Chiltern Open Air Museum

Heavy horse ploughing field at Chiltern Open Air Museum
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An outstanding collection of historic buildings, rescued from destruction and rebuilt in 45 acres of beautiful Chilterns landscape. Explore the buildings including a 1940s Prefab from Amersham, a Victorian Vicarage Room from Thame, and a 19th-century earth cottage from Haddenham. Discover the working historic Chilterns farm and meet the animals, including three lovely heavy horses, a flock of rare-breed Oxford Down sheep and two young short-horn cows. There are special events throughout the season (April-October), including Medieval Jousting, Roman Gladiators, Tudor Farming, Chiltern Arts and Music Festivals, the Classic Vehicles Show, a spectacular Halloween event, and several events focussing on heavy horses and traditional agriculture.

An Annual Pass, valid for 12 months during Museum opening times, includes entry to almost every event and only costs £25 for an adult (range of concession, joint and family passes available). The Museum relies on the support of over 200 volunteers, and more are always welcome! Please email hlfvisitor@coam.org.uk for more information about volunteering.

Venue Type:

Museum, Agricultural site

Opening hours

Open daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
2015 Season: 28 March – 30 October

Admission charges

Adult £9.50*
Concessions £8.50*
Children (4-16 years old) £6.00*
Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £20.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £23.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £29.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £34.00*
Additional child ticket with family ticket £5
Under 4 years FREE
Annual Pass Holders FREE
Young Archaeologists Club Members £3.00

Getting there

By Train
The Chiltern Line from Marylebone or the Metropolitan Line from Baker Street to Chalfont & Latimer Station or Chorleywood Station are within short taxi rides of the Museum.
Train Helpline: 08457 484950
www.chilternrailways.co.uk

By Bus
There are no buses to Newland Park. The nearest bus stop in Chalfont St Giles, around 30 minutes walk away, is on the A30, and 353 routes.

Over 30 historic buildings from around the Chilterns.

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • 1940s Prefab
  • Toll house
  • A reconstruction of an Iron Age house
  • and many more
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Survival Skills

Terrific Tuesdays

  • 4 August 2015 11am-4pm
  • 11 August 2015 11am-4pm
  • 18 August 2015 11am-4pm
  • 25 August 2015 11am-4pm

Every Tuesday in the August school holidays is a Terrific Tuesday at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Enjoy themed family crafts and activities at COAM’s famous Terrific Tuesdays!

4th August Theme: Staying in touch
People have needed to communicate throughout human history; staying in touch today is easy, but how did people communicate in the past? Enjoy discovering the science behind communication. Become a WWII spy and write letters to the French resistance! Experience how important communication was during the London Blitz in the 1940s.

11th August Theme: Magical stories
Explore the myths and legends of days gone by and relive the stories of your favourite heroes.

18th August Theme: Yesterday’s Tuesday
Relive the past by exploring our amazing buildings. Enjoy playing with historic games and experience how people lived in the past.

25th August
Enjoy a summers day with us and become real animal explorers. Discover what creepy crawlies live around our museum and create some amazing nature themed crafts.


Great school holiday activities for families!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50 Concessions £8.50 Children (4-16) £6
Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £20.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £23.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £29.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £34.00*
Additional child ticket with family ticket £5
Under 4 years FREE

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk

Vicious Vikings

Vicious Vikings

  • 8 — 9 August 2015 10am-5pm

Niflheim, Viking warriors of the Land of Ice and Mist, will take you back to a time of heroism and adventure; where the edge of the world receded and boundaries were pushed to the far flung reaches of Burka and Baghdad.


3 weeks before Whitsun in 991 the Battle of Maldon was fought beside the River Blackwater. The Viking raiders had come to collect a levy owed to them by the Saxons. They sailed up the River Blackwater and, encountering the Saxon forces, battle ensued. Many Saxons ran as cowards from the Vikings and the army of Olaf Tryggvason were victorious.


Come and meet the Viking warriors, be shown their weapons and battle gear, hear the sounds of the melee and witness the Viking victory retold in a saga of the battle. There will be demonstrations of the fighting styles and techniques used by the Vikings along with displays of weaponry and combat prowess. You will even be able to pit yourselves against these fearsome warriors (children under 10 only) in the ‘Kiddie Vike’ arena. The Viking encampment will be set up for campaign with crafts, cooking and talks on weapons, armour and Viking life – come and see what it was really like on a Viking battle campaign!


