Gifts and Experience Days

experience days at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Experience Days and Courses

If you are interested in sharing an experience with your family or friends or learning a new skill, we can provide you with a unique and memorable experience. All of our experience days take place in or around the Museum’s historic buildings and are led by our experienced team. Please contact us to find out more about how we are making our experience days COVID compliant at

Gift Vouchers are also available for you to give as a thoughtful gift. Our experience days team can provide you with a unique gift certificate, our Christmas themed gift certificates are now available!

We offer a variety of experience days and workshops including:

Blacksmith Experience Day

Explore working as a traditional blacksmith in our classic Victorian Forge, where you will learn the skills and basic techniques of the blacksmith and make your own simple hand forged object to take home. Find out more

Willow Weaving and Sculpting Experience Day

A great introduction to the ancient craft of willow weaving and sculpture.  Learn the basic techniques and go home with an amazing sculpture to display in your home or garden.  No experience necessary. Find out more

Taste of the Past for Two Experience Day

Come and join us this year for our Christmas themed Taste of Christmas Past for Two Experience Day and make apple and mincemeat pasties and create miniature marzipan fruits and sweetmeats, which make an ideal gift!  Find out more

Meet our wonderful costumed interpreter and together create tasty delights on our Victorian cast iron range.  This experience takes place in our beautiful 1830’s Haddenham Croft Cottage.

Teatime Treats Family Cooking Experience Day

A charming family cooking experience for all cooking and history enthusiasts, led by our experienced re-enactor and tutor. Learn to cook Welsh griddle cakes and make your own butter. This course is designed for families to enjoy together.  Find out more

Historic Baking Experience Day

Come and create delicious treats using the fire and our original bread oven in our beautiful eighteenth-century Leagrave Cottage. Led by our experienced re-enactor and tutor, this half day course gives you the opportunity to enjoy baking historic bread and gives the chance to make your own butter. Find out more

Working with Straw: An Introduction Experience Day

An introduction to the ancient art of making corn dollies and traditional decorative items.  Come along and embrace an endangered craft with expert tuition and guidance from our highly skilled and experienced member of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen. No experience necessary. Find out more

Working with Straw: Decorative Items for Christmas

This popular workshop will return in 2021. Learn an endangered craft and make a Christmas Angel in our festive workshop. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience of working with straw. Find out more

An Introduction to Watercolour Painting- Coming Soon

A watercolour workshop for beginners.  Even if you think you can’t draw or paint, come along and find out that you can! No experience necessary. Find out more

Prehistory Experience Day- Coming Soon

A prehistory experience day for up to 10 people focusing on the Stone Age and Iron Age periods, complete with costumed interpreter.  Huddle around the fire together and get an opportunity to engage in a variety of practical, prehistoric activities and skills. Find out more

Bushcraft Experience Day- Coming Soon

Do you want to introduced to the essentials of Bushcraft? This course will teach you the skills and basic techniques needed. Typical activities include building shelters, fire lighting techniques, cooking over an open fire, natural navigation, water collection and purification and simple foraging. Find out more

Please read our experience day terms and conditions

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