‘Time Flies’ Railway Heritage Weekend 4th & 5th May 10.30am – 4pm

In conjunction with Lutterworth Museum and Lutterworth Model Railway Society to mark 50 years since the Lutterworth railway closed down, 5th May 1969. Catch a vintage bus from Lutterworth to Cotesbach where you can see a selection of films from the British Film Institute archive made to promote the railways in the 1950s and 60s.

Catch a vintage bus from Lutterworth to Cotesbach where the Schoolhouse will be set up with a rolling programme of British Transport Films of the 50s and 60s, ‘On and Off the Rails’ and ‘See Britain by Train’. 

On show in the Glasshouse will be a stunning 1937 railway poster produced by artist Doris Zinkeisen for the Coronation alongside railway heritage artefacts on loan from Leicestershire Museums Collections.  Displays of documents from our archive will showing how local people’s lives were affected by the coming of the railway in the 1890s, and how money raised through sale of land helped to keep Cotesbach Estate afloat as the value of agricultural land had fallen.

Up in the Stable Yard local blacksmith Olly Boyett will be demonstrating how traditional hot riveting fixings were made that held together all the engines and much of the railways ironwork. 

At midday both days the Merlin Engine will be fired up in memory of Fred Newton, technical director of Newton Brothers Derby who invented the first diesel hydraulic shunter in 1934 and in 1941 the carbon pile voltage regulator, leading to the production of hundreds of thousands of units fitted to electrical equipment worldwide from 1941, from trains to radar equipment.

Refreshments, activities, plenty of interest for all.

Wild Food Foraging – Sunday 5th May 10am-1 pm and 1.30-4.30 pm SOLD OUT

Join expert forager John as he guides you through hedgerows and meadows, in search of nature’s free food. Learn how to identify edible plants (and what to avoid) and find out what’s available seasonally. After the foraging walk you will bring back your harvest and cook up a feast. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Suitable for all ages but under 16s must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Talk Tuesday – A Step On The Ladder  – Tuesday 7th May 7.30-8.30 pm

‘A Step On The Ladder’ is a film that commemorates the centenary of the 1918 General Election, the first in which women over 30 were allowed to vote. The drama features two young women friends, one, Emily, politically active but not quite old enough to vote, the other, Martha, married and under the thumb of her father-in-law, Albert Hopgood, with his old-fashioned views on women. Emily attempts to get Martha to realise the importance of her vote, while Mr Hopgood is dead against it and Martha’s husband sits uncomfortably between the two. Whose view will prevail? Will Martha use her precious vote? There will be an opportunity for informal discussion afterwards.

Tickets £7.50 please reserve by emailing or call 01455 558 373

Indian Block Printing Class 29th May 6.30-8.30pm

Experiment with Indian Block Printing and learn a new skill that you can apply to clothing, home decor and so much more!  At the end of the evening you will have some beautiful printed fabric to take home, including a tea towel and a tote bag! Tickets £20 booking via Eventbrite or CET

Children’s Half-term Sushi Workshop 30th May 10.30am-12.30pm

Half term is coming up quickly – what could be more fun than a sushi workshop for children?!

Join Yuko Nakayama and Cotesbach Educational Trust for a fabulous workshop to teach childern the art of preparing Sushi!

Yuko prepares authentic Japanese home cooked food. The menu is designed to evoke the current season as seasonality and freshness are key to Japanese food. Throughout the workshop and tastings, attendees will also be introduced to aspects of Japanese culture, including the significance placed on how the food looks as well as how it tastes.

This is a fantastic “hands-on” step-by-step introdution class to sushi making. Children will learn essential skills and tricks which will allow them to make delicious sushi at home.

Children will create two types of Hoso maki (small rolls), one Ura maki (inside out rolls), and steamed vegetables with a creamy sesame sauce. This will be about 18 pieces of sushi. Finally Yuko will demonstrate how to make an authentic miso soup.

Although subject to change, planned ingredients used in the sushi include:pickled vegetables, teriyaki chicken and cucumber and spicy or non-spicy tuna.

Children must be 7+ and accompanied by an adult. One adult can bring up to two children. Please only register and pay for the child(ren). The adults will be working with to support and guide the child(ren) to make the sushi. At the end of the workshop, all attendees will taste the sushi, miso soup and vegetable side dish.

Participants need to bring their own aprons and containers to take their sushi home.

A list of equipment to bring will be provided to attendees prior to the class.

Tickets £30 via Eventbrite or by booking directly with us.

Talk Tuesday 4th June 7.30-8.30pm

‘Women in the Great War’ Talk by Cynthia Brown (Oral History Society). Women played a vital role in WWI in local industries and the Land Army. This talk looks at their role in the home and at work as well as their lives as widows and wives of men in the forces. Tickets £7.50 (booking essential)
please reserve by emailing or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

Open Farm Sunday 9th June 11am-4pm

A celebration of food! From farming to growing your own, we celebrate locally produced seasonal and organic food and the heritage of farming. Gardens open, with farm and garden tours. Forest school intro session. Blacksmithing demonstrations, vintage tractors, meet a shire horse. Film showings in the Schoolhouse. Vintage postcard archive featuring vanished views of South Leicestershire villages. Church open with exhibition by Cotesbach Art Group (all weekend)  Free  but donations towards films welcome.

Summer Cookie Decorating Workshop Thursday 13th June       7.00-9.30pm

In this step-by-step cookie decorating workshop, Vikkii Antill will show you how to outline and flood cookies, use wet-on-wet techniques, and create dimension using frosting.  Tickets £30 booking via Eventbrite or CET

Learn to make Sushi Class Friday 14th June       7.00-9.00pm 

This is a fantastic “hands-on” step-by-step introdution class to sushi making. Particpants will learn essential skill and tricks which will allow them to make delicious sushi at home. Tickets £35 booking via Eventbrite or CET

Talk Tuesday 2nd July    7.30-8.30pm

‘Making the Museum of Making: Transforming Derby Silk Mill’ by Daniel Martin, Head of Curatorship at Derby Museum. Part of the ‘Time Flies’  project.
Tickets £7.50 (booking essential) please reserve by emailing or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

Festival of Archaeology  Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm

Come and visit a dig in Cotesbach Manor garden. Lutterworth Fieldworking and Archaeological Group will be on hand to show finds. To get involved with the dig please contact us.  Children’s Stone-age and Medieval themed activities. Free.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop 3rd August 10am – 4pm

Do you love receiving a beautifully addressed envelope and note from a friend or have you always wanted to learn how to make craft tags or home decor with beautiful handwriting? Join us at this workshop and learn how! Tickets £50 booking via Eventbrite or CET