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Sunday 14th June 2015

2.15pm: Warmley Gardens and Grotto Circular Walk
Kingswood Heritage Museum

Explore the Warmley gardens on a circular guided walk, every 2nd Sunday in the month (April to November), starting from the Museum at 2.15pm. £2.50 per adult.

This circular walk will take approximately 90 minutes on level ground some of which may be muddy in wet weather. Bring a torch to help you explore as you wander through the grottoes, which will be specially opened for you by your guide.

Remaining dates for 2015: 12th July, 9th August, 13th September, 11th October, 8th November.

Enquiries: – Chris Quarry: 0117 9575 387

www.kingswoodmuseum.org.uk

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Kingswood Heritage Museum

Contact Kingswood Museum

The Museum is located in the former Champion Brass Works, at Tower Lane, Warmley BS30 8XT, just off the A4174 Avon Ring Road (Cadbury Heath exit).

Buses 42, 43 and 319 stop nearby.

Enjoy free parking, toilets, refreshments and a book and gift shop.

  • Phone: 0117 960 5664
  • Website www.kingswoodmuseum.org.uk
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Opening Hours

The Museum is open from April to November, every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday 2-5pm.

Kingswood Heritage Museum

We are always pleased to entertain group visits from schools and local societies, and refreshments can be provided.

Interested parties should make contact via email to or by telephone at 0117 960 5664.

The Museum is also open to individual visitors, on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, and on Bank Holiday weekends (including Mondays) from 11.00am to 5.00pm, when the grotto and gardens are also open.

The Museum is closed December to March inclusive.

Latest News

Alveston comes to Kingswood

Recent visitors to Kingswood Heritage Museum have included members of Alveston Local History Society.

Kingswood Heritage Museum

They saw the newly refurbished exhibits at the museum, including the special display “Methodism: the Kingswood Connection”.

The Museum is housed in the 18th century Champion Brass Works at Warmley, and sets out the story of the area from pre-history to the 20th century. It is home to an exhibit featuring the world famous Douglas motorcycles, built not far from the Museum.

Tim Swan, Chair of the Alveston LHS, said: “Our group thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Museum, which is full of fascinating echoes of the past. We would recommend it to everyone.”

Val Jeanes, Museum Administrator, said: “We are always pleased to entertain group visits from schools and local societies, and refreshments can be provided. Interested parties should make contact via email to or by telephone at 0117 960 5664”.

Douglas bikes roar again!

A regular feature of the Spring (end of May) Bank Holiday is the Douglas Motorbike Rally and Cavalcade, attracting Douglas motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country.

Kingswood Heritage Museum

Come along to see dozens of vintage motorcycles, talk to their riders/owners and watch as they move off on the Sunday at 12 noon to ride the old factory test route.

The world famous Douglas bikes were built in Kingswood from 1907 to 1957. Some 25,000 were constructed for military use in the First World War.

Kingswood Heritage Museum has a major exhibit featuring the marque, including one of the machines designed for war time despatch riders. The bikes were regular winners of the Isle of Man TT races.

Bill Douglas, great grandson of the founders of the firm, said: “It is always a stirring sight to see the bikes in action, and we expect a big turnout around the area to watch the cavalcade”.

The line up opens at 1100am, and the run - along one of the former bike testing circuits via the Chew Valley - begins at noon.

About the Centre

Kingswood Heritage Museum is based in the Brassworks built by William Champion, an 18th Century Quaker industrialist, with Warmley Historic Gardens alongside.

Come inside to...

Kingswood Heritage Museum

  • Step inside the Windmill Tower
  • Scramble through the mock-up of a mine
  • Discover why methodism began in Kingswood
  • Find out about the Victorian Age
  • See life through World War II
  • Remember the 50s
  • Learn about the local boot and shoe-making industry
  • Read about local Heroes and Villains
  • Visit Kingswood's own Douglas Motorcycle display

Become a Friend

Kingswood Heritage Museum welcomes friends and volunteers to support a wide range of activities.

Friends get free admission to all events and receive a newsletter with event details.

Meetings are held at the Museum on the second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 7.30pm to plan fundraising and work co-ordination.

If you would like to help with displays or events, or would like to join the Friends Scheme, please get in touch.

Brass Works Theatre

The Brass Works Theatre was created by Kingswood-born playwright and actor Adrian Harris.

This ground-breaking project, which is the only professional theatre and arts space in South Gloucestershire, is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and South Gloucestershire Council. Located above the Kingswood Heritage Museum, it presents a cultural hub for the community of South Gloucestershire.

Adrian began his working life as a mechanic but later trained in London as a professional actor. However, his love of his home town meant he returned to South Gloucestershire and has established a successful career as an actor and playwright with a growing national reputation.

When researching venues, he immediately saw the potential of this space in the museum, which stands on the site the old brass factory. After an arduous but astounding journey to create a theatre out of this blank canvas, the Brass Works Theatre opened its doors in July 2012.







Forthcoming events

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