Chiltern Open Air Museum

Victorian toll house 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 a flock of rare-breed Oxford Down sheep, English goats and two young short-horn cows. There are special events throughout the season (March-October), including Roman Gladiators, Ragged Victorians, Tudor Courtroom, Classic Vehicles Show and a spectacular Halloween event.

An Annual Pass, valid for 12 months during Museum opening times, includes entry to almost every event and only costs £30 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 volunteering@coam.org.uk for more information about volunteering.

Venue Type:

Museum, Agricultural site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
2019 Season: 30 March – 31 October

Admission charges

Standard admission

Adult £10.50*
Concessions £9.50*
Children (4-16 years old) £6.50*
Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £22.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £26.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £32.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £38.00*
Additional child ticket with family ticket £6
Under 4 years FREE
Annual Pass Holders FREE
Young Archaeologists Club Members 2 for 1 entry (cheaper goes free)
Armed forces discount 2 for 1 entry on production of a valid ID (cheaper goes free)

Gift Aid

Gift Aid* The Museum is a charity and all admission prices include a voluntary donation of 10%. If you are a UK tax payer please tell our ticket officer that you are happy for the Museum to claim Gift Aid on your admission. Gift Aid donations to the Museum allow us to claim an extra 25% from the government on the total amount that you pay to us, at no extra cost to you.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage
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.
May Day Elizabethan event at Chiltern Open Air Museum

May Day Merriment

  • 5 — 6 May 2019 10am-5pm

By Tudor times May Day had been an important festival for hundreds of years. There are many ancient beliefs about this time of year. It represents the end of winter, the return of the sun and fertility of the land. It is the day to feast, play games and make merry, to welcome spring and secure as much luck as possible for the year ahead.

This May Day, Chiltern Open Air Museum welcomes back the Suffolk Free Company and Myal Pyper to bring you a vibrant and engaging taste of Elizabethan (the first time round) life and celebration.

These knowledgeable, personable and talented folk invite all the family to join in as they celebrate May Day. Upon the Village Green the May Tree needs preparing, round which, for your enjoyment and to join in with, there will be music and dancing to the finest tunes and the most popular dances of the time. Noise is a big part of the May Day Celebration, to awaken Spring, and, further to that end, there will be a display of fire power, featuring the black powder weapons of the day showing just how effective they can be at defeating that old adversary, the cabbage! The soldiers will preside over a practice for the trained band, all-comers welcome, and there will be a fine display of swordsmanship.

In between you can wander among the encampment and see what is being eaten, drunk, made and mended. There will be sumptuous food being prepared and a variety of crafts people about their business, all for you to engage with or just listen, as you wish, though there will be no broom makers, this is considered extremely bad luck at May Day, as is going fishing!

Please note that all activities are subject to change and weather.

Standard admission prices apply. Free entry for Annual Pass holders.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard admission

Adult £10.50*
Concessions £9.50*
Children (4-16 years old) £6.50*
Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £22.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £26.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £32.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £38.00*
Additional child ticket with family ticket £6
Under 4 years FREE
Annual Pass Holders FREE
Young Archaeologists Club Members 2 for 1 entry (cheaper goes free)
Armed forces discount 2 for 1 entry on production of a valid ID (cheaper goes free)

*Gift Aid
The Museum is a charity and all admission prices include a voluntary donation of 10%. If you are a UK tax payer please tell our ticket officer that you are happy for the Museum to claim Gift Aid on your admission. Gift Aid donations to the Museum allow us to claim an extra 25% from the government on the total amount that you pay to us, at no extra cost to you.

Watch Roman Gladiators battle in this May Bank holiday event at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Roman Gladiators

  • 26 — 27 May 2019 10am-5pm

If you’re looking for a great educational and fun family day out this May Bank Holiday then come and see Roman Gladiators battle! Watch provincial gladiators in action as a team of criminals, barbarians and other prisoners of war, disgraced soldiers and thrill seekers fight for the entertainment of the crowds and the Emperor. Who will live, and who will die: you decide!

The gladiators will be brought to life by Britannia, one of the largest (and oldest) re-enactment groups in the U.K., they will be demonstrating the excitement and brutality of life in the late Roman period. Britannia has worked on over 150 TV and film projects, including Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and CBBC’s Horrible Histories.

• Meet costumed re-enactors, explore the living history encampment and learn about life in Britain in the 1st century AD
• Enjoy thrilling combat displays as Roman gladiators compete for the Emperor and the favour of the crowds
• Buy your own replica Roman gladiator weapons in the shop
• Be warned, there may be (fake) blood – not for those of a sensitive disposition!

Please be aware that all activities are subject to change and weather.

Standard admission prices apply. Free entry for annual pass holders.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard admission

Adult £10.50*
Concessions £9.50*
Children (4-16 years old) £6.50*
Family Ticket (1 Adults & 2 Children) £22.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 1 Child) £26.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £32.00*
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children) £38.00*
Additional child ticket with family ticket £6
Under 4 years FREE
Annual Pass Holders FREE
Young Archaeologists Club Members 2 for 1 entry (cheaper goes free)
Armed forces discount 2 for 1 entry on production of a valid ID (cheaper goes free)

*Gift Aid
The Museum is a charity and all admission prices include a voluntary donation of 10%. If you are a UK tax payer please tell our ticket officer that you are happy for the Museum to claim Gift Aid on your admission. Gift Aid donations to the Museum allow us to claim an extra 25% from the government on the total amount that you pay to us, at no extra cost to you.

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.

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.

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.

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

http://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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