Past Events

Talk Tuesday – 1st October

Elizabethan and Stuart turbulence in Leicestershire Society by Dr. Richard Bullock. 

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

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)
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/about

Talk Tuesday 10th September 7.30-8.30pm

The test pit dig at the recent Festival of Archaeology revealed some fascinating items, and  the children’s activities were great fun. In fact, it was so much fun that there will be another chance to get involved at our Heritage Open Days event (see below).
Come and hear Mike Southall of Lutterworth Fieldworkers sharing what was discovered at our Talk Tuesday on September 10th at 7.30pm (tickets £7.50) Please contact us to book a place.

Talk Tuesday 3rd Sept – Vulcan To The Sky    7.30-8.30pm

Richard Clarke from the Vulcan To The Sky team tells the story of the restoration of the iconic Vulcan bomber which all took place locally at Bruntingthorpe aeordrome.

Tickets £7.50 (booking essential) please reserve by emailing hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

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

Lost Wisdom: Secrets of an English Country Garden (Walk & talk)

Join horticultural expert Sally Cunningham for a walk and talk through the gardens of Cotesbach Estate. She will teach us about the folklore and uses (both edible and medicinal) of common Leicestershire flora.

Did you know in Georgian times the common red peony root was cut in pieces, each bored through the centre to make a hole, then steeped in red wine and sugar syrup for 3 days, before being dried and hung round baby’s necks as a teething aid? Do you think it worked?!

Includes a cream tea after the walk.

Advance registration and payment is required. Tickets via Eventbrite

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. 

We have some children’s activities including Iron Age pot-making, metal-detecting, Whose poo?, hand-grinding corn (using a replica quern), pottery identification game, rebuild the crock and wattle and daub making. The activities cover a broad time range from pre-Roman to present day.

Using a replica Quern to grind corn

Iron Age pot-making: adding temper such as straw, shell or grit to the clay then making a simple coil pot. Air-drying clay so they can take the pot home on the day.

Metal-detecting: Using a detector to find metal objects, differentiating between different metals, handling metal finds from previous excavations.

Whose poo?: Analysing replica poos to find biofacts – seeds, bones etc to distinguish between Roman, Viking or Tudor poo.

Hand-grinding corn: Using a replica quern to understand the labour involved in making flour by hand.

Pottery ID game: Test of logic and observational skills to sort 10 different pottery sherds

Rebuild the crock: A very large Irish egg crock (now in about 10 pieces) can be reconstructed against the clock; a 3D jigsaw!

Wattle and daub making

Wattle and daub making: Building a wattle and daub panel, putting together the wattle (woven wood) then mixing the daub (clay, straw, soil, water, sterilized manure) and applying to the wattle; a technique used from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

This is a free event, but donations are welcome! www.festival.archaeologyuk.org

Talk Tuesday 2nd July    7.30-8.30pm

‘Making the Museum of Making: Transforming Derby Silk Mill’ Eilish Clohessy, the current Assistant Curator of Making. Part of the ‘Time Flies’  project. Merlin engine firing before the talk in The Stable Yard (at around 7pm)

A look behind the scenes as Derby Silk Mill is transformed into The Museum of Making. Eilish Clohessy, Assistant Curator of Making talks about the transformation of this iconic building (due to reopen in summer 2020) and the collections that will be housed within it.

The new Museum of Making will display fascinating items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past; and will be designed to empower makers of the future through inspirational environments for learning programmes and activities.


Tickets £7.50 (booking advisable) please reserve by emailing hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

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

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 hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk 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. www.farmsunday.org

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 viaEventbrite 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 hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk 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. www.festival.archaeologyuk.org

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

Talk Tuesday 3rd Sept     7.30-8.30pm

Another talk in the ‘Time Flies’ series. More details to follow…

Tickets £7.50 (booking essential) please reserve by emailing hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk or call 01455 558 373 Doors open 7pm for refreshments

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

Guided tours of Cotesbach Hall and grounds at 11.15am and 2.15pm. 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. 
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/about

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 hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk 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.


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

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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.

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Ride a vintage Midland Red bus to arrive in style at Cotesbach! Buses departing Lutterworth every hour on the hour from 11-3 both days. Return trips at half past the hour. Hop on at the Leisure Centre in Lutterworth!

In our Schoolhouse, we will be showing 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. 

Between noon and 1pm 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 courtesy of The Yard Cafe.

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

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 hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk or call 01455 558 373

Indian Block Printing Class 29th May 6.30-8.30pm

Talk Tuesday – Project Wild Thing – Tuesday 2nd April 7.30-8.30 pm

David Bond is a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don’t want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get children outside. PROJECT WILD THING is the hilarious, real-life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature
Join us for a free screening of this award-winning film, with the opportunity for informal discussion afterwards.

