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Barn Events

The Trust and its supporters will deliver a varied programme of events, craft workshops, concerts and performances during 2016.

Vivid displays of daily life in a medieval camp and re-enactments of medieval military combat will take place as the Company of Chivalry return to the barn for the Medieval Fayre.

The long established Orchard Harvest Day continues to attract over 1000 visitors each year and the Heritage Open Days this year will come ‘with bells on’. Local bell ringers will provide demonstrations using a mobile belfry and a chance for you to join in.

We look forward to welcoming you to the events below and to give you the opportunity to explore and learn about the barn, its grounds and learn more about our continuing regeneration programme.

Join with us to celebrate and enjoy this wonderful piece of heritage.

 

Events at the Barn - 2016 :

 

 

Sunday 12 June - Medieval Fayre - 11am - 4pm

 

Medieval Fayre 2016

Experience the vivid displays of daily life in a medieval encampment as the living history group the Company of Chivalry return to the Barn for the Medieval Fair.

Re-enactments of medieval military combat will take place including common soldiers, fighting knights and displays of medieval canon, alongside the portrayal of civilian life in the 14th century.

Children can join the ‘Knights School’ and gain a certificate to show they took part. Everyone can celebrate the birthday of St Anthony who is the patron saint of lost items by joining in the treasure hunt in and around the barn.

Displays will include medieval cookery, archery, crafts and trades with authentic 14th century items for you to buy, including medieval coins. Find out how people lived, worked and fought whilst on campaign during the 100 years’ war.

Medieval Fayre 2016

Come along and cheer for your favourite knight or simply relax in the barn and listen to a talk or medieval music from the minstrels.

Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Cost: Adults £2.50. Children under 16 yrs – FREE

Pay on entrance.

 

Download the poster here

 


 

Saturday 18 June - Basket Weaving Workshop - 10am - 4pm

 

Basket Weaving Workshop 2016

To the uninitiated basket weaving may, at first glance, appear complex and difficult to do. However the basket making workshops at Winterbourne Barn will enable you to successfully complete a small to medium sized round basket using willow of various natural colours to take home, and give you some idea as to whether it is a craft skill that you would like to acquire.

It is, however, just one day, so if you are a beginner who perhaps is not used to using your hands, please don’t expect too much of yourself, it is just a taster session that it is hoped you will enjoy.

 

Basket Weaving Workshop Poster 2016

Tea and coffee are provided liberally throughout the day, but please bring a packed lunch and dress according to the weather.

All tools and materials are provided, but if you have a pair of secateurs that you are particularly comfortable, with please bring them.

Cost : £35.00 in advance and £6.50 on the day for materials.

Tel: Angela on 01454 778 436 to book your place.

 

Download the poster here

 


 

Tuesday 5 July - AGM - 7.00pm - followed by Talk - 7.30pm


- Talk - 'The History of Cider'
- Everyone Welcome to the AGM and the Talk

 

History Of Cider

'The History of Cider' – delivered by guest speaker - Dr Richard Stone

Dr Richard Stone is an economic and maritime historian, with a particular interest in the development of the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Richard also has a strong interest in local history, with much of his research focusing on the city of Bristol.

Dr Stone is keen to engage with the local community through his research, and has given a number of public talks on Bristol’s history, as well as being involved in running the Cabot Project Schools Outreach Group. Richard has advised BBC’s Coast for a feature on the first Newfoundland colonies, and has been interviewed for BBC History Extra about his side interest in The History of Cider.

 

History Of Cider

No event at the Barn would be complete without a taste of the produce from the 200 year old wooden cider press.

Refreshments will be available to purchase after the talk.

Free entrance

 

Download the poster here

 


 

Sunday 10 July - La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - Tessitoura Opera - 6pm - 8.00pm

 

Tessitoura Opera Poster

Tessitoura presents Rossini’s La Cenerentola... Cinderella but not as you know it.

Set in modern day England, a lonely Prince has resorted to reality TV to find true love but the show comes with a twist - an identity switch. Disguised as his bodyguard he meets Angelina, a harassed PA mistreated by both her step-father and stepsisters alike. A whirlwind journey begins, comprising of a ball, a bracelet and burgeoning young love - all accompanied by one of Rossini's most exquisite and complex scores.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic – grounds open from 4pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.

Cost: Adults £13.50. Children under 16 yrs - £10.00

 

 

 

"What Emma Rice, the new artistic director of London's Globe Theatre, has done to high acclaim with her debut production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Karen Stuart, stage director for Tessitoura, has done with Rossini's classic tale of La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Whereas Emma Rice conjures up crowd-pleasing characters such as Hoxton Hipsters in trendy London, Karen Stuart takes us to the world of reality TV, Hello! magazine and present day 'celebrities'. Both ladies make their respective genres both totally believable and highly accessible to today's audience, without losing any of the author/composer's fabulous words/music, each a classic tale with a twist."

 

Tickets available from:

  • • Tessitoura's website - http://tessitoura.co.uk/ – a booking fee will be applied.
  • • Tel: Tessitoura 07967 991 902
  • • In person from Daisy’s Coffee Shop – from 27 June 2016
           17, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1JY
           Open: Mon-Fri – 8:30am – 4pm. Sat 9am – 4pm. Sun 10am - 2pm.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

Further information from here

 

Download the poster here

 


 

Saturday 16 July - West Gallery Music Workshop - 10am - 4pm

 

West Gallery Music Workshop

The West Gallery Music Workshop will be led by members of Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire.

West Gallery music is the type of music sung in churches during the C18 and early C19, led by the village choir and the village band.

