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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 - 2014 :

 

Saturday 9 August - Shakespeare in the Barn - "Comedy of Errors" - 2.30pm

 

"Am I in Earth, in Heaven, or in Hell ?"

 

Shakespeare in the Barn

We welcome back to the Winterbourne Medieval Barn The Festival Players Theatre Company for this performance of Shakespeare's play. Further information about the Festival Players Theatre Company here.

Shakespeare's shortest play is a brilliant farce of mistaken identities, combined with a few undertones of the dramatic and sinister. A master and his servant arrive in a foreign port which, unbeknown to them, is the home of their long-lost twin brothers. Mayhem ensues as brother is taken for brother in a riotous train of misunderstandings, seduction, and pursuit. A very funny, colourful and entertaining romp for all the family.

Tickets now available: £12.50 (students/children £9.00)

To purchase tickets, send a cheque payable to Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust with a stamped addressed envelope to Tony Harding, Well Cottage, 130 Watleys End Road, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1PP,
or, this year you can also book online here

To check availability, please telephone 01454 772 285 or email: tony@wellcottage.com

Please note that seating is unreserved. Free parking is available.

Gates will open at 12 noon for picnics. Drinks available on site.

 

Download the poster here

 


 

Saturday 13 September - Dry Stone Walling Workshop - 9.00am to 4.30pm

 

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 if you have any.

 


 

Saturday 13 September - Heritage Open Day - 10am - 5pm

 

Heritage Open Day

Winterbourne Medieval Barn will be open for the Heritage Open Days weekend in September.

Heritage Open Days celebrates Englandís 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. Visit the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn and neighbouring St Michael's Church.

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.

 


 

Sunday 14 September - Dry Stone Walling Workshop - 9.00am to 4.30pm

 

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 if you have any.

 


 

Sunday 14 September - Heritage Open Day - 2pm - 5pm

 

Heritage Open Day 2

Winterbourne Medieval Barn will be open for the Heritage Open Days weekend in September.

Heritage Open Days celebrates Englandís 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. Visit the magnificent Winterbourne Medieval Barn and neighbouring St Michael's Church.

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.

 


 

Sunday 5 October - Orchard Harvest Day - 11am - 4pm

 

Orchard Harvest Day

Following the 2013 OHD, Bel Mooney wrote in the Daily Mail:

"Last Sunday we took my parents to the Orchard Harvest Day at the magnificent Medieval Barn at Winterbourne......The sun shone; we watched a working horse-drawn cider mill and old cider press and drank the cloudy results, while the aroma of a good English barbecue filled the air. Children made mini-hurdles; there was local produce on sale and traditional crafts, and Morris dancing to watch.

This was a traditional celebration of the apple harvest for all ages and all types Ė enjoying rural pleasures as we might have done a hundred years ago. Perfection."

 


 

Saturday 13 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm

 

Details to follow.

 


 

Sunday 14 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm

 

Details to follow.

 


 

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