Weald and Downland Living Museum
Based on an ancient custom celebrating the life-giving properties of trees, the Weald and Downland Tree Dressing is an annual event not to be missed.
Visitors are invited to make a lantern during their visit, which is then lit for a procession around the museum’s downland site during the afternoon.
Younger visitors are well catered for, with headdress making, crafts and storytelling.
The lantern procession culminates at two aspen trees near the museum’s market square, where the lanterns are hung, making a spectacular display of colour and light to brighten the winter afternoon.
The day’s finale takes place as darkness falls, with a spiral dance around the trees, which glow with hundreds of lanterns making it a truly special sight to see.
The museum is open from 10.30am until 4pm with the Tree Dressing activities beginning at 12.30pm.
The lantern procession starts at 3.45pm and closes the day.
Winter warmers will be on offer and include mulled cider, mulled apple juice and spiced biscuits.