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Village Open Day

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National Trust

  • 14 July 2024
  • 13:0016:00
  • See organiser for pricing
  • Ages 0 – 18 years


9 June, 14 July and 11 August: discover what Coleshill has to offer on one of our Village Open Days.

The 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.

You can also take a look at our exhibition, which 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. Objects and images represent some of the artists and designers who lived and worked here, from designer William Morris to sculptor 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, hop on a guided tour and discover the design secrets that made these buildings so innovative.

Village Open Days take place on 9 June, 14 July and 11 August, 1pm-5pm.

Children welcome

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

Buscot and Coleshill Estate

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.

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.

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

Explore Coleshill with a tracker pack. Learn about trees, hunt for critters and see what wildlife you can spot.


  • Swindon
  • Oxfordshire
  • SN6 7PT
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