12.00: Fight/weapons display
14.00: ‘Kiddie Vike’ for warriors under 10
15.30: Fight/weapons display


There will be living history activities and talks taking place in the Viking encampment throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50 Concessions £8.50 Children £6 Under 4 years free. Family tickets from £20.00

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/vicious-vikings/

Tudors

Tudor Farming

  • 15 — 16 August 2015 10am-4pm

The year is 1585 and the community are hopeful of a good harvest. Come and enjoy a family day back in time to see how the Tudor farming community worked. There will be themed, timed events where the public can join in being hired for the farms. Any man woman or child would have had a job to do! Come do a variety of activities. Watch and help the women making balms to calm the blisters and sunburn of the workers in the field. Meet the Reeve, the farmers and the hired hands throughout the day and talk to them about their work. Help the farmers with their daily chores in the field or barn. Make corn twists, scythe and help with the taking in of crops. Watch the women clean the barns and prepare meals for the workers and in celebration of the harvest. Take part in games to design your own Elizabethan farm. Visit our Tudor building, Arborfield Barn and see traditional Tudor farming tools.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/tudor-farming/

Victorian Living History Event

Victorian Vagrants and Gentle Georgians

  • 22 — 23 August 2015 10am-5pm

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the less savoury aspects of Victorian life in a fun, family-friendly environment with the ‘Ragged Victorians’!

Meet costumed re-enactors in our buildings and around the Museum site.
Look out for shady characters including the rat catcher and his rats; street urchins; doctor (with real leeches!), rogues and vagabonds.
Visit the Toll House to learn about the more refined side of Georgian domestic life with the ‘Mannered Mob’.

Watch out for pickpockets!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the less savoury aspects of Victorian life in a fun, family-friendly environment with the ‘Ragged Victorians’!

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/victorian-vagrants-gentle_georgians/

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

  • 30 — 31 August 2015 10am-5pm

Three months after the signing of Magna Carta, Sir Geoffrey de Mandeville (Earl of Essex and Gloucester) is touring his estates, but is furious that King John has failed to uphold the charter. Who will the public side with, the King or the Barons (of whom Sir Geoffrey was one) who forced him to sign the Magna Carta?

Experience life in a 13th century household.
See re-enactors cook over an open fire.
Explore a medieval tent.
See archery displays.
See the ballista siege engine in action.
See hand to hand combat between the Knights and the Men-at-Arms.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £9.50 Concessions £8.50 Children £6 Under 4s free
Family tickets from £20.00

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/magna-carta/

Heavy horse and a man working a plough

Heavy Horses at Work

  • 19 — 20 September 2015 10am-4pm

See heavy horses at work on the museum’s historic Chilterns farm. Learn about traditional farming methods of ploughing and harrowing. Meet Joshua, Samuel and Harvey, the heavy horses who live at the museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Adult £9.50*, Concessions £8.50*, Children (4-16 years old) £6.00*, Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £20.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £23.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £29.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £34.00*, Additional child ticket with family ticket £5, Under 4 years FREE, Friends of the Museum FREE. (*Prices include a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation).

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/events/heavy-horses-at-work/

a photo of a woman knitting

Knitting Weekend

  • 3 — 4 October 2015 10am-5pm

Come along and have a go at different types of traditional knitting in the beautiful setting of the Museum's rescued historic buildings and 45 acres of Chilterns landscape.

Have a go at different types of traditional knitting
Try carding wool to prepare the fleece for spinning
Talk to felt-makers and lace-makers and watch them at work
Solve your knitting conundrums by talking to our friendly experts
Have a go at knitting a souvenir with step-by-step instructions
Suitable for all ages and levels, from beginners to experienced knitters!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £9.50*, Concessions £8.50*, Children (4-16 years old) £6.00*, Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £19.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £22.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £27.00*, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £32.00*, Additional child ticket with family ticket £5, Under 4 years FREE, Friends of the Museum FREE. (*Prices include a 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation).

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/events/knitting-weekend/

photograph of farmers harvesting corn

Harvest Festival

  • 17 — 18 October 2015 10am-5pm

Join in our traditional harvest festival and find out about the traditions of the past. See the spectacular sight of the 1947 restored thrashing machine in action. Make a peg doll and a corn dolly. Have a go at hand threshing corn in our historic Chilterns farmyard. Visit the blacksmith working in the Forge. Harvest displays and music in our tin chapel.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £9.50. Concessions £8.50. Children (4-16 years old) £6.00. Family Tickets from £19.00 to £32.00. Under 4s and members free.

