Blackthorpe Barn’s 21st Birthday at Christmas!
26th November 2011
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It’s Special Birthday Time at Blackthorpe Barn this Christmas!
This year is going to be extra special at Blackthorpe Barn, at Rougham justÂ outside Bury St Edmunds, as it opens its doors for the 21st time and invitesÂ everyone to their famous Christmas shop and, not to be missed, craft event.Â Every November and December, the historic barn is quite literallyÂ transformed into a Christmas and craft lovers delight, attracting visitorsÂ from across the country. From the outside it is just an attractive barn, anÂ old threshing barn dating back to 1550 in fact. But, as you open the doorsÂ prepare yourself for a inspiring ‘goose bump’ experience.
The Christmas Shop is, as it suggests, a haven for everything ChristmassyÂ from special gifts, baubles and decorations to lighting and gift wrap.Â However, as the Christmas event at Blackthorpe Barn simply oozes withÂ sophistication, wherever you look you will be amazed by the pure creativityÂ and attention to detail dedicated to each decoration, with themes such asÂ Frosty Forest, Jewelled Xmas, Nordic Heartland and Home Sweet Home. EachÂ theme offers an elegance of its own with a stunning collection of individualÂ pieces that can be used as an exclusive colour palette or mixed and matchedÂ to create your own blend of unique Christmas delights. Plus, with giftsÂ galore to indulge yourself in, you can choose that perfect, yet slightlyÂ different present.
Another of Blackthorpe Barn’s ‘must sees’ is the Best of British Crafts.Â Every weekend there are over 60 exhibitors offering a wonderful mix ofÂ fabulous crafts including; elegantly hand decorated glassware, stunningÂ ceramics and intricately designed jewellery through to gorgeous handbags andÂ clothing, striking sculpture and distinctive wooden creations and so much mmore. The fabulous collections are 100% British and all beautifullyÂ handcrafted by the exhibitors themselves, this is strict criteria for theÂ crafts people and that’s why visiting Blackthorpe Barn delivers such aÂ one-off experience. As you wander through the oak beamed barn, prepareÂ yourself for an ultimate craft extravaganza; you can also chat with theÂ makers or perhaps see them at work and, as many exhibitors change eachÂ weekend, there is something different to see each time you visit, perfectÂ for providing inspiration for gifts or to simply take the plunge and treatÂ yourself.
To complete preparations for Christmas many visitors also choose theirÂ perfect Christmas Tree directly from Rougham Estate where the Barn isÂ situated. Trees from the Estate are famous for their quality and longevity,Â having been carefully nurtured throughout the year by the previous winnersÂ of the ‘British Christmas Tree Grower of the Year’ award, the Estate hasÂ also supplied 10 Downing Street on numerous occasions.
Within the barn are also two cafes, offering gorgeous handmade cakes, snacksÂ and refreshments, providing the perfect opportunity to take a break fromÂ browsing.
For the children, there is something really special; not only areÂ Santa’s reindeer visiting, but Santa himself will be in his brand new grottoÂ every weekend. Children have the opportunity to meet him face-to-face andÂ receive a pre-Christmas gift (if they have been good!).
George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham Estate adds, ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can’tÂ believe how quickly our 21st birthday has come around, we are delighted.Â Every year we work hard to enhance the Blackthorpe Barn Christmas experienceÂ even more, and this year is no exception. We have sourced even moreÂ beautiful gifts, decorations and lighting for our Christmas Shop, have theÂ addition of a winter wonderland that houses Santa’s grotto for the children,Â and craft lovers will be amazed at the talented crafts people who willÂ showing their truly impressive and one-off masterpieces. It is true to sayÂ this year we have sprinkled more Christmas sparkle than ever before.ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€šÂBlackthorpe Barn is near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the main A14 roadÂ at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ).
For more information see www.blackthorpebarn.com or call 01359 270880