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The Tithe Barn is excited to open its doors on Saturday 19th September for the country’s largest annual festival of history and culture.

Come see the progress we’re making in preserving this irreplaceable piece of Cambridgeshire history.



Landbeach Tithe Barn is excited to join in the Heritage Open Days festival this September. This event, with free entry, offers the opportunity to see the beautiful newly re-thatched roof and the skilful work done to restore the timber structure (dating back to medieval times). There will be knowledgeable trust members on-site to answer questions and, reflecting the Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Hidden Nature’, there will be a free Hidden Nature I-Spy for children. Like all Heritage Open Days events, it’s completely free to take part!

To meet social distancing guidelines visitor numbers on-site at any one time will be limited so timed tickets must be booked in advance via the link below. Hand sanitisers will available and clear signage will also help ensure both visitors and organisers stay safe and can enjoy a relaxing day out. If you’d like to take a look inside the Barn, please bring and wear a mask.

Landbeach is full of history; why not make a morning or afternoon of your visit and also look at the lovely parish church of All Saints which dates back to the 13th century with much medieval woodwork remaining. Also worth a look is Worts Meadow. Now a local nature reserve Worts Meadow is a former medieval settlement site, with a surviving homestead moat and fish pond, and earthworks showing the location of roads and houses.

View of Tithe Barn

Melanie Hale, Chair of Landbeach Parish Council and trustee says:

“The Trust is thrilled to be contributing to this year’s Heritage Open Days festival. We are working hard to ensure the future of our wonderful tithe barn so why not come and see the progress we’ve made in the last 12 months.”

Annie Reilly, Head of Producing at Heritage Open Days says:

“Heritage Open Days is about connecting people so we can uncover and share the amazing stories of the places, spaces, heritage and history around us.”

Book your free tickets to our Heritage Open Day on Saturday 19th September at  https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/

Advanced booking is essential. Entry is timed at 30-minute intervals from 11.00 with last entries at 3.30 and a maximum of 15 persons for each time.

3 Ways YOU can get involved in the Tithe Barn project

  1. Volunteer. Visit https://do-it.org/organisations/tithe-barn-trust or email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.
  2. Become a Friend. Visit http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/
  3. Visit the Tithe Barn and come along to one of our next events. Keep checking http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk to find out more. We are closely following Government advice regarding Covid-19, so please do check this page regularly for updates.

Tithe Barn Heritage Open Day

Thank you to our volunteers and all the visitors that came to our Tithe Barn Heritage Open day on Saturday 9th September 2017. A brilliant day with visitors coming from as far a field as Edinburgh.

Plenty of Corn Dollies were made, so it should be a good harvest next year. An ancient tradition, as Corn dollies were made at Harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The Corn Spirit was believed to live in the corn doll and was kept until the following spring and then ploughed into the first furrow to ensure a good harvest.

Medieval to Victorian

Treasure the Treasures on your Doorstep!
Saturday 9th September http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

As part of Heritage Open Days you’ll be able to transport yourself from the medieval period to the Victorian all in one day. Fen Edge treasures St Peter’s Church in Horningsea, the Landbeach Tithe Barn, All Saints’ Church in Landbeach and St Mary the Virgin Church in Fen Ditton are all opening their doors for free for you to enjoy on Saturday 9th September.

Funded by sales of coprolite, St Peter’s Church was heavily made over by ‘trendy’ Victorian architect Thomas Jekyll, a friend of Whistler and Pugin. See his work, an exhibition of his drawings and listen to talks. You’re invited to bring your own Victoriana and to dress up, or even try bellringing.

Then take the opportunity to see the unique timber frame Landbeach Tithe Barn for yourself. Tithe Barns are rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn may well date to the medieval period. Listen to introductory talks and find out more about how the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, aims to save and sympathetically restore the Tithe Barn for you to enjoy. Make your own Corn Dolly or try your hand at traditional games.

Complete your free day out by visiting the nearby All Saints’ Church which has medieval origins. Have a go at bellringing, a traditional community activity dating back hundreds of years and gaining in popularity. Or visit St Mary the Virgin Church, watch a demonstration of bellringing, and then take a riverside walk along the Cam.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk .

Landbeach Tithe Barn open 12-4pm on Saturday 9th September for FREE.