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Heritage Open Days 2020

England’s biggest FREE heritage festival, 11 – 20 September 2020. You can find further details at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity to explore new places, seek out hidden treasures and enjoy the fantastic heritage South Gloucestershire has to offer, all for free.

You can download the South Gloucestershire Heritage Open Days leaflet to view on your phone or to print a copy and take with you.

Here’s what you can see:

St Mary the Virgin Church, Marshfield

Friday 11 to Sunday 20 September

Daily, 10.00am – 5.00pm

St Mary the Virgin Church, Marshfield

St Mary the Virgin Church, Marshfield

Take a self-guided family friendly trail around this beautiful churchyard. It surrounds the Grade 1 Listed country church founded in 1242. Explore the hidden wonders of nature and heritage being uncovered as part of the Eco Church initiative. This is an active conservation programme embracing biodiversity, amenity and heritage in ‘Caring for God’s Acre’.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Marshfield, South Gloucestershire SN14 8NT (near Tormarton and Chippenham)

Access: Some uneven ground.

Nearby free parking at Marshfield Community Centre, Hayfield, Marshfield, SN14 8NZ

https://marshfieldchurch.org

 

Brandy Bottom Colliery

Adjacent to the Avon cycle path 410, to the south of Coxgrove Hill.

Saturday 12 September 10.30am – 3.30pm

Sunday 13 September 10.30am – 3.30pm

Brandy Bottom Colliery

Brandy Bottom Colliery

The site of the Brandy Bottom colliery has been a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 2001, as it is considered to be a rare example of the surface layout of a 19th Century coal mine. The first shaft was sunk in 1837, and the colliery closed in 1936. The Avon Industrial Buildings Trust has been working on the conservation of the buildings since 2008 since they had become derelict with the passing of time. Visitors can find out about the history of the colliery, and see the results of the conservation work during a 45 minute guided tour

Access: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This is a working conservation site, with unfenced drops of around 5m. It has uneven and/or muddy ground, slopes of varying length and steepness, and some steps. As a result there is limited access for wheel chairs, and visitors should wear stout shoes.

www.aibt.org

 

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Church Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1SE

Saturday 12 September 2 – 5pm,  Sunday 13 September 2 – 5pm

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Be one of the first to have a guided tour of the newly renovated Barn, built in 1342. Book a free place via our website. If you can’t join us in person then we’ll also be putting up lots of digital content over the weekend including family activity ideas, and audio stories from our volunteers.

You can also visit the Parish Church of St Michael next door from 2 – 5.00pm on Saturday 12th September.

Access: The Barn site has uneven ground so we advise sensible footwear. The site is accessible with the exception of two upstairs rooms.

Refreshments available.

Booking essential. Please book via the museum website:

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/events

 

Winterbourne Parish Church

Church Lane, Winterbourne, BS36 1SE

Saturday 12 September 2 – 5 pm

Winterbourne Parish Church

Winterbourne Parish Church

St Michael’s Church with its 14th century tower and spire, contains much of interest. There are important 14th century wall paintings, effigies and a brass, all commissioned by Sir Thomas Bradeston, a supporter of Edward III. Winterbourne Medieval Barn next door to the church also has links to Sir Thomas Bradeston. Stained glass includes a 1973 window by the internationally renowned Alan Younger. The tower contains a ring of six bells, the heaviest weighing just over 1 ton. The bells were all cast in 1757 unusually, none have been recast or replaced since. There will be a trail for children. You can also visit Winterbourne Medieval Barn next door from 2 – 5pm.

Access: Wheelchair access.

