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Barn Events and Workshops

Join us for events at the Barn that will challenge, entertain and delight you, your family and friends.

Creative workshops in music and four part harmony, willow weaving and apple grafting will be delivered in the spectacular surroundings of the Medieval Barn.

Enjoy a picnic on the lawn before witnessing one of Shakespeare’s famous comedies or before meeting Lewis Carroll’s Alice in her magical world of fantastic creatures.

We invite you to explore and learn about the Barn, its grounds and our continuing regeneration programme.

Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of heritage.

 

Events and Workshops at the Barn - 2017 :

 

 

Saturday 20 May - Jazz in the Barn - UWE Big Band - 6.30/7.00pm - 9.30pm

 

Jazz in the Barn

Members of the University of the West of England Big Band perform for the first time at the Barn. Enjoy cool, relaxing swing and Latin classics with silky smooth vocals and foot-tapping grooves. There may even be the opportunity for a dance or two during the two sets, or just simply relax and enjoy the music.

To accompany the jazz delicious locally sourced food and drink will be available to purchase from 6.30pm and throughout the evening. Relish Old Sodbury lamb burgers, vegetarian options, beers from The Bolthole Brewery and Mad Hatters Cider brewed at the Barn.

 

Tickets - Adults £10.00. Children under 16yrs - £5.00

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 8 May 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

Jazz in the Barn Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 

 


 

Sunday 11 June - Medieval Fayre - 11.00am – 4.00pm

 

Medieval Fayre

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 Fayre.

Find out how people lived, worked and fought whilst on campaign during the 100 years’ war as they portray life in the 14th century.

Re-enactments of medieval military combat will take place, common soldiers, fighting knights and displays of medieval canon with a live demonstration at 12 noon.

Children’s activities run all day in the Squires School and include training to be a knight, joining in drill with the soldiers, launching a projectile from the trebuchet, a treasure hunt before trying their hand at archery.

Let Cats Whiskers Face Painting Team transform you into a knight, a princess or a mythical creature for the day.

Displays will include medieval cookery, crafts and trades with replica 14th century items for you to buy, including medieval coins.

Learn about medieval falconry and witness these beautiful birds in flight as Raptor care return to the Barn to thrill with their static and flying displays – you can even take a selfie with a bird on the glove.

Come along and cheer for your favourite knight or simply relax in and around the Barn and listen to talks about Medieval Life and How to Dress a Knight.

Music, dance, food and drink available all day from The Barrescrapers madrigal group, Bygonz Minstrels, Old Sodbury Lamb, Beer, Lorraine’s famous sweets and savouries, Devon Ice Cream from Icicle tricycle, and Mad Hatters Cider brewed at the Barn.

Come early and stay all day.

 

Purchase tickets on entry.

Adults £3.00. Children under 16yrs – FREE

 

Jazz in the Barn Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 

 


 

Saturday 24 June - Basket Weaving Workshop - 9.30am – 4.00pm

 

Basket Weaving

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.

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: £45:00 in advance to include all materials and tea/coffee provided throughout the day.

Tel: Angela on 01454 778436 to book your place.

 

 


 

Sunday 25 June - A Story of Early Music - 2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Medieval Instruments

A story of music and period instruments, suitable for all ages.

Top musicians Tom Harrison, Sophie Creaner, Elisabeth Flett take you on a light-hearted historical journey with their period instruments.

You will have seen medieval paintings of angels playing long trumpets and huge recorders, or village bands with curved horns and bagpipes, but what did these old instruments actually sound like? Well, we certainly can't promise any angels, but this fun afternoon performance will give you an idea of the kind of music that would have been heard hundreds of years ago before king Henry VIII started chopping off heads or King Charles I lost his own.

Talented multi-instrumentalists Tom Harrison, Sophie Creaner, and Elisabeth Flett studied together at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While their professional engagements now cover a wide range of musical styles from folk and jazz to musical theatre and orchestral work, they all share a passion for historical performance and re-creating some of the sounds of the past.

Enjoy the sounds of the late medieval and renaissance period in the perfect setting of the Medieval Barn, and see how musical instruments have changed.

Children are welcome to bring their recorders along and take part.

The grounds will open from 1.00pm so why not bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance in the Barn.

Drinks will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval.

 

Tickets : Adults £10.00. Children under 16yrs - £5:00

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 12 June 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

Jazz in the Barn Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 

 


 

Tuesday 4 July - Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust - Annual General Meeting

- 6.30pm - 7.00pm

 

To be held in the main barn.

