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Rustic Sunday


Rustic Sunday first took place in 1978 following a very successful George Sturt celebration event the previous year. It has always been popular with the public as well as the many volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to maintain and support the Museum.

Rustic Sunday is a celebration of rural life of a bygone era and the simple rustic trades, crafts and hobbies of today. It gives older craftsmen and young talented artisans a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate traditional trades and crafts as well as appropriate newer crafts. In many cases visitors of all ages can try their hand at these trades and crafts.


All proceeds from the event go towards supporting the Old Kiln Museum and Rural Life Centre.


Sunday 29th July 2018 was a very wet and windy day but enjoyed by all who attended.


Sadly this year the weather gods did not smile on our event.


It was a slow start but visitors did brave the weather


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      The bands played on                                And the dancers danced




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     The visitors did come


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     The volunteers demonstrated their skills


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We had about one hundred stalls, activities and demonstrations positioned throughout the grounds of the Rural Life Centre and in many of the buildings. This provides a lovely atmosphere and enables our visitors to explore the museum’s exhibits as well as enjoying the special activities put on especially for Rustic Sunday.

The following are some of the crafts, skills, trades & hobbies being displayed and demonstrated:
Stick makers, Besom broom makers, Wood turning, Rose grafting, Stained glass, Cane and rush work, Pole lathes, Traditional farming, Meccano models, Corn dollies, Winnowing, Glass blowing, Charcoal burning, lacksmith forge, Wealden iron furnace alight, Woodsman, Metalwork, Quilling, Brewing, Antique and vintage steam model boats, Knot tying, Wheelwright, Beekeeping, Dowsing, Lacemaking, Sculpture, Quilting, Knitting, tatting and sock making, Spinning and weaving, cheese making and Ceramics.

Many of Surrey’s county and local associations exhibiting and demonstrating including:
Surrey Hills Society, Rowhills Nature Reserve Society, Farnham Beekeepers Association, RSPB, Surrey Association of Woodturners, International Guild of Knot Tyers, Age UK Surrey – Men in Sheds, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust,  Farnham Country Market, West Surrey Guild of Weavers and Spinners, Tilford WI, North Downs Lacemakers,  Surrey Guild of Craftsmen

Entertainment, activities and refreshments throughout the day include:
Jazz quartet played in the café area,  Old Kiln Light Railway rides, Roughditch Folk, Young children’s fairground horse carousel, Pilgrim Morris Men, Children’s playground, Milk daisy the cow, Tombola, Skittles, Working steam roller, Working wood yard, stationary engine and pumps, Children’s toys and games of the past, Old Kiln Café for meals, snacks and drinks, Cream Teas in the School Room and Frensham Brewery for real ale.

Well done to all the helpers.