Chiltern Open Air Museum

I used to visit Chiltern Open Air Museum fairly often before having my children as it was a lovely place just to go for a walk even without looking around the various historic buildings there. Since Jessica’s arrival though, we’d only been once, when I took my twin sister and her children there for a day out. With the arrival of some lovely sunny weather, I thought it was time we paid another visit.

Exploring the great outdoors and seeing historic buildings on a day out at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The museum is set in 45 acres of fields, meadows and woodlands with the buildings having been rescued from various locations around the Chilterns area before being rebuilt at the museum. There is also a small working farm at the museum and Jessica was quite excited about seeing the sheep and the ‘baby lambs’ and so we headed to the field first so she could see them.

Seeing the sheep at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

 

Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Having said hello to the sheep and lambs, we then had a look around the Amersham Prefab which is set up to show life around 1950. In the back bedroom there are children’s toys from the period and the girls both enjoyed having a good rummage in the toy chest. Sophie was quite taken with the ride-on wooden horse which was just the right size for her whereas Jessica was more interested in the wooden pinball machine and marbles.

Amersham Prefab at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Investigating the children's toys at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The nearby Nissan hut set up as an RAF briefing room was of less interest to the girls. They spent a couple of minutes pressing the buttons on the typewriter and pretending to talk on the telephone before wanting to head back outside, where we made our way towards the village green.

Outside the Nissan Hut at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The village green is my favourite bit of the museum as it is such a lovely spot to sit and have a picnic whilst being surrounded by old buildings. The Thame Vicarage nearby, set up like a Victorian schoolroom, was probably the girls’ favourite building as there was another chest of toys for them to play with as well as some Victorian costumes that they could dress up in. I thought they both looked quite adorable wearing Victorian bonnets!

Looking at the toys in the Thame Vicarage at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big LoveEnjoying dressing up at Chiltern Open Air Museum: The Friday Focus 22/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Dressing up in Victoria bonnets at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Jessica also quite liked the Henton Mission Room – a tiny tin chapel and found the harmonium especially interesting. She wanted to try and play it like the piano at home and kept trying to duck under the rope when I wasn’t looking!

 

After leaving the village green, we headed toward the playground which was a big hit with both the girls. They were a little small for most of the play equipment there though and trying to help both of them climb up whilst also making sure they didn’t fall was somewhat challenging at times!

Exploring the playground at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Exploring the playground at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

There were more animals down at the farm near the playground and we saw some chickens and cows.

Seeing the chickens at the Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The girls both enjoyed having so much space to be able to run around and explore. It was wonderful to watch them wandering along holding hands together, collecting stones that they found along the way and blowing dandelion clocks. The walking and running about certainly tired them out as both girls slept soundly in the car on the way home!

Two little girls running hand-in-hand: The Friday Focus 22/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Exploring at the Chiltern Open Air Museum  - Little Hearts, Big LoveExploring at the Chiltern Open Air Museum  - Little Hearts, Big Love

Standard price entry to the Chiltern Open Air Museum costs £9.50 for adults and £6 for children aged 4 and over although it is a little cheaper on weekdays in term time at £8 for adults and £5 for children. I decided to buy an annual pass which costs £26 for the year (£16 for children – although we don’t need to worry about this until Jessica turns four) which I thought was good value. It is certainly somewhere we are likely to visit frequently over the summer, especially as there are various events taking place some weekends. There will also be extra themed family crafts and activities happening on Tuesdays during August which sound like they could be fun.

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16 Comments

  1. May 29, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    It looks brilliant, and the girls clearly had a wonderful time! Love the photos of them trying on the bonnet, and the shots of them running hand in hand are just gorgeous x

  2. Emma T
    May 29, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Another place I’d never been to despite living so near. Sounds like it was a great visit

  3. May 29, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    We nearly visited there on Monday but chose an NT site instead as we were all members. Looks like lots to do though do will have to pop down in the summer

  4. May 30, 2015 / 12:31 am

    Looks like a great place for both parents and kids to visit. Really interesting how they’ve rebuilt and kept the different historical periods while making it hands on for children to enjoy. And yes your daughters do look very adorable in those bonnets!

  5. May 30, 2015 / 12:51 am

    This looks like an interesting place. So much to see and do. I’d enjoy the 1950s house by itself. Lovely how they have activities to capture the children’s imaginations. We used to live near there and I’m pretty sure I visited it in the early days. I bet its changed. #CountryKids

  6. May 30, 2015 / 6:26 am

    Very cute pictures as ever. Mine would love it there I’m sure too. #countrykids

  7. Kate , Baby Routes
    May 30, 2015 / 7:24 am

    What a fun idea for a museum. Love places where you can just wander without too much of a schedule. Looks like the girls had loads of fun too. I know mine would love those hats!

  8. May 30, 2015 / 7:32 am

    This looks like a great place to go and visit with the girls, you’re lucky you live so close and can visit regularly. It looks like there’s lots of different areas to explore and something for each of you. I bet the girls are excited to go back when they’ve got some events to bring it all to life even more. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  9. May 30, 2015 / 7:42 am

    That looks like a good place to visit, we didn’t manage it last weekend but maybe another time when we’re down that way we’ll have to pop by.

  10. May 30, 2015 / 8:56 am

    This looks like a fab place to visit. The pictures are gorgeous. #CountryKids

  11. May 30, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    This place is so pretty! I love the last 2 photos! The garden looks so magical and fairy tale like. I think its a nice idea to buy the annual pass as it looks so worth it. =) #countrykids

  12. May 30, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Wow! It looks like a great place to visit. Loving all your photos, the girls are beautiful. xx

  13. June 1, 2015 / 4:34 am

    Looks fascinating. What a great variety of things to do. Your kids certainly look as though they are having a good time too!

    It can’t be that far from us either. Must put it on the list.

  14. June 1, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Looks like you all had lots of fun! Your photos are adorable! x

  15. June 1, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    That looks a fan day out and the sibling love shines through #countrykids

  16. Sarah of Catching the Magic
    June 2, 2015 / 7:54 am

    Oh, so beautiful! Your photographs of your gorgeous children in this picturesque setting made me feel quite nostalgic, for both my British roots growing up in the UK and for my children (now past their pre-school years). This looks like somewhere my 5 and 9 year old would still enjoy immensely and maybe on a trip home to the UK to see the grandparents… sigh, I shall add to the wish list 😉