Past Events


‘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.