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Group Visits

The Rural Life Centre offers the following facilities to visiting groups of adults, families and senior citizens (please visit our Education page if you are interested in a school visit):

Under cover display of village life from the Victorian age to the 1950s

Subjects include:

  • Wheelwright shop
  • Smithy
  • Grain handling and granary
  • Dairy
  • Pharmacy
  • Cobbling
  • Heating and lighting
  • Bakery
  • Shepherding
  • Trapping
  • Hops
  • Forestry and Horticulture
  • Hand tools
  • Veterinary
  • Victorian Laundry
  • Pavilion with sporting display
  • Life in the 1930s and WW2
  • Chapel
  • Village Hall
  • Schoolroom
  • Prefab
  • Engineering collection
  • Old Kiln Light railway (Sundays only †)
  •  and many more

Special Displays and Events for this year

Please see our Events and News pages for more details.

To book please complete the Group Booking Form though a telephone call is advised first to check availability. Please note that group visits are arranged on a pre-paid basis and all entrance monies must be received at least fourteen days before the visit.

If you would like any further information, please get in touch.
We look forward to seeing you.


Important note for coach drivers

Due to bridge weight limits and road widths, there is only one practical approach route to the Rural Life Centre: Firstly head for Farnham and follow signs to the station. Do not enter the station forecourt but continue ahead following the signs to Tilford, this will take you across the level crossing before bearing right up Tilford Road.

Continue along this road crossing straight over at all junctions (ignore the weight limit signs - you will turn off before reaching the bridge that these refer to). Just before entering Tilford village you will see the brown signs to the centre, turn right where indicated up Reeds Road.

The centre is about three quarters of a mile further on the right hand side. Hard standing for coaches is provided just inside the entrance on the left.


† The Old Kiln Light Railway can be made available on other days by prior arrangement - please enquire