Blackthorpe Barn’s 21st Birthday at Christmas!

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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 just outside Bury St Edmunds, as it opens its doors for the 21st time and invites everyone to their famous Christmas shop and, not to be missed, craft event. Every November and December, the historic barn is quite literally transformed into a Christmas and craft lovers delight, attracting visitors from across the country. From the outside it is just an attractive barn, an old threshing barn dating back to 1550 in fact. But, as you open the doors prepare yourself for a inspiring ‘goose bump’ experience.

The Christmas Shop is, as it suggests, a haven for everything Christmassy from special gifts, baubles and decorations to lighting and gift wrap. However, as the Christmas event at Blackthorpe Barn simply oozes with sophistication, wherever you look you will be amazed by the pure creativity and attention to detail dedicated to each decoration, with themes such as Frosty Forest, Jewelled Xmas, Nordic Heartland and Home Sweet Home. Each theme offers an elegance of its own with a stunning collection of individual pieces that can be used as an exclusive colour palette or mixed and matched to create your own blend of unique Christmas delights. Plus, with gifts galore to indulge yourself in, you can choose that perfect, yet slightly different present.


Another of Blackthorpe Barn’s ‘must sees’ is the Best of British Crafts. Every weekend there are over 60 exhibitors offering a wonderful mix of fabulous crafts including; elegantly hand decorated glassware, stunning ceramics and intricately designed jewellery through to gorgeous handbags and clothing, striking sculpture and distinctive wooden creations and so much mmore. The fabulous collections are 100% British and all beautifully handcrafted by the exhibitors themselves, this is strict criteria for the crafts people and that’s why visiting Blackthorpe Barn delivers such a one-off experience. As you wander through the oak beamed barn, prepare yourself for an ultimate craft extravaganza; 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, perfect for providing inspiration for gifts or to simply take the plunge and treat yourself.

To complete preparations for Christmas many visitors also choose their perfect Christmas Tree directly from Rougham Estate where the Barn is situated. Trees from the Estate are famous for their quality and longevity, having been carefully nurtured throughout the year by the previous winners of the ‘British Christmas Tree Grower of the Year’ award, the Estate has also supplied 10 Downing Street on numerous occasions.

Within the barn are also two cafes, offering gorgeous handmade cakes, snacks and refreshments, providing the perfect opportunity to take a break from browsing.

For the children, there is something really special; not only are Santa’s reindeer visiting, but Santa himself will be in his brand new grotto every weekend. Children have the opportunity to meet him face-to-face and receive a pre-Christmas gift (if they have been good!).

George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham Estate adds, âہ“I can’t believe how quickly our 21st birthday has come around, we are delighted. Every year we work hard to enhance the Blackthorpe Barn Christmas experience even more, and this year is no exception. We have sourced even more beautiful gifts, decorations and lighting for our Christmas Shop, have the addition of a winter wonderland that houses Santa’s grotto for the children, and craft lovers will be amazed at the talented crafts people who will showing their truly impressive and one-off masterpieces. It is true to say this year we have sprinkled more Christmas sparkle than ever before.â€Â

Blackthorpe Barn is near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the main A14 road at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ).

For more information see or call 01359 270880

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