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 (www.ip-art.com).

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




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.