It's all Happening - events calendar

The Yard will open at 11am each Saturday and close at 3pm from 11th April.

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Coronavirus

Due to the recommendations and direction from central government Chedhams Yard will not open on the 11th April, as planned, and will remain closed during the current crisis. We will regularly review the situation and open as soon as possible.

Please continue to look at the web site for the latest information regarding reopening dates.
Alternatively, if you want information on reopening directly from us, please send your details by e-mail to enquiries@chedhamsyard.org.uk and we will contact you directly.

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The Yard will open at 11am each Saturday and close at 3pm. The exception is 9th May when there is an early morning Dawn Chorus Walk starting from the Yard at 6am

Every Saturday in addition to the themed events there will also be wood turning and blacksmith demonstrations by our own skilled volunteers throughout the day. This is an opportunity to learn about these crafts, which have almost disappeared. Talk to the craftsmen themselves. 

This year we will be repairing/renovating some vintage farm equipment during the normal open hours. Old equipment poses some unique challenges when traditional techniques are being used. 

There are three short films about the Yard and guided tours. Light refreshments, gifts / souvenirs and books are available in the café. 

On some Saturdays, when there is a fully qualified blacksmith in the forge, there will be the opportunity to become a blacksmith and make something yourself which you can then take home. Participants must wear stout shoes and suitable clothing. An apron and goggles will be provided. Please ask at the reception kiosk, on arrival, if this option is available. There will be a nominal charge for this. 

For the children there is the ever popular Mouse Trail. By finding the mice and solving the puzzle the children will get a gift.

Close to the Yard is an oak building known as ‘The Granary’. The whole building sits on staddle stones held up to 25 tons of grain. It is hoped that visitors to the Yard will be able to visit this 17th century grain store, which is a prime example of its type. More details will be available later.  Visitors wishing to see the Granary should ask when they arrive at the Yard. 

We re-open on Easter Saturday 11th  April

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Special Event

The Honey Bee and their Hives with Liz and Steve Bates.

Date: 8th Aug 2020
Steve and Liz Bates are local beekeepers, who will be at the Yard to talk about honeybees which are fundamental to our survival. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Willow Weaving with Avril Smolders.

Date: 1st Aug 2020
A return visit by the well-known and experienced willow weaver Avril Smolders. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Stained Glass with Di Vernon

Date: 25th Jul 2020
This is new to the Yard. Di Vernon will be demonstrating and talking about stained glass work. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Wellesbourne Art Group

Date: 18th Jul 2020
The Art Group will be at the Yard showing a range of their paintings and showing and talking about the challenges and rewards when painting any subject. - Click here to read more
Special Event

The Heart of England Wood Turners and TWAM

Date: 11th Jul 2020
The HOE wood turners is a local group of professional and semi- professional wood turners based in Stratford upon Avon. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Spinning and Wool Craft with 'Ewe to You'

Date: 4th Jul 2020
This is a return visit by the ever popular spinning team, who will be demonstrating and explaining how a fleece is worked to make the yarn which can then be turned into woollen garments etc. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Open Studios

Date: 27th Jun 2020
The Yard is again taking part in the countywide Open Studios event. This year we have 5 individual artists on site showing a range of work, all of which is for sale. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Bats and Countryside Conservation

Date: 20th Jun 2020
A small team from the Bat Conservation Trust will be on site talking about bats, why they are important and answering questions. Bats play an important role in many environments around the world. - Click here to read more
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General Wheelwrighting

Date: 13th Jun 2020
Robin Hill returns to the Yard for a third season and will be demonstrating the art and craft of wheelwrighting. - Click here to read more
Special Event

Street Fayre and ‘In House’ Demonstrations

Date: 6th Jun 2020
This is the day of the Wellesbourne Street Fayre and a team from the Yard will be at the Fayre showing what the Yard has to offer. - Click here to read more