Events

Meet The Experts: Coversbygill

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about exactly what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

Hi Gill! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded the business…

Hi my name is Gill! I am a mother of three and a grandmother of six.

At one of my daughter’s weddings, I was watching a company from Essex who came in to do the chair covers and as the gentleman was on his own I thought I would lend a hand.  Not being biased but my bows were better than the company that I had employed! I remember being proud of how a simple thing that I had done looked so good and then thinking wow, I can do this and get paid! Three months later, we were up and running…

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How long have you been trading and how has the company grown?

I have been trading for 8 years now and I have to say it was a little bit of luck that kick started Coversbygill.

A good friend of mine who was working as a Wedding Coordinator at a venue in town, asked to see what I had with the thought that if it was good enough, we could become a recommended supplier. As I only buy the best stock, it came down to me to show I could do the job…. I can happily say that after 8 years I still am on the supplier list for this venue!

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Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

 What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

The best thing about my job is transforming a venue and bringing the brides vision to life. The girls that assist me are great as well.  We always work in a happy environment :)

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

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How do you feel about being a recommended supplier with us? What type of things have you done at the barns?

I am delighted to be a supplier for the barns because it is one of the most prestigious venues in our area.  With such a beautiful setting, the photos always look fab which is great for Coversbygill. The staff are so accommodating and helpful, often assisting whilst we are there.

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Coversbygill also supplies different colour table cloths, as well as chair covers, so if your event needs a little something different, we can provide those extra touches.  Some corporate events also love to have the company colours integrated in to their set up which we also accommodate with chair bands and cloths etc.

We repeatedly provide racing colours for events in and around the horse racing town of Newmarket which is just a few miles from the Granary Estates.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Coversbygill’s main business is chair styling and so the biggest change I have seen in recent years is the introduction of the chavari chair. At first this seemed a bit of a negative thing for us, mainly as these chairs are stunning on their own and don’t have a need to be covered, therefore making our services redundant.

However, luckily for us, the beautiful vertical chiffon drops and soft sashes were introduced by our suppliers which enabled us to bring something else in to the industry. We still continue with the event chairs however which always need a full cover as well.

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What is/are your favourite colour/colours to work with?

I love working with ivory as it always looks so chic. Navy and pink are timeless and I really love it when a little bit of sparkle or green foliage is added to the equation.  When I first started Cadbury Purple was king, but I haven’t seen it for a long time now. Lilac is pretty, and Hessian and lace give a lovely rustic theme.

I see the vision of my brides and as long as we meet that I am happy! On the down side tying Hessian is a task but good for the muscles!

What have you got lined up for the rest of 2019?

2019 is going to be a great year for the chiffon vertical or horizontal drops as new colours are coming out all the time. We are busy with lots of weddings in the spring/summer, with lots of Christmas parties in the Autumn and Winter. We also have a lot of Christmas and New Year weddings coming up. Who doesn’t love a Winter wedding?!

Thanks Gill!

To see more images and the array of options on offer with Coversbygill, take a look at the company Facebook page by clicking HERE!

Time to Celebrate!

Have you got a special birthday, family celebration

or christening coming up?

At The Granary Estates, we admit it… we’re primarily known for being a wedding venue, but we do accommodate for a whole host of other events under our timber beams!

This summer, we have some Friday dates still waiting to be snapped up and we think they could be the perfect opportunity for you to have your family celebration, birthday boogie, anniversary dinner or even a space to gather after your little ones christening…

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With our fully licensed bar, exclusive space and chequerboard dance floor, the barns is the ultimate venue to celebrate all occasions with loved ones and friends.

We can create catering packages to suit your requirements and will work with you to make the event one to remember! Priding ourselves on our flexibility, you can do as much or as little to the barns as you’d like. It really is up to you!

The exterior grounds are stunning and a great space to utilise during the summer months :)

Thank you for your help in providing us with an excellent night of fun! We loved it and have had so much great feedback from our guests about how beautiful the venue was!
— Roger Varian, Birthday Celebration
Many thanks to you and all of your staff for looking after us so well. We were able to relax and enjoy the party enormously knowing that you had organised everything so well. We have recieved many compliments on the Granary Barns and the service priovided.
— Mr Ellis, Anniversary Lunch

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We can also recommend a number of evening entertainment options including DJ packages and live bands to keep the party going :)

If our award-winning Barns appeal to you and you’d like to find out more, please feel free to get in touch, we’d love to speak with you!

