Christmas crafts and fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum

We always enjoy a day out at Chiltern Open Air Museum. It’s such a nice place just to go for a walk and the historic buildings are always interesting too. I love the fact that the girls can get outdoors and explore while learning little things along the way. They can find out more about how people lived in the past, as well as learning about nature too. The museum is closed over the winter though apart from a couple of days when they reopen for the Victorian Christmas event.


Jessica with her snowman fingerprint card - "Christmas crafts and fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum"


Although I’ve been visiting the museum for about ten years now, last year was the first time I’d been to the Christmas event. Sophie and I both enjoyed our day out while Jessica was at a Girls’ Brigade event. This year both girls were at the Girls’ Brigade event on the Saturday but we were all free on Sunday afternoon for an afternoon of festive fun as a family.


Hubby with Jessica in her buggy and Sophie standing next to her


Our first stop was the Northolt Barn where there were lots of Christmas craft activities to do. The girls had fun making a Christmas card with fingerprint snowmen, a reindeer puppet and a paper lantern. I was quite impressed by Sophie’s scissor skills when it came to cutting out the lantern. She was really good at staying on the lines. The girls also decorated a paper bag with Christmas stamps and stickers which was very useful for keeping their creations in afterwards!


Jessica and Sophie decorating a paper bag in the Northolt Barn


Sophie cutting out her paper lantern


There were lots of Victorian characters wandering around the Village Green and Charles Dickens was telling stories in the Thame Vicarage Room. By the time we arrived he was on to the final part of A Christmas Carol – The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. I thought this might be a bit scary for the girls though so we gave it a miss. We did have a quick browse around the mini Christmas market in the Skippings Barn though.


Sophie walking next to a man in Victorian costume


We’d booked our tickets to see Father Christmas when we’d arrived (£3 each for the girls). This year Father Christmas was in Haddenham Cottage. Last year he was in one of the farm buildings which was a bit dark and dingy. I much preferred this year’s location with its warm and inviting room. We were shown through by one of his elves and another elf was waiting in the next room with a sack of small gifts. The girls got to choose their own gift and both choose a Christmas stamp.


Sophie and Jessica meeting Father Christmas


Sophie looking at her gift from Father Christmas


Sophie and Jessica love the playground at Chiltern Open Air Museum. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited, probably because the ground was too slippery. The girls were a little disappointed that it was closed. Stopping to say hello to the sheep and goats nearby helped to ease the disappointment though.


Sophie spotting the "listen" sign next to the sheep pen


Hubby lifting Sophie up for a look at the goats


There is one place that we always have to visit on our days out at the museum and that is the Amersham Prefab. The girls always make a beeline for the back bedroom with its old-fashioned children’s toys. They particularly enjoy the bagatelle game although we couldn’t find any marbles to play it with this time. Jessica decided to use draughts counters instead. She wasn’t too bothered by the fact that they didn’t really work very well!


Jessica and Sophie with the toys in the Amersham prefab


We had a lovely afternoon at the museum. The crafts were definitely a highlight for the girls. For me, as always, the best thing was just getting to enjoy time together as a family.


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  1. December 9, 2017 / 7:01 am

    This sounds fun. I love craft sessions like this. My eldest would be upset if the park was closed! What reasonably priced Santa visit too.

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      It was fun, shame the playground was closed but we had a lovely day without it.

  2. December 9, 2017 / 7:34 am

    This looks like a lovely day out. #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      It was so much fun 🙂

  3. December 9, 2017 / 8:08 am

    This looks like such a fun day out. I especially like the look of the fingerprint snowmen, I think I’m going to steal this idea for my little ones. #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      It’s such a simple idea but so effective 🙂

  4. December 9, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Chiltern always looks so fab, every time you go I wish I lived closer so we could take trip there to explore too. The girls always look like they’re so engrossed in the whole activity, I bet it’s great to see the girls exploring the place as they start to know where they’re going. Santa’s grotto certainly looked cosy this year, I bet the girls were super excited to see him.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      It’s such a lovely place to visit, we’re so lucky to have it on the doorstep 🙂

  5. December 9, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I love the variety of activities on offer, making it a great day out for everyone #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      It was fun – there was certainly plenty to do 🙂

  6. December 9, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Its one of the places I really miss after moving away from the area! Fabulous family fun.

    • Louise
      December 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      It is such a lovely place to visit, isn’t it? 🙂

  7. December 9, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    It looks like a lovely family day out. The craft activities look great. I think that Christmas inspires children to do even more crafting than at other times of the year. I can see why you return to visit the museum throughout the year, it looks wonderful #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

      It is a lovely place to visit and even more fun with the Christmas activities 🙂

  8. December 9, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    This looks such a lovely place for you all to explore and meeting Santa too must have made them quite excited. That’s not really something we have lots of over here, and I think my three miss that #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:14 am

      It is such a lovely place to explore and meeting Santa is always fun 🙂

  9. December 12, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Those crafts look lovely and a bargain price to see Santa too, and again I realise that’s another year that we haven’t made it there #CountryKids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Lol, maybe next year! 🙂

  10. December 12, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    What a lovely way to come together as a family. it is nice that they open for Christmas and put on some festive crafts. #countrykids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:17 am

      It was a fun event 🙂

  11. December 12, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    It’s always lovely to spend time with family. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:17 am

      It certainly is 🙂

  12. December 13, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Looks like a great day out. I would have avoided the Ghost of Christmas Past too – Monkeys a bit sensitive around anything like that must be something to do with age. We had a bagetelle when we were kids which my great grandad had made. I never knew what it was called until now. x #CountryKids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      It was a fun day out 🙂

  13. December 14, 2017 / 9:26 am

    What a lovely adventure, I can understand why you like to return and it must have been nice to do it as the 4 of you #CountryKids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:19 am

      It is such a lovely place for days out 🙂

  14. December 15, 2017 / 10:21 am

    What a fun filled day and we can see why you went. Its great that you can explore the outdoors and do a bit of Christmas crafting. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      December 18, 2017 / 10:21 am

      The Christmas crafts were lots of fun 🙂

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