It’s beginning to look a lot like Weihnachten

There is plenty going on in and around Barnaby’s over the next three weeks, so we thought we would round it all off with a fabulous German Christmas. Join us on Saturday 12th December for armfuls of all the German favourites – stollen, glüwhein, christmas trees, lederhosen (well, maybe not the lederhosen), and endless repeats of “Stille Nacht”.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 19.48.39With Barnaby’s as your base on the day, you will be able to enjoy the annual Christmas Country Market in the Paterson Centre, and the Christmas Tree Festival in St.Barnabas Church. The choir of Swanmore Primary School will sing carols in the Church at 1130, which will be decorated with a host of different styles of Christmas trees made by all sorts of people in the village. Last years tree collection included some truly impressive and creative designs, so we will be needing your help to make the Barnaby’s entry extra-special this year! There will be details to follow about this very soon…

See you on Saturday 12th December! Frohe Weihnachten everyone!

Barnaby’s goes cruising

crystal-cruises-2016-itinerariesBarnaby’s is delighted to welcome its first sponsors, Oliver and Becky Hammerer of worldwide cruising specialists GoCruise. Oliver and Becky live locally and have two children – one at the Primary School and one at Swanmore College. All four of them are regular visitors to Barnaby’s.

Oliver tells us that incredibly, over 22 million people joined a cruise somewhere in the world during 2015! The list of experiences you can enjoy with a cruise ship as your base is genuinely inspiring, so we are now running images from some of these fabulous locations on the big screen at Barnaby’s. We’ll change them every couple of weeks to whet your appetite!

hammererTogether, Oliver and Becky have cruised most of the world’s oceans with many cruise companies – including Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, P&O Cruises, Cunard, and Celebrity Cruises. They are only too pleased to help you choose the right cruise for you; be it whale-watching in Alaska, island-hopping in the Caribbean, meandering through the Norwegian Fjords, or getting cultured in the Mediterranean. Find out more on their GoCruise website, or call them direct on 0238 097 0807.

For cruises during school holidays, visit their mini-site at

Learn Italian at Barnaby’s


If you’d like to drive the Amalfi Coast, cruise the canals of Venice, or kiss a stranger on the shores on Lake Como, it’s time to learn Italian.

Starting on Tuesday 5th January, we are planning to run a six week course that will give you everything you need to survive a weekend visit or a full summer holiday. The cost of the whole course will be just £45, and each lessons includes a free cup of our famous coffee and a cake/biscuit. Ordered in Italian, of course…

Register your interest today!

We are planning separate groups for total beginners and those who want to brush up. So we can gauge interest and confirm the schedule, please register your interest by completing this form. We’ll be back in touch with all the details!

Ciao!  xxx

Anyone for a free hot chocolate?

41bHpX+hjYL._SY300_ Can you believe it? Barnaby’s is about to make its 2,000th hot chocolate! We did not realise that they would be so popular, but clearly the mix of velvety chocolate and squidgy marshmallows is too irresistible…

In recognition of this momentous occasion, we’ll be giving away our 2,000th hot chocolate free! We expect that this will happen this week. Our volunteers will be keeping a track of the hot chocolates we make as we go along through the week, so it could well be you who gets the free one!

What a great present that would be!

Having a do for a loo!

PrintIncredibly, 2.5 billion people do not have anywhere safe, clean and hygenic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet! There are four loos at Barnaby’s, so we are going to twin each of them with loos in countries like Nepal and Uganda by raising money for the fabulous toilet twinning charity

Toilet twinning is a simple and quirky way to solve a serious problem. For just £60, we’ll be able to twin one of our loos with one halfway round the world. For £240, we could even twin with a school block! We’ll end on 19th November, with half of Barnaby’s coffee & cake proceeds on the day being added to what will have been donated up to that point.

We are already off to a flying start, with enough collected on the day of the recent launch to pay for two new loos in Burundi! Find out more about what happens to your money through these wonderful videos, and make a date to pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday 19th November.

Primary School reading initiative

images Anyone who watched the latest episode of The Apprentice will know just how vibrant the childrens book industry is. We’ve seen the effect of this from the success of our great Storytime@Barnaby’s series during the school holidays. So we were delighted to hear of the Open The Book initiative that our own Primary School is engaged in – a three year rolling programme of themed and dramatised storytelling, in partnership with The Bible Society.

