Welcome to the
Rural Life
Living Museum

Bringing Our Rural Heritage To Life

Welcome to the
Rural Life
Living Museum

Bringing Our Rural Heritage To Life

Welcome to the
Rural Life
Living Museum

Bringing Our Rural Heritage To Life

 Corona Virus- Update

We are now open!  Entry is by pre-bookable ticket only, groups are limited to six people or fewer. Please remain in your groups when visiting the museum. Click here to book.

Please be aware, that we require face masks to be worn in all of our museum buildings.  Group bookings are limited to six people or fewer unless you are part of a larger support bubble.  More details can be found here.

Our volunteers have been working extremely hard to get the museum ready for reopening and putting in place additional safety measures.  In order to manage the number of people onsite, we are introducing timed pre-booked entry please head to our Buy Tickets page to book.  We hope to see you at the museum very soon. 

If you have any questions about the reopening of the museum you may find the answers on our Reopening the Museum page.

If you are unable to visit the museum when we reopen but would still like to support us, we have opened a print shop here.  All images were taken at the museum by our onsite photographers and all profits go towards the upkeep of the museum.

The Old Kiln Railway is now running on Sundays. Social distancing measures are in place on the trains and stations as well as in the museum.  Please bring face coverings to wear.  Pre-book your museum ticket here.

Explore & Discover

Rural Life Living Museum - Our History

Our History

Learn how the museum started
Rural Life Living Museum - Exhibits

Our Exhibits

Find out more about our unique collection

Rural Life Living Museum - Schools and Education


Experience local heritage for all ages
Rural Life Living Museum - Craft Courses

Craft Courses

Experience our vanishing skills courses
Rural Life Living Museum - Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Events made special at the museum
Rural Life Living Museum - Annual Membership

Get Involved

Volunteer, support and donate

What’s On

PLEASE NOTE: Due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus we have taken the decision to cancel some events. We will update the calendar when we know more.

The museum offers a full programme of events ranging from 1940s weekends to family friendly events, classic vehicle rallies and many more. With something happening on most weekends throughout the summer, it is worth keeping an eye on our diary to make sure you don’t miss out, please see details below.

  • Car Boot
    Join us on the first Sunday of September and October. Due to social distancing restrictions, pitches must be booked in advance.  Please click here to book a place. Admission is free to buyers, £6.00 to sellers. Car boot opens at 7.30am to sellers and 8am to buyers. Museum opens to visitors at 10am. Normal entrance fees apply. Old Kiln Cafe opens at 8am on car boot Sundays.
    Car Boot Sale
    Find Out More
    4th Oct
  • 11th October - CANCELLED Land Rovers, the ultimate definition of vehicle dependability, will be on parade. Rugged, reliable and always relevant, Land Rovers have been a major presence at home and abroad since 1948 when they debuted at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Adaptable to almost any environment, they will be flexing their muscle and horsepower thanks to Central Southern Vintage Agricultural Club (CSVAC) who are based at the museum and are hosting the show.
    CANCELLED - Land Rover Day
    Find Out More
    11th Oct
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    29th October 2020 Perhaps have a go at milking Daisy the Cow, make and launch a rocket or have a ride on the train.  Little ones can often explore our child sized doll’s house and everyone can join in with arts and crafts. Sometimes you can even help out at the Victorian Laundry or assist the Home Guard... Fun for all the family during the holidays.  There's so much to do during Activity Thursdays! 20th February 9th & 16th April 28th May 23rd & 30th July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August 29th October Activities may vary. Activities commence at 10.30am and run until approximately 4pm.  
    Family Day
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    29th Oct
  • All Hallows Eve
    31st October Spooks and ghouls abound this evening!  Join us at the museum for an evening of ghostly stories, activities and a ride on the haunted ghost train. Listen to a ghost story in our woodland cabin or make a besom broom by the old furnace. Suitable for all ages. Don't forget your torch!  Activities start at 3pm until 6.30pm.
    All Hallows Eve
    Find Out More
    31st Oct
  • Looking for something different to give your loved ones for Christmas? There will be plenty of unique and handmade gifts on offer at our Christmas Craft Fair.
    Christmas Craft Fair
    Find Out More
    7th Nov
  • Victorian Christmas Make and Do
    Come and celebrate the festive season at the museum with a day of traditional Victorian Christmas games and activities.
    Victorian Christmas Make and Do
    Find Out More
    8th Nov
  • A Vintage Christmas
    Returning to the museum for a third year, a Vintage Christmas provides something a little unusual for shoppers during the festive season.
    A Vintage Christmas
    Find Out More
    14th & 15th Nov
  • Arboretum
    29th November 2020 - TBC Join us for a day of tree dressing activities.  Make a jam jar lantern, pine cone bird feeders and more.  At 3pm follow the procession to decorate the trees in our arboretum.  
    Tree Dressing Day
    Find Out More
    29th Nov
  • December 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th December 2020. We hope to be able to run our annual Santa Specials this year.  We are currently planning how we can arrange a safe visit for Santa and his elves and for all our visitors this December. We hope to release tickets in October but please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.
    Santa Specials
    Find Out More
    5th, 6th, 12th & 13th Dec

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Find Us

Rural Life Living Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL  Tel: 01252 795571
3 miles south of Farnham, just off the A287, midway between Frensham and Tilford villages.

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