One of the things I love most about school holidays are ‘Mum’s Adventure days’, this is where ‘Mum’ decides to revisit her youth and packs everyone into the car and off to ‘some place my mother used to take me when I was your age…’
The Weald & Downland open air museum in Chichester was to be our dog friendly summer holiday trip, we went with two teenage kids, two ‘grown-ups’, two big dogs and a prayer!
It was amazing fun! We loved the reconstructed houses, everyone enjoyed looking through the homes and getting a real sense of how people of the age would have lived. The gardens were the best part for me, each house had a perfectly kept and useful garden, there was everything from vegetables, fruit, honey bee’s and herbs used for healing. We did take the dogs into some of the houses as well as some of the exhibits, but we were careful not to get in the way if there were a few people.
There were sheep, pigs, horse’s, ducks, geese and lots and lots of other dogs, kids and people so be sure that your dog is pretty well trained up with all these and you will need to keep your dog on a lead at all times.
The little curios shop is just lovely and has lots and lots of fantastic gifts, there are also pot plants and the most wonderful home grown vegetables for sale. The Museum is a registered charity but does not receive any regular grants and most of the work is done by volunteers who contribute to the daily running. There is a sweet cafe which sells basic sandwiches, tea and coffee.
We had a really perfect day!
For more information please contact The Weald & Downland museum @ www.wealddown.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org