The AGM will be followed by a ticketed event.

The Miller’s Tale. A musical comedy of Chaucer’s "14th century Carry-On" told as never before by the evergreen song and dance man Pete Morton.

 

 


 

Tuesday 4 July - The Millers Tale – 7.30pm - 9.30pm

 

Millers Tale

Following the AGM.

A musical comedy of Chaucer’s “14th Century Carry-On”, told as never before! Starring Pete Morton as the evergreen song and dance man, The Miller.

Acclaimed folk singer Pete Morton is a songwriter and performer with a wealth of great songs and stage presence – this unique one-man theatre show is just one strand in his multi-faceted performing career.

‘You’ve taken a gem of a story and re-worked it so brilliantly for a contemporary audience, you’ve blown the dust off Chaucer’s language and made us hear it afresh, you’ve made us laugh, sing, listen … you made me cry with laughter. You were brilliant!’  Vivien Ellis of the Dufay Collective, the international ensemble Sinfonye and Dartington Music Summer School.

The Guardian described him as “Not only original, but a revelation”.

Pete has been touring the folk circuits of Europe, North America and beyond since the late eighties. With his energetic and passionate style of performance, he brings together his love of the tradition with contemporary social commentary and writes “formidable songs that move the soul” (FolkWords).

Drinks will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval.

 

Tickets : Adults £8.00. Children under 16yrs - £5:00

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 26 June 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

Jazz in the Barn Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 

 


 

Saturday 22 July - West Gallery Workshop/Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire

- 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

West Gallery 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 10.00am ready for a start at 10:30am 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.

Please book by Friday 30 June 2017 (sooner if possible) so that we know whether we have enough participants to make the day viable. As long as we have enough people booked by Friday 30 June, we may be able to take late bookings after that date.

Please contact Linda Hall :

 

Please download the booking form - here

 

 


 

Sunday 23 July - Opera in the Barn - The Barber of Seville by Rossini

– Tessitoura Opera Group - 6.00pm - 8.00pm

 

Opera

Two hundred and one years old, but still as light and fresh as candy floss !

Rossini's take on the story by Pierre Beaumarchais revolving around Figaro. His opera is lively and vivacious, pouring onto the staves from his pen in under a month.
A recycled overture ?
A disastrous premier ?
A mob of thugs to cause trouble from the start ?
Is that the plot ?
No, a glimpse of the reality of the first production in Rome.

But, the opera is a triumph from the first beat of the baton to the last glittering notes, a musical delight with a plot as sticky as spun sugar ! 

All the elements are there; a noble count who loves a lady but wants her to love him for himself - not his money. A grumpy Dr, guardian to the lady, who desires her for a bride and for her dowry. A canny factotum or 'jack-of-all-trades' who is no fool. A dour hypocrite to help the Dr in his quest but who's easily bribed. And, the lady herself, a feisty ragazza trapped in the house with just a pen and paper for weapons !

Climb aboard the rollercoaster ride, pull faces in the hall of mirrors, grab a candy floss then take your seat. Enjoy !

The grounds will open from 4.30pm so why not bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance in the Barn.

Drinks will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval.

 

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

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 10 July 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

Jazz in the Barn Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 

 


 

Sunday 13 August - Alice in Wonderland

Ian Kennedy Productions - 2.30pm - 4.30pm

 

Alice in  Wonderland

Follow IKP down the rabbit-hole this summer and join Alice as she meets the weird and wacky residents of Wonderland.

Adapted from the novel by Lewis Carroll, this new adaptation for all the family promises to entertain young and old alike.

So bring along a picnic, as the Mad Hatter invites you to his tea party, and experience Wonderland like never before as Alice’s world becomes curiouser and curiouser, until you think you’ve gone mad. But let us tell you something – all the best people are !

Following their previous summer successes with A Rip-Roaring Summer Adventure and The Wind in the Willows, IKP return with their unique brand of fast-paced, quick-witted adaptations of classic British novels, which promise to entertain all the family.

The grounds will open from 1.00pm so why not bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance in the Barn.

Drinks will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval.

 

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

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 24 July 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

 


 

Tuesday 29 August - The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

- The Festival Players - 7.00pm - 9.30pm

 

Shakespeare

The Festival Players Theatre Company is a professional theatre committed to presenting the very best in touring theatre. Directed by Michael Dyer and music by Johnny Coppin.

The roguish and foolish Knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husband’s money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast-paced, costumed production. A summer feast of farce.

The grounds will open from 5.30pm so why not bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance in the Barn.

