Advertisement Feature: A winter wonderland awaits at Blackthorpe Barn
If you’re looking to sprinkle a little more festive spirit onto your Christmas preparations, there’s no better place to visit than Blackthorpe Barn, just outside Bury St Edmunds, as Velvet discovers
An unassuming medieval barn nestled in the woodlands of Rougham Estate transforms itself every year into a Christmas delight with something for everyone. There’s a Country Christmas Shop, the best of British craft weekends, famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees and festive wreaths, and craft workshops to enjoy.
The Country Christmas Shop is truly bursting at the seams with everything you need to decorate your home, and with amazing gifts for friends and family.
As you enter the shop you are greeted with a wonderful display of gorgeous decorations of all shapes, sizes, colours and materials, ranging from rustic and traditional designs, through to highly contemporary and unique designs sure to make everyone smile.
This year people are loving fun and vibrant colours when choosing their decorations, either to mix in with more traditional styles or for an entire new lively theme. Here are three of this season’s top decor trends. . .
Fruit and Nutcrackers
Winter fruits, nuts and tartan are so much a centrepiece of the traditional Christmas table. This theme is founded on rich shades of green and red with festive fruits such as pears and apples, grapes and berries focal motifs. Huge nutcracker figurines also feature strongly, with their smaller cousins arranged around. Muted colours of rose gold, shell pink, tarnished silver refresh the traditional theme and take it to a new but still reassuring place.
This fantastic garden wafts the viewer to a mystic zone where suns and moons and stars meet, and angels sing to the accompaniment of the music of the spheres. The strutting peacocks and parrots are indifferent, too busy admiring themselves. The rich jewel colours of petrol blue and purple, vibrant green and red are bound together by a dash of gold which brings warmth to this stunningly exotic theme. Jewel colours have never seemed more festive.
Seven Swans A Swimming
Noblest of birds, the majestic swan deservedly enjoys the protection of the sovereign. According to folklore, to see seven of them swimming together means good luck for the rest of the year. This traditional belief is echoed in the old Christmas carol A Partridge in a Pear Tree. This royal theme of swans in their winter white or striking black plumage celebrates the purity of icy lakes combined with frozen crystal, emerald green and gold. Half-remembered moments from the ballet Swan Lake come to life as seven swans crowned in gold, come swimming into view. This majestic bird celebrates the awe and wonder of a truly elegant Christmas.
There are also gift ranges for everyone, whether you are looking for a memory blast from the past with the nostalgic range, a little something to add festive aromas during the festive period with scented candles, amazing gift wrap with all the trimmings, table decorations, or a more ‘roll up your sleeves’ gift from the make section. The Country Christmas Shop is open every day until December 23 with some festive Friday late night shopping sessions - full details can be found at blackthorpebarn.com
Year after year visitors return to Blackthorpe Barn to add the freshest centrepiece to their festive decorations with a Rougham Estate Christmas Tree. Available from November 22, you can choose from very freshly cut to pot grown in many shapes and sizes. The trees are nurtured all year round in plantations close to the barn by Farm Manager Simon Eddell.
George Agnew, owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham Estate adds: “Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn is personal for everyone who works hard on the preparation at the barn. Our mission is to make each year the best ever and I really do believe this year is the best ever – it helps as the entire team is united in absolutely loving Christmas and thinking it is the most wonderful time of the year. We all pour our hearts and souls into the preparation, and I believe this passion really shows in everything we do. I look forward to welcoming our visitors again this year and hope they have the most wonderful festive experience.”
Blackthorpe Barn is just three miles east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ). For more information and opening times see blackthorpebarn.com
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