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Weald And Downland Open Air Museum

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

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Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

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  • Historic DIY country wedding venue
  • Open-air museum of rural life at Singleton
  • In a 40-acre traditional pastoral setting
  • Near Chichester, easily accessed via A286
  • Voted winning Sussex attraction of the year
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 150 guests
  • Designated private parking area for guests

Situated in Town Lane, Singleton, only 7 miles north of Chichester, the museum is easily accessible via the A286 and presents an utterly unique location to host your wedding celebrations. Showcasing over 50 historic medieval buildings, and surrounded by 40 acres of stunning 19th-century South Downs parkland, it provides a mesmerising backdrop that will have your guests enthralled.

Weald And Downland Open Air Museum enjoys a beautifully-maintained and peaceful rustic setting with lots to see and lots to do, meaning you'll have a jam-packed and unforgettable day. It's an open invitation to imaginative couples to break the rules and try something different. Who said you had to get married in a church or a registry office when you've got a museum waiting for you?


Weald And Downland Open Air Museum was opened in 1970 in response to a growing awareness of the vulnerability of defunct structures, especially those of medieval origin, in a rapidly-changing rural environment. The aim was to establish a viable rescue centre where unique or extremely rare examples of such vernacular buildings could be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Explore the museum's 40-acre setting and take a stroll down a historical memory lane, soaking up close to 1000 years' worth of tales of the countless working men, women and children who once inhabited or toiled in these superbly restored exhibit houses.


The Museum offers the choice of two buildings, both licensed for civil ceremonies, where various parts of the day can take place.

Downland Gridshell

Part of the museum's workshop space, the jaw-dropping Downland Gridshell is a beautiful modern addition to the museum. The first timber gridshell to be constructed in the UK, it can comfortably accommodate up to 150 seated guests for both ceremonies and reception parties. Featuring beautiful criss-crossing oak 'laths' on the ceiling, you're welcome to decorate this large room as you wish; so get your bridesmaids at the ready and let the fun begin. Events in the Downland Gridshell can go on until 11.30pm.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 150 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 120 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 150 Guests

Crawley Hall

This 15th-century timber-framed hall accommodates up to 50 guests for a civil ceremony and formal reception. Crawley Hall is a perfect venue for couples requiring a more intimate setting with close family and friends. It is located in an area that is not usually open to the public, so its exclusivity is all yours! Events in this facility can go on until 6pm or 4pm, depending on the time of year.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 50 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 50 Guests


Weald And Downland Open Air Museum allow you to organise your own catering and refreshment provision. They do not charge for service or corkage and can provide you with a shortlist of recommended suppliers to give you a little extra guidance and help.


There is no accommodation at the museum but there is plenty of all types to be found in the surrounding region or in Chichester.

For more information about weddings at the museum, get in touch with the events team via their contact details below.

Weald And Downland Open Air Museum
PO18 0EU
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