What’s On at The Vale & Downland Museum

This summer we are back with an exciting programme of family events, celebrating the opening of our brand new King Alfred Gallery.
Visit the new gallery to explore what life was like in King Alfred's time.
Saxon Summer Family Days

Join us at the Vale and Downland Museum for our Saxon Summer Family Days! We are celebrating the opening of our brilliant new King Alfred Gallery with a very special day jam packed with everything Anglo Saxon and Viking. Our staff and volunteers will transport you back in time to over one thousand years ago with stories, objects, activities and crafts that will bring the Anglo Saxon era to life for the whole family

Lifting the Lid

Join a different volunteer each week as they show you some special objects from the museum collection so you can discover more about Wantage’s past.

Free to drop in, no need to book.

History Detectives: Who was buried at Sutton Hoo?

Do you have what it takes to unravel a great historical mystery? Since its discovery just under 100 years ago, the treasure-filled Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo has left historians asking who exactly the burial was for. Hone your historical detective skills and piece together the clues found at the burial site to solve the great puzzle of the empty grave.

Super Saxon Arts and Crafts: Become an Anglo Saxon Warrior

Transform yourself into an Anglo Saxon warrior at our summer arts and crafts sessions. Led by our Learning Officer, you will construct an Anglo Saxon helmet, emboss a replica silver brooch and weave a friendship bracelet using a traditional Viking weaving technique, whilst also learning about the history and significance of these objects.

Cartoon Creator: Bring the Anglo Saxon tale of Beowulf to life with your own cartoon retelling

The heroic Anglo Saxon tale of Beowulf has been shared for over a thousand years. Join us this summer as we will bring the epic saga to life for children with storytelling and cartooning. Discover the courageous and monstrous characters, create your own cartoons to retell the story, and experiment with kenning poetry to describe the vivid scenes that unfold in this thrilling Anglo Saxon tale.

Letcombe Brook Beasties

Join Letcombe Brook Project Officer Mark Bradfield as he shows children what lives in Letcombe Brook and learn how to identify the different species.

The Museum Café is open Monday – Saturday 9.30am till 3.30pm.

Serving delicious homemade cakes, hot & cold drinks, a selection of lunches for adults and children, as well as ice-creams and ice lollies which are definitely needed in this current hot weather!