Tomorrow sees an open day at an historic Northfield barn – a chance for local people to see the building and help shape plans for its future.

The 'Cadbury' Barn, at the entrance to Manor Farm Park in Northfield, was originally built in 1894 by local business man and philanthropist George Cadbury. When he and Dame Elizabeth lived at neighbouring Northfield Manor House, they held parties for impoverished children from across the city in the barn. It was also used as a base and training centre for the Friends Ambulance Unit during World War II.

Birmingham Conservation Trust (BCT) are currently working with Bournville Village Trust, the Friends of Manor Farm Park, Birmingham City Council and others to find a new and sustainable future for the ‘Cadbury’ barn, which is currently unused and falling into disrepair.

As part of a national Heritage Open Days event, BCT have been granted special permission to open up the building to the public!

You can visit the Barn on Saturday 13 September between 12.30 – 4.30pm and learn more about its history and plans for its future!

The event is free and there will also be family trails in the park, nature arts and crafts, refreshments and a game of rounders. No need to book, just drop in!

BCT are currently carrying out an ‘Options Appraisal’ to explore different potential uses for the barn, taking into account the needs of the local community. To help them with this, you can fill in their short online picture survey – you'll also be entered into a prize draw for a £25 voucher! Complete the survey here



  1. I’m so glad that this long lonly barn is going to be happy children and family events party’s holiday clubs would be a great idea for it it’s about time something is going to to done to it ( happy face )


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