You can speak with our Events Team via one of the following:

Call us: 01638 731230

Send an email: info@thegranaryestates.co.uk

We look forward to speaking with you and have a wonderful weekend!

Meet The Experts: Dreamwave

Our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.
— CARINA, Dreamwave Events

Hello Dreamwave! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

CARINA: Paul and Dave, already both experienced, technically skilled DJs, joined forces to form Dreamwave Events back in 2009.  They have always been about connecting with the clients, combining a first-class service from the initial contact through to the evening of the event and providing a bespoke performance by understanding their audience. 

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Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

How has the company grown in the past few years?

CARINA: We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!  With the combined motive power, knowledge and professionalism of the team, Dreamwave Events has grown year on year.  By staying true to our roots providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality, we have a set of DJs whose technical skills and their ability to read the crowd, guarantees a personalised entertainment experience.

We are so proud of the fantastic team we have today from our dedicated office staff and knowledgeable crew to our hand-picked highly skilled DJ’s whose artistic flare and dynamic style can only mean your evening party will be a complete hit!

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to move forward with the business and have moved into providing collaborations with artists like Sister Sax and most recently, DJ Destruction.

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Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Tell us a bit more about your exciting new venture with DJ Destruction…

CARINA: We are always looking at innovative ways to move forward.  DJ Destruction is a world class scratch DJ who will perform for a one hour set during your evening party when booked alongside our evening DJ package.   We have seen him perform and he is absolutely awesome! He completely immerses himself into his high-octane sets.  You can check my blog post, that has a short clip of DJ Destruction performing.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

CARINA: This sounds completely biased – but I would say, don’t underestimate the evening party.  From experience, I would say a lot of couples do not put it on their priority list, yet it is a large chunk of your day and the part that you and you guests get to let your hair down and have fun! 

On this note, make sure it’s the party you envisage with the music and entertainment you want. 

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What is one of your favourite memories at the barns?

PAUL: One of my fondest memories was providing our Cocktail DJ service during a wedding drinks reception a couple of years ago on very warm summers day!  We can play any type of background music during this service from modern acoustic tracks to chilled jazz but on this occasion,  it was funky house / Ibiza classics! It was amazing guests where dancing along on the lawn whilst enjoying drinks and canapes, the atmosphere was perfect and much like being in Ibiza right there and then!

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through in 2019?

CARINA: We find when it comes to entertainment, that couples are always looking for something new to blow away their guests.  We have seen many old school garage DJ’s performing and DJ’s jamming alongside saxophonists – now it’s time to make way for DJ Destruction! 😊


What other events can you/do you do?

CARINA: There are two sides to Dreamwave Events;  Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting.  And we can cater for anything from an intimate private function to a huge corporate gala!  Our specialist team is experienced and knowledgeable.  I have already talked about our DJ side thoroughly – but our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.

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Meet The Experts: Pro Event Hire

Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
— CHARLIE, Pro Event Hire


From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!

As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)

We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!

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Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.

We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.

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I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.

Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.

How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?

We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).

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What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.

How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?

Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.

My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be. 

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests. 

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!

This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding. 

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And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?

We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!

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Grab your slice of the action!

Today see’s a nationwide celebration of all thing pizza taking place! To mark National Pizza Day, we asked the talented team at Fired Up to tell us about there fave recipe and where you can sample some of their delicious oven-baked creations! Over to you Fired Up… :)


Our ethos is keep it simple, keep it traditional and use the best Italian ingredients you can find!

Pizza is one of the nations favourite dishes because it literally caters for all – old, young, vegetarians, vegans & meat eaters. It’s diversity makes pizza wonderful!

We researched all of our pizza’s by travelling to Naples which is home to our favourite pizza’s and we based our dough flavourings and toppings around the Italian style. Through a lot of research, we bought our findings back to the Streets of Cambridge and the people of this fine city, who have been enjoying our pizza for 8 years now.

For us (Rory & Nancy the owners of Fired Up) our favourite pizza has to be the N’Duja. There is something very special about this pizza cooked in 90’s in our oven...

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Dough - We use a classic Neapolitan recipe ’00’ Flour, yeast, water and table salt. We allow to prove over 24 hours for the springy moorish crust. 

Our tomato sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

N’Duja - What can we say about this, possible one of the finest ingredients ever made. A soft spreadable Salami from Calabrian. It has a smokey, spicy and highly addictive taste and melts into puddles of loveliness over the pizza. 

