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Heritage Open Days

The Heritage & Rural Skills Centre, Mill and Bunker open their doors free of charge as part of Heritage Open Days

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

See all that Coleshill has to offer as part of Heritage Open Days

Visit the Heritage and Rural Skills centre which has been set up to preserve and teach traditional skills and crafts that are at risk of becoming extinct. Re-using redundant spaces in the Victorian Model Farm the centre aims to ensure the survival of these traditional crafts. During the day craftspeople associated with the Skills Centre will be demonstrating their crafts. There will also be tours of the Model Farm buildings, explaining their original use and looking at the design choices that made the farm so innovative.

Also open will be Coleshill Mill, an 18th century watermill, once home to renown potter Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie. See the original machinery and learn how the mill would have operated.

Coleshill's secret Bunker will also be open as part of the day, here visitors can discover the secret history of the Auxiliary Units who trained at Coleshill in the 1940s., who would have become the British Resistance in case of invasion. Find out about their unique wartime role, their training at Coleshill and visit a replica 'hideout'.

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Accessibility

The Home Farm site does include steps on key routes, but alternatives are available. The Mill features a steep staircase, with no alternative access, though the ground floor may be accessed. The bunker is accessible by a vertical ladder and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

Contact info

Buscot and Coleshill Estate

Upcoming events

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Guided Tours - Coleshill Home Farm and Skills Centre 

Thursdays and Saturdays, 1pm and 2.30pm: discover the historic Coleshill Home Farm and learn more about the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre now housed here.

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25 Jul to 31 Aug 2024
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13:00 to 14:00
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Rupert Aker exhibition at the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre 

31 July - 1 September, Tuesdays-Sundays 11am-3pm: an exhibition of artworks by Cotswold-based artist Rupert Aker.

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31 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
+ 28 other dates or times
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Faringdon Town Tours 

Faringdon has a rich and fascinating history from mention in the Domesday Book through the Middle Ages, as a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War and, from the 1930s to 1950s, home to the eccentric Lord Berners.

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3 Aug to 5 Oct 2024
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10:30 to 11:30
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Family Activity Afternoon: Rivers 

Spend the afternoon exploring the River Cole, river dipping and Willow fish weaving.

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6 Aug 2024
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14:00 to 16:00