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- Museum Closed

Due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus we have decided to close the museum completely for the foreseeable future. 

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

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
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 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.
    CANCELLED - Car Boot Sale
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    5th Apr
  • Tilford Gardening Club Spring Show
    CANCELLED-This event has been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 5th April Tilford Gardening Club will be returning for a second year to show off their wondrous blooms and spring floral displays in our Frensham Building.  
    CANCELLED -Tilford Gardening Club Spring Show
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    5th Apr
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 9th April 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.
    CANCELLED - Activity Thursday
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    9th Apr
  • Easter
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about Corona Virus. 11th & 12th April Join us for a weekend of Easter themed activities including an Easter chick hunt and crafts.
    CANCELLED - Easter Weekend
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    11th & 12th Apr
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 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.
    CANCELLED - Activity Thursday
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    16th Apr
  • Wheelwright
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 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.
    CANCELLED - Vanishing Skills Saturday
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    18th Apr
  • Working with Wood
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 25th & 26th April 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.
    CANCELLED - Working with Wood
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    25th & 26th Apr
  • Car Boot
    CANCELLED - This event is cancelled due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus. 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.
    CANCELLED - Car Boot Sale
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    3rd May
  • Come and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Join us for a day of wartime based activities.  At 12.30pm we will be hosting a street party similar to those held in 1945 to celebrate this important Victory in Europe.  If you would like to order a wartime style packed lunch, you can get a lunch ticket by clicking here. Or you can simply bring your own.  Normal museum fees apply.
    VE Day 75th Anniversary Street Party
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    3rd 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.
    Vanishing Skills 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 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
  • Bus Rally
    31st May 2020 Nostalgic bus rides through the local country lanes will be on offer today as enthusiasts return for the annual Bus Rally showcasing a parade of vintage vehicles. Normal museum charges apply.
    Bus and Coach Rally
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    31st May
  • Car Boot
    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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    7th Jun
  • Put on your dancing shoes and head down to the Frensham Building for an evening of ‘50s Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Roosters will be returning to the Rural Life Centre for one evening only, make sure you don’t miss this fantastic live band. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets are available in advance here.
    Rock 'n' Roll Evening Dance with The Roosters
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    13th Jun
  • 20th & 21st June A weekend of family friendly activities based around the Gypsy way of life. Experience the ancient, nomadic lifestyle with traditional Gypsy music, storytelling and homemade food.
    Romany Weekend
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    20th & 21st Jun
  • Citroen and Renault Rally
    27th & 28th June 2020 Citroëns will be bringing a dash of motor magic to the Rural Life Centre. The French manufacturer’s GS, GSA and Ami series will be on parade, along with other classic vehicles. Owners will be proudly showing off their cars and encouraging visitors to share in their enthusiasm.
    Citroën & G Ami & Renault Rally
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    27th & 28th Jun
  • Fire Engines on Show
    4th & 5th July Sound the sirens and ring the bells — a fire engine festival is coming! Quenching blazes is just one of the uses of these magnificent machines, but nothing can dampen the enthusiasm of the Tilford Fire Group. On display will be a whole range of appliances, from early manuals right through to more modern motorised machines, which have only recently been decommissioned.
    Fire Engines on Show
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    4th & 5th Jul

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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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