An opportunity to visit the Carillon playing cabin to see the Carillonneur in action, to visit the Carillon School (Coach House) and Carillon Visitor Centre (Rest House).
The Bournville Carillon was installed by Bournville Village Trust founder, George Cadbury in 1906 and is one of the finest instruments of its kind in the world. This very rare and unusual musical instrument looks much like an organ and consists of 48 cast bronze bells, played serially to produce a melody which can be heard across the Village Green. The instrument and the carillon art are most commonly found in Belgium, Holland, France and even in the USA but are a rarity in the UK.
Regular Carillon playing times each Saturday are normally 12:00hrs and 15:00hrs for 1 hour on each occasion. On Bournville Heritage Open Day, the bells will be played at regular intervals from 10:00hrs until 16:00hrs. Demonstrations will be for shorter periods but for a longer overall duration throughout the day.
The Rest House is situated in the centre of Bournville Village Green and was paid for by the employees of Cadbury Brothers Ltd to commemorate the Silver Wedding Anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury on 19 June 1913. The design is taken from a medieval butter market in Dunster, Somerset. Inside you will find for sale an eclectic range of arts and crafts, some made locally, along with books and recordings relating to Bournville and the Carillon. Proceeds of sale are used to promote the carillon art and particularly to publicise Bournville Carillon heritage. Special events and international recitals throughout the year can be found on www.bournvillecarillon.co.uk
This is event is part of Bournville Heritage Open Day on Saturday 14th September with a chance to visit a wide array of fantastic historic sites in Bournville, the garden village created by George Cadbury – for more details visit www.bvt.org.uk.
Date & Time
Saturday 14 Sept 2019 | 10am – 4pm
Carillon – Bournville Junior School, Linden Road, Bournville, B30 1JY
Booking required. Book here.
The pool is in a public park and is accessible to wheelchair users. Boat house is wheelchair accessible.