Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Church Lane, Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire, BS36 1SE
  • Telephone 0117 403 1536
  • Opening times First Thursday of summer months at 2pm, plus a variety of special events and open days.
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Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is an amazing building on the doorstep of north Bristol, and is one of England’s greatest surviving buildings of the medieval agrarian economy.

Built in 1342, the barn was commissioned by Sir Thomas de Bradeston, Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328. The barn is of national importance, being the only surviving example of a medieval great barn built by a gentry family and an outstanding early example of a raised-cruck construction. The original roof structure can still be seen nearly 700 years later.

The Barn is managed by Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT), a body made up entirely of volunteers who want to conserve this historic building and bring it into use as a community and heritage education resource. The Trust is currently being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to submit full plans for £1 million funding to secure the long-term future of the Barn as a community, heritage and eduction asset.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, built in 1342 just before the Black Death swept across the country, is an extraordinary survivor of our medieval past. Major building works have recently been completed with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other generous donors, to revitalise the whole Barn complex into a community heritage site promoting the knowledge of medieval history, its architecture, agricultural landscape and people. Managed by a charitable Trust, the Barn is a multipurpose venue for a range of community activities, including music, theatre, craft and skills workshops, talks, and flagship events like the Medieval Fayre and Orchard Harvest Day. Check the website or Facebook for details of what's on. The Medieval Barn makes a beautiful setting for a wedding, celebration or film shoot. The West Barn's modernised and well equipped rooms can also be hired for meetings, conferences, talks, classes, etc. Contact the Trust for more information.

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Foraging walk with Steve England

Join Steve England, outdoor educator, Horticulturist and Historian, on this guided walk around the barn site and local nature reserve to forage for wild foods! This will be a small group so that you can benefit from Steve's guidance and expertise on what to pick…and what not! This walk will very much be determined by what…

Fri 12 Apr

£40 / 0117 403 1536

Fused Glass Mosaics for Children

Join local glass artist, Rachael Durkan from The Glass Cabin for a fused glass workshop designed specifically for younger crafters aged 8+. No previous experience is required. Your child will create a mosaic-style fused glass suncatcher using a variety of pre-cut coloured glass shapes and accessories. No cutting is…

Thu 11 Apr

£25 / 0117 403 1536

Jazz in the Barn - UWE Bristol Big Band

Join the national award-winning UWE Bristol Big Band for an evening of classic big band music. In the last 12 months the band have entertained audiences with concerts at the Bristol Beacon, local residential homes, Student’s Union and the Royal Northern College of Music. They have been fortunate to work alongside and…

Fri 26 Apr

£10–£15 / 0117 403 1536

Medieval Wall Paintings in Gloucestershire Churches

During the Middle Ages, English churches were decorated with wall paintings telling the stories of the Old and New Testaments, the lives of the saints and various moral lessons – a veritable ‘Poor Man’s Bible’, there to assist the priest in the instruction of his largely illiterate congregation. Dr Steven Blake is a…

Thu 21 Mar

£7.50 / 0117 403 1536

Sewing Workshop: Make a shoulder bag

In this 3 hour class you’ll make a beautiful, professionally finished shoulder bag complete with lining and pockets, all taught in a relaxed and supportive environment with Lauren’s expert guidance. The workshop is ideal for anyone starting out from scratch, or those with just a little bit of experience who would like to…

Fri 15 Mar

Sold out / 0117 403 1536

£65 / 0117 403 1536

Shakespeare in the Barn: The Tempest

We are delighted to welcome The Festival Players back to Winterbourne Medieval Barn as they perform Shakespeare's The Tempest. Shakespeare’s last, and great, play is a triumphant compilation of intrigue, magic, and humour. Prospero, an exiled Duke with supernatural powers, creates a great storm which sees his enemies…

Thu 18 Jul

£10–£16 / 0117 403 1536

Witty Ditties: 400 Years of Comic Song

We are delighted to welcome back GreenMatthews after their previous sell-out shows at The Barn. Following on from their acclaimed show "A Brief History of Music", GreenMatthews bring you a new show which explores our rich history of witty wordplay and melodic mirth. Chris Green (piano, guitar, accordion) and Sophie…

Sun 24 Mar

£10–£15 / 0117 403 1536