“The stories actually make us laugh – and you wouldn’t have thought Bible stories were funny!” said Darcey, aged 10
“I like Open the Book because we do different things every week. I haven’t heard some of these stories before, but they are really good.” said Isabelle, aged 7.

Open the Book was launched in 1999. Since then, thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories through assemblies and collective worship. Teams of volunteers throughout the country use drama, mime, props, costume, and even school staff to present Bible stories in lively and informative ways. Want to find out more? Ask your child what they think of Open The Book, or watch this great video on the Bible Society website.

Food bloggers visit Barnaby’s

DSC_0227 Last month, we were visited by committed foodies, a fabulous blog run by Alison and her daughter Helen. Both of them share a passion for food and travel, beautifully embodied in their very engaging strapline “Living life. Loving cake.”  We rather like that!

Alison and Helens’ exploits are currently followed by over 1,000 people on Facebook and Twitter, so we were delighted to welcome them to Barnaby’s. Of her visit, Alison said, “Barnaby’s had a really lovely community feel. How lovely to be a part of it, knowing everyone and having a chance to natter over coffee and cake.” In fact, the chocolate cake (pictured) really got Alisons attention, so she had a slice. See what she thought about it on her own website, as well as on her Twitter feed .

Like her Facebook page to see more blogs about great food destinations in Hampshire, or to receive her Friday roundup called “This week’s sweet treats!”

Are you sitting comfortably?

IMG_2448 Our final event for this Autumn half-term was Childrens Storytime @ Barnaby’s, held on Thursday morning. It was another great opportunity for worn-out mums to come and enjoy a moment of tranquility (and a nice coffee) while we entertained their children!

This week, a dozen excited children joined us at Barnaby’s. The wonderful Fiona Noble read from “Room On The Broom” by Julia Donaldson, and a number of childrens favourites that she had specially selected. Julia Donaldson is a past Children’s Laureate, and is best known for her popular rhyming stories such as “The Gruffalo” and “Stick Man“. If your children enjoyed what they heard, find out more about Julia here.

And the winners are…

IMG_1698Earlier today, Barnaby’s was filled with excited children enjoying our Cuppa & Colour afternoon, while exhausted half-term parents relaxed with a delicious coffee and free wifi. This was the fifth time we have hosted Cuppa & Colour, making it a popular feature in the Barnaby’s calendar.

Our eager artists ranged from 18 months to 70 years old (hello Bill!) Each were tasked with designing and colouring a Halloween pumpkin. Congratulations to all of those who drew, scribbled, thought, drew again, and then stood proudly with their amazing creations. Well done!

1st – Freya
2nd – Evie
3rd – Amelia

Special commendation goes to Victoria for an impressive use of the Barnaby’s logo in her drawing, which will be displayed with everyones elses work in Barnaby’s this week. There are a few photos live here on Facebook.

Coming up on Thursday morning, it is a return to Childrens Storytime @ Barnaby’s. Join Fiona Noble as she reads from a selection of favourite childrens stories. Full details can be found on this link.

Half-term fun at Barnaby’s

Happy kids laying on the floor holding books - the colorful world of readingHalf-term is coming! No doubt, you will already be wondering how you can keep your kids occupied, whilst trying to preserve your sanity and a  full-time job. Barnaby’s might not be able to solve all of those for you, but we can help! After successfully trialing two events in the summer, we are pleased to bring them both back for this coming half-term:

Cuppa & Colour afternoon
Tuesday 27th October at 2pm
It’s a welcome half-term return for our fabulous colouring competition. Here is your chance to take a well-earned break while your little ones get stuck in to a bit of colouring. There will be prizes for the best junior artists, whose work will then appear on the big screen! More information on our Facebook page. No need to book – just turn up, unless you particularly want to let us know here that you are coming.

Storytime @ Barnaby’s
Thursday 29th October at 10am
Everyone loves a good story, so come along to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning to hear a few childrens favourites, while you enjoy delicious coffee and free wifi! The lovely Fiona Noble will be our reader. Again no need to book – just turn up, or let us know here that you are coming.

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