Tickets are £15 and you can download the booking form here. Tomfooleryltr Clopton Jul 2012

The Barn is turning into a theatre for 2 nights – Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September so save the dates and don’t miss out. We’re proud to be supporting the Frinton summer theatre company and mtp productions in their regional tour.

We last worked with Matthew Townshend of mtp productions when they rehearsed at the Barn before opening their wonderful show Ipso Facto at the Aldeburgh Spring Festival last year.

Matthew rehearsing Ipso Facto at the Barn




This time we are on the official list of venues for the summer tour visiting theatres and performance spaces throughout the region and beyond.

For the show we will have the gardens open from 5.30pm, and they are looking fabulous (the upside of all this rain!), you can bring a picnic, and we do have lots of covered space if it happens to be inclement. We will also have the fantastic pop up bar Cellar 27 here with their terrific selection of drinks available before the performance and during the interval. So get a group together and come and enjoy a fabulous evening in a glorious setting.

picnic on the lawn

the knot garden


From the songs of Tom Lehrer, adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray
A celebration of the genius of Tom Lehrer; an evening of subtle humorous delights. Four actors, stools, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude are all you need to enter this witty, wicked, offbeat and thoroughly twisted world. The Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical but good-humoured attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scouts and, of course, mathematics. Nothing is sacred in this hysterical revue featuring such Lehrer favourites as “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “When You Are Old And Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler,” “The Vatican Rag” and an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the table of elements, linked together with his own inimitable concert patter.





We’re getting very excited about our first Open Day and Wedding Fair coming up on Sunday 27th May. Visitors will be able to view the Barn and our courtyard reception area at leisure, and we will have a wonderful selection of local wedding orientated businesses here, all offering something special to help you plan your celebration.

The Barn Wedding Fair            

Sunday May 27th, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Off road parking, free admission




It’s going to be a great opportunity to visit a very special wedding venue, and talk to our exhibitors. Including:

The Decorated Cake Company 

Naomi’s Cupcakes

Simply Elegant Stationery

Ross Dean Photographer

Events Couture bespoke wedding planners

Vintage Occasions Themed Weddings

Table Angels fabulous chair covers

Caroline Gould Personal Wedding Planner

Sara Thomas Photographer

Clare Perkins Couture Wedding Gowns


Together with Cellar 27 with their fab pop up bar offering taster samples, The Beauty House giving away mini manicures, delicious morsels of wedding cakes and cupcakes, and The Barn venue hire wedding information to take away with you.

Plus we will be offering a special discount for couples who book for a 2012 date at the Fair!





Open Day and Wedding Fair

Great excitement – we are opening the Barn for the day for our first Wedding Fair – come and see us at the end of May

Sunday 27th May 10.00am to 4.00pm

Come and be inspired –  decorations and dresses, cakes and champagne, limos and luxury


A late summer wedding party

“The Barn could not have been a more perfect venue for our wedding reception. We wanted a venue that was beautiful, different, and allowed us to have the wedding we wanted. The barn itself is a stunning beamed building with need for little decoration and floor to ceiling windows. We chose to have the DJ on the gallery leaving plenty of space for 10 tables. The covered courtyard made for a fantastic welcome drinks, bar and buffet area and although we were very lucky with the weather it would still have worked perfectly if it had rained. The icing on the cake for us was the Hayloft, where we stayed for our wedding night – a perfect venue for the perfect wedding day”

Nina and Aaron

September 3rd 2011 was a glorious late summer’s day for Nina and Aaron’s wedding party at the Barn,  and the party arrived from Church to an enticing welcome ………..

The kissing booth


The kissing booth was open for business from the start, and in the glorious early September sunshine little excuse for romantic behaviour was needed. The booth was built by the groom himself, and the candyfloss theme worked perfectly throughout.


Guests enjoyed drinks in the courtyard before going through to the Barn for the wedding breakfast.

A tantalising glimpse through the roses

Looking through the Barn door


And down from the balcony

Birds eye view


Wigs, Corsets and a Wet Nose

The wet nose belongs to the house labrador at Clopton barn and the wigs and corsets came with the showcase of ‘Ipso Facto’, a new musical play based on a Henry Fielding original, which rehearsed here in April 2010.

