Barn Events and Workshops
Join us for events at the Barn that will challenge, entertain and delight you, your family and friends.
Creative workshops in music and four part harmony, willow weaving and apple grafting will be delivered in the spectacular surroundings of the Medieval Barn.
Enjoy a picnic on the lawn before witnessing one of Shakespeare’s famous comedies or before meeting Lewis Carroll’s Alice in her magical world of fantastic creatures.
We invite you to explore and learn about the Barn, its grounds and our continuing regeneration programme.
Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of heritage.
Events and Workshops at the Barn :
Sunday 8 October - Orchard Harvest Day - 11.00am – 4.00pm
- The most popular annual event at the barn !
Visit the wonderful medieval barn built in 1342, and celebrate the Great British Orchard. Apple display and advice available to let you know how you can identify your apples.
See traditional cider making demonstrations using a Victorian press - and taste the results from the Winterbourne Cider Company!
Learn about medieval falconry and watch these beautiful birds with Raptorcare's static and flying displays – you can even take a 'selfie' with a bird on the glove.
Demonstrations from 'Flaxland' - find out all about flax and linen, and how this traditional crop fits into the agricultural history of Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne. See the different stages of flax growing, and watch breaking, scutching and hackling as the crop is processed. Flax, with its beautiful blue flowers, has many uses from linseed oil to linen to "Lino” flooring (for those old enough to remember it!).
There will be something for all the family - local crafts and rural skills, the ever-popular Ferret-Racing, plus skittles, archery, llamas, apple-bobbing, face-painting and lots of other children’s activities and games.
The steam engine “Independence” will be on show. This Burrell road locomotive was built in 1919. It worked during the London Blitz clearing destroyed buildings. After 70 years in a scrap yard it has been rebuilt and was shown at the Dorset Steam Fair earlier this year. See photos on SteamScene website - here.
Music and dance from the Frampton Shantymen, Winterbourne Down Border Morris, and Barber Shop Singers.
Food and drink available all day from Old Sodbury Lamb, Harcombe Catering (Lorraine’s wonderful sweets and savouries), Icicle-Tricycle Ice Cream, and the Barn cafe. Bar provided by The Globe Inn from Frampton Cotterell, plus Haythorn Cider brewed at the Barn.
Assistance and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. Dogs remain the responsibility of the owner within the grounds of the Barn.
Adults only £3 (children under 16 are FREE).
Parking available in next door paddock, courtesy of our neighbour; charge of £2 per vehicle in aid of The Alzheimers Society.
Saturday 9 December - Creating your own Christmas Door Wreath Workshop
– Organic Blooms – 10.00am - 12.30pm
Enjoy a morning creating a beautiful festive wreath to hang on your front door this Christmas. Florists from Organic Blooms at Latteridge will share their expertise at this workshop to help you produce a fabulous wreath full of seasonal colours and foliage that will last throughout the holiday season.
Cost - £45 to include all materials and seasonal refreshments.
Saturday 16 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm
Sunday 17 December - Carols in the Barn - 3.30pm - 5pm
These dramatic performances of the Christmas story by members of St Michael’s Church are suitable for all ages and we can all join in to sing well known carols.
Gates open at 3.30pm so that visitors can collect a cup of mulled wine or fruit juice and a mince pie in advance of the Carols at 4.00pm.
Please remember, the Barn is an unheated medieval agricultural building so wrap up warm.
The grounds are uneven so wear suitable footwear.
A torch maybe useful.
Parking is limited so please walk if you possibly can. If you do need to bring a car please enter Church Lane from the Beacon Lane end only (ie. one way system exiting onto Winterbourne High Street).
Purchase tickets from Monday 6 November 2017
Cost: Adults £2.00. Children under 16 - £1.00
- • Tel: Gill - 01454 774479
- • Daisy’s Coffee Shop, Winterbourne
- • On arrival at Winterbourne Medieval Barn – subject to availability.
Saturday 3 March 2018 - Apple Grafting Courses and Workshops - 10am - 4pm
This apple grafting workshop will again be offered in 2018. The course will explain why we graft, how it works and illustrate some of the techniques involved. It will then involve individual hands on work in learning to sharpen knives, cut the wood in the correct way and prepare the cut wood for grafting. Then comes the key moment, that of making your own graft from start to finish, ending up with a new apple tree. There will be the opportunity to make at least three grafts, there may be additional root stocks on which to make further grafts at a small cost.
The workshop will again be run by Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture at the Soil Association who is a very experienced horticulturalist and from personal experience an excellent tutor. All participants on the 2017 course rated all aspects as excellent.
Once you have learnt to graft you will have the whole world of varieties available to you to be able to grow yourself.
We will provide some common varieties for grafting. If you have a favourite that you wish to propagate then bring your own wood to graft. If you know of a particular variety that you wish to propagate, but do not have wood, please let us know and we will attempt to procure some scion wood. The only equipment you will need will be a very sharp knife, e.g. a Stanley Knife.
The cost will be £45 which include provision of three rootstocks and tea, coffee and biscuits at various intervals during the day.
This course would make a very suitable present.
The workshop is limited to 8. If demand is sufficient, it may be repeated the following weekend.
For enquiries, please telephone 0117 957 4921
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