Free weekend at Chiltern Open Air Musuem

PUBLISHED: 15:52 23 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:13 20 February 2013

Holding the new set of brochures are members of the Museum team from left to right Katherine Reed (Visitor Services Assistant) Amy Lang (Visitor Services Officer) and Grace Weller (Education Assistant).

Holding the new set of brochures are members of the Museum team from left to right Katherine Reed (Visitor Services Assistant) Amy Lang (Visitor Services Officer) and Grace Weller (Education Assistant).

Award winning Chiltern Open Air Museum has announced an exciting programme of activities and events for families, schools and group visits, and entry to the Pre-Season Weekend 24-25 March is completely free!

Award winning Chiltern Open Air Museum at Chalfont St Giles has announced an exciting programme of activities and events for families, schools and group visits, and entry to the Pre-Season Weekend 24-25 March is completely free!

Most weekends over the season, which runs from 31 March to 26 October, are packed with events ranging from the ever popular Classic Vehicle Show and Working Heavy Horse Show, through to many re-enactment groups such as Medieval Jousting, Meet the Normans and Sharpes Rifles. New to the programme this year and to honour the Queens Diamond Jubilee, there is a Victorian Diamond Jubilee Celebration on Bank Holiday weekend 2-5 June, which includes the Light Cavalry from the Honourable Artillery Company.

The Museum team are busy gearing up for the very popular Free Pre-Season Weekend, when the Museum opens up its doors on March 24-25 between 1-5pm at no charge to visitors.

Visitor Services Officer Amy Lang explains: The Free Pre-Season weekend is always popular and we are so pleased to be able to offer this again its a great opportunity to see around the site, see whats new, keep up to date with our lovely farm animals and find out whats on this season. Many visitors will also want to see where so many top TV programmes were filmed on our Museum site, such as Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey and Horrible Histories!

Amy is thrilled with the planned 2012 programme and also with the brand new Visitor Centre which is officially opening at the start of the season. Says Amy: We have a new Visitor Centre which is based in Astleham Cottage which is a 16th century timber framed hall house reputedly one of Henry VIIIs old hunting lodges. Our visitors this season will have time to look around the Visitor Centre at the start of their visit, and find out more about the site and what it has to offer. Also, there are family trails and activities, as well as our new Family Backpacks which can be picked up here.

Continues Amy: Our new brochures are packed with information about Whats On in 2012 at the Museum and our website gives even more detail. So hurry along to the Museum this season and find out for yourself just what an amazing place it is! For further information, go to our website for more details www.coam.org.uk or telephone our information line on 01494 872163.


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