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Leisure Attraction - Weald & Downland Museum

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B&B Weekend break, Arundel in West Sussex April 2006 - page 1

The captivating living and working Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester was our first day's visit during a weekend break in West Sussex.  Then in the evening we headed out to enjoy a yummy pub meal within walking distance of our Arundel B&B guest house.
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The B&B guest house near Slindon in West Sussex
So this is the lovely B&B guest house near Arundel, West Sussex we found, staying three nights for a long weekend break.  We shared it with two cats, two dogs, four chickens and a family of rabbits!  The hospitality was excellent and there were three good pubs for evening meals within a 20 minute walk - and we tried all three, wey hey, ideal!

Sunny spot on the guest house patio
Belinda sported her new short hair style on the sunny patio with one of the guest house dogs after breakfast on the first morning of our short break.

An exhibit at the Weald & Downland Museum in Sussex
Our first visit of the weekend break was to the fascinating Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester in West Sussex.

The Downland Gridshell at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Here's the Downland Gridshell, a workshop and store for the living and working museum.  But we were way too early for the 1.30pm tour and demonstration so...

Piglets with Mum at Weald & Downland Museum
...we wandered through the grounds and came across this family of piglets with Mum.  Mike lost count of the number of 'ahhs' Belinda uttered!  We walked for ages along the museum's firm tracks.

Weald & Downland Museum: sleigh pulling horse
Period characters at the Weald & Downland Museum were leading a sleigh pulling horse here; we couldn't quite work out what the purpose was, especially as there was no snow in sight on this warm spring day!

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum: Bayleaf Farmstead field of newly born lambs
More "ahhs" here with the newly born lambs in this field, with Bayleaf Farmstead in the background, one of almost 50 conserved old buildings at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.  Next up...

Period characters at the Weald & Downland Museum
...we sampled the produce made by the demonstrators in one of the many historic buildings dating from the 13th - 19th century, all rescued from destruction and authentically rebuilt, right down to...

Inside an authentically rebuilt building at Weald & Downland Museum
...the shaky stairs in one of the ancient buildings.  We certainly got plenty of exercise on our absorbing visit to the Weald & Downland Museum!

Weald & Downland Museum: school room from the 19th century
This reconstructed school was originally from West Wittering, Sussex and was in use prior to 1851.  And no, Mike doesn't remember it well!

Market Square at Weald & Downland Museum at Singleton
After a fair bit of yet more walking we finally reached the historic Market Square, complete with its Market Hall and medieval shops, in the main area at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Sussex.

A carpentry demonstration at Weald & Downland Museum
Plumbing, building and carpentry were all trades demonstrated by the ever helpful period characters doing live demonstrations.  Check out our UK tourist resources for the museum's website.

Weald & Downland Museum: hands-on activities
Mike tried the hands-on activities by having a go at building something with bricks - he said it reminded him of his childhood Lego.  Hmmm, whatever!

17th century working watermill at Weald & Downland Museum
This is the impressive 17th century working watermill.  We entered and saw how the stone ground flour used in the museum café was made by the millers.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum: feeding the ducks
Next we fed the ducks on the pond with some animal feed we bought at the mill.  That odd contraption in the background is a wind pump and in front a water skiing duck whooshed in for a feed!  Our visit to the splendid Weald & Downland Open Air Museum cost £8.

The Holly Tree at Walberton, Sussex
We mentioned earlier something about pubs near our Arundel B&B guest house.  Well, here's the Holly Tree at Walberton where we enjoyed an excellent evening meal.  Next up on our weekend break: Arundel Castle and Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre >>>

Other living and working museums we've visited: Beamish Open Air Museum, Blists Hill Victorian Town,
and Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean.