It can sometimes be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit, but I can guarantee you that this year the Barn has something to light the festive spark in everyone.
Throughout the year, the Barn gives a wide variety of people the chance to discover new skills, and find their inner creative soul through workshops with fabulous artists. Fenneke Wolters-Sinke is well known for her imaginative and accessible artistic style, which she will be sharing in a special workshop on Monday 4 December. Using scraps of beautiful fabric and paper, you will create a gorgeous upcycled Christmas wreath, perfect for your conscience and the zeitgeist.
If your focus is on keeping small people entertained, then make sure that Saturday 9 December is in your diary. There is a free, all ages, penguin-themed craft session on from 11am, followed by a showing of Happy Feet at 2pm, and a family ticket for the film is only £9, so why not spoil yourselves with a hot chocolate and a freshly baked cheese muffin from Buchanans afterwards?
Emily Smith’s Songs for Christmas concert on Sunday the 10 December will warm the cockles of the most festivity-phobic heart. Her gorgeous voices blends with music from multi-instrumentalists Anna Massie and Jamie McClennan, to create inspiring and uplifting Christmas folk songs. In a line from one of her songs, Emily exhorts us to ‘make the time and beat the rush’, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening in December.
If a trip to the flicks is your tradition at Yuletide, then there are two screenings of favourite romcom The Holiday on Wednesday 13 December. Join Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black at either the 7.30pm evening showing, or the baby-friendly screening at 1pm. What could be finer than a lovely brisk walk up to the Barn with the buggy for a cosy lunch followed by a film? Whatever you choose, do book your tickets soon as festive events are already selling out.