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Rural Life Centre

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Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL, England
+44 1252 795571
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Step back in time

Excellent collection of rural history from farm implements to complete buildings gathered over a... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
george w
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Farnham, United Kingdom
Jay and Rufus

Awesome roast beef and country vegetable loaf. Awesome roast potatoes and fresh veg. Home made... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
jwk37
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The Rural Life Centre is an accredited open-air museum and visitor attraction which collects and preserves objects associated with farming and goods used by local craftsmen circa 1750-1960. Many aspects of village and rural life are displayed recalling a way of life once common to the local people. The museum is distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns. The extensive programme of events offers the perfect way to experience the museum as volunteers set about to bring the museum alive by educating and entertaining visitors with crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
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Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL, England
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+44 1252 795571
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Excellent collection of rural history from farm implements to complete buildings gathered over a long period from southern England. Venue also promotes events associated with the theme and others that are sympathetic to the location. Amongst these are several historic vehicle rally's an annual well...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Awesome roast beef and country vegetable loaf. Awesome roast potatoes and fresh veg. Home made dessert 100% yummy. Staff friendly warm and our third visit

Thank jwk37
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This is the most wonderful place, run by enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. It has captured the last hundred years or so of rural life in this area and is endlessly fascinating. If you're of an older generation, there are things there that you will have...More

Thank Malcolm A
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

We visited the Rural Life centre, spent around 1.5 hours there. Range of old machinery, equipment, vehicles and farming tools. As well as this there is a lovely small old church and a little school and library. Great to have a little look at the...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

I went because I 'bumped into' the place on a cycle ride in the country. I wish I had made it a special trip and had longer to explore. There's so much there and so much to see. A great place to learn about life...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

For the last three years we have visited Santa with our friends and their two daughters. All three girls love the whole thing from going on the train ride to spotting the robins to the wishing tree, culminating in seeing Santa in his grotto. I...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

As a whole the centre was interesting, plenty to see and do, we found that the santa experience was ok but the queuing system was a bit chaotic, and not well organised, the gifts were good for the money, and the refreshments and mince pies...More

Thank Michael H
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Gail C, Public Relations Manager at Rural Life Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

Dear Michael, Thank you for your feedback and we will take on board your comments about the queuing. Our volunteers are always looking at how they can improve the visitor experience so I will feed this back. Kind regards Gail

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Go on a Sunday. We went on a Saturday and the small railway wasn't running, they only tell you when you arrive that it really only runs on Sunday. Apart from that small disappointment it was pretty good. It was empty and like others have...More

Thank Woodabell
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Gail C, Public Relations Manager at Rural Life Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Many thanks for your review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. With regards the Old Kiln Railway, this is a separate charity that runs on-site at the Rural Life Centre. The volunteers run the railway on Sundays and bank holidays. They also operate it...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We went for Sunday lunch and a walk round the museum. Learnt lots, loved all the buildings and collections. Great to have the place to ourselves. Good water proof shoes is advisable. We had a fantastic day.

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Gail C, Public Relations Manager at Rural Life Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2017

Many thanks for your review and we pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Wellies or waterproof shoes are definitely recommended especially if it's raining. Hope to see you here again soon.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Another good event at Rural Life Centre - Christmas Fair. Lots of stalls and very reasonable prices. Lovely to hear the Rock Choir too. Food in café really great.

Thank anneee726
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Hi, sorry wheelchair can't fit in the carriage (see one of photo train carriage), but you can get off the wheelchair and fold it put in one of wagon.
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