Propeller Theatre, June 2008
Photograph © Sarah Barfoot 2008

Between 16-20 June 2008, as part of a government-funded initiative to bring live theatre to young people, the all-male Propeller Theatre Company visited Coggeshall Grange Barn to stage a run of its one-hour condensed version of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.  The audiences consisted of parties of local school students.

Before one of the performances, the students discussed the age of the Barn and how many people must have been involved with it over the centuries.  Afterwards there was a question-and-answer session involving the cast and the audience.  Typical enquiries were:

  • "What's it like to play a female character?" - "It's fun to play different parts as we are an all-male cast".
  • "How long does it take you to learn your lines?" - "About three weeks".

  • "What's your favourite character to play?" - (various answers).

Special Events (* indicates free entry to National Trust members - please bring membership cards)



   5-6           Food Show*, 10:00am - 5:00pm. CANCELLED


   7-8           Food and Gift Show*, 10:00am - 5:00pm.

   21            The Mid Essex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Open Day*


Members of this and other guilds will have spinning and weaving projects on show.  There will also be a "Fleece to Garment" challenge where several teams of spinners will compete to create knitted scarves from dyed fleece in a limited amount of time. 

In addition, there will be a "Show and Tell" with members and guests displaying some of their hand made creations.  There will be plenty to see on the day and everyone will be pleased to talk about their textile interests.  10:00am - 5:00pm.



   6-7           Food Show*, 10:00am - 5:00pm.

    13           Heritage Open Day, 2:00pm - 5:00pmAs part of this national event, entry will be free of charge for everyone.


   1-2           Christmas Food and Gift Show*, 10:00am - 5:00pm.

2007's events are shown below to illustrate the range of activities held at Coggeshall Grange Barn:


24-25          Food Show, 10:00am - 5:00pm.




23-24          Good Food Fair.  For details, contact KC Fairs: 01376 561459.





The Ghosts of Marvin Grange
by Richard Coleman

Christopher Sinclair receives a strange summons and returns to Marvin Grange, a remote estate on a lonely more to unravel the mystery of a haunting that is driving his cousin's wife mad...

The Coggeshall Amateur Dramatic Society will present this melodrama in two acts.  For details, contact Kim Anderson: 01376 561722 or 07711 626677.


          7-9               Cinema screenings


Helen Mirren as The Queen


The National Trust's East of England Region has joined the Cambridge Film Festival and Screen East to host a series of cinema screenings.  Experience cinema in one of the National Trust's oldest buildings.

Tickets are £12.50 (adult), £7.50 (child) and £30.00 (family - 2 adults, 2 children), including a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival.  Box Office: 08707 551242.



7     Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (18), with live accompaniment.

8     The Queen (12a), the 2006 Oscar-winner, starring Helen Mirren.

9     Henry V (U), the UK première of the fully-restored classic, starring Laurence Olivier.


16                Wild Wood and Withies. A unique 'taster day' of rustic woodcrafts.


In the splendid setting of one of our finest medieval buildings, watch three local craftspeople at work and have a go for yourself, learning some easy basic skills - Pole-Lathe Turning, Willow Basketry and Rustic Woodwork - and make three pieces to take home.  10:00am - 4:30pm, £30.00 per person.

Booking essential, contact Jo Hammond: 01473 327646.

22-23          Good Food Fair.  For details, contact KC Fairs: 01376 561459.


3-4              Good Food Fair.  For details, contact KC Fairs: 01376 561459.