Drinks will be available to purchase before the performance and during the interval.

 

 

 

Festival Players Theatre Company - PRESS RELEASE - Please download here

 

Tickets : Adults £14.00. Children under 16yrs - £10.00

 

Purchase tickets :

  • • Online here TICKETSOURCE - A booking fee will be applied.
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne from Monday 14 August 2017.
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

 


 

Saturday 9 September - Heritage Open Day - 2.00pm – 5.00pm

and

Sunday 10 September - Heritage Open Day - 2.00pm – 5.00pm

 

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days – South Gloucestershire in the First World War Exhibitions.

 

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.

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.

In addition to touring the Barn and its grounds you will be able to view the South Gloucestershire First World War Project Exhibitions.

The exhibitions concentrate on what happened in the different areas of South Gloucestershire during WW1.

The first exhibition commemorates the First World War by focusing on how the different areas of South Gloucestershire were affected. Whilst the men went off to fight, the factories at home turned their production to vital war work, country houses became convalescent homes and women came into the world of work as never before.

The exhibition also connects us to some of the experiences of our twinned towns in France.

This second exhibition focuses on the social impact of the war in South Gloucestershire, displaying photographs and information about the war’s effects on local women, scouts and even animals, along with information about some of the entertainment and sport that was enjoyed at the time.

Visitors will learn about the contribution made by the women left at home in South Gloucestershire, the local animals that were requisitioned and sent in to battle and there are pictures of local people entertaining themselves with theatre productions and concerts.

The banners tell these local stories using copies of original material from the archives of organisations belonging to the South Gloucestershire Museums Group and twinning associations.

Further information from - here

Assistance and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.

Free entrance.

 

 


 

Sunday 8 October - Orchard Harvest Day - 11.00am – 4.00pm

- The most popular annual event at the barn !

 

Orchard Harvest Day

Visit this wonderful medieval barn which dates from the 1340s.

See traditional cider making demonstrations using a Victorian stone apple mill and taste the results !

We will celebrate the Great British Orchard with an apple display and an expert on hand to identify varieties of apples – so bring your mystery apples along.

Let Cats Whiskers Face Painting Team transform you into a butterfly, a flower or a wild creature for the day.

Something for all the family. Skittles, archery, local crafts, rural skills, llamas, geese, apple bobbing and a variety of children’s activities and games to choose from.

Learn about medieval falconry and witness these beautiful birds in flight as Raptor care return to the Barn to thrill with their static and flying displays – you can even take a selfie with a bird on the glove.

Music, dance, food and drink available all day from Frampton Shantymen, Winterbourne Down Border Morris Dancers, Old Sodbury Lamb, Lorraine’s famous sweets and savouries, Devon Ice Cream from Icicle-tricycle, local Beer, and Mad Hatters Cider brewed at the Barn.

Assistance and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.

Purchase tickets on entry.

Adults £3.00. Children under 16yrs – FREE

 

 


 

Saturday 9 December - Creating your own Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

– Organic Blooms – 10.00am - 12.30pm

 

Christmas Wreath Workshsop

Enjoy a morning creating a beautiful festive wreath to hang on your front door this Christmas. Florists from Organic Blooms at Latteridge will share their expertise at this workshop to help you produce a fabulous wreath full of seasonal colours and foliage that will last throughout the holiday season.

Cost - £45 to include all materials and seasonal refreshments.

Booking – direct with Organic Blooms from October 2017

 

 


 

Saturday 16 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm

and

Sunday 17 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm

 

Christmas Carols

These dramatic performances of the Christmas story by members of St Michael’s Church are suitable for all ages and we can all join in to sing well known carols.

Gates open at 3.30pm so that visitors can collect a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie in advance of the Carols at 4.00pm.

Please remember, the Barn is an unheated medieval agricultural building so wrap up warm.

The grounds are uneven so wear suitable footwear.

A torch maybe useful.

Parking is limited so please walk if you possibly can. If you do need to bring a car please enter Church Lane from the Beacon Lane end only (ie. one way system exiting onto Winterbourne High Street).

Purchase tickets from Monday 6 November 2017

Cost: Adults £2.00. Children under 16 - £1.00

  • • Tel: Gill - 01454 774479
  • • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

 


 

 

Spring 2018

 

Saturday 3 March 2018 - Apple Grafting Workshop

 

Apple Grafting

If you want to find out why we graft, how to acquire the skill or have a favourite that you wish to propagate then this workshop is for you.

Full details of this popular workshop will be published by the beginning of October 2017

 


 

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