Events

Coleshill's hidden history

Our history walks and open days give you the chance to step back in time and discover Coleshill's Second World War past.

Why not take a look around this page and see what's on this autumn?

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).

Secret bunker open days

Imagine life as an Auxiliar at wartime Coleshill © Mair Huband

Imagine life as an Auxiliar at wartime Coleshill

12 October 2014, 2 - 5pm

The new Open Days at our Second World War Operational Base have been very popular - and there's just one more to come this year.

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.

 

Second World War walks

Still standing today - the Guard House  © John Miller

Still standing today - the Guard House

11 October, 11 November 2014

Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history and how it became the home of the British Resistance on this informative guided walk. You'll explore the village, woods and parkland so there'll be plenty of autumn colour for you to enjoy too.

Buscot and beyond

The picturesque cottages of Buscot village  © John Miller

The picturesque cottages of Buscot village

25 October 2014 10.30am - 3.30pm

Discover a snapshot of Buscot village's fascinating history before heading for a lengthy ramble along the Thames and the countryside beyond. Savour the autumn colour, learn about the local wildlife and listen to tales of the past, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive kingfishers that fly along this stretch of river. 

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