Experience the Museum at Night


The Weald & Downland Living Museum is participating in the National Museums at Night event in May, with two evening promenades with fireside stories.

On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, the Weald & Downland Living Museum at Singleton, near Chichester, will open its doors from 8.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience its atmospheric Museum at Night.


These night tours offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – you will be guided by lamplight to six different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of short night-time stories. Some will be amusing, some mysterious and some downright odd. Some are definitely not the stuff to ensure sweet dreams. Each story has a historical root, as truth is far stranger than fiction. Not for the faint of heart.

• A mysterious, musical interlude around an open fire
• Tales of smuggling and an account of a murder and the trial of the supposed suspects
• A Dickensian story told in a Victorian cottage

At the end of the evening, participants are invited gather around an open fire for a calming spiced warm drink of an alcoholic or non-alcoholic variety, plus a biscuit.

Information for visitors
The Museum will open its doors from 8.45pm until 11.00pm on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May for pre-booked visitors. The event is aimed at adults (16 years and over). Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential. Tickets are £25 each and can be purchased in the Museum shop or online via its website: www.wealddown.co.uk/shop. Please note that these stories were first told at the Museum’s October 2016 Museum at Night events.

Guests should arrive at 8.45pm and meet at the Museum shop and ticket office for a prompt 9.00pm start. Walks will last approximately 2 hours. Please note that there is limited seating in the Museum’s historic houses and the evening will involve walking on uneven surfaces.

About Museums at Night
Culture24 co-ordinates Museums at Night, the annual festival encouraging new audiences to discover culture and heritage venues on their doorstep in a different light. The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum is participating in Museums at Night 2016 as this is now an established event in the Museum’s calendar. For further information, please visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk.


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