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Snuggled in the heart of Rougham Estate just outside Bury St Edmunds, historic Blackthorpe Barn is home to a Christmas festival that ignites the Christmas spirit for thousands every year, and this year the craft event is 30 years old.

The weekend crafts showcase the amazing work of some of the country’s most talented artists and craft-makers. They open on 6 November for six weekends on the lead up to Christmas and offer the perfect solution for extra special gifts and treats for loved ones.

One strict rule for the craft event, is that the actual craft-makers must be present to chat with the visitors to share their inspiration, and this year the talent and creativity is bubbling over with the excitement of the return to a face-to-face love of crafts. Visitors can enjoy woven and knitwear designs and textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalware, wood creations, natural beauty products, leather items, jewellery, books, baskets, tasty treats and so much more. Many exhibitors change each weekend so there are new crafts to be explored each visit.

Numbers into the crafts at any one time are being limited and monitored. Single or season tickets can be purchased online with dates and entry time slots allocated, or you can buy them at the door, however you may incur a small wait depending on visitor numbers at the time. Full details are on the website.

In addition to the wonderful crafts, the Christmas shop is open everyday until 22 December. Here you can find everything you need to make your Christmas extra special this year, from decorations, wreaths, aromatics and wrap to wonderful gifts for all. With everything beautifully displayed 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.

For the icing on the cake this Christmas, a famous Rougham Estate Christmas Tree would 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, each tree comes with a care guide created by Simon Eddell the Rougham Estate Manager, this is to ensure continued care to for longevity over the festive period.

To enjoy a break from all the festivities, Liz Furness of Karat Catering is also running the ever popular and extended Courtyard Café. Open daily in a magnificent, heated marquee, the Café is serving tasty treats and refreshments. It’s perfect for a little pre-Christmas indulgence and there is plenty of choice for vegetarians, vegans and those with food intolerances.

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 https://www.blackthorpebarn.com/christmas/.