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Open Day

14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July and 11 August: visit our exhibition and join guided tours of the Heritage and Rural Skills Centre as part of our Coleshill Village Open Days.

  • Booking not needed
  • Admission applies

Our current exhibition explores the legacy of the creative people who made their home on the Coleshill estate or drew inspiration from it.

Fragments salvaged from Coleshill House after it was lost to fire in 1952 reveal glimpses of the creativity and skill that went into its design and construction. Tools from the estate demonstrate the innovative agricultural and rural practices carried out here.

Objects and images represent some of the artists and designers who lived and worked here, from William Morris to Michie Herbert. You can also discover more about the craftspeople who work from studios here today, and find out why it's so important to keep heritage skills alive.

If you want to find out more about the farm buildings themselves, join on a guided tour and discover the design secrets that made these buildings so innovative.

As part of the wider Coleshill Village Open Day, our replica WW2 Operational Base will be open, giving visitors a chance to see how Britain’s secret army would have lived after an invasion has taken place. Find out more about this often forgotten bit of Britain’s wartime history.

Coleshill’s watermill will also be open, offering a rare chance to see an 18th Century mill with much of its original machinery still in place. Learn about how the power of water was harnessed to make flour and find out about the many milling phrases that have entered day-to-day use.

Open Days take place on 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July and 11 August, 2-5pm.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £7.50
Child £3.00

Event additional prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Family£15.00
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The basics

Suitability

Children welcome.

What to bring and wear

Wear sensible shoes for going around the Mill in the Operational Base.

Contact info

Buscot & Coleshill Estate

Upcoming events

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2 Day Introduction to Wood Carving 

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20 Apr 2024
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09:00 to 17:00
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Guided Tours - Coleshill Home Farm and Skills Centre 

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20 Apr to 2 May 2024
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13:00 to 13:45
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An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering 

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26 Apr to 27 Apr 2024
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09:00 to 16:00
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Introduction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom 

Sorry, this event is now sold out.

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11 May 2024
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10:00 to 16:00