Richard Jefferies Museum Reopens With a Wide-ranging September Agenda

It’s been an unwelcome hiatus during lockdown but Richard Jefferies Museum is back with a bang with a series of Sunday events throughout September. All spaces are now taken for Apple Day on 6th September but there are still three great events to enjoy.

Richard Jefferies was a Victorian writer with a passion for the countryside and the richness of nature that he saw all around him. The museum is based in an old farm bought by the Jefferies family in 1800, where Richard Jefferies was born on 6th November 1848. 


The Artist in You - Sunday 13th September 11.30am to 3.30pm

Bring your picnic along and soak up the ambience of the museum's gardens, looking especially lush and green at the moment, while local artist Suzie Simmons gets your creative juices going. We will be providing materials and lots of ideas for the artistically minded amongst you to enjoy at your bench/table. You don't need any previous experience, and you don't have to join in at all if you don't want to. But whichever way you choose to go we're sure they'll be some masterpieces by the end of the day! 


Virtual Tour - Sunday 20th September 11.30am to 3.30pm

As part of National Heritage Open Days - - enjoy a unique tour of the museum through the eyes of Director, Dr Mike Pringle, and the wonders of Facebook Live on your phone! Mike will work his way around the museum and share with you some of the stories about Jefferies and his family, as well as glimpses into the way the museum has developed over recent years and where things might go in the future.  As you watch you may like to ask questions via the chat facility, and, if you're lucky, Mike might even give you an answer! 


The Delicious Air (Photography Exhibition) -

Sunday 27th September 11.30am to 3.30pm

Because our gallery is currently closed, we've decided to take this wonderful exhibition of photographs by Sarah Singleton out into the gardens! The images, capturing the stunning nature of Wiltshire that Jefferies would recognise, have all been printed onto large boards and will be displayed on easels in all parts of the gardens. So, have your picnic lunch, or tea and cake from our little outdoor café, and then take a gentle stoll around the rich nature of the gardens to enjoy the rich nature in the pictures.

  • Although entry to all events is FREE, numbers will be determined by available bench/chair space, with tickets bookable online and limited places possible on the day.
  • Entry to the museum and gardens will only be via our Coate Water overflow car park gate. Other entrances will be locked.
  • The café will be outside and payment is contactless (no cash payments please).
  • Each bubble (group or individual) will be allocated their own picnic bench or table which they will have exclusive use of.
  • You are welcome to look around the museum (face masks are required) in your bubble. One bubble permitted at a time.
  • Park at Coate Water Country Park pay-and-display car park.
  • We have increased our cleaning schedule and there will be hand sanitiser stations around the site.
  • As always, everything is weather dependent. If the forecast looks bad, please check on social media for updates.


For more information:
Telephone: 01793 979224 or 07768 917466