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.
October and already there’s a little bit of festive cheer arriving at Barrs Yard – whilst Christmas is a few months off yet we are already planning ahead with special shopping evenings and events being arranged and some great gift ideas from a number of new Pop-Up shops opening over the next couple of months. There will also be more wine tastings, art and floral extravaganzas and some great new furniture from Marmalade and garden items from Garden Art – and all washed down with some warming drinks from the Honesty café…………………come and see us!
Amongst the new arrivals for October will be our annual visit from Kimbolton Fireworks who will be with us for two months in The Barn selling their selection of outrageously good and large fireworks – everything from giant rockets through to Roman Candles and things that make a huge noise!
This month’s wine tasting will be held on Thursday 26 th October when Barnaby and his team will be guiding us from “Tip to Toe” around the wines of Italy – a diverse range of wines displaying the classic regions plus some lesser known gems – be sure to book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Grapesmith’s tastings are free to attend but please make sure you book in advance to make sure of your tasting glass!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Autumn in the flower shop!! Blooms in an array of lovely rich colours, Turks Head gourds and heavenly scented candles all help to create that warm and tingly feeling as the temperatures dip, the mist hangs heavy and the leaves start to turn. This might just be the best time of year!
Marmalade’s antique and up-cycled furniture is proving popular with new pieces arriving all the time and then leaving pretty quickly - so it’s worth making regular visits! One new arrival this month is this hand-painted chest in Autentico Chalk Paint at only £545. Marmalade co-owner Ruth is 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
New season stock has arrived and the team at Jax Jeans has been busy laying out new displays ready for the Autumn rush – be sure to visit during this month for gorgeous 360 Cashmere and pretty tops - Jax Jeans trademarks!
Cricket Fine Art has great pleasure in exhibiting the work of a highly sort after local artist, Emma Haggas. Emma has lived on the Wiltshire/Berkshire boarder for 23 years, and has drawn much inspiration from The Fair Mile that is so familiar to her.
In Emma’s own words ..
“My inspiration comes from the colours of the Marlborough Downs, and the open space of Salisbury Plain. I am spoilt for ideas. Seasonal changes and weather also affect my mood and palette. I am delighted to have the opportunity to show my work at Cricket Fine Art, Barrs Yard, and to be included among such a group of inspirational artists and creators.”
Call the gallery on:01488 647351 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New breads and cakes for available in October as well as a selection of warming drinks and food to keep the Autumnal chill at bay!
October's Cake of the Month at the Honesty café is a one for the chocolate lovers: a Chocolate Mini Bundt! Great with a tea or coffee and pack lunches, it's also gluten free. Bread of the Month is a Rustic Loaf. Both will be available from Monday 2nd Oct. Honesty will also be attending the Hungerford Food Festival on Sun 8th where they will have stand showcasing their Honesty range of products.
Amongst the new arrivals at Garden Art this month is this late Regency Bathstone urn, beautifully carved around the body and sockel this is a very rare piece. Measuring 133cms high x 80cms wide it is a great scale and would make a real statement in any garden setting.
Visit www.gardenartplus.com to see all of September’s new arrivals…..
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Barrs Yard is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.