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