We’re hiring!

We are excited to announce that we are recruiting for a new part-time role! Do you have experience in working with volunteers? Would you like to join the team at our unique historic site? Are you looking for flexible, part-time hours? We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, train, co-ordinate and maintain our team of volunteers to ensure they are suitably skilled and of sufficient numbers to deliver and support the Trust’s community events and activities. For full details, job description, hours and how to apply please click on the link below. Closing date for applications is Friday 16th February 2024. Volunteer Coordinator role. Information Job Description and Person Specification 

Guess the weight of the squash – winner announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of our “Guess the weight of the squash” competition that took place on Sunday at Orchard Harvest Day.

The squash weighed 5.11kg (11lb 4.6oz) and the person with the closest guess was Angus, with 5kg!

Congratulations Angus! One of our volunteers has already been in touch to arrange collecting your prize.

Thank you to everyone who took part 🎃

Orchard Harvest Day 2023 – final programme announced

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2023 Orchard Harvest Day. We look forward to seeing you there!

Statement from Trustees


5 JULY 2023

Following significant renovation works, Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) became the Leaseholder of the Barn complex, which is owned by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The continued preservation of the Barn is enabled by a commercial operation which hires out the venue for events, and licences other entities to operate from the Barn premises. In line with WMBT’s charitable aims, these are small artisan businesses, and as the brewing of beer and making of cider are traditional rural activities, 3 Engineers Brewery (3EB) fitted this broad remit, and on 1st July 2020 became a Licensee of Unit 1 of the Cow Byres, permitted to brew beer on site.

3EB requested permission to open a “taproom” within the Unit, and WMBT agreed the sale of beer brewed by 3EB and one local cider, in line with the traditions of the area, and also soft drinks and pre-packaged snacks. 3EB then unilaterally added the retail sale of wine to their offer, breaching the conditions of their Licence, and also without consulting WMBT as the Premises Alcohol Licence holder.

When this became apparent to WMBT, 3EB were asked to remove this offer, and when the breach of the Licence became persistent, a meeting was arranged for 24th November 2022 that re-stated the limitation of the Licence agreement. 3EB continue to challenge the terms of the Licence and

on June 3rd the Licence extension for 2023 was returned with a handwritten statement that rejected the terms of the Licence, so in fact 3EB had decided not to continue operating from the WMBT premises. WMBT offered an interim extension to enable the packing up of the operation, and to enable a new Licensee to be sourced, but the deadline for agreement passed with no meaningful response.

No Licence was agreed, the last “taproom” session was on Wednesday 28th June, and on Saturday 1st July the 3EB Licence came to an end, though equipment is still on site in the North Yard.

WMBT has successfully operated other Licence agreements and will continue to deliver the range of events that ensure the future preservation of the Barn, follow the Business Plan agreed with SGC and the National Lottery and provide a cultural asset to the local community.

We hope this has been useful background, and an alternative perspective to the views and comments you may have already heard or read.

Medieval Fayre 2023 programme

Box Office opening times

Do you want to book tickets to one of our 2023 events but don’t want to pay online?

Do you know someone who doesn’t use the internet who wants to book tickets?

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering a regular box office for you to come to The Barn and book tickets in person.

These will be on the 1st Thursday of the month 1-2pm staring from 2nd February.

Cash and card payments accepted (but card preferred where possible).

Volunteer Open Evening on Tuesday 31st January between 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Do you want to get involved with something new this year?

Do you have skills you would like to use outside of your “day job”?

Are you looking for a way to meet new people?

Do you want to “give something back” to your community?

Are you looking for experience in something specific?

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is run almost entirely by volunteers, so if there is something you are interested in getting involved with then we most likely have a volunteer role to suit you!

From gardening, AV at live events, stage set-up, welcoming visitors, running our bar, site maintenance or event management – we have something for most!

We are an inclusive, very friendly team and offer a dedicated volunteer contact, training and support along with regular social events for our volunteer team.


Come along to our Volunteer Open Evening on Tuesday 31st January 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Join us for a look around our beautiful heritage site and have a chat to some of our friendly current volunteers about the wide variety of opportunities here at The Barn.

Free tea, coffee & biscuits and free parking onsite.

For an informal chat about our opportunities or to discuss getting involved if you need any additional support, please contact Ceara Foley on Ceara.foley@winterbournebarn.org.uk

Now Recruiting – Duty Managers

The Trust is recruiting a small pool of casual staff to act as Event Duty Managers. Duty Managers will cover events that take place during the day and evening on week days and weekends. These events vary, from Trust led activities such as concerts, workshops, and family events, to private hires including Weddings and Private Parties.

The full job description is below to read and download.

To apply please email your CV and a brief covering letter to Hazel Hatton, Business & Development Manager hazel.hatton@winterbournebarn.org.uk. Hazel will also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the role.

Volunteer With Us

At Winterbourne Medieval Barn so much of what we do is thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.  Recently refurbished to a very high standard the Barn and grounds are a popular heritage centre at the heart of the community.

A wide range of volunteer opportunities are on offer and all with the flexibility to fit with your commitment and interests.

From welcoming our visitors, stewarding at events, assisting at our workshops or tending the walled garden in our beautiful rural setting, every single volunteer makes a valuable difference.

As our community events programme is increasing, we are currently keen to recruit more volunteers to our events, publicity and audio visual team so if you have experience in these areas please get in touch.

Some of the benefits of volunteering at the Barn include: free access to a range of events when on duty.  External and in-house training in first aid, presentation skills, safeguarding and social media.  Social trips to other heritage sites, regular volunteer meet-ups and an annual festive ‘thank you’ quiz night.

Our opportunities are open to people aged 18 and over, from all backgrounds and experience levels.  We particularly encourage applications from people of Black, Asian and other UK minority communities as these groups are currently under-represented in the heritage sector.

Click here to go to our Volunteer Portal to see our existing volunteer opportunities.

In addition to these opportunities we are also looking to recruit a Volunteer Coordinator, and Volunteer Keyholders. Please click the links to find out more about these specific roles

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch at contact@winterbournebarn.org.uk and we will get back to you to arrange a time to invite you to the Barn.

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