To finish the pizza, we add basil leaves and Virgin Oil - simple but amazing!


Want to try some of this authentic and delicious pizza for yourself?! Find Fired Up here:


Cambridge Food Park at the Cambridge Science Park

The Cambridge Beer Festival (for their 3rd consecutive year) - 20th - 25th May 2019

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend 2019 - 23rd & 24th March 2019


Not just a wedding venue...

The Granary Estates | Conference Venue

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The Granary Estates is a stunning and unique conference venue located on the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire border which offers a flexible meeting space in an ideal countryside location.

With two separate venues available, The Granary Estates offers choice and variety. Whether you want a completely blank canvas in the shape of a 32-acre field or an 18th century flint barn with private grounds, we have a variety of options on offer to anyone looking for an events and conference venue in the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.  

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The Granary Barns offer exclusive use, with three barn spaces available in which to host your corporate function. Choose from the Flint Barn, the Milling Room or the Granary Barn; all spacious and aesthetically stunning spaces which can hold delegate numbers ranging from 10 to 200. The glass walkway joining the three barns provides natural light and views of the private courtyard.

The Estates alternative events venue (located in the village of Dullingham, Cambridgeshire) is the Polo Club. A large marquee or stylish tipi tent look fantastic on the grounds if required. Outdoor activities, team building and company sports days all work great at this venue on a dry hire basis.

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For further details on our events venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, get in touch by calling 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.


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I'm dreaming of a winter wedding...

We have seen many stunning weddings take place under our rustic, timber beams throughout December. The barns are filled with fairy lights, festive scents and taking centre stage is, of course, our 18ft Christmas tree (styled to perfection by Hall & Co.).

For those of you who love this time of year and dream of having a winter celebration, take a look at some of our previous weddings at the Granary Barns.

Fairy lights, sequin table cloths, snow inspired cakes, silver palettes, the glow of real candles and our roaring fit pit - subtle nods to the winter season and simple ways to enhance that festive feeling with your wedding styling.

Always a magical time of year, we LOVE a winter wedding and seeing couples celebrate with friends and family under our Christmas tree..…maybe this could be you next year? :)

The Style Edit: Fashion. Shop. Inspire.

What a week it's been here at Granary HQ!!!

After the most glorious weekend celebrating Harry and Meghan's big day, we've had the chance to sit and reflect on what a fantastic event The Style Edit was!

From the high-street and designer brands, modelled so effortlessly by our stunning model squad, to the variety of local retailers who had their products on display; The Style Edit exceeded expectations and was a great success for all involved!

Over the two evenings we held a prize draw for our chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Thank you to all who generously donated prizes and to those of you who purchased tickets on the night, as we are thrilled to have raised a staggering £1000 towards this fantastic local charity!

For those who were unable to attend on this occasion, do not fear! We enlisted film maker, Dean Shaw, to capture the event and showcase the show-stopping catwalk in the Granary Barn - take a look at the edit below!

Models: Debbie Moxon, Richard West, George Chrysanthou, Hariss Crisp, Justine Clare, Laura Shephard, Lilly Graham, Monika Wybraniec, Paige Furnell, Tara Daisy Valentine, Chloe Beeton, Cara Ching, Amy Johnson.

 

F A S H I O N

 

Thank you to the following brands who took part in The Style Edit Catwalk

S/S 2018

 

JOHN LEWIS

GOLDING OF NEWMARKET

MARTHA V

SUE RYDER

LA BOUTIQUE

JOULES

LARA B BRIDAL

RIVER ISLAND

TED BAKER

D'ORO

SHOEHORNE

DANCING LEOPARD

 

S H O P

 

Our collection of Style Edit retailers and foodie stalls - fantastic local brands!

Click on their name to find out more...

 

TONIC STYLE

MABEL FOX

COCOA MAY

SWEET MOTHER FLUFFER

HALL & CO EVENT DESIGN

PINKSTER GIN

TROPIC SKINCARE

WILD WOOD

PAPIRETC

HARRIET EMILY DESIGN

CATERINA WILLS JEWELLERY

HAIR KANDI SALON

PLAYHAUS INTERIORS

INVIGORATING RUSTIC ART

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PIONEER CHICKS

JUST HENNA UK

LA BOUTIQUE

 

I N S P I R E

 

A huge thank you to all of the other local businesses who supported the event!

Our co-production team/Style Squad!

