An intriguing medieval site

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance. Built in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death swept across England, the barn is an extraordinary survivor of our medieval past. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.

Major building works have recently been completed with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other generous funders and donors to revitalise the whole Barn complex into a community heritage site promoting the knowledge of medieval history, its architecture, agricultural landscape and people.

What happens at the Barn

As a multi-purpose venue we host a range of activities for the local community including family activities, music and theatre performances, craft workshops, a monthly lecture series, and our flagship events the Medieval Fayre and Orchard Harvest Days.

The Barn makes a unique and beautiful setting for a magical wedding day and is available for hire all year round. The Barn and seminar rooms can also be hired for celebration events, film shoots, and meetings. Get in touch to find out more.

Next Events

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Shakespeare in the Barn: The Tempest

Date: 18th July 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
The Tempest POSTER

We are delighted to welcome The Festival Players back to Winterbourne Medieval Barn as they perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 

Shakespeare’s last, and great, play is a triumphant compilation of intrigue, magic, and humour. Prospero, an exiled Duke with supernatural powers, creates a great storm which sees his enemies shipwrecked on his island. Magic abounds, plots are exposed, and a colourful array of characters gain their deserts. Fascinating entertainment.

The Festival Players Theatre Company is a professional theatre company in their 38th year of touring, delivering the best in open-air Shakespeare, committed to presenting the very best in touring theatre.
As in the Bard’s day, Festival Players International will be performing with an all-male company of skilled professional actors, and invite you to share in the fun of this amazing play. A Summer treat for the whole family.

Parking for this event will be at The Barn and a section of private land next door will be used for overflow parking. The private land has kindly been leant to us for this event only so we ask users to follow instructions of parking stewards, only park in designated areas and treat the space respectfully.

Accessible parking will still be in The Barn’s main car park as this has easier access to the main barn. To book accessible parking please email us on ceara.foley@winterbournebarn.org.uk  with your registration number, if you need a wheelchair accessible parking space and any accessible seating for the show and we can book this for you.

There is plenty of bicycle parking at The Barn for those arriving on two wheels and space for drop off / collection if you would like to arrange this.

Please do not park along church lane as this obstructs the road for other users and emergency vehicles.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

The Little Mermaid

Date: 21st July 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
The Little Mermaid

Family friendly theatre.

IKP’s unmistakable brand of “delightfully daft” family theatre is back in The Barn for another adventure for all ages.
Escape under the sea with The Little Mermaid for a huge European adventure to find freedom, truth and love!

Recommended age 5+ but all welcome.

Parking is free and will be at The Barn (BS36 1SE). Space is limited so please follow the instructions from our parking stewards on arrival.
There is plenty of bicycle parking and space for drop off / pick ups at The Barn if you are able to arrange this.
Please do not park along church lane as this obstructs the road for other users and emergency vehicles.

We have toilets on site, including a fully accessible toilet and baby changing facilities.

The Barn Bar will also be open serving a small selection of drinks and snacks. Cash and card payments are accepted.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

Weddings

We’re now taking enquiries and bookings for wedding celebrations. The Barn and grounds make a spectacular backdrop for a special occasion. At Winterbourne Medieval Barn you have the flexibility to create an event that is as unique as you are. Check out our weddings page for more information.