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“Great day out - even when it drizzled”

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Singleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Explore our 40-acre site and visit our collection – we have more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church. Enjoy a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century watermill; cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit our waterside cafe or enjoy your own picnic. We currently have three new exhibit buildings under construction: a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill, plus a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stable known as May Day Farm. Need a new hobby or a new skill which might change your career? Try our courses in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We have had a great day today at the site. Okay it rained a little but wonderful Wednesday lives up to its name. We have just had a great day with the kids looking in the houses and the extra craft activities were great. The free activities and some with a slight cost were perfectly aimed for kids at all ages and kept us well amused all day (even with a 2yr old)

Really really worth a trip whatever the weather!!

1  Thank DaveNelson_UK
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Singleton holds memories from School days so it was exciting to take my own children back. We went on a dull damp day and the museum was quite quiet, but that didn't spoil the day.

The children loved exploring all the buildings and it prompted a lot of questions about how life used to be. Buildings all spread out so good chance for exercise too! Some buildings have guides and demos and these were also interesting, check out the mill too and buy some food for the ducks.

Nice little cafe and we bought a lucky horseshoe from the gift shop!

Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is well worth a visit and on a sunny day it's perfect you can take a picnic lots of tables in and out of the sun plenty of ducks and fish to feed also . There is refreshment's offering homemade cakes ,soup £3.00 which hubby enjoyed and sandwiches £3.00 excellent value doorstops plus more on offer . Plenty to see 50 buildings in total set in a beautiful area. Wandering around inside the houses you feel transported back in time by the smells, lighting and furniture. The displays and recreations are excellent shame people not in period dress but I think this is more on Wednesdays while the children are off to see it come alive. Excellent value at £11.70 gift aid for adult but you do get a old coin worth £1.00 to spend in shop etc back don't miss the biscuits made there lovely from the mill

Thank Tail2Tell
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

It was great having a step back in time seeing the old buildings and ways of doing things. Volunteers were extremely polite and helpful but didn't think much of the paid staff.
Would have been better if volunteers were in period costumes as stated on website, didn't see any that were apart from one storyteller.
Could have had some animals on display but the pens were empty, even although there were signs saying not to feed them.

Thank IainWeir
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Weald & Downland is very thoughtfully set to create this wonderful village of 500 year old houses. It also has a working mill and a blacksmith to show just how things were carried out in the past, The various house in various stages of build, to show how houses were constructed all those years ago. Well worth a visit if your interested in how people lived years ago

Thank ronborrett
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