Art and Craft at Blackthorpe Barn
Centre for showing and learning art and craft near Bury St Edmunds
Blackthorpe Barn is a thriving centre for art and craft enthusiasts, providing a vibrant platform for local and regional talent. The Barn hosts inspiring exhibitions, transforming its space into a dynamic gallery to showcase a diverse range of artistic expressions.
Commitment to the arts extends beyond exhibitions, encompassing hands-on workshops taught by experienced tutors as well as the renowned Arts and Crafts Fair in November and December, attracting talented makers from around the country.
Come and discover the art of a traditional craft, perhaps for pure pleasure or to satisfy your creative aspirations. Take part in our in-person workshops at Blackthorpe Barn, where learning a new craft is a perfect stress-relieving remedy.
Led by skilled and artistic professionals, each workshop offers a delightful and relaxing learning experience in our rural Suffolk setting.
Willow Weaving Workshop: Simple Basket with handle
Date: 16th Mar
Come and make your own willow basket at this full-day workshop; perfect for picking those gorgeous spring flowers.
Fused Glass Workshops: Three Flowers
Date: 23rd Mar
Learn the fascinating core skills of glass fusing while making three beautiful flowers
Dried Flower Workshops: Spring Wreath
Date: 5th Apr
Make your home look wonderful with this dried flower wreath that you made yourself!
Willow Weaving Workshops: Decorative Flower
Date: 6th Apr
Learn something new – make your own beautiful decorative flower from willow in this half-day workshop
Steam-bending Wood Workshops: Hanging Planter
Date: 13th Apr
Try your hand at steam-bending wood whilst making this stylish indoor hanging planter
Arts and Crafts Fair
For over 30 years the Arts and Crafts Fair has been held at Blackthorpe Barn
- featuring textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalware, woodwork, beauty products, leather items, jewellery, basketry, food and much more
- held over 5 weekends during November and December
- showcasing some of the country’s most talented artists and craft-makers
- makers specifically chosen to ensure quality and a wide range of crafts
- each weekend features a new mix of creators and artists
The exhibitions at Blackthorpe Barn showcase a range of artistic disciplines, from contemporary pieces to traditional art forms, creating an inspirational and enriching experience for visitors.
The old thatched barn provides a unique location for both established and emerging artists, fostering a vibrant artistic community. The carefully curated exhibitions not only celebrate the beauty of art but also contribute to the cultural enrichment of the community, making Blackthorpe Barn a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts.
Where to find us
Plenty of free parking on site
Disabled access available
This is a rural location and paths can be muddy
Please Note: The car parks close when Roots Café closes and the entrance gates are locked after this time
Blackthorpe Barn is situated just south of Junction 45 of the A14, three miles east of Bury St Edmunds, in the village of Rougham.
Look out for the entrance gates to a long tree-lined avenue at the White House junction, with the Barn on the right of the avenue.
Blackthorpe Barn’s black and white signs direct visitors from local roads.
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