Summer Holiday Tree of Life Suncatchers workshop

Date: 16th August 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join artist and experienced craft workshop facilitator, Debbie from Debanne Creations in this relaxed and friendly workshop, ideally suited to participants ages 11 years +.

In this workshop you will learn the art of creating a beautiful decorative suncatcher by twisting wire and threading your chosen beads to form your own hanging tree of life. Each suncatcher is finished with a crystal glass drop which will catch the light beautifully when hung in the sunlight. 
If you have any beads you would like to incorporate into your tree please feel free to bring them along. 

 Suitable for participants aged 11 years and up to take part in by themselves, or why not buy a ticket and join in to make your own creation too? A lovely activity to do together during the school summer holidays.

Visitors who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on The Barn's site. 
Adults who are not participating do not need to buy a ticket.

Tea, coffee and squash are included in your ticket.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE and is free.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

Summer Holiday Mandala Dot Painted Tiles workshop

Date: 16th August 2024
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join artist and experienced craft workshop facilitator, Debbie from Debanne Creations in this relaxed and friendly workshop, ideally suited to participants ages 8 years +.

Learn how to create beautiful patterns using ceramic paints and dotting tools on a 15 x 15 cm ceramic tile. The tiles can then be taken home with you and baked for 35 minutes in a conventional oven which will ensure that the paint will not fade or wash off. 

This is a wonderfully relaxed workshop with no right or wrongs, everyone will create their own unique patterned tile, which can then be used as a pot stand, coaster or just as a decorative item.

Suitable for children aged 8 years and up to take part in by themselves, or why not buy a ticket and join in to make your own creation too? A lovely activity to do together during the school summer holidays.

Visitors who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst on The Barn's site. 
Adults who are not participating do not need to buy a ticket.

Tea, coffee and squash are included in your ticket.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE and is free.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

Orchard Harvest Day

Date: 6th October 2024
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Our annual Orchard Harvest Day is back!
Visit the amazing Winterbourne Medieval Barn for a fun day out for all the family.

Celebrate the Great British Orchard and visit the amazing Winterbourne Medieval Barn for a fun day out for all the family. 

Enjoy entertainment from Terry Moules ferret-racing, 5678 School of Dance, Winterbourne Down Border Morris Dancers, Same Same but Different Puppeteers and live music from Bygonz wandering minstrels. 

New for 2024!
Live music from Piratitude - Bristol's best (or at least silliest) Pirate-themed raucous singalong folk-rock and sea shanty band. Fresh from Glastonbury Festival! Take a sneak peak here: https://www.piratitude.com/home and on their Facebook page.

We'll have a variety of artisan crafts traders and stalls as well as high quality food and drink all day. 

For our younger visitors there will be competitions, face painting and a pocket money stall.

St Michael's Church (next door) will also be open for visitors.

Pre book tickets now! £5 adults, £1 children. A great day out with something for all ages!

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn. There is plenty of bicycle parking on site for those arriving on two wheels.

Please note there is no car parking onsite or in Church Lane for this event (with the exception of blue badge holders, contact us to reserve a space if needed). We'll be operating a free park and ride from Winterbourne Academy (BS36 1JL) with a shuttle bus to and from the Barn site throughout the day. Both the car park and the shuttle bus are free! Just park up and see our steward for the next bus.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

The Pottery Shed, Taster Afternoon – Wheel

Date: 19th October 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: The Pottery Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Deon from The Pottery Shed in this afternoon taster workshop where you'll create your own masterpiece in a relaxed atmosphere with professional help and guidance.

During the afternoon you'll have 3 balls of clay to work with to make your own pot on the wheel.  The pots will be worked once dry and Deon will then glaze them.
Your pots will then be kept to be fired and you will be contacted a few weeks later to advise when they are ready to collect from the main barn.

Deon is very generously donating all proceeds from this workshop to Winterbourne Medieval Barn for which we are very grateful.

To find out more about Deon, please see The Pottery Shed website.

Please note parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

The Pottery Shed, Taster Afternoon – Hand Build

Date: 19th October 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: The Pottery Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Brenda from The Pottery Shed in this afternoon taster workshop where you'll create your own masterpiece in a relaxed atmosphere with professional help and guidance.

During the afternoon, you'll try hand building techniques (no wheel work) where you'll come away with a 15cm in diameter and about 8cm
in height. You'll then add a glaze to the outside of the pot and 'Sgraffito' into the glaze, adding a pattern of your choice.
Your pots will then be kept to be fired and you will be contacted a few weeks later to advise when they are ready to collect from the main barn.

Brenda is very generously donating all proceeds from this workshop to Winterbourne Medieval Barn for which we are very grateful.

To find out more about Brenda, please see The Pottery Shed website.

Please note parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

Wine Tasting Evening

Date: 9th November 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Ian Redfearn returns to guide us through the aromas and flavours of a range of festive wines from Italy, to include some robust whites and reds as well as a sparkler(!) in this informative but fun workshop.

With 25 years experience in the wine trade, Ian makes the ideal host for the evening. He will give some background information on each wine's individual appearance, aroma and flavour, and he will welcome questions and comments. Guaranteed to be a merry evening!

Ian will have a small amount of the wines sampled to sell by the bottle on the evening should you wish to purchase any. Cash and card payments are accepted and a percentage of these sales is kindly being donated back to The Barn.

