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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Tea and Tour March

Date: 7th March 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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All new presentation for 2024!

Who was Thomas De Bradeston and why did he build Winterbourne Medieval Barn?
How was it built? Why was it so important then and now?
What are the links between The Barn and St. Michael’s Church?

Come and find out the answers to these questions and more at our monthly Tea & Tour!

Find out about the turbulent 1400s and what was happening in England as the barn was being built.
Hear the fascinating story of how this historic site was almost lost, how and why it was saved, and how it is used today.

Includes a talk on the history of The Barn (past & present), interesting features pointed out and discussed plus plenty of time for questions with one of our tour guides over a cuppa.

We’re also sited next to Monks Pool Nature Reserve which makes the Barn an ideal starting point for exploring the local landscape.

Please note parking for this event will be on site at the Barn, BS36 1SE. The car park will be locked once the event has finished so please ensure your car is moved if you will be exploring the local area after your visit 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.

Make your own Shoulder Bag – 3 hour sewing workshop

Date: 15th March 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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NEW WORKSHOP ADDED AT 1:30PM DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND.

Have you been itching to learn some basic sewing skills? If so, this bag making sewing workshop is the perfect start to your sewing journey! In this 3 hour class you’ll make a beautiful, professionally finished shoulder bag complete with lining and pockets and all taught in a relaxed and supportive environment with Lauren’s expert guidance. 

You’ll be given all the materials ready-cut with detailed instructions on how to sew your tote bag. Lauren will guide you through the whole process, showing you how to thread and use the machine and construct your bag. Lauren will also provide plenty of tips and tricks on sewing techniques for you to use in future projects.
You’ll leave the workshop with new-found knowledge, confidence and inspiration for future projects plus you’ll take home a beautiful handmade bag you can enjoy for years to come.

Sewing machines and accessories will be provided, so all you need to do is turn up! If you would like to bring your own machine please let us know via the booking form.

What you’ll learn:

  • Threading and using a domestic sewing machine
  • General sewing techniques
  • Edge stitching
  • Using a rivet press
  • Achieving a professional finish
  • Basic bag making techniques.

This sewing workshop is ideal for anyone starting out or who has a little bit of experience but would like some guidance to help build their confidence in basic sewing techniques.
If you need that little extra push to dust off your sewing machine then this is the perfect opportunity!
Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE.
Tea & coffee will be provided on arrival and is included in your ticket price.

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.