Now a firm favourite on the village calendar, the Christmas Tree Festival is a fabulous festive event. Barnaby’s is pleased to support it with special extended opening hours and some yummy festive offers.
We’ll be open all day on Saturday, through to 4pm. At lunchtime, we will be serving a choice of warm carrot & coriander soup or tomato & basil, both served with a freshly-baked bread roll for just £3.50. Our gingerbread latte & gingerbread man offer has already been very popular, and now there’s a cranberry & pistachio biscotti to enjoy too!
If you are planning to be in the village on Saturday, come and have lunch with us before you enjoy the Christmas tree display, or pop in during the afternoon for a cuppa.
Many of the cakes and scones you enjoy in Barnaby’s come from our amazing friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. We regularly receive great comments about the things these ladies do for Barnaby’s and you’ll often find one of them – the lovely Jane Taylor – behind the counter on a Saturday morning!
Bishops Waltham Country Market are making the most of celebrating 70 years serving the community with two events. The first was in Bishops Waltham earlier this month, and the next will be in Swanmore on Saturday 21st July. So pop your 1940’s glad rags on and head over to the Paterson Centre (next to Barnaby’s) where you’ll find all their usual market goodies!
Head over to facebook.com/bishopswalthamcountrymarket for more information and contact details.
The Swanmore Village Fête is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village event, where you can expect to find lots of fun and excitement! It is run by the Meon Valley Lions Club, who last year celebrated their Centennial. Gates open at 1230 on Saturday.
This year, you’ll find live music from Contraband, Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band, as well as the Birnie Boozle Band. The organisers are delighted to have the Haven Falconry display team agree to come and put on a show in the main arena. Kristian Bediiako will be running a series of Djembe drum workshops every half hour during the afternoon. If you want to get into the rhythm he’ll show you how – children and adults can take part. There will be classic cars and bikes on display, plus over 40 stalls, coconut shy, beat-the-goalie, games and rides and oodles of yummy things to eat and drink.
Barnaby’s will be open from 10am to 1pm as usual, to ensure you get your morning coffee fix before heading down to enjoy the events on offer. See all the photos from last year, click here.
Our fabulous ‘popup’ coffee shop will be back at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) on Saturday 21st July in support of the Great British Tennis Weekend. This is your opportunity to try tennis for free, so the SLTC will throw open it’s doors to everyone who wants to come and have a go!
We’ll be there with yummy homemade cakes and delicious coffee, alongside our friends from JT Sports in Wickham who can advise on kit, or even re-string your old racket!
The event kicks off at 10am. Pre-book a slot if you wish to at goo.gl/HYWGvv, or just turn up on the day! See you there.
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April, a number of gardens in Swanmore will open their doors to visitors from all over Hampshire. This annual event has become a must-do for those who wish to enjoy the best of the spring blooms. It starts and finishes outside Barnaby’s, there is plenty of free of parking opposite, and a shuttle bus will take you from garden to garden should you not fancy stretching your legs. Full details can be found at barnabys.coffee/opengardens2018.
In support of the event, Barnaby’s will be open on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Our huge thanks go to the volunteers who have offered to come in and serve tea, coffee and yummy homemade cake to Open Gardens visitors.
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod on Thursday.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd at his court in Cardigan. He invited poets and musicians from all over Wales, and a seat at his top table was awarded to the best of them – a tradition that prevails in the modern day Eisteddfod.
We won’t be going that far, but there will be daffodils, rousing Welsh hymns and a lot of Welsh cakes on offer! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau actually means!
The birthday of Scotlands finest poet – Robbie Burns – rarely passes quietly. To celebrate the occasion, Scotsmen tend to celebrate the bards’ contribution to Scottish culture by singing his most famous song “Auld Lang Syne” and munching large helpings of haggis. Find out more about other Burns Night traditions here, and catch photos of last years event here.
This week, Scotland comes to Barnaby’s. Come along and enjoy a stirring blend of kilts, ginger beards, rousing bagpipes, and an awful lot of shortbread. Meanwhile, you can click here to start learning the words you’ll need when addressing your own haggis on Burns Night itself – Thursday 25th.
Details of the forthcoming Swanmore Open Gardens event have been confirmed – a much-anticipated event that we are greatly looking forward to having back on our doorstep.
This year, the organisers tell us that anticipate participating gardens vary from small intimate village gardens, to large country house gardens. Amongst the old favourites will be one or two that have not been open recently and all have, of course, changed as the years have passed. Many of the gardens are within easy walking distance of Barnaby’s, giving you a lovely days walk of around 5 miles.
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April
Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July
Open from 1pm to 5pm
Available from 1230 on the day at £6 from outside Barnaby’s
Includes hop-on-hop-off minibus
Free entry for accompanied children (14 years and under)
Proceeds shared with Rowans Hospice and St.Barnabas Church.
Follow the Open Gardens arrows from the A32 or B2177
Free parking opposite Barnaby’s, Swanmore, SO32 2PA
There will be the opportunity to purchase plants at many of the gardens. The plant crèche will ensure you avoid the need to carry them around, so just give your purchases to your driver and collect them again at the end of the day.
Without our amazing volunteers, and without you, Barnaby’s would not exist. So the occasion of our third birthday is something to be celebrated! So that is exactly what we are planning.
At midday on Saturday 14th October, we will celebrate Barnaby’s 3rd birthday with a large amount of cake (we like cake). Throughout the week, there will be a load of images from the past 3 years on the big screen, and we’ll be raising money to support the St.George Foundation, currently tasked with a number of challenges in Sierra Leone following recent floods.
The annual Open Gardens event is a celebration of some stunning village gardens. A much anticipated occasion, with some new gardens joining us for the first time in 2017. There is free parking opposite Barnaby’s in Swanmore, and our shuttle bus will run you out to all the gardens. The “Plant Creche” will ensure we’ll look after any purchases while you visit other gardens.
Start/finish is outside Barnaby’s between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
NEW FOR 2017 is the Troll Hunt for our younger visitors! Trolls will be hiding in and around the village and each will give you a clue to the whereabouts of hidden treasure! Just get Mum, Dad, Auntie, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa to bring you along on Saturday at 1pm to find out where the Trolls are hiding. Solve the puzzle and find the treasure. Have fun!