Barnsgate’s Craft Fair 2018

Barnsgate Craft Fair

We are happy to announce that the date of our next craft fair will be on the Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 28th May

The Craft Fair will again be held in our Ashdown Restaurant Suite and our Museum Barn. We are taking stall holder bookings as of today and there is limited availability. We try to keep crafts exclusive to each stall holder so if you are not able to get a stall, we are happy to put you on our waiting list. However, it may be because someone has already booked a stall doing the same craft.

As always, stall holders will have free tea & coffee available throughout the day as well as access to buy hot food and snacks. Our restaurant will also be open to browsers. We will again be opening the door for stall holders at 8 am and the doors will be open to customers from 10 am – 4 pm with free entry.

Book Your Stall

If you would like to book a stall, you can contact us through our website using this link. Or alternatively, you can call me on 01825 713 366 or email info@barnsgate.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully making this the best craft fair yet!

 

 

2017 Review – Barnsgate Manor

Wedding

2017 Has been another smashing year for Barnsgate Manor. We have had our ups and downs, celebrations and send-offs… but we have been introduced to many new people and changes which we believe will lead to many more changes in 2018!

Weddings

Everyone loves a love story. At Barnsgate Manor we are very happy to say that we have hosted 25 different weddings last year. Each one was so unique and special in their own way. We’ve had people arriving by horse and cart and having “cheese-cakes“… It’s an event that is so special to be a part of. From the Weddingsinitial introduction right through to the first dance and beyond. The big day is special, but the excitement and the preparations play a huge part too.

It’s always lovely to hear that we’ve done well and even better to see people turn up to other events after they have had their wedding here. We’ve already taken a few bookings for this year that we are excited to work with this year’s couples on and there has been an influx of wedding inquiries over the Christmas period (very romantic! congratulations!) So we are hoping to be a part in a chapter for many more happy couple’s love stories this year!

For more information, you can visit our wedding page.

A New Website

We have updated our website! A lot of you have been putting it to good use with your bookings and inquiries and it’s nice to be able to keep all our information up-to-date and available for you to see. Obviously, we have our blog post section now so that we are able to keep you in the know about what we’ve been up to and announce any upcoming events and we also have our ever-changing restaurant menu up for you all to see.

So far we have had over 14,000 visitors since September so it’s really nice to see a good response to the website and knowing people are able to interact with it. If you do have any feedback on improvements to our website, however, we would love to hear!

Craft Fairs

Craft FairWe have had three craft fairs here last year. They had died out at Barnsgate in recent times but since 2016 we have had a bit of a “revival”. They have gone down as a smash hit with plenty of stalls and plenty of browsers! I’m glad they have made a comeback as the Ashdown and the Museum really make the perfect venue for a craft fair and they have been well received each time. We have yet to announce the dates for 2018 but we are looking forward to them being even bigger and better this year!

Menu

For those of you who join us regularly, you may be aware of our ever-changing menu and our want of trying out new recipes for you to enjoy! We have had hundreds of different plates for our guests to try. Here are some we wanted to share:

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of ExcellenceWe worked very hard last year to make some changes to be the best we can be and judging by our TripAdvisor page, it looks like you appreciated it! We’re so grateful to all those of you who have joined us at Barnsgate last year and every review does make a huge amount of difference. Good reviews help us and our reptutation, negative reviews tell us what we need to fix to be better. It’s nice to see the good outweigh the bad with our Certificate of Excellence so we will continue as we are and aim to keep delivering the service you expect!

2018

We had a very productive year last year. 2018 is already filling up with bookings so we are looking to repeat our success – if not improve upon – from last year. We all have our New Years Resolutions and things we want to achieve so let’s see if we can make 2018 the best one yet. We would love to hear about your resolutions!

If you want to join us this year for lunch or a function. You can contact us through here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Have a very happy, successful and healthy 2018 all!

Wedding Photographs – Shepherd Photography

Wedding

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.

http://www.nshepherdphotography.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NShepherdPhotography

And of course, we wish Jessica and Thomas a lifetime of love and happiness together. Congratulations to you both!

Lola the VW Campervan

Wedding Ideas

Struggling for wedding ideas and inspiration? You may remember I mentioned in my Top Ten Ways to Arrive In Style On Your Wedding Day post that I suggested a campervan would be a very stylish and impressive way to arrive.

Roll on Lola the VW Campervan…

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:

http://www.lolathevwcampervan.co.uk/

If you would like more information regarding Barnsgate Manor as a wedding venue, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

A Brief History of Barnsgate Manor

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Barnsgate Manor house has been around for 500 years. The Ashdown Forest used to be a Royal Hunting Ground and home to deer which could only be hunted by members of the Royal Family. In order to keep the deer in, the Ashdown Forest was surrounded by a ditch and bank (the soil from the ditch used to make up the bank)220px-Ashdown_Forest_from_Standen that was called “The Pale”. The “common” people were allowed to let their animals graze on the forest, but could only gain entry via one of 32 Gates and Hatches that made up the Old Forest Pale. Originally, Barnsgate was one of the Gates onto the Ashdown Forest. It was also a farm.

In the 1970s the German, family-run, Wine Company PIEROTH utilised the site as an outlet for their wines.

The current owner purchased the vineyard in 1989 as a retirement venue. Barnsgate Manor is a venue steeped in history providing jobs and experience to members of the local communities and serving our customer’s great food in a splendid setting.

You can book a table at our manor house restaurant through this link

22/04/2017 – RAF Air Cadets Annual Meal

A lot of effort went into the presentation of our Ashdown Restaurant function suite. Throughout the day members were hanging banners, arranging tables and making sure it was going to be a night to remember.

IMG_1631[1]Guests were able to mingle in our function suite as well as on our balcony while enjoying the views of the south downs (due to the weather being permitting of course!) before sitting down to a three-course meal from a set menu prepared for the evening.

The RAF Air Cadets do a lot of work to support the Royal Air Forces Association which is a charity set up to support families of RAF members through every stage of their life. They provide help by participating in exhibitions, helping less mobile, older members and joining in line ups at formal parades to point out a few examples.

Their work is valued and appreciated. The RAF offers two awards for their participation. Flying Scholarships and their rafa YOUTH Cyprus Award to help further their career opportunities within the RAF. I feel this highlights what a wonderful organisation the RAF Air Cadets really is. IMG_1630[1]

You can find more information on the RAF Air Cadets here: https://www.rafa.org.uk/what-we-do/air-cadets/         Crowborough Squadron 1414

We hope you enjoyed your evening with us. It was a pleasure to be your host and we hope to see you again soon!

@BarnsgateManor