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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 :

 

 

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. You will be able to have a go yourself at bell ringing using these bells, under the guidance of experts. You may even get the bug and want to learn more by joining your local band of ringers - we can help put you in touch with them.

In St Michael’s Church next door to the Barn, there will be tower tours and CCTV coverage so that you can see the church bells in action. Winterbourne bells were all cast in 1757 by William Evans of Chepstow. A complete intact group like this from an early date is unusual.

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.

 

Heritage Open Day Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 


 

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. You will be able to have a go yourself at bell ringing using these bells, under the guidance of experts. You may even get the bug and want to learn more by joining your local band of ringers - we can help put you in touch with them.

In St Michael’s Church next door to the Barn, there will be tower tours and CCTV coverage so that you can see the church bells in action. Winterbourne bells were all cast in 1757 by William Evans of Chepstow. A complete intact group like this from an early date is unusual.

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.

 

Heritage Open Day Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 


 

Sunday 18 September - A Day’s Work - Musical Drama by Mick Ryan - 3pm - 5pm

 

A Days Work

A Musical drama to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme.

Originally written and performed in 1995, with great success, the show examines war, love, courage and cowardice in a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast of well known, and highly respected, performers.

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

Refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval.

 

 

Cost: Adults - £15.00. Children under 16yrs - £5.00

Tickets available from:

  • • 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.
  • • Order by telephone: 01633 889019 or 07891 688581
  • • Email : lindajhall61@googlemail.com
  • • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.

 

A Days Work Poster

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 


 

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

 

Orchard Harvest Day

The most popular annual event at the barn !

 

If you are looking for a fun packed day out for all the family, then visit our wonderful medieval barn dating from the 1340s.

See the Burrell 3665 traction engine in action. Built in 1915 this gleaming giant of the past was designed for wood sawing and threshing on a farm in Sussex. The engine will make its way to the Barn on the day of the event and you can watch its progress along the 2 and half hour route from Cromhall to Winterbourne – arriving at the Barn by 10.00am. Images of the General Purpose Engine BP 6141 can be viewed here.

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 demonstrations and an apple display. We will have experts on hand who are able to identify the various varieties of apples – so bring yours along !

Enjoy hot food, cold ice cream from the icicle tricycle, locally brewed beer and cider, tea and cakes or play skittles.

Marvel at the work of the medieval craftsmen who built the magnificent Barn and experience the thrill of seeing a peregrine falcon.

Find out all there is to know about weaving, basket making, bees and honey or try your hand at archery.

Join in with the Frampton Shanty Men – audience participation is not optional - or dance along with the Winterbourne Down Border Morris dancers as they step-hop to traditional hornpipes, jigs and polkas.

There will also be a variety of games and activities for children to choose from including the VERY popular ferret racing. And why not complete your day with a visit to the pigs, geese and Llamas in the grounds of the Barn.

A parking charge of £2 per vehicle will be collected on behalf of Paul’s Place; a local charity for disabled people.

On the Barn site, the ground is slightly uneven in places and appropriate care should be taken especially by those with limited mobility.

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

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

Pay on entrance.

 

Orchard Harvest poster link

 

 

 

Please download the poster here

 


 

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

 

Carols in the Barn 16

Carols in the Barn will take place on two afternoons with gates opening from 3.30pm for refreshments and carols beginning at 4pm.

These annual events provide an opportunity for you to sing some of your favourite carols which will be interwoven with the Christmas story in the form of a nativity play.

Members of St Michael’s Church, Winterbourne, join with us to deliver the play and music and the Barn makes a perfect setting for a traditional Christmas celebration.

Tickets, which include mulled wine, fruit juice and mince pies, are £2 for adults, £1 for children and can be obtained from Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne from Monday 7 November 2016 or on the day subject to availability.

Only limited parking will be available, so where possible please walk to the Barn. If using a car, please approach from Beacon Lane only.

Wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear as the grounds are uneven and may well be wet – a torch maybe useful if you are walking to the Barn.

 


 

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

 

Carols in the Barn 16

Carols in the Barn will take place on two afternoons with gates opening from 3.30pm for refreshments and carols beginning at 4pm.

These annual events provide an opportunity for you to sing some of your favourite carols which will be interwoven with the Christmas story in the form of a nativity play.

Members of St Michael’s Church, Winterbourne, join with us to deliver the play and music and the Barn makes a perfect setting for a traditional Christmas celebration.

Tickets, which include mulled wine, fruit juice and mince pies, are £2 for adults, £1 for children and can be obtained from Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne from Monday 7 November 2016 or on the day subject to availability.

Only limited parking will be available, so where possible please walk to the Barn. If using a car, please approach from Beacon Lane only.

Wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear as the grounds are uneven and may well be wet – a torch maybe useful if you are walking to the Barn.

 


 

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