The Pottery Shed, Taster Afternoon – Wheel

Date: 19th October 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: The Pottery Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Deon from The Pottery Shed in this afternoon taster workshop where you'll create your own masterpiece in a relaxed atmosphere with professional help and guidance.

During the afternoon you'll have 3 balls of clay to work with to make your own pot on the wheel.  The pots will be worked once dry and Deon will then glaze them.
Your pots will then be kept to be fired and you will be contacted a few weeks later to advise when they are ready to collect from the main barn.

Deon is very generously donating all proceeds from this workshop to Winterbourne Medieval Barn for which we are very grateful.

To find out more about Deon, please see The Pottery Shed website.

Please note parking for this event will be 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.

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

The Pottery Shed, Taster Afternoon – Hand Build

Date: 19th October 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: The Pottery Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Brenda from The Pottery Shed in this afternoon taster workshop where you'll create your own masterpiece in a relaxed atmosphere with professional help and guidance.

During the afternoon, you'll try hand building techniques (no wheel work) where you'll come away with a 15cm in diameter and about 8cm
in height. You'll then add a glaze to the outside of the pot and 'Sgraffito' into the glaze, adding a pattern of your choice.
Your pots will then be kept to be fired and you will be contacted a few weeks later to advise when they are ready to collect from the main barn.

Brenda is very generously donating all proceeds from this workshop to Winterbourne Medieval Barn for which we are very grateful.

To find out more about Brenda, please see The Pottery Shed website.

Please note parking for this event will be 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.

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

Wine Tasting Evening

Date: 9th November 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Ian Redfearn returns to guide us through the aromas and flavours of a range of festive wines from Italy, to include some robust whites and reds as well as a sparkler(!) in this informative but fun workshop.

With 25 years experience in the wine trade, Ian makes the ideal host for the evening. He will give some background information on each wine's individual appearance, aroma and flavour, and he will welcome questions and comments. Guaranteed to be a merry evening!

Ian will have a small amount of the wines sampled to sell by the bottle on the evening should you wish to purchase any. Cash and card payments are accepted and a percentage of these sales is kindly being donated back to The Barn.

Strictly over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. There is plenty of bicycle parking available for those arriving on two wheels as well as space for drop off / pick up if you prefer to arrange this.

For those who will be drinking there are plenty of taxi firms serving the area and limited buses to Winterbourne.

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 booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

Cider Tasting Evening

Date: 20th September 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

We welcome Tim from Orchard Revival and David from Bushel+Peck to guide us through the aromas and flavours of a range of cider and perry in this informative but fun workshop.

With many years experience in managing their own orchards and producing their own products (and teaching!) our expert hosts will be able to tell you all about the ciders you are tasting and will welcome any questions;  it is guaranteed to be a merry evening!

Tim and  David will have a small amount of their cider and perry to sell on the evening should you wish to purchase any. Cash and card payments are accepted and a percentage of these sales is kindly being donated back to The Barn.

Strictly over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. There is plenty of bicycle parking available for those arriving on two wheels as well as space for drop off / pick up if you prefer to arrange this.

For those who will be drinking there are plenty of taxi firms serving the area and limited buses to Winterbourne.

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 booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

Walk on the Wild Side: Family bushcraft with Steve England

Date: 12th August 2024
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Steve England, outdoor educator, Horticulturist and Historian, on this family friendly guided walk around the barn site and local nature reserve to explore habitats, plants and trees and learn the fascinating facts & practical uses of them for food, medicine, bushcraft & fire!
This walk will very much be determined by what is found along the way and so is likely to be different every time.

Please make sure you dress sensibly in comfortable, suitable clothing and wear sturdy footwear. Please bring any snacks or drinks you need for the duration of the walk and ensure you are protected from the sun.
Under 18s must remain accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the walk.

After approximately 2 hours out with Steve you will return to The Barn for tea, coffee & squash. 
The Barn will be open on arrival for use of the facilities and to check everyone in.

Tickets are £26 for a 1 adult & 1 child. Additional child tickets are £13 each. ​
Important ratios: maximum of 2 children to 1 adult.

About your guide:  "All my life I have loved the outdoors. Growing up in Bristol, my childhood was spent exploring the fields and woodlands of Stoke Park, fascinated by every tree, plant, bird & butterfly. I decided to continue my learning with the RHS, studying horticulture alongside teaching myself everything there was to know about the wildlife and history on my doorstep. I began teaching what I had learned over 10 years ago to friends, local people and my local community, and absolutely love sharing everything I know. Whether foraging foods, learning poisonous plants, lighting fires, recognising birds, identifying bats or looking back in time at the history of North Bristol, I come alive when in front of an audience and thrive on sharing my knowledge with others."
Steve England Outdoor Learning provides outdoor adult education events, courses and workshops within North Bristol.

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 washbag – 3 hour sewing workshop

Date: 15th July 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

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.

Summer Family Craft Sessions

Date: 22nd August 2024
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

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.

Make a silver ring or bangle workshop

Date: 7th August 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn - Byre workshops

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.

Adults Mosaic Workshop

Date: 8th August 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

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.

Family Mosaic Workshop

Date: 8th August 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

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.