Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed?
Assistance dogs only are allowed in all areas. Small dogs that can be carried are allowed in the shop and dogs are welcome in the courtyard. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the café and crafts areas.

Is there any dog walks around the area?
Yes, we offer three dog walks all starting at the barn. We have directions available that are free and can be obtained from our shop when it is open for ‘Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn’.

Is there wheelchair access?
Yes, all parts of the barn are accessible to wheelchairs except some parts of the Christmas tree display area which have a gravel surface.

Do you have toilets?
Yes, we have full toilet facilities including an accessible toilet and two baby changing units.

Do you have baby changing facilities?
Yes, we do. We have one in the accessible toilet and another in one of our ladies’ toilets.

How old is the Barn?
The barn is thought to have been built in about 1550 based on the timber joints, however, there is no documentary evidence to corroborate this.

Are you open all year?
No, only for individual events which you can see on our website.

Do you do weddings?
Weddings happen at the barn each year from 1 June until 31 August. Visit

What postcode do I use to find the barn on SatNav?
IP30 9HZ

How long does it take to get to the barn from London?
The journey time will vary of course depending on which part of London you are setting off from and the traffic conditions on the day. However, if you are starting from the beginning of the M11, the journey to us on a clear run is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Does the barn have heating?
Yes but it varies in different parts of the complex of buildings. The toilets have underfloor heating, the shop, café and the long barn have gas heating and the thatched barn has radiant electric heaters.

What was the barn used for originally?
It was built as a threshing barn where the grain was beaten from the ears with flails.

Is there any public transport to Blackthorpe Barn?
Yes, there is a bus service which stops at the end of the barn avenue, running from Monday to Saturday. It is the 386 Stowmarket, Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds service. The stop you need is No 12 White House Rougham. Visit

For rail use Thurston Station which is on the Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich line. There is a walk of 40 minutes to reach the barn by this method.

How long have you been putting on events at Blackthorpe Barn?
Since 1991.