Refreshments available.

www.fromesidechurches.org.uk

 

Ram Hill Colliery

Ram Hill Colliery, Opposite Railway Cottages, Broad Lane, Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2TY

Sunday 13 September 10.30am – 4pm

Ram Hill Colliery

Ram Hill Colliery

The Friends of Ram Hill Colliery are offering tours of the site, showing the remains of the colliery and our unique historic arch. Ram Hill Colliery is the only surviving colliery in the immediate area, where there so many in times gone by. The historic Dramway, taking coal to the river at Keynsham starts at Ram Hill Colliery and its remains can be clearly seen. 10,000 tons of coal a year were produced for 30 years up to the 1860s.

Access: Limited car parking by the side of Christmas Cottage. Only some of the site is accessible for wheelchairs. There is some slightly rough ground on the woodland walk. Please wear sensible shoes. Children and dogs must be supervised.

Refreshments available.

Find out more about Ram Hill Colliery

 

Tour of Stanshawes Court area and Kingsgate Park

Stanshawes Court, Yate, BS37 4EA

Sunday 13 September 2 – 4pm

Yate District Heritage centre

Yate Heritage Centre

A guided tour of the Stanshawes Court area and Kingsgate Park by Yate Heritage Centre. This will be a mixture of history and some natural history charting the background to this former Victorian home, gardens, stables and parkland. There will be plenty of illustrations to bring the rich history of the area to life looking at Yate’s Victorian past, mineral history and 20th century developments. Start at Stanshawes Court entrance, BS37 4EA.

Access: There will be some uneven ground.

Booking: Booking is essential.

Please book by telephone (01452) 862200 or via the website at www.yateheritage.co.uk.

Refreshments available.

 

Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, BS34 5BZ

Wednesday 16 September 12.00 noon – 1pm

Aerospace Bristol conservation hangar

Aerospace Bristol conservation hangar

Book a place for a sneak peek of Aerospace Bristol’s newly restored conservation hangar. This historic building was erected during World War One as part of Filton’s RFC Aircraft Acceptance Park and is one of the oldest remaining buildings that was once part of Filton Airfield. The museum has been working to fully restore this hangar and transform it into a vital conservation workshop where we will work on historic Bristol aircraft such as the Bristol Freighter, and Bolingbroke. This is your chance for a look behind the scenes before we open the hangar to the public.

Access: The ground surrounding the hangar may be rough and part of the tour will be out of doors. Any children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Booking essential. Please book via the museum website: https://aerospacebristol.org/

 

Yate and District Heritage Centre

Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG

Thursday 17 September 6pm

Yate District Heritage centre

Yate District Heritage Centre

Book your places for a tour of old Yate taking in many of the historic building around Church Road and St Mary’s Church. Meet at Yate Heritage Centre.

Access: There will be some uneven ground.

Booking: Booking is essential.

Please book by telephone (01452) 862200 or via the website at www.yateheritage.co.uk.

Refreshments available.

 

Thornbury & District Museum

4 Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ

Sunday 20 September 2 – 5pm

Thornbury Hidden Railway - Photo (C) Rod Crabb

Thornbury Hidden Railway – Photo © Rod Crabb

Guided walk: “Thornbury’s Hidden Railway”

The branch line from Yate to Thornbury opened in 1872 and closed to passenger traffic in 1944 and to freight trains in 1966. The track was lifted, the station demolished and over the years new developments hid much of the remaining evidence of Thornbury’s railway.  However, if you know where to look and what to look for, its path can still be traced.  The 2 – 3 hour walk starts at the roundabout at the junction of Grovesend Road, Midland Road and Morton Way, and ends in the town.

Sturdy footwear advised.

Access: Some field paths and stiles. Not suitable for wheelchairs or children under 10.  No dogs please, except for guide dogs.

Booking essential. Please book by e.mail: enquiries@thornburymuseum.org.uk

www.thornburymuseum.org.uk

 

Covid-19: Social distancing measures may be in place. Due to the historic nature of these venues, there is limited disabled access to some sites. Details are given in the listing but if you have any questions, please contact the venues directly or check their websites for further details. All details were correct at the time of publication, please check individual venues websites for the most up to date information in case of changes to an event or cancellation.

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