ACACIA MARKETING

TONIC STYLE

 

Our event sponsors:

 

NEWMARKET RACECOURSE

MERCEDES BENZ

PINKSTER GIN

 

Staging, lighting & music:

 

PRO EVENT HIRE

 

Photography & Videography:

 

PETE DENNESS PHOTOGRAPHY

DEAN SHAW

 

Beauty:

FRATELLI HAIR

DANI ROBERTS MAKE-UP

BEAUTY BY FLEUR

 

Here's a sneak peak at some of the images captured by Pete!

 

The Style Edit: Autumn / winter 2018

C O M I N G  S O O N!

 

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Coming up at the Barns!

Hello Granary friends and happy Monday!

We've been very busy at Granary HQ with lots of exciting events at the barns this year and wanted to let you know about some of the special dates coming up in the Granary calendar!


Thursday 12th April 2018

Business at The Barns

This April we invite you to join us at our sixth Business at The Barns; a fantastic opportunity to meet with local businesses and trades in the area.

Our spacious barn venue offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet up with work acquaintances or to introduce yourself to new faces. With an endless supply of tea and coffee and a selection of sweet treats just in time for elevenses, this is the perfect time to step out of the office for a couple of hours and in to our meeting space!

It is just £5 pp (payment on arrival). To register your place, simply click the link below!


Saturday 21st April 2018

SOUL REUNION

 

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DJ Richard Datson is returning to spin some more funk, soul and R'n'B classics on Saturday 21st April! Always a popular event, we cannot wait to welcome you back to drink, dance and boogie on down at this night filled with fun and nostalgia! Dance to hits from Luther Vandross, The O'Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to name a few.

At just £12 pp (with a complimentary drink included), tickets are already selling fast for this one so be sure to get yours now to avoid disappointment!


Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May 2018

THE STYLE EDIT

 

The Style Edit is a brand new event for The Granary Estates and we are very excited to bring this to you!

Running over two evenings, The Style Edit will showcase the latest fashion trends with a vibrant catwalk, exclusive shopping experience with a variety of pop up shops and the chance to taste some delicious food at our outdoor food stalls. With some of the high streets leading brands now secured, we are so proud of this event and can guarantee a fantastic evening will be had by all!

We will be releasing some more information about what brands and retailers will be showcased at the event very soon, but if you want to get ahead of the rest and secure your tickets now simply click the link below!


Date to be announced very soon!

BAMBINOS AT THE BARNS

 

Following February's snow storm (we're glad to have seen the back of the 'Beast form the East' - Bring on the sun!) we are re-scheduling a date in the Granary calendar for the next 'Bambinos at The Barns'.

Many of the spaces will be used by those who were unable to attend last time, however we will be releasing a small amount of tickets for those of you who would like to come along - yay!

We will be releasing the date very shortly so watch this space! :)


If you have any questions about the upcoming events at The Granary, please contact our Events Team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk and we'd be more than happy to help! 

The GG's x

 

Bambinos at The Barns!

Hello Granary friends! We hope you're all well :)

At the barns, we are host to many weddings, celebrations and corporate functions throughout the year and in recent months we've been so happy to see many of our friends and past brides and grooms become parents which got us thinking...

We have been busy planning away and are thrilled to introduce 'Bambinos at The Barns', a chance for local parents to come and have a good old natter for a couple of hours in our warm and cosy venue this December! The event will run from 10.00am until midday and will be held in our Granary Barn which will be overlooked by our spectacular 18ft Christmas tree!

To register your place, please click HERE.

This event will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, and let your little ones have a couple of hours playing together in what will be our mini fun house!

We have been lucky enough to play host to a number of children's parties and christenings over the years (an example of the lovely Othelia's 1st birthday party below) and cannot wait to welcome you all in December!

If you have any further questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact out team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or call us in the office on 01638 731230.

The GG's x

Christmas Party Countdown!

Today marks just one month until our Granary Christmas Mixed Party Night!!!

Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

The Granary Barns is THE perfect venue to hold your Christmas Party! Whether it be celebrating with work colleagues after another fantastic year, meeting up with old friends or having a drink and a dance with family, we provide a beautiful, warm and atmospheric setting in which to hold your celebrations.

Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

We have tables available which can seat 8-10 guests. On arrival you and your guests will receive a chilled arrival drink of either beer or Prosecco to start of the festivities. A delicious three course seasonal meal awaits you in the main Granary Barn, followed by drinks, dancing and good times!

