Medieval Fayre

Date: 9th June 2024
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Experience the vivid displays of daily life in a medieval military camp as living history group, The Company of Chivalry, portray life in the 14th century.  
There will be a full programme of activities throughout the day including talks and demonstrations about different aspects of medieval life. Live medieval music and a wide range of artisans craft and food stalls. Something for everyone!
For full details keep an eye on our website and social media.
A perfect family day out at this unique heritage site which dates from 1342. Arrive early and stay all day!

Pre book tickets now! £5 adults, £1 children.

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn. Please ​dispose of dog waste in the relevant bins only.

We will be operating a park and ride service from Winterbourne Academy (BS36 1JL) with a shuttle bus to and from the Barn site all throughout the day. Both the car park and the shuttle bus are free at Winterbourne Academy. Just park up and see our steward for the next bus.

There is plenty of bicycle parking on site for those arriving on two wheels.
Please note there is no car parking onsite or in Church Lane for this event (with the exception of blue badge holders. Contact us to reserve a space if needed. Please be aware that these spaces are limited and must be booked in advance).

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 Japanese apron – full day sewing workshop

Date: 20th June 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Improve your dressmaking skills with this Japanese cross back apron sewing workshop. Known as ‘Maekake’, these practical aprons were traditionally used as a work garment and made from old sails for fishermen to wear whilst out at sea.

This beautiful apron is the perfect garment to serve you in your daily household chores, gardening or creative endeavours and features two large front pockets so your essentials are close at hand. Comfortable, absorbent and easy-to-wear, it is sure to be a wardrobe essential for years to come.

In this full day workshop, Lauren will expertly guide you through the process of creating your very own beautiful Japanese apron. Learn how to cut out a pattern from your own fabric along with sewing a variety of seams and finishings.

Sewing machines and accessories will be provided, however you are also welcome to bring your own, please advise on booking.

What you’ll learn:
How to cut fabric using a pattern
Different sewing techniques
Using interfacing
Finishing seams
How to use an overlocker

You will need:
Either cotton, linen or blended fabric of your choice. Knitted fabric (eg. jersey) is not suitable. It is recommended to pre wash the fabric before cutting in order to obtain optimal shrinkage during future use of apron.

Basic knowledge using a sewing machine is advised.

This sewing workshop is ideal for anyone who has a little bit of experience but would like some guidance to help build their confidence in basic dressmaking 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 throughout the day and is included in your ticket price. Please bring your own packed lunch.
The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

Fused Glass Workshop

Date: 5th July 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Join local glass artist, Rachael Durkan from The Glass Cabin for one of her popular fused glass workshops where you can make your own unique and beautiful item for yourself or as a gift. You have the option of making a Bristol balloon, flower panel or freestyle hanging. Suitable for complete beginners as well as those who’ve caught the fused glass bug!

You will have 2 hours to create your masterpiece, using a variety of pre-cut glass and glass accessories in an array of beautiful colours. There will be plenty of templates to choose from or you can create your own design. Rachael will have lots of ideas to inspire you and is on hand with design advice throughout the workshop.

PLEASE NOTE – Rachael will take your finished piece away to be fused in her kiln. It will be available for collection from the barn or Rachael directly a couple of weeks after the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)

For safety reasons, please do not wear open toe shoes such as sandals or flip flops. Also a little reminder for people who wear glasses…. due to close up work, you may wish to bring along your spectacles!

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. 

Tea & coffee will be provided during the introduction and is included in your ticket price. Due to the nature of working with glass refreshments will not be permitted during the actual workshop.

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

Fused Glass Summer Lantern Workshop

Date: 5th July 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Join local glass artist, Rachael Durkan from The Glass Cabin for one of her popular fused glass workshops. This year we are delighted to bring a Summer Lantern workshop back to The Barn by popular demand.
You will have 2.5 hours to create two panels for your lantern, the door panel and one other panel of your choice. The panels are approximately 9×13 (door) and 10x14cm. You can choose from a selection of templates to help guide your design and then pick from an array of pre cut glass and glass accessories to create your lantern panels. Rachael will have lots of ideas to inspire you and is on hand with design advice throughout the workshop.

PLEASE NOTE – Rachael will take your finished piece away to be fused in her kiln. It will be available for collection from the barn or Rachael directly a couple of weeks after the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for age 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)

For safety reasons, please do not wear open toe shoes such as sandals or flip flops. Also a little reminder for people who wear glasses…. due to close up work, you may wish to bring along your spectacles!

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. 

Tea & coffee will be provided during the introduction and is included in your ticket price. Due to the nature of working with glass refreshments will not be permitted during the actual workshop.

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 washbag – 3 hour sewing workshop

Date: 15th July 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Do you want to improve your existing sewing skills and take things to the next level? Are you afraid of sewing the dreaded zipper and need a little helping hand? If so this intermediate wash bag making workshop is just what you need! 

