A Day Out at The Chiltern Open Air Museum

On Saturday, as part of our Landrover Discovery Adventures, we took the boys to The Chiltern Open Air Museum for the afternoon. It’s a really fascinating family day out I’d highly recommend it, if you’re looking for something a little different to do.

Founded in 1976, with the aim of rescuing threatened buildings; more than thirty historic building have been saved and rebuilt there.

It’s literally like stepping back in time.

The Discovery Adventures | Featuring the Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Chiltern Open Air Museum office sign
Behind the scenes at the museum
Bunting at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
I loved all these quirky little touches
A little tiny tin church at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The tiny tin church
Bertie and Cosmo getting to grips with the organ at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
You name it, I’ll hum it

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is fantastic place for a little adventure.

We lived just a stones throw away for years and I never knew it was there.

There are so many things to look at — and beautiful gardens to explore. I’d highly recommend take your littles there. It would be a fab place to take a picnic on a sunny day.

And on a chilly autumnal afternoon it was a fabulous place to visit.

Sign for Astleham Manor Garden
Beautiful gardens at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Raindrops on roses
Friends of The Museum pavillion

Back in time at The Chiltern Open Air Museum

There are some amazing, historical buildings — some that you can go inside. It’s almost like visiting the set of a film.

Which is kind of what it is.

Their historic working farm has appeared on a number of TV programmes, including Downton Abbey.

It’s not purely about the setting though.

They have rare breed animals; sheep, goats, chickens and cows. Plus three working heavy horses; Harvey — a Clydesdale — and his half-brothers, young Shires, Joshua and Samuel.

The working farm at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Forging Ahead

Our favourite thing, by far, was the forge.

They were running a blacksmith’s experience day and it was so interesting to watch.

The boys were captivated by the fire and the Blacksmith shaping the hot metal with his tools. It was fab to see how things were made.

The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The Chiltern Open Air Museum Forge
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Watching the Blacksmiths at work
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
The forge at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Do go and visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum if you get a chance.

A family ticket is just £32 — which could be considered a little steep when so many things are free these days — but as the The Chiltern Open Air Museum is a registered charity (that receives no regular grants towards its running costs or projects) it really is worth going to, to support its future.

It’s a brilliant day out

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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