With the barns being located just 3 miles from the racing town of Newmarket, we have fantastic transport links to Cambridge, Ely, Bury St. Edmunds and looking slightly further afield, to London.

If you would like to know more about the packages or to book your Christmas party in our Suffolk/Cambridgeshire venue, call our team on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x


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Get Cracking with Christmas!

Summer only started last Wednesday but here at The Granary Estates we already have Christmas on our minds!

We are pleased to announce our 'Mixed Party Night' will take place on Friday 1st December 2017!

Enjoy a chilled glass of fizz or an ice cool beer on arrival as you make your way down to our impressive Granary Barn to start the festivities!

Our Christmas 2017 package includes:

Three Course Festive Menu

Selection of Coffee & Speciality Teas

Account or Cash Evening Bar

DJ & Disco

Additional upgrades including canapes and drinks packages are available to suit your budget

We have a limited number of tables available on the night so please get in touch to find out more and secure your place. If a mixed night isn't your preference, we also have dates remaining for exclusive use if you wish to have the barns all to yourself!

To book your appointment with our Events Team and take a look around our stunning grounds, please contact the office on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or 01638 731230.

Let's talk business!

Next week will see the second 'Business at The Barns' networking event take place here at The Granary Estates HQ in Woodditton. After the success of the first BATB in March, we cannot wait to welcome back some familiar faces and of course meet those of you attending for the first time!

With a stunning setting, endless amounts of tea & coffee and some tasty little treats just in time for elevenses, this informal event is a great way to meet local business professionals and in some cases have a catch up with work colleagues and acquaintences. 

To register and find out more information please visit the event page on Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

As a Wedding and Event Venue, we can accommodate all areas of the hospitality industry and continue to welcome newly engaged couples throughout the year as well as hosting a variety of corporate events for local businesses. The Barns are easily accessible by road and public transport, within easy reach of the A14 and A11 commuter routes for those days when you need to get away from the office and have a change of scenery.

With exclusive use for you and your guests and Wi-Fi provided throughout the venue, the conference facilities include everything you could need for a corporate event. Wireless microphones, AV equipment and event stationary are available to use with very competitive packages and a professional and dedicated Events Team on hand throughout to ensure a seamless and professional experience. 

With our enclosed, courtyard providing a beautiful outdoor space for delegates to enjoy, The Granary Barns can offer both interior and exterior space for team building days, seminars or exhibitions. Our relaxed atmosphere provides a comfortable and calm setting for your corporate function or external meeting. 

Working alongside our culinary experts, we are able to accommodate all catering for your corporate event. From an early breakfast meeting to a sit down 3-course dinner, we work with you to make sure the catering is suited to your needs and the dietary requirements of those attending.

At The Granary Estates we like to work with you to create a tailor made package specific to your unique event. To speak with a member of our team, please get in touch on 01638 731230 or email at info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. Alternatively head to our CONTACT page to fill in our simple enquiry form.

 

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Get on your dancing (or running) shoes...

Last Saturday the barns was filled with nostalgia, classic hits and some epic dance moves (!) as the first Soul Reunion of the year went off with a bang! This ever-popular event was in aid of our fundraising efforts as we (GG's Lynne & Mikaela) train for the mammoth 26.2 mile run around London at this years Virgin London Marathon! 

Our Soul Reunion DJ, Richard Datson (who is also running in this years marathon) provided the tunes for the night making sure the dance-floor remained busy until the early hours :)

Working in the wedding and events industry, we are very fortunate and were able to collaborate alongside our trusted Granary Suppliers, friends of the GG's and some fantastic local businesses to put on a great prize draw on the evening. We'd like to thank the following businesses for their support and generous donations:

The Newmarket Racecourse

The Little Acre Kitchen

Thai Street Cafe

AdamsonBerekoff

Celik's Mensroom

CambsCuisine

Back on Track Injury Clinic

Powter's

The Chestnut Group

Unique Wines

We would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Rocks & Frocks for very generously donating their stunning light up 'DANCE' letters for the evening and to Elizabeth Hall Event Design who provided the 'Selfie Corner' backdrop, endless amounts of fairy lights and our favourite Soul night sequin tablecloths! Another thank you must go to Sam at Cambridge Wedding Services who, as with every Soul Reunion, provided the DJ and lighting equipment which set the mood and party atmosphere! A BIG thanks to all of you who helped make the evening such a success!