Chocolate Truffles with Nenette. Sunday 10th March 10.30am-12pm 

Spend a relaxed Sunday morning with Nenette from Nenette Chocolates learning about chocolate and creating your own chocolates to take home to amaze your friends and families.

Nenette will share chocolate stories with you while she shows you how to temper chocolate and to make flavoured truffle fillings. Chocolate has some incredible stories. Find out where it comes from and some background about how it has arrived in the forms which we know and love today. While she does this, she will also explain how you can avoid some common pitfalls so you can make your own chocolates later at home too. She will also demonstrate how she makes truffles, including the decorated shells, using a slightly different method too. Then, its time for you to get chocolatey! Using the tempered chocolate and the filling that Nenette has made for you, you will create your own truffles in ready-prepared chocolate shells. As chocolate that has been tempered correctly sets within around 5 minutes, you can be quickly on your way with your beautifully packaged treats!

All ingredients will be provided. Suitable for age 16+ Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking

Sunday 3rd March 2019 10am – 12.30pm 

Japanese food is about so much more than sushi! In this class you will learn how to prepare four authentic Japanese dishes. Yuko shares her passion for Japanese home-cooked food, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Attendees will also learn about aspects of Japanese culture and the importance of food presentation. Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in peoples’ homes through her dining service Omotenshi Dining.

All ingredients will be provided (you will need to bring some basic utensils). Suitable for age 16+

Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Japanese Cookery with Yuko Nakayama.
Sunday 3rd February 2019 10am-12.30pm 

Japanese food is about so much more than sushi! In this class you will learn how to prepare four authentic Japanese dishes. Yuko shares her passion for Japanese home-cooked food, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Attendees will also learn about aspects of Japanese culture and the importance of food presentation. Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in peoples’ homes through her dining service Omotenshi Dining.

All ingredients will be provided (you will need to bring some basic utensils). Suitable for age 16+

Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Pasta Making Workshop. Sunday January 20th 2019 10.30am-12.30pm 

Come and learn how to make delicious fresh pasta in a variety of forms. Sam Rouse (from The Cork & Fork Supper Club) guides you through the basics of making dough to making different types of pasta including, pappardelle & tagliatelle. Try making simple home-made pesto or a roasted tomato and garlic sauce to eat with your fresh pasta.

All ingredients will be provided. Suitable for age 16+ Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop.  Saturday 2nd February 2019 10am-3pm 

Come and learn the art of fruit tree pruning with apple expert Nigel Deacon. Pruning helps to optimise fruit production and promotes tree health. Spend the day in the organic orchard at historic Cotesbach Hall where you will be shown how to prune the heritage fruit trees, many of which are local varieties. After working up an appetite in the orchard you will be served a hearty lunch of bread and home-made soup (using produce from Cotesbach Organic Gardens).

Participants will need to bring their own secateurs and gloves, long-handled loppers would also be useful.

Talk Tuesday November 6th 2018

Aneela McKenna – 100 Years of Women in Cycling

Cycling has long been associated with the emancipation of women – from the suffragette days of bikes n’ bloomers to the modern day revolution of women on mountain bikes. In this session, Aneela McKenna from Go Where Scotland, mountain bike guide and adventurist celebrates the legacy of ‘bicycling for ladies! She’ll take you on a journey of bikes and their role in women’s emancipation. In the spirit of the suffragette movement and penny farthings, she will share her personal stories and sisterhood giggles, and her passion for the simple act of riding bikes.

Apple Day Saturday October 6th 2018

Celebrate all things Apple with us. Press your own juice (you can bring your own apple harvest), make a crumble or taste different varieties from the heritage orchard on the estate. 11am-4pm in The Stable Yard. Free.

Talk Tuesday October 9th 2018

‘What Would Boudicca Do?’

Don’t miss the chance to hear the authors of the book ‘What Would Boudicca Do?: Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women’ 

The book has been getting plenty of national publicity since its release a couple of weeks ago and we are excited that we are hosting a talk by the authors. It promises to be funny, informative and inspiring. Come along and hear Beth Coates and Elizabeth Foley showing how you can take inspiration from the supergirls of history to help you conquer modern day problems!

Talk Tuesday  July7 2018

Shami Chakrabarti

CET is honoured to welcome Shami Chakrabarti to talk about her latest book ‘Of Women: In the 21st Century’. She says ‘We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful, where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential’.
There will be time for Q&A after the talk.

Talk Tuesday July 10 2018  

Dorothie Feilding

Suzy Denbigh tells the fascinating story of Dorothie Feilding, a local World War I war heroine who shunned her aristocratic background to become a volunteer nurse on the battlefield and was the first woman to be awarded the military medal for bravery in the field.