Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

We have had a fantastic day today! We went with our home ed group to Weald and Downland Open Air Museum for 'Wonderful Wednesday - Childrens activities'. The museum is in Sussex, near Chichester and is set in 50 acres of countryside, it is the most beautiful setting. There are nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century to see, lots of them have period gardens full of vegetables and herbs, there are also farm animals, woodland walks and a lovely lake.

The buildings have all been rescued from destruction, dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form and bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years. It is a really fascinating place.

There were plenty of activities for the children to do today and Hannah made a bees wax candle, bread dough (which we baked when we got home),did some clay modelling, painting, made a corn dolly and rode in a horse drawn wagon, among other things.

Here are our pictures from today.....................

The old school house had some traditional games to try


On the horse drawn wagon with her friends.The potting shed
The old School house
Maypole Dancing
One of the beautiful cottages and cottage gardens.
Drying beans for next years planting.
Southdowns Sheep
Farm Animals
Pumping Water
Making an all natural lavender bath bomb.
On the  lake
Making bread dough with Tess

Geese
Making her Corn Dolly
Very pleased with the finished product.
Feeding Bizzie Lizzie
The Water Mill
Hannah's loaf made with the dough she prepared earlier.
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