Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • 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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    5th Jul
  • Corn Dolly Making
    18th July 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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    18th Jul
  • Corn Dolly Making
    23rd July 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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    23rd Jul
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Group of three mean working on vintage tools on rustic sunday
    26th July This festival of country life has lots to interest and entertain all ages. Children will love trying their hand at traditional crafts, riding on the steam train and there’s even a dolls house big enough for little ones to go into. The museum will be bustling with many stalls demonstrating crafts, delicious home-made food, a jazz band and a working steam roller. The children will also love watching the working blacksmith in the museum’s smithy. The reconstructed iron furnace and the wood yard will both be in action. If you are a trader or demonstrator that has traditional skills or crafts to put on show and would like to book a pitch at Rustic Sunday, please click here for our registration form.  
    Rustic Sunday 2020
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    26th Jul
  • Wheelwright
    30th July 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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    30th Jul
  • 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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    2nd Aug
  • Ford Cars
    2nd August 2020 Join us for a reunion gathering of MKII Consuls, Zephyrs and Zodiacs that will be on display throughout the museum. Normal museum charges apply.
    Ford MKII Reunion Rally
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    2nd Aug
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    6th August 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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    6th Aug
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    13th August 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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    13th Aug
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    20th August 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 Aug
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Weyfest
    The bands are booked and the banners are up. This weekend will see the museum playing host to rockers young and old, enjoying a variety of acts.
    Weyfest
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    21st-23rd Aug
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    27th August 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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    27th Aug
  • Open Air Cinema
    Open Air All Weather screening of American classic, Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Bring a picnic and enjoy this classic film in the beautiful surroundings of the Rural Life Living Museum. Doors open 7.30pm, film starts 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at £11 and are available by clicking here. Tickets are limited and prebooking is essential.  This film is classified 15 years and over.  Children under this age, will not be admitted.
    Rural Life Vintage Revival Open Air Cinema- Dirty Dancing
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    4th Sep
  • Rural Life Vintage Revival 2020
    5th & 6th September 2020 Kicking off at 10am on Saturday morning, the museum will come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1940s and 1950s. With stalls selling vintage goods, a mixture of mid century American and British music and entertainment, dance lessons and a vintage beauty parlour, this weekend is one not to miss for the vintage lover.  On Saturday, music will be provided by The Wield Glenn Miller Band and Grizzly and the Grasshoppers.  On Sunday, we welcome back The Wield Glenn Miller Band and Gentleman Tim and the Contenders. Line up may be subject to change. If you sell vintage or retro items would like to have a stall at the Revival please click here for our registration form.  
    Rural Life Vintage Revival 2020
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    5th & 6th Sept
  • Vintage Microphone
    5th September This year we are welcoming another act to raise the roof on our Frensham Building. As part of the Rural Life Vintage Revival we will be hosting our fourth 1950s evening dance, this time, accompanied by the 1950s rockabilly sounds of The Doel Brothers.  Tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available here. Doors open at 7.30pm with music starting at 8pm.  Prebooking is advised.
    Rockabilly Evening Dance with The Doel Brothers
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    5th Sept
  • 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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    6th Sep
  • Classic Vehicle Gathering
    20th September With the patience to preserve the past, its no wonder classic vehicles have such enduring popularity. Last year’s event, organised by the Surrey Classic Vehicle Club, attracted about 500 entries; not just sleek-bonneted cars, but many other wonderfully wheeled forms of transport representing manufacturers from around the world. From bikes to buses, cars to camper vans, the recognisable to the rather rare, the Classic Vehicle Gathering seems certain to delight everyone. For more information and to book your car in to the show please visit The Surrey Classic Vehicle website here.
    Classic Vehicle Gathering
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    20th Sep
  • Festival of Autumn
    This weekend, celebrate the end of the farming year with themed activities, learn country dancing and peruse the stalls selling autumnal wares.
    Festival of Autumn
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    3rd & 4th Oct
  • 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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    4th Oct
  • 11th October 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.
    Land Rover Day
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    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.  
    Activity Thursday
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    14th & 15th Nov
  • Arboretum
    29th November 2020 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
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    29th Nov
  • December 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th December 2020. The Rural Life Living Museum is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with something to enchant young and old alike. Take a ride through the woods on the Old Kiln Light Railway and visit the Elves’ Workshop. There will be a chance to meet animals in their stable at the North Pole. Enter into the Christmas spirit with twinkling lights, festive music and a visit to Father and Mother Christmas in their magical grotto where each child will receive a gift. This is a timed event and you will pick a time slot. The last train to see Santa leaves at 6pm. Book Tickets
    Santa Specials
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    5th, 6th, 12th & 13th Dec

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Craft Courses

Experience our vanishing skills courses. If there are no planned or suitable dates for the course, please register your interest with us.
Rural Life Living Museum - Exhibits

Stool Making

Learn how to craft your own stool from scratch using traditional tools and materials.
Rural Life Living Museum - Exhibits

Blacksmithing

Learn the tricks of the trade at our traditional forge. Take home a hand made gift.

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