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/events/harvest-festival/

Halloween Spectacular

Halloween Spectacular

  • 30 October 2015 5-9pm

Take a trip around the spooky walk if you dare
Discover the monsters, fire-breathers and witches
Listen to spine-tingling stories by our scary storyteller
Enjoy hot food and drinks on the Village Green
Make Halloween souvenirs to take home in our family craft activities
Enter our Frightening Fancy Dress competition

We recommend that you bring a torch and wear suitable outdoor footwear.

This is an extremely popular event so this year we are having two different entry times 5pm and 6pm. Tickets are available to pre-order now at our Early Bird prices with only a very small number available to buy on the door on the night.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Early bird child £8.50 Early bird adult £6 (Early bird prices available until 28th October prices will increase to Child £9 and adult £6.50 after)

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/halloween-spectacular/

Christmas Events

Traditional Chilterns Christmas

  • 5 — 6 December 2015 11am-4pm

Special winter opening for a festive traditional Christmas weekend.

See Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift (£3.00 per child)
See the historic buildings festooned in traditional Christmas decorations
Take part in Christmas crafts
Meet costumed re-enactors making preparations for a Regency Christmas
Hear folk singers singing traditional songs and music
Enjoy warm mince pies, spiced apple and hot drinks in our tea rooms

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50
Concessions £8.50
Children £6
Under 4 years free
Family tickets from £20

For more information visit www.coam.org.uk 01494 871 117

Website

http://www.coam.org.uk/whats-on/events/traditional-christmas/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Construction Skills Day Workshop KS3 & 4

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

This hands-on day will provide an insight into the vernacular architecture and built environment of the Chilterns, and the construction skills required to preserve Britain's built heritage.

Each day includes:
A short introductory tour of the Museum buildings, focusing on different structures including brick, timber and prefabricated buildings.
Traditional Brick Making workshop looking at types of bricks and bonds: students make bricks and construct a wall.
Cruck frame structures and materials workshop: raise a cruck frame barn as a group.
Wattle and daub practical workshop.

How to obtain

This workshop day has a special price of £200 per group, for a maximum of 30 students per group, with a maximum of 4 groups per day.
Activity workshops provide your class with a hands-on experiential learning experience. Although workshops are led by Museum teachers, you and your adult support must help the students during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Buildings and Objects Through the Senses Resource Box

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Using feely bags, each containing an object / artefact, KS 1 & 2 children will use their senses to describe the object and make comparisons between the different materials, for example texture and warmth. Includes an 'Investigating Buildings' resource for use around the Museum buildings to put the science into context.

How to obtain

The resources within this box are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum.
A resource box costs £15 per day to hire, with up to 4 classes being able to utilise a box per day.
Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Chronological and Geographical Assessment of the Museum Buildings KS3 & 4

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

Students use the historic buildings to collate historical data including original building date, the date that the buildings were moved to the Museum and the location from which the buildings were collected from. The students will then be able to produce a chronological line of the buildings and building techniques as well as being able to map the collection area of the Museum.
An information pack detailing the buildings (both re-erected and in storage) will be provided along with a geographical map.

How to obtain

Our free resource boxes are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum. Up to 4 classes can use a box per day.

Chronological and Geographical Assessment of the Museum Buildings Resource Box

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

KS2 students use the historic buildings to collate historical data including original building date, the date that the buildings were moved to the Museum and the location from which the buildings were collected from. The students will then be able to produce a chronological line of the buildings and building techniques as well as being able to map the collection area of the Museum.
An information pack detailing the buildings (both re-erected and in storage) will be provided along with a geographical map.

How to obtain

The resources within this box are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum.
A resource box costs £15 per day to hire, with up to 4 classes being able to utilise a box per day.
Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Cruck Frame Building Workshop KS 1 & 2

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Find out more about different structures and materials used in buildings and as a class raise your own cruck frame barn.

How to obtain

This workshop is led by Museum teachers, but you and your adult support must help the children during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
Please ensure that you choose a workshop that is suitable for the age of your class and the topic you are studying at school.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Workshops cost £30 per class. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Historic Landscapes Resource Box KS3 & 4

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

A collection of 6 original paintings entitled 'Birds of Prey and People' which illustrate the influence of settlements on the environmental landscape from the Iron Age to modern times. Accompanying notes for teachers will be provided.

How to obtain

Our free resource boxes are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum. Up to 4 classes can use a box per day.

Life 2000 Years Ago Workshop

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Explore the reconstructed Iron Age House and learn about the realities of life in pre-Roman Britain through a question and answer session.

