Every year the huge rustic doors of Blackthorpe Barn, in the heart of Suffolk, are opened to reveal a festive extravaganza with British Crafts, famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees and a sparkling Christmas event like no other.
During November and December each year the beautiful Barn is brimming with visitors looking for a unique Christmas shopping experience. The 500 year old threshing barn itself is impressive to see; however visitors can be amazed with so much more around every corner. Each weekend there are sixty stalls of truly inspiring British crafts, plus a truly impressive Country Christmas shop, bursting at the seams with decorations, gifts and everything you need to turn your home into a festive delight this Christmas.
As you enter the Barn you cannot help but be touched by the welcoming atmosphere of the British crafts, delivering a perfect mix of charm and intrigue. Meandering through the stalls visitors are delighted by the display of pure talent; each craft has been carefully chosen for the event ensuring quality and a fantastic mix of creativity from ceramics, basketware, handbags and jewellery to leather goods, textiles, sculpture and tasty food creations. The crafts are beautifully handmade by the exhibitors themselves, this is strict criteria for the crafts people and that’s why visiting Blackthorpe Barn delivers such a personal and unique experience. You can also chat with the makers or perhaps see them at work and, as many exhibitors change each weekend, there is something different to see each time you visit.
There is so much to see in the Country Christmas shop, with ideas for traditional, contemporary and beautiful one-off handmade decorations, indulgent gifts, lighting, fair trade gift wrap and so much more. The inspiring decorations are cleverly themed allowing your imagination to run away with you as you plan the festivities in your home. Themes include:
When the first snow falls the frost fairies and their animals hold their winter parade to celebrate the coming of winter. Expect to see winter squirrels and snowy owls, sparkling deer and shimmering birds.
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A wide variety of products for the home; from napkins and aprons, to cake decorations and cookie cutters. We have everything to make a house feel like home.
Full of jewelled colours, shades of jade and rich ruby red, offset by purest silver and sumptuous gold, that will dazzle in their desirability in your home.
Also Nordic and Vintage themes.
Also, within the Barn are also two cafés, offering gorgeous handmade cakes, snacks and refreshments, providing the perfect opportunity to take a break from browsing.
Outside the beautiful Barn the magic continues, there is a truly wonderful Santa's grotto. As you walk into the winter wonderland in anticipation of meeting Father Christmas himself, you can hear the wind blowing and see the snow glistening. The grotto is a haven to Christmas past and present with delightful memory joggers to awaken your own Christmas spirit, plus you might be lucky enough to see Santa’s lucky black cat. Tickets to see Santa are only available from www.blackthorpebarn.com.
Famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees are also available from the Barn having been nurtured throughout the year only metres away. Choose from a pot grown tree or freshly cut, there are many varieties to suit different tastes, however all Rougham Estate Trees are renowned for their quality and longevity. Mistletoe, holly and handmade festive wreaths and garlands are also available.
George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham Estate adds, “We are really proud of just how popular Blackthorpe Barn has become every November and December. In particular we love the fact that we attract some of the country’s most talented crafts people. There really is something for everyone whether you are looking to spread some festive cheer in your home with a gorgeous Christmas tree and stunning decorations or looking for unique gifts for friends and loved ones, visiting the Barn certainly provides a huge flash of inspiration. Our aim is to make the entire Blackthorpe Barn Christmas experience one you will absolutely love.”