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Top 10 Things to Do in March 2024 at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Welcome Sign at Chiltern Open Air Museum with Spring Flowers

We’re so happy to be back open Fridays to Mondays from Saturday 9th March. The team have been busy getting the site ready for visitors and creating lots of new experiences for this season. So what are the top things to enjoy this March at COAM?

1. Follow Our Unmissable Objects Guide

Let our brand new Unmissable Objects guide show you around the museum and explore the stories behind our most fascinating objects. Follow the guide online, download a pdf or buy a printed copy at the ticket office as a reminder of the day

2. See Our 3D Images Exhibition

See the museum in a new way through our 3D image exhibition in the High Wycombe Furniture Factory. This temporary exhibition from professional photographer Ethel Davies will feature different images throughout the 2024 season.

3. Listen to Heritage Stories

On Sunday 24th March, a special Campfire Heritage Stories event is taking place. You will have the chance to hear from community representatives about how they have come to be in Buckinghamshire and how their communities have become firmly established as part of the beautiful county. 

Find out more about the Heritage Stories Event.

4. Follow our Brass Rubbing Trail

Brass Rubbing Plaque

See if you can find the eight new brass rubbing plaques around the museum site.

5. Discover Traditional Crafts

This month we’ll be experiencing spoon carving, chair making and flint knapping as our traditional craft demonstrations return to the museum.

6. Listen to a Talk About Local Herbalist Maude Grieve

Come and join us on Friday 22nd March for a talk by garden historianClaire de Carle MA, on local herbalist, Maud Grieve. Talks on different subjects will be held on the last Friday of every month throughout the season including the History of Photography,

7. Join Us for Easter Weekend Family Fun

A huge straw nest with chickens in front

Immerse yourself in our willow sculptures that are arriving this Easter. Have fun finding the nests hidden around the site in our birdwatching inspired Easter trail. Bring out your creative side with some family crafts and make unforgettable memories. For a small additional charge, you can even experience the thrill of pony-riding. 

8. Bring Mum for a Day Out

A yummy cake in Skippings Barn

We’re open on Mothering Sunday so why not treat mum to a day out discovering our historic buildings, exploring our 45 acre grounds and having tea & cake in Skippings Barn.

9. Meet New-born Lambs

Oxford Down Lambs

Lambing season will start at the end of March so visit our lambing fold to find out about traditional farming and meet our new-born lambs over the Easter holidays.

10. See Our Gardens Start to Bloom

As spring unfolds, visit our traditional gardens to see the spring flowers start to bloom. Find out about the arts and crafts planting designs of Gertrude Jekyll in the Astleham Manor garden or the herbs used in the Iron Age next to our replica roundhouse.

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