I am thrilled to announce that the Soul Reunion raised a fantastic £1700! :)

Following Saturday nights antics, we, along with Richard and Hannah, were up and out the door by 9am to start a gruelling 13 mile run - not what you need on a few hours sleep! At least we tried to look happy... ;)

Our training has been going well and as were approach the 5 week countdown, both our training and fundraising are starting to set up a gear. Even though we raised a great total on Saturday, we still need to push on and collect more money for our three charities:

The Girls Club

V.I.C.T.A

World Child Cancer

To make a donation to the GG's, please follow the links below :) Any donation, no matter how big or small, is much appreciated and will help many lives cope with illness or losing a loved one. During the longer training runs it can get hard and you do wonder why am I putting myself through this?! But when we remember WHY we're doing it and WHO for, it makes it all worthwhile. With every donation and message of support, we are spurred on and look forward to the challenge that awaits us on Sunday 23rd April! Bring it oooooon!

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GG's Lynne & Mikaela x

Flower Fairies Workshop

The Flower Fairies descended on the Flint Barn on Wednesday evening to spread their floral fairy dust over the barns!

With endless amounts of eucalyptus, beautiful blooms of ranunculus and elegant stems of calla lilies, Clare and Julie transformed the barn in to a flower heaven for our thirteen wannabe florists.

The girls kicked off proceedings by introducing their new students to the array of flowers they were going to be working with and explaining how to prepare and condition the different types of flowers ready for assembly. It was a great insight in to the time and knowledge that florists use and need everyday to create the specific arrangements their customers require - a real art form!

After preparing and conditioning then came composition. As full-time florists, the two Flower Fairies made gathering the stems together look effortless and in a matter of minutes, Julie had produced a stunning bouquet of seasonal blooms and foliage.

After a lot of practice and starting again from scratch, our florists-in-training created 13 exquisite bouquets all of which the Flower Fairies were extremely impressed with! Even though everyone started with exactly the same stems, each bouquet was different to the next and equally as gorgeous :)

With their flowers tied and trimmed, Clare and Julie then walked the ladies through wrapping and finishing their bouquets, adding that final professional touch. 

The Flower Fairies were excellent teachers, always on hand to guide their students and lend a (strong) hand if the ladies needed it! A fantastic evening was had by all :) We hope that these talented ladies will continue to use all of the new skills they learnt from the evening in their  future floral endeavours and visit us at the barns again soon for the next workshop on Wednesday 3rd May!

Before Wednesday's Workshop took place, we spoke with the Clare and Julie about their new joint venture and a little insight in to the life of a florist....

Why did you form ‘Flower Fairies’? 

J: Me and Clare first met working in a flower shop together (The Flower House, Cambridge) and our friendship blossomed from there. We have worked together many times over the years but have always wanted a project to work on and build together. We came up with Flower Fairies as we loved the idea of sharing our passion for flowers with others through teaching. It means we can both carry on our floristry careers and have Flower Fairies as a fun and enjoyable side project. Being best friends it doesn’t even feel like work.

What ‘floral trends’ are you loving at the moment? 

C & J: More weird and wonderful ways of displaying flowers at venues and for table decorations are becoming a trend we love. We particularly like the use of copper piping framework for ceremony backdrops teamed with geometric terrarium table centres, a way to bring some quirkiness to the floral décor. Combining this with wild, natural and overflowing bouquets incorporating lots of greenery and interesting textures is a gorgeous combination, softening the harsh angles with romantic blooms.

As full-time Florists, you both have a fantastic knowledge of flowers, an understanding of composition and an all-important creative eye! What flowers are in season at the moment and what would be your favourite way to use/display these? 

C & J: In early spring the flower markets are full of beautiful bright colours and gorgeous blooms such as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, daffodils, mimosa, hyacinths, muscari, hellebores and narcissi. We especially love the striking giant-headed ranunuclus called Cloony ranunculus, so pretty! Spring flowers are great for adding splashes of colour to any room and look lovely displayed in fun, mismatched containers such as jugs, teapots, tin cans, colourful bottles and mason jars. 

Clare, we loved having yourself and your now hubby Rich (aka Biscuit!) tie the knot here at the barns last October. As your best friend and fellow FF, Julie worked alongside you to create your stunning floral arrangements (including bouquets, button holes and garlands to drape along the beams), totally transforming the venue and putting your talents on display throughout, simply stunning! Where did the inspiration for your wedding flowers come from and how did you both find the whole experience? 

