Annual village open day to be held today

Ashwell Farm Garden

Ashwell Farm Garden - Credit: Archant

An annual village open day is being held today (Saturday) when visitors will have the opportunity to see a medieval farmhouse and Black Death graffiti.

Ashwell at Home promises entertainment for all the family.

Sixteen gardens will be open to the general public, including a medieval farmhouse enclosed by a moat and two nuclear bunkers.

Visitors can also see the former village lock-up and participate in a live archaeological test-pit dig.

Children under 14 can enjoy free workshops at Ashwell Primary School throughout the day including singing and drama, making and then racing junk boats, tennis and a mosaic making masterclass.

There will also be lots happening around the village including live music with singing Tudors, buskers and harp recitals and classical duets, English village Morris men dancing, and veteran cyclist riding.

Ashwell Cricket Club will be in action as members mark their 200th anniversary, while there will be opportunities to have a go at milking cows at the dairy, basket making and rare sheep wool weaving.

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A Made in Ashwell craft display and market, selling goods from the surrounding area will also be held, while visitors to St Mary’s Church can see graffiti from the time of the Black Death.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day with homemade lunches at the school and light refreshments and teas at all venues.

Entry to Ashwell at Home, which runs from midday until 6pm, is by programme which are available to buy on the day.

The cost is £6 per person, with accompanied children under 14 going free.

Free parking is also available and all proceeds from the event will go to Ashwell Museum, St Mary’s Church and Ashwell Primary School.

For more information about all the activities taking place visit

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