Strictly over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. There is plenty of bicycle parking available for those arriving on two wheels as well as space for drop off / pick up if you prefer to arrange this.

For those who will be drinking there are plenty of taxi firms serving the area and limited buses to Winterbourne.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

Cider Tasting Evening

Date: 20th September 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

We welcome Tim from Orchard Revival and David from Bushel+Peck to guide us through the aromas and flavours of a range of cider and perry in this informative but fun workshop.

With many years experience in managing their own orchards and producing their own products (and teaching!) our expert hosts will be able to tell you all about the ciders you are tasting and will welcome any questions;  it is guaranteed to be a merry evening!

Tim and  David will have a small amount of their cider and perry to sell on the evening should you wish to purchase any. Cash and card payments are accepted and a percentage of these sales is kindly being donated back to The Barn.

Strictly over 18s only. Please drink responsibly.

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE. There is plenty of bicycle parking available for those arriving on two wheels as well as space for drop off / pick up if you prefer to arrange this.

For those who will be drinking there are plenty of taxi firms serving the area and limited buses to Winterbourne.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person at The Barn.

Walk on the Wild Side: Family bushcraft with Steve England

Date: 12th August 2024
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Join Steve England, outdoor educator, Horticulturist and Historian, on this family friendly guided walk around the barn site and local nature reserve to explore habitats, plants and trees and learn the fascinating facts & practical uses of them for food, medicine, bushcraft & fire!
This walk will very much be determined by what is found along the way and so is likely to be different every time.

Please make sure you dress sensibly in comfortable, suitable clothing and wear sturdy footwear. Please bring any snacks or drinks you need for the duration of the walk and ensure you are protected from the sun.
Under 18s must remain accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the walk.

After approximately 2 hours out with Steve you will return to The Barn for tea, coffee & squash. 
The Barn will be open on arrival for use of the facilities and to check everyone in.

Tickets are £26 for a 1 adult & 1 child. Additional child tickets are £13 each. ​
Important ratios: maximum of 2 children to 1 adult.

About your guide:  "All my life I have loved the outdoors. Growing up in Bristol, my childhood was spent exploring the fields and woodlands of Stoke Park, fascinated by every tree, plant, bird & butterfly. I decided to continue my learning with the RHS, studying horticulture alongside teaching myself everything there was to know about the wildlife and history on my doorstep. I began teaching what I had learned over 10 years ago to friends, local people and my local community, and absolutely love sharing everything I know. Whether foraging foods, learning poisonous plants, lighting fires, recognising birds, identifying bats or looking back in time at the history of North Bristol, I come alive when in front of an audience and thrive on sharing my knowledge with others."
Steve England Outdoor Learning provides outdoor adult education events, courses and workshops within North Bristol.

Please note parking for this event will be on site at the Barn, BS36 1SE. The car park will be locked once the event has finished so please ensure your car is moved if you will be exploring the local area after your visit to The Barn.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

Make your own washbag – 3 hour sewing workshop

Date: 15th July 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Do you want to improve your existing sewing skills and take things to the next level? Are you afraid of sewing the dreaded zipper and need a little helping hand? If so this intermediate wash bag making workshop is just what you need! 

In this three hour experience you’ll learn how to make a beautiful and functional Japanese design wax canvas washbag, complete with outer pockets, waterproof lining and a zip closure. Once you’ve completed the workshop you’ll be able to take your wash bag home to use (or gift to a lucky loved one!).

You’ll be provided with all the materials along with detailed step by step instructions on how to sew your bag. I will guide you through the whole process, providing plenty of tips and tricks on sewing techniques for future projects. All fabric, interfacing, zippers and lining fabric will be provided, along with a variety of thread colours. You are also welcome to bring your own outer fabric if you prefer to make your washbag truly unique to you!

Sewing machines and all accessories will also be provided, so all you need to do is turn up! If you would ​prefer to bring your own sewing machine then please advise us at the time of booking.

You will learn:

  • General sewing techniques
  • Edge stitching
  • Sewing a zipper
  • Boxing corners
  • Achieving a professional finish
  • Making a gorgeous wash bag for all your toiletries

This sewing workshop is ideal if you've had some general sewing experience in the past but need some guidance to learn new techniques. Great for challenging yourself and building the confidence to tackle more difficult projects!

Parking for this event is at the Barn, BS36 1SE.Tea & coffee will be provided on arrival and is included in your ticket price.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.

Summer Family Craft Sessions

Date: 22nd August 2024
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Travel back in time with Winterbourne Medieval Barn to a 14th century summer in rural England and prepare to gather in the August harvest with our country crafts! 
Design and make your very own rustic wreath, create deceptively mouth-watering fruit and veggie pebbles and explore the most medieval of craft materials with a wool wrapping craft!

Recommended for ages 5-11 years (approx) Ticket price is per child.

These workshops will be held in our beautiful main barn so there is plenty of space to move around, get creative but do remember some layers if it's a chilly day!

A responsible adult will need to remain at the barn with the child / children attending. Under 18s must be accompanied at all times whilst on our site.

Refreshments will be available. Cash and card payments accepted.

Parking is free, but limited at The Barn, BS36 1SE.

We have an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities on site. 

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.

If you wish to avoid the online booking fee then please contact the office to arrange a time to come and book in person.