C: There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. We let what was in season guide our flower choices and we choose designs that we felt complimented the time of year. Flowers were the main and most important décor for our wedding and we had a lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. 

C & J: We always really enjoy working together but on this occasion it meant so much to us both. From the planning stages months before, right down until the final finishing touches on the morning. We love bouncing ideas off each other and sharing our creativity, and to see it all come together on the day was incredibly special. Walking down the aisle together as bridesmaid and bride and seeing all our creations adorning the barns, it really was magical.

Julie what was your favourite part to work on? 

J: For me, it had to be Clare’s bridal bouquet! To create the bouquet that Clare would carry down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams was a huge honour and meant so much to me. Being best friends and fellow florists, there’s a great passion for flowers that we share and have a unique bond over. I made the bouquet with such thought and love, I even put a crab apple from her garden in there for a little piece of her home with Rich. I kept Clare’s bouquet hidden from her until she was in her dress on the morning, the moment I handed it over to her was probably my most treasured memory of our friendship to date, it was such an emotional exchange for us and I will never forget it. Also, the giant flower balls deserve a mention, they looked stunning!

Images by Ben Minnaar Photography

From wreath making to flower crowns to bouquets, you have covered many aspects of floristry in your previous workshops. What’s next on the agenda for the Flower Fairies and how can people sign up?! 

C & J: We are currently in the process of putting together bespoke packages for special occasions such as hen dos and birthdays. We love the idea of making flower crowns with hens as their afternoon entertainment before their big night out, providing not only the fun activity itself but a floral accessory to wear out too! We also run regular workshops at The Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives. Our next one is a floral foam arrangement workshop and will take place on Wednesday 22nd March. We are also delighted to announce another Flower Crown Workshop at The Granary Barns on Wednesday 17th May. For details or to book onto these classes, or for more information about private classes, email us on flowerfairiesworkshops@outlook.com.

You can also keep up to date with The Flower Fairies on their Facebook page - The Flower Fairies Workshop

The GG's x

Business at The Barns

We've all heard the saying 'Its not what you know, its who you know'...

Whether you are just starting out or running an already successful business, having a network of like minded people around you is a must! Speaking with others about your work and in turn hearing about theirs will result in a greater understanding of the profession you have chosen by learning through others. Whether it be listening to an alternative view, giving your opinion or receiving invaluable advice, these mutually beneficial relationships can lead to more business connections and therefore more success which is what, in the end, we all desire.

'Great things in business are never done by a person. They're done by a team of people.'

-Steve Jobs

We are excited to be launching our very first networking event 'Business at The Barns' next month on Thursday 9th March. This event will be an informal networking session for local business professionals, beginning just in time for elevenses! Hurray! With no presentations or speaker, we simply want to encourage local suppliers to come along and say hi...

www.businessatthebarns.eventbrite.co.uk

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It is also a fantastic opportunity to visit our beautiful venue and see what our venue has to offer to our corporate clients. Playing host to a variety of events, intimate meetings and large conferences in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, The Granary Barns is equipped with a PA system, wireless microphones, Wi-Fi throughout and event stationery, ensuring your event is a success.   

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The Granary Barns award-winning Event Team are on hand throughout the day to ensure your meeting, event or conference will run smoothly and efficiently. 

Having been renovated in 2013, the two Barns date back from the 18th Century and proudly display the original timber beams and flint walls. For an intimate meeting, The Flint Barn is a perfect choice. Alternatively, for larger numbers the main Granary Barn is a stunning backdrop for training days, exhibitions and seminars. 

After lengthly discussions and group talks, we understand how important a delicious bite to eat can be to re-energise you and your delegates. We have a list of trusted, local caterers who can cater our delegate packages to your specific requirements, whether it be a seated lunch, hot buffet or Summer BBQ.

We hope to see you at the barns very soon. If you would like to attend 'Business at The Barns', please follow the link below to book your free place:

www.businessatthebarns.eventbrite.co.uk
 

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Party at The Polo Club

Back in January 2016 my sister, Zoe, kindly reminded me that it was the year of her 30th (as if I didn’t know!) and it was my duty to organise her ‘best birthday yet’ in December. I greatly accepted and took on this challenge. 

When putting pen to paper, the first venue that came to mind was The Polo Club. I know what you’re thinking… why would you not chose the barns? Simply because it was already booked! But weirdly enough, I don’t think my ideas would have fitted in as well as it did down in the pavilion. With maximum numbers of 50, I wanted a more intimate setting with the space to get creative. 

