We try to do what we can for good causes at Barnsgate but there is one cause that is especially fun and festive to participate in. That would be #ChristmasJumperDay!
What is Christmas Jumper Day?
The idea is for people to donate so they can have an excuse to put on their most awful and outrageous Christmas jumpers on the 15th December. This is a campaign that was started by Save the Children. They help to build better lives for children in third world countries by providing medication, water, clothing and more.
Christmas is a time for coming together. We eat, we cheer and we (hopefully) get to unwrap lots and lots of presents! For those of us who are a bit older, we often look back at what Christmas was like as Children. The excitement of waking up in the morning and digging out your presents. The sad reality is, however, that not all the children in the world get to experience what we do. Each day is a fight, struggling to make it through to tomorrow. That’s not a childhood. This is why the work that Save the Children is doing is so important. Not only do they provide life-saving resources for these children but they also give hope for tomorrow.
What can you do?
Here at Barnsgate, we will be adorning our most embarrassing and disastrous Christmas Jumpers. I am a bit of a scrooge myself and so I have acquired a jumper of a pug wearing a Christmas hat. It’s captioned “bah humpug” so I’m chuffed to bits with mine and I will be putting £2 in the pot to put it on at work. If you wanted to get on board, why not join us at Barnsgate wearing your own whacky winter wear and donate a couple of quid to do so? Even if it’s just to pop down for some coffee!
The Christmas Jumper team have come up with lots of other ways to make money for Save the Children too. You could host a Make & Bake sale, a naff raffle with funny, yet useless, Christmas prizes or they have office sweepstake posters. It is well worth a visit to their website, christmasjumperday.org, if you are looking for some great ideas to do your part.
Fancy a laugh at the expense of us wearing our Christmas Jumpers? Why not book a table for the 15th! It is easier than ever now that you can book online.
If you are doing something for charity, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
Sunday 5th November – Barnsgate Christmas Craft Fair
The year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye yet again. People have already started preparing for Christmas which is why we have our Christmas Craft Fair at the end of this week!
It is going to be a golden opportunity to pick up some wonderful, hand-made gifts. Crafters are coming from all over to showcase their creativity and offer you a chance to buy some of their exclusive gifts. Here are some of the crafts you can expect to find:
Different types of Jewellery
Gift Trugs and Sussex Produce
Wooden Toys and Decorations
Spa Products and Home Fragrance
Sweets, Cupcakes, Jams, Jellies, Chutneys
That’s to name just a few items! There really is going to be something for everyone. The Craft Fair is free all day long. The doors open from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday 5th November so why not pop down and have a browse? Our Manor House Restaurant will be open for Lunch as usual so you can really make a day of it. Let’s give ourselves a bit of a headstart when it comes to Christmas Pressies!
If you have been to Barnsgate recently or even passed by, you may have seen some banners advertising the NSPCC Craft Fair coming up on the 4th.
The annual craft fair has become somewhat of a tradition here at Barnsgate and it gets better and better every year. It is an ideal opportunity to pick up some early Christmas Presents and support the fantastic work of the NSPCC.
The NSPCC is the leading Charity that fights to prevent child abuse in the UK. They help children that have been abused and guide them to rebuild their lives. They protect children in the midst of abuse and are constantly searching for ways to put an end to abuse once and for all.
It is very sad to think that abuse still happens today, which is why we need to find ways to support causes such as the NSPCC. Whether it is a simple donation, campaigning or taking part in one of their many events. It all helps to create a brighter future for these children.
The NSPCC Craft Fair
So why not come and join us at the NSPCC Craft Fair on the 4th? Entrance is £2.50 towards the work of the NSPCC. Refreshments are available and there is also the annual raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs! The doors open from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and the craft fair is taking place in our Ashdown Suite and Historic Museum Barn.
If you could, we would appreciate you sharing this post with your friends. Even if you won’t be able to attend, by spreading the word we can hopefully make this the best and most successful craft fair yet! We appreciate your support.
Christmas Party Nights have been a tradition here at Barnsgate for many years now. People arrange to join us as family groups or for staff parties for a night of fun, food and festivities.
The Christmas Party nights are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights in the build-up to Christmas. Each night starts at 7 pm and includes a three-course meal, crackers, novelties, magic and a disco as well as a photobooth on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Menu for this year is as follows:
Cream of Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Herb Croutons (V)
~~ Spicy Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney (V)
~~ Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise
~~ Chicken Liver Pâté Wrapped in Parma Ham with Red Onion Chutney & Melba Toast
~~ Crab Tartlet with Watercress Salad & Lime Dressing
~~ Melon, Clementine & Pomegranate Cocktail (V)
Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey With Stuffing & Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon
~~ Slow-Braised Game in Red Wine Topped with Puff Pastry
~~ Grilled Sea Bass Fillet with Brown Shrimp Butter
~~ Baked Salmon Steak with a Herb & Lemon Crust with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce
~~ Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart with Pear Chutney (V)
~~ Aubergine with Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Compote (Vegan)
Homemade Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce
~~ Spiced Winter Fruit Salad with Cranberry Syrup & Clotted Cream
~~ Lemon Meringue Roulade with Raspberry Coulis
~~ White, Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateaux
~~ Selection of Local Cheeses with Celery, Grapes & Biscuits
Fresh Filter Coffee Or Tea
Booking Your Christmas Party Night
We provide a booking form for guests to fill out their choices so the food is delivered quickly and hassle-free.
Spaces are becoming limited very quickly. If you would like to join us for a Christmas Party Night, visit the Contact Us page to get in touch and reserve your space.
The wedding day included a three-course meal, a “Cheesecake”, a string quartet, floral arrangements and lots more. All fantastically captured by the photographers.
Technology has even taken photography a step further with aerial shots from a drone. I imagine it is pretty nerve-wracking from the photographers perspective to fly hundreds of pounds worth of kit up into the air! However, the images came out brilliantly and we have shared a few shots from the drone above.
Get in Touch for your Wedding
If you would like to get in touch with Shepherd Photography, you can get in touch with them through the links below.
I saw Lola park up yesterday at Barnsgate through my office window carrying the bride and groom. Not only is Lola a means of getting to and from the venue. She also doubles up as a photo booth for everyone throughout the event. It’s such a great touch to add to a wedding day. It is one of the most memorable days in every couple’s lives. It is these little touches that make all the difference. I’m sure the bride, groom and all the guests had great fun seeing Lola arrive yesterday. I know it brought a smile to my face!
Get in Touch
You can get in touch with Mike (Lola’s owner/business partner) through his website or Facebook page if you would like to consider them for your wedding day. You will be able to find most of the details you would need on their website: