Barrs Yard, Bath Road, Hungerford has, for the past 12 years, been the home of Garden Art Plus Ltd, one of the country’s leading suppliers of antique and contemporary garden items.
Run by husband and wife team Travers and Katie Nettleton, they have now opened their site to other like minded artisan businesses to create a collective group of companies supplying a range of products and services all with the same ethos of high end product quality.
The Barrs Yard Artisans Collective, brings together a number of independent businesses including a deli, wine shop, fashion boutique, gardening clothing brand and art gallery which all now reside alongside Garden Art Plus’s own shop and sales yard creating a unique shopping and lifestyle destination just an hour away from London.
Travers Nettleton: “The concept behind The Barrs Yard Artisans Collective was to establish on one easily accessible site a collection of likeminded people who believe in producing the highest quality products and services and who collectively can benefit from each other and appeal to a wide variety of visitors to the yard.”
Already proving to be a huge attraction for, both local and visitors from further afield, the collective businesses run a varied number of events each month ranging from wine tastings and cookery demonstrations through to art exhibitions and special sales evenings.
A new addition to Barrs yard opened its doors for business in early July.
Marmalade, run by husband and wife team Mark & Ruth Day are well positioned in The Barn where their range of antique and up-cycled furniture is already creating a lot of interest - be sure to pop in on a regular basis, new pieces are added each week.
In the true Artisan spirit of Barrs Yard, Ruth is also a distributor for furniture paint specialists Autentico and having been trained by the company runs courses for interested parties and individuals in furniture painting. For more details contact email@example.com
Using only natural wild yeasts and slow fermenting techniques, Pascal Jolivet’s wines have gained him a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic and forward thinking wine producers. From his 95 hectares in the Loire, Pascal’s unique, young and modern approach to wine making produce marvelous results- pure and elegant wines, perfect for this time of year and now stocked right here at GrapeSmith. Specially recommended by Barnaby, The Grapesmith, are Pascal Jolivet’s 2016 Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume which represent fantastic value at only £19.80 a bottle.
Also to look forward to on the 24th August is a Craft Gin Tasting when Barnaby will be offering a very special selection of regional craft gin, accompanied by artisanal mixers - it’s sure to be popular so email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to book you’re place!
The barn at Barrs Yard has been a hive of activity recently - a very busy time of year for Wendy Lewis Flowers with weddings and a lot of summer gatherings. August sees a new delivery of baskets, these Moroccan Market Shoppers are ideal for carrying or displaying flowers as well as lovely Picnic Baskets and Wine Carriers - just perfect for the summer holidays!
Visit Wendy’s website for more details or better still visit her in The Barn at Barrs Yard!
The sale at Jax Jeans continues into August with 50% off most stock - Come down and grab a bargain!
Boxes of new season stock have now started to arrive - be amongst the first to see what they have for Autumn/Winter 2017. Lots of gorgeous 360 Cashmere and pretty tops - Jax Jeans trademarks!
Cricket Fine Art Hungerford announces its first Mixed Summer Exhibition featuring a wide selection of gallery artists
If you are looking for an abstract, figurative or a bird painting or a sculpture, Cricket Fine Art has it all and they are delighted to announce their first Mixed Summer Exhibition at Barrs Yard.
The Exhibition is already open and will run until the beginning of September. Among the featured artists is Chloe Lamb, making this your last chance to buy one of her stunning works before she moves from Cricket to a West End gallery in London in September.
Another artist in the Exhibition is Karl Martens whose bird paintings have been extremely popular. Karl will be giving a talk about his work at the Hungerford gallery at 11.30am on Wednesday, September 13th 2017. Please call the gallery if you would like to attend.
There are also paintings by David Pearce, the self-taught Cornish artist. His canvases feature a wonderful simplistic interpretation of landscapes and seascapes. David has a painting hanging in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Other painters showing in the Exhibition include Bob Aldous, Lucy Boydell, Rosemary Cook, Kate Boxer, Bridget Lansley and Angie Wilson amongst others.
Be sure to browse the website www.cricketfineart.co.uk which will give you a further insight into the artists that they represent and you can see all the artworks available.
The sun has bought visitors to the yard in huge numbers and many have enjoyed the refreshments on offer at Honesty deli - coffees, cakes and light lunches are being enjoyed on the outside terrace - come and join them!
Garden Art have been busy stocking up on new pieces following their success at Chelsea Flower Show and have once again been able to find some rare and unusual items including this stunning 19th century Blashfield stoneware fountain centre piece.
Featuring four beautifully carved cranes supporting an octagonal shell in the form of a bowl it measures 70cm high x 46cm wide - the fine detailing of this piece make it a rare and sought after item.
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Barrs Yard is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.