Rural Life Centre

Rural Life Centre Museum of English Rural Life

One of the biggest private collections of village and rural life. The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, assembled by the late Mr & Mrs Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust. It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in realistic individual settings. There is so much to explore! Meet the blacksmiths @oldkilnforge Have a ride on the train @OldkilnlightrailwaytilfordSurrey Find out what the Woodies are up to @rustictimbergroup

We have plenty going on at tjw museum today. The West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be demonstrating ...
18/05/2019

We have plenty going on at tjw museum today. The West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be demonstrating their skills in the Village Hall and offering taster sessions. You can even have a go yourself from 10.30am til 3pm.
Don't forget to bring a picnic and your teddy bear and join us for Teddy Bear themed activities including a disco at 2pm. Prizes for best dressed teddy will be awarded at 1.30pm on the village green. Pay a visit to the display of classic machinery brought to the miseum this weekend by the LL Club #weaving #spinning #museum #teddybear #teddybearspicnic #dayout #familyday #familydayout #kidsinmuseums #childrensactivities

There's lots happening at the museum this weekend. Tomorrow we have our Teddy Bear's picnic combined with Super Saturday...
17/05/2019

There's lots happening at the museum this weekend. Tomorrow we have our Teddy Bear's picnic combined with Super Saturday. There will be a teddy food hunt, a disco, teddy themed crafts and a best dressed teddy competition so make sure you pack a picnic and bring your teddy to visit. The Double LL Club will be returning to the museum to put on a show of classic machinery all weekend. You can learn about weaving with the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers in the village hall. #llclub #teddybearspicnic #teddybear #museum #family #familyday #familydayout #bears #kidsinmuseums #supersaturday #rurallifecentre #rurallifecentretilford #farnham #farnhamevents #surrey #surreyevents

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for our Rock 'n' Roll Evening Dance with music from The Roosters on Saturday 15th ...
16/05/2019
Welcome to the rural life centre

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for our Rock 'n' Roll Evening Dance with music from The Roosters on Saturday 15th June. The museum will be jiving along to the sounds of the fifties with this excellent band. Join us in the Frensham Building to lindy hop the night away on the dance floor. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the museum on 01252 795571 or here https://rural-life.org.uk/book-tickets. Doors open 7.30pm and music starts at 8pm

A few photos from last Saturday's Jazz Jam hosted by the Vic Cracknell Swing Band with guests Three Amigos and Zena D.
09/05/2019

A few photos from last Saturday's Jazz Jam hosted by the Vic Cracknell Swing Band with guests Three Amigos and Zena D.

We're getting ready for our Jazz Jam this afternoon hosted by Vic Cracknell and his Swing Band. Chill out in our Frensha...
04/05/2019

We're getting ready for our Jazz Jam this afternoon hosted by Vic Cracknell and his Swing Band. Chill out in our Frensham Building and listen to the music. Vic will be joined by Zena Deakin and the Three Amigos. If you would like to be part of the Jam after the perfomances, please bring your instruments along. There will be a bar and music starts at 2pm.

Tomorrow morning sees our second car boot of the season so why not pop along to pick up a bargain.  Gates open at 7.30am...
04/05/2019

Tomorrow morning sees our second car boot of the season so why not pop along to pick up a bargain. Gates open at 7.30am for sellers and 8am for buyers. Pitches cost £6 and free entry to buyers. The Old Kiln Cafe will be open from 8am.

Don't forget, you can chill out this Saturday afternoon as we have the Vic Cracknell Swing Band plus the Three Amigos an...
01/05/2019

Don't forget, you can chill out this Saturday afternoon as we have the Vic Cracknell Swing Band plus the Three Amigos and Zena Deakin performing in the Frensham Building for their Jazz Jam. Music starts at 2pm. Normal museum entry prices apply.

It's an early start this Sunday 28th April for the Tractor Road Run.  The tractors will be on their way at 10.30am if yo...
23/04/2019

It's an early start this Sunday 28th April for the Tractor Road Run. The tractors will be on their way at 10.30am if you'd like to wave them off!

