Celebrating Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn

Snuggled in the heart of Rougham Estate just outside Bury St Edmunds in the gorgeous countryside, historic Blackthorpe Barn is home to a Christmas event that ignites the Christmas spirit for thousands every year, and in 2021 they are celebrating 30 years

The Country Christmas shop opens on 25th October until 22 December, it has everything needed to make your Christmas extra special, from decorations, wreaths, aromatics and wrap to wonderful gifts for all. With many items handmade and everything displayed beautifully you cannot help but imagine how you could transform your home with amazing decorations and put a glorious smile on the faces of your friends and family through amazing gifts this Christmas.

Celebrating 30 years this year, the Christmas craft weekends start at the beginning of November. They showcase some of the country’s most talented artists and craft-makers. One strict rule is that the craft makers must be present at the event to chat with the visitors to share their inspiration. Visitors can enjoy woven and knitwear designs and textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalware, wood creations, natural beauty products, leather items, jewellery, books, baskets and so much more. Many exhibitors change each weekend so there are new crafts to be explored each visit.

For the icing on the cake this Christmas a famous Rougham Estate Christmas Tree could be a perfect festive centrepiece. Renowned for quality and longevity, each tree has been lovingly nurtured in plantations close to Blackthorpe Barn. Available in many shapes and sizes, freshly cut or pot grown.

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 for the various events see www.blackthorpebarn.com
2021 Event time & dates
Country Christmas Shop

Every day from Monday 25 October – Wednesday 22 December
10am – 5pm

30th Anniversary Event

A special unveiling of a 30th anniversary celebratory sculpture
Saturday 6 Nov – 10am

Crafts - Opening Times

Saturday-Sunday only
6 Nov (for this one day its starting at 10.30am)
7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 November
4-5, 11-12 December
10am – 5pm

See website (www.blackthorpebarn.com) for ticket information.

Christmas Trees & Natural Decorations

Pick Your Own Tree (reserve your perfect Christmas Tree before it is open to all)
13-14, 20-21 November
10am – 4pm

Christmas Trees

19 November – 22 December (note only Nordman Fir are available in November)
See website (www.blackthorpebarn.com) for opening times.

Christmas Workshops

On various days
See www.blackthorpebarn.com for details.

The Courtyard Café

Every day from Monday 25 October – Wednesday 22 December
10am – 4pm

Walks to Rougham Hall

See www.blackthorpebarn.com for details.

Parking and disabled access Parking is free next to the Barn, with spaces for 380 vehicles.

Blackthorpe Barn has disabled access.
Barn has disabled access.

Main photo and above photo credit Tom Soper