Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum

One of the best things about spring is that all our favourite places have started opening again.  We enjoyed some traditional Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum on Good Friday when they opened for the start of the 2016 season.

There were two Easter trails available – Easter bunnies or Easter eggs.  Jessica chose the Easter eggs. We headed off to find the ten different coloured eggs hidden in various buildings around the museum.


Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

First though, we had to stop and say hello to the sheep.  The girls are looking forward to seeing some lambs soon when they start arriving.


Saying hello to the sheep - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

We found our first coloured egg in the Northolt Barn, before heading to the Nissan Hut to find the second one.  The third was in the Amersham Prefab, This is one of the girls’ favourite buildings in the museum.  Sophie promptly made a beeline for the back bedroom and the old-fashioned children’s toys.  I was quite impressed by how much she clearly remembered from our visits here last summer. There were quite a few moments when it was clear she knew exactly where she was going and what she would find.


Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The marble pinball game was what she was looking for in this case.  Both the girls will happily spend ages rolling the marbles around the board.  I do always have to check Sophie’s pockets though when we leave. She does quite like to try and take some away with her!


Playing pinball in the Amersham prefab - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The next egg was found in Leagrave Cottage where there were two 18th-century-costumed re-enactors.  The woman was making pease pottage and chicken curry. I have to admit I was quite surprised to find chicken curry on an 18th century menu but was informed that the spice trade was flourishing at the time and people would have occasionally made curry.  It did make me chuckle to hear that it didn’t always agree with people, especially if they were more used to a diet of pease pottage. It sounds like the after-effects of curry not have changed too much in 300 years!


The tiny Henton Mission Room didn’t have any eggs for us to find, but there was a Good Friday service taking place. We stopped to listen to this before heading to the Thame Vicarage Room for the next egg and another chance for the girls to play with the toys.  Jessica quite enjoyed the cup and ball. Getting the ball into the cup was not quite as easy as Mummy made it look though!


Playing cup and ball - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

There were lots of games outside on the village green. The girls enjoyed playing hoopla for a while. Sophie’s technique was mostly just placing the hoops over the sticks. Jessica preferred to throw the hoops wildly (and usually in a different direction all together!)


Playing hoopla - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The sixth egg was at the Harpenden Well Head. We found two more eggs at the Arborfield Barn and the Iron Age House.  We headed to the High Wycombe Toll House to find the next egg (and spotted one of the bunnies there too!)  On the walk there, Sophie surprised me once again with her memory of previous visits.  Back in the autumn, there had been a lot of muddy puddles on this particular path which she had enjoyed jumping in (and falling over in too!)  The ground was fairly dry this time though but she stopped at the exact point where we’d found a huge puddle previously and pointed to the ground.


“Yay, muddy puddles!” she said, “I love muddy puddles!”


Thankfully, we did manage to find a couple of small muddy puddles further on so she could relive those happy memories (without falling over this time!)


Finding muddy puddles - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

There was another lady in costume at the toll house.  I would have loved to stopped to listen about the history of the toll house. The girls were too restless though and eager to get back outside.  We found the final egg at the High Wycombe Furniture Factory near the tea shop.


Stepping back in time at the High Wycome toll house - Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Back at the entrance, we handed in our completed form. The girls enjoyed the mini eggs that they received in return.


Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

It was lovely to be back again, especially on such a gorgeous sunny day. We were able to shed the coats as it was so warm.  The girls love the museum. They get to see the animals, play with toys in some of the buildings plus there is so much space for them to run around and explore.  I love watching them together, running about hand-in-hand and just enjoying being out in the open air together.  Hopefully there’ll be many more days like this over the coming months.


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20 thoughts on “Easter fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum

  1. Wonderful to revisit. It is amazing how much they do remember from each visit. How interesting to visit each house. It does bring it all to life when people are dressed up and reenacting the times. #CountryKids

    1. I do love the way the re-enactments help bring it to life – especially for the children 🙂

  2. It’s lovely to see things opening up again for the season. I remember you going here last year but the extra activities put on for the Easter weekend make it look especially good. The curry meal surprised me too, what an adventurous time it was. the girls look like they really enjoyed their visit with something different to do and see at every turn. That wooden spoon hoopla game looks rather fun and something I’m sure we could recreate here, I might just give it a go. Thank you for sharing your day with me on #CountryKids

    1. We did enjoy all the extra Easter activities – it made it much more interesting. The hoopla game was a lot of fun and I’m sure it would be easy enough to recreate for you at Coombe Mill 🙂

  3. What a lovely post, it looks like they had great fun. I always like to see photos of the girls as they look so close and happy in each others’ company.
    This museum reminds me a lot of Avoncroft Museum which my daughter and I visited last year.

    1. Thanks Sarah – they are (mostly) lovely together and I love seeing their bond on days out like this. I’ve seen a few posts about Avoncroft Museum and it does sound very similar to the Chiltern Open Air Museum.

    1. Thanks Jocelyn – it is lovely that all our favourite places are starting to open up again 🙂

  4. That looks like so much fun, I’ve had this on my to do list for so long and was only thinking about it earlier in the week. We really must get there this year. Monkey would love it as much as the girls appear to #CountryKids

    1. I’m sure Monkey would love it – there is plenty to explore and lots of space to run around in 🙂

    1. Thanks Sara – I love those photos of the girls holding hands. It is a great museum to visit – lots of interesting things to see and lots of space to explore too 🙂

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