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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Summer Barn Dance

Date: 22nd June 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Celebrate summer with us and come along to our ever-popular Summer Barn Dance.
We are delighted to welcome back Sargent’s Mess who will once again be providing the rousing tunes with Ann on accordion, Naomi on violin, and Nick on guitar. The man in charge of proceedings for the evening is caller Rob. Brush up on your do-si-do and get those dancing feet ready!

Doors and our bar will open at 6pm. You are welcome to bring your own picnics to enjoy in our grounds and our bar will be open from this time. Please note that only drinks bought at The Barn can be consumed on site. Please dispose of any litter responsibly.
Dancing from 7:30pm.

Parking for this event will be on site at the Barn, BS36 1SE

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

ZOOM TALK: Traditional Fairies

Date: 24th June 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Online
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This ticket is to view the talk online over Zoom. Please buy one ticket per device. The viewing link will be sent out at least 1 hour before the start time. 

Join celebrated historian, Prof Ronald Hutton for a fascinating lecture on traditional fairies.

This talk is designed to answer two big questions. The first is what ordinary British and Irish people have traditionally believed about fairies, as distinct from the purely literary images of them which began with Shakespeare and flourished in Victorian and Edwardian children’s tales. The second is what function the telling of stories about fairies actually served, in making people understand each other, and the world around them, better, and to interact with both.

About your speaker: Prof Hutton is an English historian who specialises in Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and Contemporary Paganism. He is a professor at the University of Bristol, has written 14 books and has appeared on British television and radio. He held a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is a Commissioner of English Heritage. He has also recently been awarded a CBE in the this year’s King’s New Year Honours list for services to history. We are delighted to welcome him back to The Barn!

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

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.