Gifts and Experience Days

experience days at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Experience Days and Workshops

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. You can find all our experience days with available dates to book via our online shop here.

Gift Vouchers are currently unavailable to purchase whilst we revise how they are processed. If you have a gift voucher to use please find a suitable date via our online shop and enter the voucher code into the coupon/discount code section at the checkout.

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

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

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. ‘The whole experience was amazing.  Not only were the two recipes new to me and my mum, but Jenny was lovely and the setting (with a live fire and carbolic soap!) felt very authentic.  We would definitely recommend it to others and would consider trying other Experiences.  Thank you!’  Teatime Treats Participant, aged 10  Find out more

Historical Baking: Bread and Butter Experience Day

Experience the thrill of making and baking bread in an authentic wood fired bread oven located in our 18th century Leagrave Cottage, as well as getting the chance to enjoy making your own butter. You will use traditional techniques and discover what a huzzy or mawkin is used for! This experience will be led by our experienced tutor and re-enactor Jenny. During this session there will also be time to explore the museum or just relax in our beautiful surroundings. Find out more

A Taste of the Past Experience Day for Two

Led by our experienced re-enactor and tutor, you will make English Muffins, cooked on a skillet over the cast iron range, and marzipan treats in Haddenham Croft Cottage .  Find out more

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