How to obtain

This workshop is led by Museum teachers, but you and your adult support must help the children during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
Please ensure that you choose a workshop that is suitable for the age of your class and the topic you are studying at school.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Workshops cost £30 per class. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Medieval Brick Making Workshop KS3

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

Find out more about different structures and materials used in buildings and make your own brick. Then discover the social importance of brick making throughout history from medieval to modern times and understand the role of children in the brickyards.

How to obtain

A booklet to support this activity is available from www.coam.org.uk/images/workshop%20pdf/KS1workshops/traditional%20brick%20making.pdf
Activity workshops provide your class with a hands-on experiential learning experience. Although workshops are led by Museum teachers, you and your adult support must help the students during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Workshops must be booked in advance of your visit. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Medieval Structures Workshop

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

Find out more about different structures and materials used in buildings, as a class, raise your own cruck frame barn and then try your hand at daubing, a material which was in use from the Iron Age to the nineteenth century, when factory produced materials became widely available.

How to obtain

A downloadable information booklet to support this visit is available from www.coam.org.uk/images/workshop%20pdf/keystage3/Medieval%20Structures.pdf
Activity workshops provide your class with a hands-on experiential learning experience, but must be booked in advance of your visit. Although workshops are led by Museum teachers, you and your adult support must help the students during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Reversible and Irreversible Changes in Building Materials Resource Box

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Looking at changing states, your KS2 class will discover more about building materials from the raw material to the finished product. Includes an 'Investigating Buildings' resource for use around the Museum buildings to put the science into context.

How to obtain

The resources within this box are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum.
A resource box costs £15 per day to hire, with up to 4 classes being able to utilise a box per day.
Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Shelter Building Workshop KS 1 & 2

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Find out more about different structures and materials used in buildings and create a shelter for you and your friends using only the materials found in the woods.

How to obtain

This workshop is led by Museum teachers, but you and your adult support must help the children during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
Please ensure that you choose a workshop that is suitable for the age of your class and the topic you are studying at school.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Workshops cost £30 per class. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Teachers' Resource Pack and Downloads

http://www.coam.org.uk/images/workshop%20pdf/Teachers%20Resource%20Pack.pdf

Within each booking pack is a CD-Rom, which contains the Teachers' Resource Pack, a Welcome Letter for parents, worksheets and information packs on each of the activity workshops available. These are also available to download for free from our website. We also have a Travel and Tourism Case Study about the Museum available for purchase from the Education Office.

The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on the Historic Environment Resource Box KS 3 & 4

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

Students will use the historic buildings to understand the impact of the industrial revolution on building materials and techniques and the related industries with the buildings, including the blacksmith's forge and the Toll House. An information pack detailing related buildings and industries will be provided.

How to obtain

Our free resource boxes are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum. Up to 4 classes can use a box per day.

Traditional Brick Making Workshop KS 1 & 2

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/ks12.html

Find out more about different structures and materials used in buildings and make your own brick. Then discover the social importance of brick making throughout history from Medieval to modern times and understand the role of children in the brickyards.

How to obtain

A downloadble booklet to support this workshop is available here www.coam.org.uk/images/workshop%20pdf/KS1workshops/traditional%20brick%20making.pdf
This workshop is led by Museum teachers, but you and your adult support must help the children during the activity and are responsible for the behaviour of your group.
Please ensure that you choose a workshop that is suitable for the age of your class and the topic you are studying at school.
A maximum of 30 children are able to take part in a workshop at any one time. Workshops cost £30 per class. Please call 01494 875542 or email educationcoam@btconnect.com for more information and to make a booking.

Travel and Tourism within the Historic Environment Resource Box KS 3 & 4

http://www.coam.org.uk/GEducation/KS34.html

Students use the Museum site and buildings to identify ways in which the historic built and landscape environments are interpreted to suit various audiences.
An information pack detailing audience types, visitor numbers and suitable locations to research will be provided.

How to obtain

Our free resource boxes are designed to enable you to lead activities and discussions with your class at the Museum. Up to 4 classes can use a box per day.

Getting there

By Train
The Chiltern Line from Marylebone or the Metropolitan Line from Baker Street to Chalfont & Latimer Station or Chorleywood Station are within short taxi rides of the Museum.
Train Helpline: 08457 484950
www.chilternrailways.co.uk

By Bus
There are no buses to Newland Park. The nearest bus stop in Chalfont St Giles, around 30 minutes walk away, is on the A30, and 353 routes.

Chiltern Open Air Museum
Newland Park
Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St Giles
Buckinghamshire
HP8 4AB
England

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Website

www.coam.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

enquires@coam.org.uk

Telephone

01494 871117

Education

01494 875542

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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