Traditional Suffolk barns make great perfomance spaces but these buildings have been transformed by owner Jane Stevensen into something very special.

Light pours in to the main space through a huge glazed (and insulated) entrance, the acoustics are good, there is cosy underfloor heating, courtyard space outside in which to run through lines or just take a much neeed coffee break, a kitchen area, toilets, parking and even a minstrels gallery.

For our purposes it was a perfect solution; the costume designer could live ‘above the shop’ in the equally smart hayloft conversion and when Jane offered use of the adjacent old chapel, no less, as the production wardrobe, we felt we had really taken over.

Highly recommended as a quality and practical working space for artists, musicians and actors. Dancers will need a harlequin floor or equivalent over the – very expensive – stone!


Blackberry time already

A week of occasional flashes of hot sun but there’s been some torrential rain and with the wind starting to blow leaves around it’s already feeling autumnal, not like mid-August at all. However, there is an upside; the hedgerows that line our footpaths are full of bounty – damsons, sloes and the best blackberry harvest for years. 

The daily dog walk is now a foraging expedition; and much in mind are next month’s events in the Barn, including the world’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support – so some homemade Barn produce will help the fund-raising along. Put Friday 30th September in your diary now, and come along to the barn for coffee, cake and blackberry jam.

Blackberry picking by Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full,
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's.

We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn't fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not.




A creative space

Book clubs, reading groups, creative writing workshops – the Barn is the perfect place to nurture and develop ideas. With its tranquil atmosphere and flexible space it’s an inspiring location. Groups can work together in the light-filled barn itself, and on the upper level there’s the book lined gallery providing a more intimate setting for developing ideas or working independently.

The Knot Garden

Finding a good place to write is a very personal thing; for Virginia Woolf it was of course a room of of her own, J K Rowling chose a busy cafe, Thomas Mann needed a wicker chair by the sea. Here at the Barn there’s not only the interior space with all it has to offer, but also wonderful gardens where you will come across benches and seats in shady corners and sunny spots, perhaps beside a quiet pool or in the Elizabethan knot garden, providing a place to sit and contemplate, to nurture the muse and find inspiration.

Literary festivals and author events are popping up everywhere – Suffolk of course has its own annual Aldeburgh Literary Festival in March each year, and the Ip-Art Festival is currently in full swing with all sorts of writers events and showcasing its prestigious New Angle Literary Award which focuses on writing inspired by East Anglia. This year’s shortlisted authors include Ronald Blythe, Maggi Hambling and Blake Morrison (

The Barn is a superb venue for all things creative; why not book it for your next gathering?




Summer in Suffolk

After a wonderful warm few months the gardens are looking fabulous, with the rosesOne of the mixed borders at their most spectacular. However, April showers seem to have arrived in mid-June, just as the al fresco season of events is really getting underway – typical! But for those looking to escape to the country for a few days our Hayloft is the perfect place for a romantic break; you are tucked away with perfect privacy in a chic loft-style space with bird song the only noise to disturb you. Have a look at the website, check your diary, and come and enjoy summer in Suffolk.

To whet your appetite just a few of the events taking place include the world renowned Aldeburgh Music Festival, well underway for this year and running until 26th June –; the Ipswich Arts festival 24th June-10th July showcasing visual and performing arts, literary events, and music for all tastes –; and of course Latitude 14th-17th July – much more than just a music festival with something for everyone, from the Radio 4 tent and the Archers to KT Tunstall and Paolo Nutini via top stand up acts, poetry readings, film, theatre and literature gatherings –

What are you waiting for?






Another great art show with Re+new gallery

Over the weekend of 18-19 September 2010 art lovers flooded to the Barn to see a great show from the Re+new gallery in Woodbridge. The fine, dry weather was a boon, and a steady stream of visitors enjoyed the eclectic selection of work on show. Striking paintings by Dom Pattinson and Hugh Webster led you in to the main space, where paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture from a broad spectrum of both well known and up and coming artists were displayed in the stunning setting. The space was beautifully lit with natural light streaming in from the floor to ceiling glazing, and clever use of hi-tech lighting enhanced the effect.

For Geoff Witts, owner of Re+New, it was his best show yet, and we look forward to welcoming him back next year for what is becoming an annual event at the Barn.



This a wedding to remember, the barn was the perfect setting for this small intimate celebration.

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