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 Workshop

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 Workshop

An introduction to the art of making decorative straw items.  Come along and embrace an endangered craft with expert tuition and guidance from our highly skilled and experienced member of Straw Craftsmen, the national straw workers association. No experience necessary. Find out more

Photography Workshop

Join award-winning professional photographer, Matt Writtle, on an experiential photography walk that is designed to enhance your photography skills, appreciation of nature and the history of the museum. This is a great opportunity to learn how to take distinct photographs using your smartphone or camera to record your journeys, experiences and special moments. Perfect for those who want their Instagram accounts to stand out. Find out more

Sewing MachinEase Workshop

Unlock your sewing potential and conquer your machine with confidence at Sewing MachinEase – the ultimate 1-day sewing machine workshop for beginner sewers, where you’ll learn to thread, stitch, and adjust your machine, and create a beautiful apron project to take home! Find out more

Sew Sustainable: Learn Repair Skills to Reduce Waste

The Sew Sustainable Workshop is for environmentally conscious people who want to learn how to repair their own and their family’s clothes without the need for a sewing machine so they get a longer life out of them, and therefore reduce waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Find out more

Camera Skills Workshop

Discover how to get out of auto mode and capture better images with your camera. With friendly tuition, easy to learn techniques and guided practice photographing the beautiful Chiltern Open Air Museum site, you’ll feel more confident with your camera and capture great images to take home. Find out more

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