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Barn Events

The Trust and its supporters organise several events and activities throughout each year to give visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about the barn and its grounds and to raise funds towards the regeneration project. The Orchard Harvest Day and Heritage Open Days are established annual events and now the revival last year of the Winterbourne Fair under the name, Medieval Fayre, is joining them.

Other activities that change from year to year include craft workshops, concerts (sometimes at other venues) and talks by heritage experts with plans to widen this offering very soon.

Please come along to our events in the year and help us celebrate and enjoy using this wonderful piece of our heritage.

 

Events at the Barn - 2015 :

 

Date to be agreed - Spring Fair - 11.00am - 4.00pm

It is now planned to hold this event later in the year.

Further information will be posted here in due course

 


 

Sunday 17 May - Dry Stone Walling Workshop - 9.00am to 4.30pm

 

Stone Walling Workshop at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

A one day dry stone walling course.

Come and experience an introduction to the skills of traditional dry stone walling in the beautiful grounds of Winterbourne Medieval Barn. The course will enable you to learn the basics of dry stone walling.

The cost will be £30 in advance. Please contact Robert on 0117 957 4921 to book a place and discuss details.

Tea and coffee will be provided during the day, please bring a packed lunch.

Wear suitable old clothing for handling stone including stout shoes or boots (if they have reinforced toecaps so much the better), something to protect from the rain and a pair of tough gloves and protective goggles or glasses if you have any.

 


 

Saturday 27 June - West Gallery Music Workshop - 10.00am to 4.00pm

 

West Gallery Music Workshop

West Gallery Singing Workshop 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 and print it yourself.

The day will 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 printed for you, payable on the day.

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

Booking forms can be downloaded or are available from Linda Hall at lindajhall61@googlemail.com., telephone 01633 889019 or 07891 68858; Linda will also be able to help with queries or with further information. Please book by Friday 12 June (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 12 June, we may be able to take late bookings after that date.

Everybody welcome.

Please download booking form here

 


 

Tuesday 30 June - Basket Weaving Workshop - 10.00am - 4.00pm

 

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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.

The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £35 per person in advance and £6.50 for materials paid on the day. 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.

To book a place please phone Angela on 01454 778436

This would make an excellent gift for a friend or family member !

 


 

Saturday 4 July Basket Weaving Workshop - 10.00am - 4.00pm

 

Basket weaving workshop image

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.

The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £35 per person in advance and £6.50 for materials paid on the day. 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.

 

Basket weaving workshop image

To book a place please phone
Angela on 01454 778436

This would make an excellent gift for a friend or family member !

 


 

Saturday 11 July - Tessitoura Opera Company: Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte - 7.30pm

 

This fast-paced opera takes the theme of fiancée swapping and the title roughly translates as ‘that’s women for you!’.

Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso in a light-hearted wager, set out to test the fidelity of their fiancées, the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, by adopting disguises and attempting to woo the other’s girl. Don Alfonso colludes with Dorabella who works for the sisters and the experiment in love unfolds - full of scope for humour and pathos in which nobody is left unchanged at the end.

Così fan tutte is a bitter-sweet comedy. It drew from Mozart some of his most captivating music, revealing every nuance of character, every shade of humour, passion and humanity; dealing intimately with the ambiguities, perplexities and joys of life.

Gates will be open from 5.30pm for those who would like to bring a picnic before the performance.

 

Information about ticket sales will be posted here in due course.

 

Further information about the Tessitoura Opera Company here

 


 

Sunday 30 August - The Festival Players: Shakespeare As You Like It - 2.30pm

 

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The Festival Players will be back with us again on Sunday 30 August for a matinee performance of Shakespeare's wonderful pastoral comedy full of love, laughter, and lyricism, as performed by this talented all-male company. The play follows its heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden.

In the forest they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably melancholy Jaques, who speaks some of Shakespeare's most memorable speeches, including 'All the world's a stage'.

This colourfully-costumed two hour show features songs set to original music by Johnny Coppin, and is a perfect entertainment for a Summer’s afternoon. Performances by the Festival Players at the Barn always sell out, so get your tickets early!

 

Information about ticket sales will be posted here in due course.

 

Further information about the Festival Players here

 


 

Saturday 12 September - Heritage Open Day - 2.30pm - 5.00pm

Further information will be posted here in due course

 


 

Sunday 13 September - Heritage Open Day - 2.30pm - 5.00pm

Further information will be posted here in due course

 


 

Sunday 4 October - Orchard Harvest Day - 11.00am - 4.00pm

Further information will be posted here in due course

 


 

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