Heritage Open Day: Heritage & Rural Skills Centre

Explore the Victorian model farm in Coleshill Village and discover how this site is being brought back life as a Heritage Skills Centre. There will be talks and walks and insights into building and heritage skills.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

The Victorian model farm at Coleshill was built as an exemplar farm to demonstrate the most modern farming methods of the high farming period in the 1850s. It is a unique site, built on a hill to harness gravity when moving food and manure around the site. The buildings are beautiful both practically and in design. They are home to the West Oxfordshire National Trust office. Other buildings are being reinvented as our Heritage Skills Centre, designed to host courses in traditional crafts such as lime plastering and blacksmithing hosted by local skilled builders and crafts people. Visitors will be able to take part in guided walks of the buildings, visit the foaling house and working watermill.

This will also be the last day of our Concrete Castles exhibition, featuring the contemporary art of the Second World War. Our underground operational base will also be opened where visitors can discover the secret history of the Auxiliary Units who trained at Coleshill in the 1940s.

The basics

Children are welcome.
Meeting point
Coleshill Home Farm
Accessible toilets available. Uneven surfaces and steps around the site.
Enjoy a cup of tea in Carpenters Canteen after you've explored the Home Farm.

Contact Info

Buscot and Coleshill Estate
Call 01793 762209

Upcoming events

Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940

Tue 16 Aug 2022
An art exhibition exploring Britain’s World War 2 defence structures, at Coleshill, the famous home of World War 2’s Auxiliaries

Second World War Walk

Tue 16 Aug 2022
Discover Coleshill's hidden Second World War history on this informative walk through village, woods and parkland at the home of the British Resistance.

Family activity afternoon @ Coleshill: Secrets and Spies

Tue 16 Aug 2022
Fun filled family afternoon at Coleshill.

Artists at War illustrated talk by Tim Craven and Steve Marshall

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Delve further into the Concrete Castles exhibition with a talk about artists at war by Tim Craven and Steve Marshall

Family activity afternoon & Cuckoopen Wood

Tue 30 Aug 2022
Fun filled family activity afternoon at Cuckoopen Wood.

Concrete Castles: Artist's Talk

Wed 31 Aug 2022
Delve further into the exhibition with a talk on Concrete Castles by one of its artists.