Upcoming Events

At the moment following government guidelines, we are not able to run our normal programme of events but we are planning on doing so as soon as we are able to in a manner that ensures the safety of everybody involved. Please keep watch this space for updates.


  • All Hallows Eve
    28th - 31st October This year we are spreading our Halloween activities over several days from Wednesday 28th October to Saturday 31st October.  Join us for spooky children's crafts, carve a pumpkin (£3 pre-booked ticket, pumpkins provided) go for a walk through our haunted woodland or take a trip on the Old Kiln Light Railway (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, extra charge applies). Entry to the museum and pumpkin carving activity is by pre-booked ticket only.  Get your tickets here.
    Halloween Activities 28th Oct-31st Oct
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    31st Oct
  • 28th October On Wednesday 28th October we will be welcoming award-winning storyteller Jason Buck to the museum. Halloween will be brought alive with spooky stories and dark fairy tales for children of all ages. Join him for journeys into dark forests with wicked witches, hungry trolls and brave adventurers. We will be running two hour long sessions from 4pm-5pm and some slightly more chilling stories at 6pm-7pm. The sessions will be outdoors so please be prepared for the weather. Some shelter will be provided. Entry is by pre-booked ticket only. Get your tickets from our website rural-life.org.uk/buy-tickets. Social distancing measures will be in place and please bring face coverings to wear inside any museum buildings.
    Halloween Storytelling
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    28th Oct
  • Rural Life Living Museum - Families in the grounds
    29th October 2020 Join us for a day of family friendly activities.  Social distancing measures are in place at the museum.  Please bring a face covering to wear in our museum buildings. Activities may vary. Activities commence at 10.30am and run until approximately 4pm.  
    Family Day
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    29th 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
  • 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
  • December 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th December 2020. We will be running our Santa Specials over the first two weekends in December.  This year the event will be run in a slightly different format to keep everyone safe during their visit to see Santa but there will still be a magical train ride and a Christmas wonderland to explore before meeting Santa and receiving a child's gift for each child in your group.  The ticketing system is slightly different to accommodate our social distancing measures and group bookings are limited to six people or fewer.  Entry to this event is by pre-booked ticket only.  You can book your tickets below. After your steam train ride and on your journey to meet Santa you will take a guided walk to the Elves Workshop, visit our historical shop fronts that will be all dressed up for an old fashioned Christmas, see the first Christmas scene in our chapel, window shop for bicycles at Deeks Christmas Cycle Workshop, meander through our magical woodland walk and try to spot the fairies behind their fairy doors or have a go at the children's activities on offer. When booking your ticket, you will need to choose a time slot and a carriage within the time slot.  Due to Covid restrictions we are only able to offer tickets in groups of two, four or six people.   We have put extra measures in place to ensure your safety during your visit. On booking, you will have your own train carriage reserved for you. Our carriages are only big enough for one social bubble.  Please choose the number of people, 2, 3-4 or 5-6 that you require from the list.  Each social bubble booking will have a train carriage to themselves to ensure our visitors are not put at risk.  Extra work is going into ensuring that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit with Santa. Once you have booked your ticket please make a note of the time slot as we will need visitors to be at the Reeds Road train station on time to meet their train.  Please arrive 5-10minutes before the time given on your ticket.  The time on your ticket is the time that the train departs the station. This year we cannot take any late arrivals due to Covid restrictions.  We have social distancing measures in place to ensure that everyone has a safe visit, please bring face coverings with you and adhere to the social distancing guidance in place at the museum. The Old Kiln Cafe will be open for refreshments after your visit. Tickets are limited this year and will be released at 12noon on Saturday 17th October.  Get your tickets below. In case of further lockdown restrictions causing this event to be cancelled, you can either defer your ticket to next year's event or we can offer an 85% refund on your booking, the balance of which will cover administration costs.
    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


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

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