In this three hour experience you’ll learn how to make a beautiful and functional Japanese design wax canvas washbag, complete with outer pockets, waterproof lining and a zip closure. Once you’ve completed the workshop you’ll be able to take your wash bag home to use (or gift to a lucky loved one!).

You’ll be provided with all the materials along with detailed step by step instructions on how to sew your bag. I will guide you through the whole process, providing plenty of tips and tricks on sewing techniques for future projects. All fabric, interfacing, zippers and lining fabric will be provided, along with a variety of thread colours. You are also welcome to bring your own outer fabric if you prefer to make your washbag truly unique to you!

Sewing machines and all accessories will also be provided, so all you need to do is turn up! If you would ​prefer to bring your own sewing machine then please advise us at the time of booking.

You will learn:

  • General sewing techniques
  • Edge stitching
  • Sewing a zipper
  • Boxing corners
  • Achieving a professional finish
  • Making a gorgeous wash bag for all your toiletries

This sewing workshop is ideal if you’ve had some general sewing experience in the past but need some guidance to learn new techniques. Great for challenging yourself and building the confidence to tackle more difficult projects!

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.

The Little Mermaid

Date: 21st July 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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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.

Make a silver ring or bangle workshop

Date: 7th August 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn - Byre workshops
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Make your own ring or bangle in silver during this summer workshop. 
Spend 2.5 hours under the expert guidance of our on-site, professional jeweller, Aimee, in her cosy studio creating your own personalised jewellery.
Using jewellers piercing saws, hammers, soldering and a selection of finishing techniques you can create a personalised ring or bangle for yourself or as a beautiful gift.

Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to make a ring or a bangle.
You can contact Aimee in advance of the workshop to discuss any specific ideas / designs if you wish. This can be very helpful so that she can ensure she has the relevant materials available, where possible.

All equipment and materials will be supplied.

  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Closed shoes must be worn
  • No loose clothes or scarves must be worn
  • This is a adult event of 16+ 

Parking for this event is at The Barn and the workshop will take place in Aimee’s studio which is located in our Byre workshops. The Byre workshops are located behind the main barn (as you are facing it from the car park) and are signposted once you are on The Barn’s site.

About the host
Aimee Winstone is a jeweller based in Bristol. Outside of running expert jewellery making workshops, you’ll find Aimee in her studio creating original designs running her successful business making commission based fine jewellery in silver gold and platinum.
You can find Aimee on social media via @aimeewinstonejewellery or check out the original creations via Aimee’s Gallery www.aimeewinstone.com.

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

Family Mosaic Workshop

Date: 8th August 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Join us for a two hour mosaic workshop session, where you will learn the basics of mosaic and create your very own unique mosaic artwork. 
This session is suitable for adults and children (5 years +)/ young people to take part in together. Each ticket holder will create their own mosaic masterpiece.

Participants will select and arrange tiles into their unique design before setting these in place with adhesive. 
Three Little Birds will bring a variety of mosaics and samples to serve as inspiration and guidance. 

You will have full access to a wide range of pre-cut tiles and any board or dish of your choosing. These include a range of fun wooden shaped boards or small terracotta trinket dishes. There should be enough time for grouting, but in any incidences that there is not, Three Little Birds will take the mosaics away to grout and seal in their workshop and return them to The Barn for later collection.

Tea, coffee & squash on arrival are included in your ticket.
Free parking is available at 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.

Adults Mosaic Workshop

Date: 8th August 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Join us for a two and a half hour mosaic workshop session, where you will learn the basics of mosaic and create your very own unique mosaic artwork. 

Participants will select and arrange tiles into their unique design before setting these in place with adhesive. 
Three Little Birds will bring a variety of mosaics and samples to serve as inspiration and guidance. 

You will have full access to a wide range of ceramic and glass mosaic tiles, tile cutters and any board or dish of your choosing. These include a range of wooden shaped boards, terracotta dishes or mirrors.
Three Little Birds will then take the mosaics away to grout and seal in their workshop and return them to The Barn for collection.

Tea & coffee on arrival are included in your ticket.
Free parking is available at 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.

Summer Family Craft Sessions

Date: 22nd August 2024
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
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Join us at 10am or 1pm for some family friendly summer inspired crafts! 
Recommended for ages 5-11 years (approx) Ticket price is per child.

These workshops will be held in our beautiful main barn so there is plenty of space to move around, get creative but do remember some layers if it’s a chilly day!

A responsible adult will need to remain at the barn with the child / children attending. Under 18s must be accompanied at all times whilst on our site.

Refreshments will be available. Cash and card payments accepted.

Parking is free, but limited at The Barn, BS36 1SE.

We have an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities on site. 

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

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