Events

World War II walks - new dates

There's a chance to see our newly built underground bunker, a replica of the existing but fragile funk hole, on our ever popular history walks - with lots of new dates to meet your demand.

Secret bunker open days

Imagine life as an Auxiliar at wartime Coleshill © Mair Huband

Imagine life as an Auxiliar at wartime Coleshill

New for 2014 - our World War II Operational Base Open Days in April, June, August and October.

Families can imagine life as a brave Auxiliar inside our newly built underground replica funk hole. Learn all about the training of these secret sabateurs, as you discover how Coleshill became the hush-hush HQ of Churchill's secret army during wartime Britain.

Family fun at the Great Barn

Enjoy family fun at Great Coxwell Barn © Virginia Haydon

Enjoy family fun at Great Coxwell Barn

Sunday 27 April 2014, 2pm - 4pm

Wonder at the skills of the medieval craftsmen at this free family fun afternoon at nearby Great Coxwell Barn. Discover how we've been able to pinpoint the exact years in which this architectural gem was built. Learn of folklore and superstition, spot centuries old graffiti and take part in our new gentle 50 things trail and I-spy challenge.

Visit a working water mill

There's been a mill on this site since early medieval times © National Trust

There's been a mill on this site since early medieval times

Every second Sunday of the month, we open up Coleshill Mill for you to explore. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon discovering how a water mill works and watch grain being ground into flour. which you can buy to rustle up some homemade treats. Nestled on the pretty River Cole, you can play pooh sticks too (one of our 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4).

Coleshill Uncovered: Victorian times

Learn about Coleshill's Victorian past on this guided walk © John Miller

Learn about Coleshill's Victorian past on this guided walk

Tuesday, 13 May, 3pm - 4.30pm

Join our education officer for an informative guided walk around Coleshill. Learn about the Victorian model farm and discover less well known nooks and crannies around the village.

Crayfish, river dipping and pooh sticks

A river dipper finds a crayfish © Virginia Haydon

A river dipper finds a crayfish

Thursday, 3 July, 2014, 5pm

Be prepared to get wet on this family fun afternoon stroll along the banks of the pretty River Cole. Make a splash river dipping, explore inside a hollow tree, play pooh sticks and make mud pies. Who knows you might even net a crayfish...

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