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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Welcome to the Museum of Village and Rural Life

The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, assembled by the late Madge and Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust. It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and our exhibits comprise a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in individual settings. There is so much to explore!

Activities & Events

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Our events are a brilliant way to experience the museum as our team of volunteers set about to bring the museum alive, with costume, crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities. We are proud to have received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and now also the Queens Award for Voluntary Service which is a testament to the incredible hard work and passion of our volunteers.

For families we also offer 'step back together' activities so there is lots of stuff for kids to keep them amused.

Our Eventsare a good way for children to become involved, especially on Activity Thursdays which take place throughout the holidays.

On most Sundays throughout the main season you can take a ride on the Old Kiln Light Railway that is part of our 10-acre site. The Old Kiln Light Railway Society for a small extra cost.

Planning your visit

The museum is currently open on Wednesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) between 10am and 5pm.

We have plenty of free parking and the museum has a children's play area, arboretum, gift shop and picnic areas. For refreshments, home cooked meals, light bites and a wonderful selection of cakes why not try The Old Kiln Cafe.

For more information on prices, opening times, location and facilities please view the Visiting Us pages