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Dads Go Free on the Father’s Day Weekend - Weald & Downland Museum

Dads Go Free on the Father’s Day Weekend - Weald & Downland Museum

17 - 18 JUNE

10.30am - 5.00pm

Celebrate the many uses of wood this Father’s Day weekend – from woodland crafts, horse logging and charcoal burning, right through to finished products for the home and garden.

Timber and wood are at the heart of the Museum and this two-day event celebrates its many traditional uses. Explore the Museum’s collection of timber-framed buildings, plus see the crafts and skills associated with their construction and traditional rural life.

Visitors to the Wood Show on 17 and 18 June will enjoy a range of wood craft demonstrations, a working wood yard, a traditional earth burn, heavy horses carrying out forestry tasks, exhibitors and displays. Browse and buy from stands featuring a wide range of local crafts.

Wood working

Visitors to the Museum’s wood yard and stands around the site will see traditional demonstrations including pole lathe turning, greenwood working, coppicing, besom broom making, spoon making and more. Master clog maker, Jeremy Atkinson, specialises in making traditional nineteenth-century style clogs and will be demonstrating his skills. He is the last person in England following this traditional craft. Local woodsman, Alan Waters, will be demonstrating the unusual spectacle of a traditional earth burn. Students from Chichester College will showcase their contemporary furniture making using some of the most up-to-date techniques.

Heavy horses

Museum Horseman, Mark Buxton, will demonstrate the use of a timber forwarder (loaned by Wests of East Dean) and timber loading demonstrations together with Frankie Woodgate. Frankie is a specialist in sustainable woodland management who, with her horses, will be working in and around the Museum’s woodland.

Talks, tours and more

There will be free talks and tours of the woodland, including a ‘medicinal trees’ walk guided by Christine Stapley. Visitors can also explore the Museum’s collection of historic tools and artefacts, which are on display in the Gridshell artefact store.

For a small extra charge, visitors can also try their hands at archery with the RN South Coast Archers, enjoy a trip in a horse-drawn wagon (weather permitting) or take a donkey ride with Hayling Island Donkeys.

Father’s Day: dads enter for free all weekend

Bring your dad for free on this special weekend. From viewing the Museum’s collection of timber-framed buildings to traditional crafts and demonstrations, plus local stall holders selling hand-crafted bowls, furniture, tools, toys and other wooden products – there will be plenty to see, do and buy and it will offer a fascinating day out to celebrate Father’s Day.

Information for visitors

The Museum’s opening hours for this event are 10.30am until 5.00pm. Regular admission prices apply and include access to both the Museum and the Wood Show. All dads enter this event free of charge. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site. For further information see:

Earlier Event: June 16
Summer Tasting & Street Party