Festive fun as Rougham barn celebrates 25 years of Christmas

A previous Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn
A previous Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn
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Visitors to Rougham’s Blackthorpe barn are in for a festive treat as it celebrates 25 years of Christmas crafts with an exhibition and a better than ever Santa’s grotto.

Celebrations got underway last weekend with the doors opening for the public to browse through festive gifts and goods.

To mark the milestone, the barn will be hosting a British Craft Celebration from November 14 to December 13, where more than 130 crafts talents will gather to offer their wares, talk to customers about their creations and give advice on how to care for their pieces.

Local food celebrity Ruth Bolton will run the barn’s popular cafe, offering a range of snacks, treats and freshly baked cakes.

Stall holders are required to meet strict criteria to take part - as it is a British craft celebration, they must live in Britain and make their own crafts. Items on offer will include sculptures, ceramics, leather, textiles, artwork and jewellery. Some of the sellers will be changed each week to give visitors variety.

Children will meet Santa himself in the barn’s nostalgic grotto, which promises to be the biggest and best yet, and visitors of all ages will be treated to a ‘magical’ winter wonderland.

A range of Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly, handmade wreaths and garlands will be available to buy from November 28.

George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn said: “We make sure there is everything everyone could possibly need to celebrate Christmas the way it’s meant to be celebrated. We love it and we know our visitors love it too.”

For more information and tickets visit www.blackthorpebarn.com