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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 :


Saturday 4 July 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.


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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.


Tickets - £ 12 each - are now available in the following ways :


Download the poster here


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!


Gates open at 12 noon for picnics, drinks available.


You may book tickets, priced £13.50 (students £10) :

  • • online at www.TheFestivalPlayers.org
  • • from 1st July - Daisy's Coffee shop in Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1JY
           tel 01454 771817
  • • direct from the Barn, please tel 01454 775024
  • • email Derek Andow at dandow@computer.org
  • • To check availability, please tel 01454 775024


Download the poster here


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 13 September - 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.



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

Further information will be posted here in due course



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