Category Archives: School Holiday Activities

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Things to do in Buckinghamshire

Things to do in Buckinghamshire

If you’re looking for things to do in Buckinghamshire this summer, then head on over to Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles. The Museum is no ordinary museum – there are no objects in glass cases here. Instead, it is a museum of buildings set in the beautiful outdoors…

Our 45 acre site has over 30 rescued historic buildings and a working Victorian farm with livestock. None of the buildings were originally built here, they were moved from their original locations and reconstructed on the Museum site when they were in danger of being demolished. The buildings are all either the homes or workplaces of ordinary people who lived in the Buckinghamshire or Chilterns area. All of the buildings are filled with artefacts or old objects, so you can find out about how people lived and worked in the past.

The site is set within the rolling hills of the Chilterns and is a mixture of parkland, woodland and arable fields great for a days out exploring.

Over the summer months there are lots of special events and things to do at the Museum. Every weekend there is a special event including historical re-enactments, costumed characters or demonstrations of traditional crafts. The summer events programme includes; Ragged Victorians (costumed characters), Rural Life (traditional skill and craft demonstrations), English Civil War (historical re-enactment), Iron Age Life (historical re-enactment) and on August bank holiday Sunday and Monday – Medieval Warbow (historical re-enactment).
See our full event program.

From 22nd – 25th August 2018, Neighbourhood Cinema are taking over the Museum’s event field with their outdoor cinema. You can book tickets to see La La Land, Gladiator, Back to the Future or Grease. Bring your picnic blanket or camping chair and enjoy the outdoor cinema in the beautiful setting of the Museum. There will be a BBQ and bar for food and refreshments. Further details

Especially for families, we will be running our famous Terrific Tuesdays throughout the summer. These are themed family activity days and this years themes range from cherry harvest, wartime and poo (yes, you read correctly!). Terrific Tuesday run every Tuesday from 31st July – 28th August 2018. All Terrific Tuesday activities are included in the standard admission price.

For art and traditional craft lovers we are introducing Creative Thursdays. These will run every Thursday from 26th July – 30th August. On these days we will have traditional craftspeople and artists demonstrating along with a number of creative activities that you can join in with. On each of these days there is the option to take part in Arts Award Discover and earn a special Arts Award certificate.

For adults, we run a variety of workshops and experience days. You can try your hand at blacksmithing, willow sculpture, watercolour painting and sketching, historic cooking, jewellery making or straw plaiting. Workshops can all be booked via the Museum’s online shop.

The Museum has a tea room serving hot drinks, sandwiches, paninis, soups, jacket potatoes, ice creams, cold drinks and cakes.

Chiltern Open Air Museum is an independent museum and registered charity. There are many ways that you can help to support us, such as buying an Annual Pass, joining the Museum’s volunteers, or giving a donation or legacy.

Download our pdf of Summer events


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School holiday activities

school holiday activities

Dig for Victory allotment

Summer school holiday activities at COAM

The school summer holidays are now just a few weeks a way and there is a whole 6 weeks to fill with entertainment for the children. Don’t worry at Chiltern Open Air Museum we’ve got school holiday activities covered. Over the summer holidays we have 5 Terrific Tuesdays, 6 Creative Thursdays, An archaeological dig for children, a Go Wild in the Woods summer holiday club, outdoor cinema, and 9 special weekend events throughout July and August. There are also lots to see and explore everyday at the Museum including our orienteering course.

Terrific Tuesdays

These are family activity days, organised by our award winning Education Team, with lots of themed activities and crafts all included in the standard admission price. Each Terrific Tuesday throughout the summer has a different theme so none of the activities are the same.

This summer’s themes:

31st July: The Cherry Harvest
7th August: Communication
14th August: The Great Outdoors
21st August: War Time Tuesday
28th August: Terrible Tuesday

Find out more about our Terrific Tuesdays

school holiday activities dress up

Dress up and take a selfie

Creative Thursdays

Our Creative Thursdays are a new school holiday activity. On these Thursdays we will have traditional artists and crafts people demonstrating and providing activities for visitors. There is also the option to purchase a Arts Award Discover logbook which children can use to discover the art found around the Museum and use it to inspire their own. Logbooks can then be handed into the Museum where they will be marked and children will be sent a certificate for their participation. Find out more about Creative Thursdays 

Archaeological Dig for Children

Archaeologist Kim Biddulph will be leading a number of archaeological dig sessions next to our Iron Age roundhouse specially for children aged 7 years and over. There are two sessions running each day from 23rd July until Friday 27th July these cost £10.50 per child or £5 for Annual Pass holders. Sessions must be pre-booked.

Find out more and book

 

Ragged Victorians school summer holiday activities

Ragged Victorians event at COAM

Special Events

Every weekend throughout July and August the Museum is holding a special family event. These events include puppetry, rifle displays, classic vehicles, rural life, English civil war, Ragged Victorians and the Medieval warbow. Lots of the events include costumed re-enactors, demonstrations and living history.

Find out more about our events program

Everyday summer holiday activities

Every day during the summer holidays visitors can build models of our buildings in Northolt Barn (it’s a lot trickier than you might think), there are historic games and toys to play with and/or reminisce over, clothes and hats to try on, sensory trail, woodland trail, orienteering course, adventure playground, tea room, working farm with livestock, candle making (additional charge), and over 30 historic buildings to explore and discover and find about the people who might have lived or worked in them.

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Play in the adventure playground

Getting best value for money

An Annual Pass for a child is just £18 (under 4s free), concession £27, adult £30 and a family Annual Pass starts from £65 and various depending on the size of your family.

What an Annual Pass gets you is admission to the Museum on a standard priced day time event for 12 months, this includes all Terrific Tuesdays and their activities. It allows you free admission to our Enchanted Museum and Halloween Spectacular events if you’re an adult and a reduced £2.50 rate for children. Membership also gives you a discounted rate to our home education workshops and our archaeological dig. But, please note that some of these activities must be pre-booked.

It doesn’t include entry to other evening and private events such as outdoor cinema, school holidays clubs, workshops, uniformed group evenings and experience days.

The Museum is a charity and by buying an Annual Pass you are helping us to safe guard our future.

You can purchase an Annual Pass in our online shop or at our ticket office. If you pay standard admission price on your visit and then decide that you would like an Annual Pass just visit the ticket office on the day of your visit and they will take the value of your admission off the price of your pass.


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