Rural Life Centre
20/04/2019

Rural Life Centre

Are you a craftsperson, artisan or artist that specialises in rural, heritage or vanishing crafts? We are looking for people who would like to showcase their skills at this year's Rustic Sunday event. If you would like a pitch at this year's event taking place on Sunday 28th July please fill out the registration form using the link below.
https://form.jotformeu.com/83314953844362

Are you a craftsperson, artisan or artist that specialises in rural, heritage or vanishing crafts?  We are looking for p...
20/04/2019

Are you a craftsperson, artisan or artist that specialises in rural, heritage or vanishing crafts? We are looking for people who would like to showcase their skills at this year's Rustic Sunday event. If you would like a pitch at this year's event taking place on Sunday 28th July please fill out the registration form using the link below.
https://form.jotformeu.com/83314953844362

Coming up this weekend we have our monthly Super Saturday event with Easter themed craft activities and some of the muse...
17/04/2019

Coming up this weekend we have our monthly Super Saturday event with Easter themed craft activities and some of the museum's very knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to talk about several of our displays. Visit Deeks Cycle workshop, learn about Ferguson tractors or find out what it was like growing up in mid century rural Wiltshire with tales from the childhood of another of our volunteers, you can even watch a wheelwright demonstration from 11am.
On Sunday and Monday we also have an Easter Chick Hunt. The museum opens at 10am each day.

Tomorrow we have our Activity Thursday event here at the museum.  There will be lots of activities to take part in inclu...
17/04/2019

Tomorrow we have our Activity Thursday event here at the museum. There will be lots of activities to take part in including air propelled rocket making and you could even come and learn about Victorian schooling in our 'tin hut' classroom!

A few of today's Working with Wood highlights.  The event continues tomorrow with pole lathing and wood turning demos an...
13/04/2019

A few of today's Working with Wood highlights. The event continues tomorrow with pole lathing and wood turning demos and guided tree walk at 2pm.

The tractors are out and the wood yard is fired up ready for our Working with Wood event this weekend. The museum is ope...
13/04/2019

The tractors are out and the wood yard is fired up ready for our Working with Wood event this weekend. The museum is open so if you'd like to see the Timber group demonstarting their skills, pay us a visit. There's also stationary engines on show and tomorrow there will be a guided tree walk starting from the cafe at 2pm.

If you are thinking of visiting us this weekend, the woodyard will be buzzing with activity, so why not stop by and have...
12/04/2019

If you are thinking of visiting us this weekend, the woodyard will be buzzing with activity, so why not stop by and have a chat with one of the timber group. On Sunday there will be a guided tree walk starting at 2pm by the cafe.

Coming up next weekend we have our Working with Wood event.  The Centre's very own timber group will be showing off thei...
07/04/2019

Coming up next weekend we have our Working with Wood event. The Centre's very own timber group will be showing off their timber milling skills. If you'll be paying the Centre a visit make sure you stop by the woodyard!

We have had a wonderful day playing host to the Tilford Gardening Club Spring Horticultural Show today. Here are a few s...
07/04/2019

We have had a wonderful day playing host to the Tilford Gardening Club Spring Horticultural Show today. Here are a few snapshots of the day.

If you are thinking of paying us a visit this weekend, not only do we have our first Car Boot of the season, Tilford Hor...
05/04/2019

If you are thinking of paying us a visit this weekend, not only do we have our first Car Boot of the season, Tilford Horticultural Club will be holding their Spring Horticultural Show in the Frensham Building this Sunday. Normal Museum admission applies.

This Sunday sees the first Car Boot of the season at the Rural Life Centre from 8am to 12noon.  If you're looking for a ...
05/04/2019

This Sunday sees the first Car Boot of the season at the Rural Life Centre from 8am to 12noon. If you're looking for a bargain why not pop along? Car boot opens to sellers for setting up at 7.30am and the Old Kiln Cafe opens at 8am. Sellers £6 and free entry to buyers.

Have you got your tickets for Weyfest yet?
03/04/2019

Have you got your tickets for Weyfest yet?

A big thank you to all the stallholders that came along on Saturday and made the Steam Toy Rally a fabulous day.  Here a...
03/04/2019

A big thank you to all the stallholders that came along on Saturday and made the Steam Toy Rally a fabulous day. Here are a few highlights.

We couldn't say it better ourselves.  If you haven't visited the Rural Life Centre yet, you are missing out on one of Fa...
20/03/2019

We couldn't say it better ourselves. If you haven't visited the Rural Life Centre yet, you are missing out on one of Farnham's best kept secrets. Plan your visit at https://buff.ly/2VHYV0U

One visit is never enough so why not treat the family to great value annual pass.  Pay one off pass fee, then come back ...
15/03/2019

One visit is never enough so why not treat the family to great value annual pass. Pay one off pass fee, then come back free for a whole 12 months. See our website for full details & latest prices. https://buff.ly/2Cd7t8L

13/03/2019

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Join us for our first Super Saturday of the year on 16th March. There will be lots of hands on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Fin out more at https://buff.ly/2Us4AIz

Looking for something to do this weekend? We're open from 10am-5pm.  Don't forget dogs are very welcome on leads.
09/03/2019

Looking for something to do this weekend? We're open from 10am-5pm. Don't forget dogs are very welcome on leads.