Thomas Hardy, himself a fiddle player, wrote about the old choirs in a number of his books, notably Under the Greenwood Tree. You can find extracts on the West Gallery Music Association website (www.wgma.org.uk), along with a mine of information about this type of music.

Above all, this music is FUN! It was such fun that the Victorians strongly disapproved and threw out the choirs and bands in favour of barrel organs, or pipe organs and robed choirs, producing the sort of church music which many of us grew up with.

If you like singing, do come along and join in; the music is accessible to all and you can learn by ear or read the music. The music is sung in four parts, so whatever your voice range, there is a part for you. Instrumentalists are also welcome - strings and woodwind are suitable, but not brass instruments or guitars. If in doubt, please ask. Instrumentalists please bring a music stand if you have one.

Music will be supplied in hard copy on the day but can be emailed if you would like to look at it beforehand.

Tea and coffee will be available from 10 am ready for a start at 10.30 am prompt.

Parking will be available on site.

Cost: £15 payable on booking (cheques to "WMBT" please), which includes tea, coffee and biscuits; please bring a packed lunch. There will be a small additional charge for the music, payable on the day.

Booking form and further information available from 1 May.

Please contact Linda Hall at lindajhall61@googlemail.com

Tel: 01633 889 019 or 07891 688 581

Please book by Friday 1 July (and sooner if possible) so that we know whether we have enough participants to make the day viable. As long as we have enough people who have booked by 1 July, we may be able to take late bookings after that date.

 

Please download the booking form here

 


 

Sunday 21 August - The Wind in the Willows - Ian Kennedy Productions - 2.30pm - 4.30pm

 

Wind In The Willows 2016

Join Ratty, Mole and Badger as they explore the Riverbank and try to contain the excitable Toad. Expect animals, adventure, swashbuckling and Motor-Cars. Beautiful, glorious, majestic Motor-Cars ! For now is the Hour of Toad. Poop-poop !

Adapted from the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, five actors play a variety of characters, animals and woodland creatures in this brilliant, hilarious and breath-taking story. With something for all the family, The Wind in the Willows is the perfect show for a summer’s Day Out.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic – grounds open from open from 12.30pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.

Cost: Adults £10.00. Children under 16 yrs - £8.00

 

 

 

 

Tickets available from:

  • • Everyman Theatre website - www.EverymanTheatre.org.uk/event/outside-events
  • • In person from Daisy’s Coffee Shop – from 11 July 2016
           17, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1JY
           Open: Mon-Fri - 8.30am - 4pm. Sat 9am - 4pm. Sun 10am - 2pm.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn - subject to availability.

 

Further information from here

 


 

Sunday 28 August - Hamlet - The Festival Players - 2.30pm - 4.30pm

 

Hamlet 2016

To mark the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet.

Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-Hour production.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic – grounds open from 12.30pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.

Cost: Adults £13.50. Children under 16yrs - £10.00

 

 

 

Tickets available from 1 May at:

  • • Cornish Riviera Box Office - www.crbo.co.uk - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • In person from Daisy’s Coffee Shop – from 11 July 2016
           17, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1JY
           Open: Mon-Fri - 8.30am - 4pm. Sat 9am - 4pm. Sun 10am - 2pm.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn - subject to availability.

 

Further information from here

 


 

Saturday 10 September - Heritage Open Day - 11am - 5pm

 

Heritage DAy

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties across the country that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds you can try your hand at bell ringing using the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry. The Belfry contains an excellent peal of 6 bells cast in 1998 at the world-famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London. The bells will be set up in the Barn where experts will be able to demonstrate bell ringing and explain its very distinctive origins.

Winterbourne Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance. All other surviving medieval great tithe barns were built by the monastic estates, universities, or the Knights Hospitallers, but Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England.

Only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. The Barn was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.

Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Free entrance.

 


 

Sunday 11 September - Heritage Open Day - 12noon - 5pm

 

Heritage Day

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties across the country that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds you can try your hand at bell ringing using the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry. The Belfry contains an excellent peal of 6 bells cast in 1998 at the world-famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London. The bells will be set up in the Barn where experts will be able to demonstrate bell ringing and explain its very distinctive origins.

Winterbourne Barn is an outstanding and unique building of national importance. All other surviving medieval great tithe barns were built by the monastic estates, universities, or the Knights Hospitallers, but Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England.

Only three barns of this scale are recorded as built by gentry’ families, and Winterbourne is the only survivor. The Barn was built using the green-timber construction methods which were the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.

Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Free entrance.

 


 

Sunday 18 September - A Day’s Work - Musical Drama by Mick Ryan - 3pm - 5.30pm

 

detail information will be posted here in due course

 


 

Sunday 2 October - Orchard Harvest Day - 11am - 4pm

 

Orchard Harvest Day

The most popular annual event at the barn !

 

Visit our wonderful medieval barn dating from 1340s. Celebrate and discover the bounty of local orchards, locally-produced food and drink together with displays of local crafts and rural skills.

 

Come and see traditional cider making using a Victorian stone apple mill and taste the results! Of course we will be paying homage to the Great British Orchard with cider making demos, apple display and we may have expertise on hand to identify varieties of apple – so bring yours along !

Enjoy hot food, cold ice cream, beer, cider, tea and cakes or play skittles.

Marvel at the work of the medieval craftsmen who built the magnificent Barn.

There will also be a variety of children’s activities to choose from relating to fruit and wildlife.

There will be a parking charge of £2 per vehicle which will be collected by Paul’s Place; a local charity for disabled people.

Access dogs and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Cost: Adults £2.00. Children under 16yrs FREE.

Pay on entrance.

 


 

Saturday 10 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm

 

detail information will be posted here in due course

 


 

Sunday 11 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm

 

detail information will be posted here in due course

 


 

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