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

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

Learning

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

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.
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    20th February 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.
    Activity Thursday
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    20th Feb
  • Old Kiln Forge
    For one Saturday each month we will be showcasing rural crafts and vanishing skills. Activities will vary each month but may include mini talks and tours to learn more about the museum and the stories it tells. There will be demonstrations and have a go activities. 14th March 18th April 16th May 18th July 19th September Normal museum entrance fees apply. Free entry for annual pass holders.
    Craft Saturday
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    14th Mar
  • 15th March 2020 Join us on the 15th of March as we host the start of the Wellies and Walkies fundraiser in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Walk through Bourne Woods with your four-legged friends, to raise vital funds to support local Hospice Care. For more information please visit the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice website. https://www.pth.org.uk/event/wellies-walkies/
    Wellies and Walkies
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    15th Mar
  • 22nd March Free entry for teachers and their families as we showcase our education programme for prospective school visits.
    Teacher's Day
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    22nd Mar
  • Bygone School
    22nd March Free entry for teachers and their families as we showcase our education programme for prospective school visits.
    Teacher's Day
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  • 28th March The museum’s buildings will be alive with the sounds of steam-driven toys of yesteryear. An event for children of all ages!  A fascinating day for all the family and particularly for those who have never seen a steam toy in action. The museum will be full of these historic toys, many of which will be stationary engines alongside a colourful display of steam-powered road vehicles and trains.
    Steam Toy Rally
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    28th Mar
  • Rural Life Living Museum
    Join us on the first Sunday of every month from April until October. Admission is free to buyers, £6.00 to sellers.  Gates open for sellers at 7.30am and 8am for buyers. Museum opens to visitors at 10am. Normal entrance fees apply. Old Kiln Cafe opens at 8am on car boot Sundays.
    Car Boot Sale
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    5th Apr
  • Tilford Gardening Club Spring Show
    5th April 2020 Tilford Gardening Club will be returning for a second year to show off their wondrous blooms and spring floral displays in our Frensham Building.  
    Tilford Gardening Club Spring Show
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    5th Apr
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    9th April 2020 Have a go at washing clothes the Victorian Way, you could even launch an air propelled rocket from the Village Green or you could learn about the Home Guard from our very own warden. There’s plenty to do on our Activity Thursdays during the school holidays, explore our child sized doll’s house, ‘milk the cow’ or have a go on the pole lathe during your visit. 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.
    Activity Thursday
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    9th Apr
  • Easter
    11th & 12th April 2020 Join us for a weekend of Easter themed activities including an Easter chick hunt and crafts.
    Easter Weekend
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    11th & 12th Apr
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    16th April 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.
    Activity Thursday
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    16th Apr
  • Wheelwright
    18th April For one Saturday each month we will be showcasing rural crafts and vanishing skills. Activities will vary each month but may include mini talks and tours to learn more about the museum and the stories it tells. There will be demonstrations and have a go activities. 14th March 18th April 16th May 18th July 19th September Normal museum entrance fees apply. Free entry for annual pass holders.
    Craft Saturday
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    18th Apr
  • Working with Wood
    15th & 26th April 2020 The Rural Life Living Museum's very own timber group will show off their timber handling skills. They will demonstrate how to make usable timber from newly felled trees.
    Working with Wood
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    25th & 26th Apr
  • Rural Life Living Museum
    Join us on the first Sunday of every month from April until October. Admission is free to buyers, £6.00 to sellers. Museum opens to visitors at 10am. Normal entrance fees apply. Old Kiln Cafe opens at 8am on car boot Sundays.
    Car Boot Sale
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    3rd May
  • Tilford: A Village at War
    9th & 10th May 2020 Experience the sights and sounds of a World War II village.  Harking back to 1944, the museum will be alive with civilian and military personnel. There will be music, dance tuition, military demonstrations, re-enactments and much more.  Visit this weekend for an immersive experience and find out what Great Britain was like nearing the end of the war.
    Tilford: A Village at War
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    9th & 10th May
  • Old Kiln Forge
    16th May For one Saturday each month we will be showcasing rural crafts and vanishing skills. Activities will vary each month but may include mini talks and tours to learn more about the museum and the stories it tells. There will be demonstrations and have a go activities. 14th March 18th April 16th May 18th July 19th September Normal museum entrance fees apply. Free entry for annual pass holders.
    Craft Saturday
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    16th May
  • Rural Life Living Museum
    16th & 17th May 2020 The Local Locomotion Club (The Double LL Club) will be returning to the museum to display their much loved collections.  Expect a selection of classic cars, motorcycles, vintage comnmercials and machinery from the South East.
    Double LL Club
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    16th & 17th May
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    28th May 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.  
    Activity Thursday
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    28th May

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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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