We are now open from Wed-Sun from 10am - 5pm.  Why not plan a visit by checking out the latest information on our websit...
06/03/2019

We are now open from Wed-Sun from 10am - 5pm. Why not plan a visit by checking out the latest information on our website buff.ly/2tLsWRD

We are now open from Wed-Sun from 10am - 5pm.  Why not plan a visit by checking out the latest information on our websit...
06/03/2019

We are now open from Wed-Sun from 10am - 5pm. Why not plan a visit by checking out the latest information on our website buff.ly/2tLsWRD

Have you got your tickets to Weyfest yet?  The lineup looks fantastic and a host of new bands have just been added.  Wey...
03/03/2019

Have you got your tickets to Weyfest yet? The lineup looks fantastic and a host of new bands have just been added. Weyfest is a unique, boutique festival with some big name bands, set in the grounds of the Rural Life Centre. Join us from 16th-18th August. Visit https://buff.ly/N1ZEol for full details.

Have you visited the Rural Life Centre in the last year?  We would love to hear your feedback on your visit.  If you hav...
02/03/2019

Have you visited the Rural Life Centre in the last year? We would love to hear your feedback on your visit. If you have a few moments we would be grateful if you could please complete our short survey.
https://buff.ly/2VvCYSH

We hope you are enjoying the half-term break.  Join us on Wednesday, when we are open from 11am - 4pm.
18/02/2019

We hope you are enjoying the half-term break. Join us on Wednesday, when we are open from 11am - 4pm.

We may be biased but we think the Old Kiln Cafe serves one of the best Sunday lunches around.  It's half term holidays s...
17/02/2019

We may be biased but we think the Old Kiln Cafe serves one of the best Sunday lunches around. It's half term holidays so take a break from the kitchen and treat yourself to a lovely home-cooked meal @theoldkilncafe today. Booking advisable.

We're open today from 11am so come and enjoy a walk around the museum and take advantage of the last few weeks of half-p...
13/02/2019

We're open today from 11am so come and enjoy a walk around the museum and take advantage of the last few weeks of half-price entry. Summer season prices start from 1st March.

10/02/2019

We're open today until 4pm. The cafe is serving some great Sunday dinners so why not come and enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a walk around the museum. #relaxingsunday

03/02/2019

The Old Kiln Cafe is also closed today but will be open on Wednesday, offering mini roast dinners, in case you miss your Sunday roast today.

03/02/2019

Good morning - unfortunately, the museum will be closed today (Sunday 3rd Feb) because of the icy weather. Safety of visitors and staff come first. We will be open again at 11am on Wednesday. Thank you.

We have an exciting programme of events lined up for 2019.  See the full list on our website or page.  Don't fo...
28/01/2019

We have an exciting programme of events lined up for 2019. See the full list on our website or page. Don't forget to save the date for your favourite ones.

Bookings are now open for stalls at our flagship event, Rustic Sunday.  We welcome submissions from local craftspeople, ...
27/01/2019

Bookings are now open for stalls at our flagship event, Rustic Sunday. We welcome submissions from local craftspeople, artisan producers and people willing to demonstrate rural crafts. To reserve your place please click this link https://form.jotformeu.com/83314953844362.

The Rural Life Centre relies on the hard work and dedication of a team of volunteers to keep the museum running all year...
27/01/2019

The Rural Life Centre relies on the hard work and dedication of a team of volunteers to keep the museum running all year round. If you'd be interested in volunteering then find out more at the Rustic's website http://rustic-volunteers.org.uk

We are open today from 11am until 4pm. Come and explore our many exhibits and enjoy a walk around our beautiful grounds....
20/01/2019
Welcome to the rural life centre

We are open today from 11am until 4pm. Come and explore our many exhibits and enjoy a walk around our beautiful grounds. Find out more at www.rural-life.org.uk

The Rural Life Centre is a open-air museum & visitor attraction which collects & preserves objects associated with farming & goods used by local crafts people.

Address

Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey
Farnham
GU10 2DL

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01252795571

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