Zoe and I are very similar and we both love the same things so I knew theming her party wasn’t an issue. Suggestions were made, but I wanted to do the opposite to all things Christmassy for that time of year. Following a trip to California earlier in the year, where we cruised along the west coast, we have since dreamed of going back to LA but unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch to get her there so I went with the next best thing and brought ‘Cali’ to Suffolk! 

Pinterest soon became my best friend and massively helped in blowing budgets out of proportion! Luckily I have creative friends and family in which we made a DIY Bar and DJ booth out of wooden pallets, numerous purchases on Ebay for hanging decorations and the expertise of Lynne Datson’s illustration skills for the finer details. Those that helped, saw my vision and helped me bring it to life (thank you again)! 

Having the flexibility to gain access the day before to set up was a massive bonus. The family were roped in and starting pulling everything together that had amalgamated in boxes under the bed! 

To create a Palm Springs vibe in the middle of winter, I did need to call upon the assistance of some trusty suppliers. 

I used the services of the award-winning Elizabeth Hall Event Design for her endless festoon lighting, trademark rose-gold sequin table cloths and cocktail-shaker-extraordinaire bar staff! Any excuse to visit her at Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives to eat and sample bespoke cocktails! She even advised me to select quirky glassware that I hired in from CMA to finish the drink! 

Along with putting up fairy lighting outside, I needed some accessories to complete the look, so I called upon Rocks n Frocks Ltd who I hired ten Flamingos from to line my entrance as the guests walked in, setting the theme! 

Cambridge Wedding Services started and finished the party with a minimalistic setup (as requested), an infamous disco ball, an exceptional DJ, Tom Stedman, to blast out some tunes, and Sam finished off the room with uplighters enhancing the atmosphere. A real finishing touch! 

Cake is a huge tradition within our family, and a much loved treat, so finding a tasty show stopper was a priority. Two Little Cats Bakery have been to the barns delivering mouth-watering cakes over the summers, so it was my chance to send Jenni my brief and watch her bring the cake to life. Vibrant, moist, and a real statement to the party. I couldn’t have asked for anything more! 

Before arriving at her dream party, I called on the amazing Charlotte Shaw to make the birthday girl feel fabulous! Zoe looked amazing and The Polo Club was the perfect location. I had the exclusivity, space and the freedom to create, in my mind, what was the perfect party...

The hardest thing about organising Zoe’s birthday was keeping it all a surprise from her, but it was all worth it to see her face when she walked into Palm Springs with all her family and friends to celebrate her 30th! No pressure for mine Zoe… ;)

GG Mikaela x

New Year, New Venue

The Granary Barns offers a truly unique and exciting setting for your next corporate meeting in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border.

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The Granary Barns can be found just 4 miles from Newmarket, an established Suffolk town with thriving local businesses and trades. With excellent transport links to both Cambridge and London, we welcome clients all year round to host their conferences, seminars and team building days with us. 


The Granary Barns can accommodate all event set ups ranging from theatre style seating, cabaret formation and U shape options. We can tailor the whole event to your exact requirements and can provide additional support in event management, catering, facilities and equipment. 

Our facilities include Wi-Fi throughout the venue, wireless microphones, PA system and event stationary. Our Events Team work closely with our trusted, local suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly both before and on the day of your event. 

If you’d like to find out more about our Corporate events, take a look at our 'Conferences & Exhibitions' page by clicking HERE.

If you would prefer to speak directly with a member of the Granary team and discuss your upcoming meeting, call our office on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x

January Showcase - Be Inspired.

Hello 2017!!! The GG's are back and raring to go!

We have an event filled year ahead of us at The Granary Estates and are starting proceedings with a month of exclusive appointments. Are you newly engaged and yet to find your perfect venue? Our January Showcase is THE place start your planning, providing wedding inspiration and guidance with all 2017 trends and ideas. 

We have been working closely alongside our trusted, recommended suppliers to create a variety of wedding set ups to promote both their expertise in the industry as well as showcasing our stunning venue and the different options which are available to you here at the barns.

Emma & David <3 - Photo credit: Lina & Tom

Emma & David <3 - Photo credit: Lina & Tom

You haven't called us yet?! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Contact our team on 01638 731230 or info@thegranaryestates.co.uk for availability and to book your exclusive appointment!

We can't wait to work with you to create your dream wedding day :) 

The GG's x