Heritage Open Days Friday 13th – Sunday 15th Sept 11am-4pm

Guided tours of Cotesbach Hall and grounds at 11.15am and 2.15pm. Please email or call us to book a place on a tour. Art exhibition in Cotesbach Church. Rugby Art Group exhibition. Archaeological finds from the Cotesbach Manor dig on show. ‘Time Flies’ project display. ‘Hey Clay!’ have a go at throwing a pot on a Leach wheel. Children’s activities (Saturday & Sunday only)

Wild Food Foraging Sunday 22nd  September 2-5pm

The last chance this year to join foraging expert John Noble as he guides you around the hedgerows and meadows in search of a free feast!

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.

Tickets £30 via Eventbrite

Talk Tuesday 1st Oct     7.30-8.30pm

‘Elizabethan and Stuart turbulence in Leicestershire society’ by Richard Bullock.

Tickets £7.50 (booking essential) please reserve by emailing or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

Apple Day Sat 5th Oct 11am-3pm

Come and have a go at apple pressing. Apple identification expert Nigel Deacon will be on hand to help you identify your own apple varieties.

‘Our Natural World’ Saturday 12th October  2-4pm

Join horticultural consultant Sally Cunningham for a walk and talk through the gardens of Cotesbach Estate. 

Sally will give us a look at the creatures which happen to share a garden or hedge with us. For instance, red clover is a favourite food of short to midlength tongued bumble bees, the green clover weevil and numerous moths, including the narrow bordered 5 spot burnet and garden dart. Used for centuries to improve the soil due to nitrogen fixing bacteria on the roots – pull up a clover plant to see if it’s working, they should be pink if active – clover is not only a good fodder for cattle (and useful high protein feed for horses) it also makes a pleasant cooked green for us. The just-open flowerheads in a tincture were used in heart complaints, menopausal symptoms and many other ailments including burns and excema..

Includes a cream tea after the walk. Tickets £25

Advance registration and payment is required. If you prefer to pay by cash, please contact: to arrange payment, or stop in at The Yard Cafe to pay at the till. Or via Eventbrite

Sourdough Bread making Class – Sunday 13th October   1pm-6pm 

Celebrate all things Sourdough at Cotesbach Educational Trust! Master bread baker Paul Raddan of Rugby Real Bread will lead us through the process of developing a sourdough starter, kneading the dough and baking the bread.

We will make a wheat sourdough and a flavoursome dark rye and spelt bread. Learn all the techniques to produce your own sourdough loaves at home.

Attendees will go home with a pot of mature sourdough starter, a loaf of wheat and a loaf of dark rye spelt bread. There will be time during the day for lots of discussion and questions.

Please bring an apron and container for your starter.

We will have a coffee and cake break midway through the class, but please bring any other snacks and drinks you may need.

This class is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets £65 via Eventbrite

Talk Tuesday 5th November7.30-8.30pm

Details TBC…