Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham

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Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden. The house was built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold, of Guest, Keen & Nettlefold. Designed as a small country estate the house boasted rustic outbuildings and large gardens.

Both the house and garden follow the style of the Arts & Crafts movement with examples of local craftsmanship throughout. The house has large airy corridors and south facing rooms designed to make maximum use of the sunlight.

Nettlefold was a pioneer of town planning who carried the ideas seen in his own home to the less wealthy areas of the city.

Margaret Nettlefold designed the garden, inspired by the books and garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll. After a period of restoration the garden was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2008.

John MacDonald Nicolson was the last private owner of the house and a keen gardener. He developed many new areas, including a scree garden and small alpine features around the garden.

Nicolson died in 1944 and bequeathed the house and garden to the University. The garden became the University’s Botanic Garden and new areas for teaching and plant conservation were developed within the historic layout.

The garden today is still used by students but is also open to the public to be enjoyed by everyone.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

April - October 10am - 5.30pm weekdays
11am - 5.30pm weekends
November - March 10am - 4pm weekdays
11am - 4pm weekends

Last admission is an hour before closing.

Closed period: Please check our website.

Admission charges

2017 Prices
Adults £6.00
Concessions £5.00
Children (Under 5) Free

University of Birmingham staff and students get free entry on production of their ID card.

Botanic gardens display collections of plants from all around the world. At Winterbourne there are over 1,700 different plants originating from as far away as Brazil and Japan, many you may recognise.

At home, your gardens, kitchen and medicine cupboards are filled with plants and plant ingredients from all over the world, from the wheat in toast, to the cotton in clothes, perhaps even the place you work is an industry which uses plant ingredients.

At Winterbourne there is a chance to see plants and plant habitats from around the world and to find out about the plant hunters who discovered them. Closer to home, our Botanical Birmingham project highlights and explains those plants in the garden particularly significant to the people of the West Midlands. A walk around Winterbourne really will take you on a journey around the world!

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Fairy Queen, Cadbury Research Library

Fables and Fairytales

  • 16 March 2017 — 2 March 2018 *on now

An exhibition exploring the elemental themes of earth, air, fire and water in Victorian and Edwardian fairytale illustrations. Fire-breathing dragons, mermaids, flying horses and earth spirits introduce us to a weird and wonderful world where anything is possible. The artists featured include Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.

A family-friendly trail will invite you to use your imagination while exploring the beautiful garden.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Cadbury Research Library and Winterbourne House and Garden.

Standard admission to the house and garden apply with no additional cost for this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard admission to the house and garden apply with no additional cost for this exhibition.

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/fables-and-fairytales/

Swan on the River Avon

Christina Hopkinson Exhibition

  • 26 May — 26 June 2017 *on now

Christina is a Staffordshire based artist who often takes inspiration from the flowers and birds she sees in nature. Christina is a self taught watercolourtist and most of her work is done in this medium.

Christina is a member of The Association of Animal Artists [AAA] and The Wildlife Art Society International and one of the pieces in her exhibition is being sold with proceeds going to the Vincent Wildlife Trust which is the chosen charity of the AAA.

You can see Christina’s beautiful work in our Coach House Gallery which is included in the price of the admission ticket.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

You can see Christina’s beautiful work in our Coach House Gallery which is included in the price of the admission ticket.

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/christina-hopkinson-exhibition/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

  • 30 June 2017 From 7:30pm

This fantastical comedy follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both named Dromio. When they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins search for the other they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£15 Adult / £12 NUS / £10 Child

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/comedy-of-errors/

Blue Tits Collage

Mixed Media Collage Canvas

  • 2 July 2017

If you enjoyed Claire Leggett’s beautiful exhibition here at Winterbourne during February and March, then why not come along and have a go at making your own mixed media collage canvas?

Have fun painting and collaging a canvas in an experimental way. Use the beautiful Winterbourne grounds to find and sketch elements of nature and birdlife to paint onto your collaged ground. This workshop is open to all and achievable at any level.

All materials are provided, however if you have any interesting papers you’d like to collage with please bring them along. You are also welcome to bring your own paint brushes and acrylic paints. An apron or old clothing is advisable as acrylic paint will not wash out of clothing.

Pre-booking is essential. Tickets cost £45 and can be purchased from the Winterbourne shop or via the Book Now button on this page.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£45

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/mixed-media-collage-canvas/

Live Music on the Terrace

  • 9 July 2017 From 2:45pm
  • 6 August 2017 From 2:45pm
  • 3 September 2017 From 2:45pm

Join us in the garden for a live performance by a four-piece gypsy folk group ‘Raggle Taggle’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard Admission apply

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/live-music-garden/

Printing Press

Printing Press July Workshop

  • 21 July 2017 10am-1:30pm

Come to The Winterbourne Press to be guided through the fascinating art of printing.

Starting with choosing the right font for the job and going right through to taking a ‘pull’ for your first printing image, this short day course is a wonderful introduction suitable for any adult with an interest in the subject.

All equipment is provided, but please wear clothes you don’t mind getting slightly dirty and if you have any mobility issues let us know so that we can ensure that we can accommodate you.

Pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from the Winterbourne shop or via the Book Now button on this page.

Our courses are suitable for 18 years or above.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/printing-press-july-workshop/

Visitors enjoying Jazz in the garden

Jazz Ramblers

  • 22 July 2017 7:30-8pm

A wonderful evening of al fresco Jazz, courtesy of the Jazz Ramblers. Jump on the La La Land bandwagon and discover why Jazz has such a devoted following! A relaxed evening of music played with the backdrop Winterbourne’s Botanic garden.

We’ve been blessed with perfect weather in recent years but just in case the weather isn’t so kind, please note that event will go ahead regardless and come prepared with umbrellas and water proof clothing.

The Tea Room will be serving wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks. Limited seating available so bring a picnic blanket or a fold down chair and enjoy the show.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£15 Adult / £12 Student / £10 Child

Silverware

Biddle and Webb Valuation Days

  • 26 July 2017 10am-4pm

Bring along your hidden treasures to be valued for free by local auctioneers Biddle and Webb in the first of a series of valuation days.

All items may be valued from cufflinks to portraits, although if you are planning on bringing a particularly cumbersome item or piece of furniture, please contact Biddle and Webb in advance to see if you can be accommodated.

For more information visit www.biddleandwebb.com

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard admission charges apply

Website

https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/biddle-webb-valuation-days/

Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
58 Edgbaston Park Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2RT
England

Website

www.winterbourne.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@winterbourne.org.uk

Telephone

Information line

0121 414 3003

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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