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Festive first for Rougham barn visitors




Storytelling with Hatty Ashton
Storytelling with Hatty Ashton

Festive storytelling, magic tricks and fun goings on brought hundreds of families to Blackthorpe Barn last weekend.

The Rougham-based barn held its first ever kids’ Christmas mini-festival as a special treat for youngsters, especially those who had not able to visit its popular Santa’s Grotto.

Cooper Flurrie (4) dancing in the snow during the magic show
Cooper Flurrie (4) dancing in the snow during the magic show

Organised by George Agnew and Adrian White, the two-day event saw award-winning children’s entertainer Gemma Raymond host four shows while Hatty Ashton, who is originally from Bury St Edmunds, impressed with eight performances.

Mr Agnew said Gemma ‘absolutely charmed the children’ and Hatty’s telling of Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, of which he only missed one, were ‘really special’.

“It was a great success and we definitely want to do it again next year,” he said.

Other attractions included face painting, a treasure hunt and an ice cream factory, run by the barn’s caterers, where children could put as many toppings as possible on top of their desserts.

Christmas magic show with Gemma Raymond
Christmas magic show with Gemma Raymond

Mr Agnew said: “The question is what story can we do next year and can we have the same magician or do we need several magicians. How can we expand on this obviously winning formula?”

For more on the barn, visit www.blackthorpebarn.com

Face painting with Pauline White and Millie Crawford (2)
Face painting with Pauline White and Millie Crawford (2)


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