Half term fun

If you do not have plans to go skiing next week, then you will be on the hunt for things to do with your children. To help support you, Barnaby’s will be open for “Cuppa & Colour” once more. Here is your chance to kick back and relax with a delicious coffee, while your little ones get artistic!

There will be a host of things your kids can draw in a specially-dedicated area of Barnaby’s, together with a board on to which they can pin their masterpieces. Make sure you pop your name on your work! As usual, we’ll feature all the best drawings on the big screen for a week afterwards.

Barnaby’s opening hours during Spring half-term will be:

Tuesday     2 to 4:30
Wednesday     2 to 4:30
Thursday     9 to 12 and 2 to 4:30
Friday     9 to 12 and 2 to 4:30
Saturday     10 to 1

Barnaby’s partners with SLTC

12466131_1044282332289352_4292376503983149330_o As part of our continuous support for local community projects, Barnaby’s is pleased to confirm a partnership with Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC). Just 10 minutes walk from Barnaby’s, SLTC is a vibrant club with a strong membership. In particular, the SLTC Junior sessions are extremely well-attended, and trophies are hard fought over.

There are a number of areas where we can support each other, and we are delighted to be working with the team at the club. Already, SLTC events are being promoted on our media channels, and we will be bringing a “popup” coffee shop to support the SLTC Junior Tournament on Sunday 3rd April.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Photos from Burns Night(ish)

IMG_0809Barnaby’s went north of the border today, in celebration of Burns Night(ish). As ever with these events, your favourite coffee shop was full to bursting throughout the day; but we managed to grab a few sneaky photos showing what went on, and who was wearing what!

Our photos include a handful of the very funny slides that were running on the big screen during the day, written by Alastair. Click here to see the whole album, and enjoy!

Until the next one. Slangevar!

Final total for HIOWAA confirmed

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Over 220 of you joined the amazing Santa Hat workout in December, conceived and run by Debbie Jones of InspireMeFit as a fundraiser for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

We were delighted to hear today that the final total raised by the village was an incredible £5,316. This includes £275.69 from the collecting tins in Barnaby’s and a further £572.34 from the buckets. Well done to all concerned, and a huge “Thank you!” to everyone who donated.

The first Fit For Felix event is a Forest Run for all the family on Sunday 31st January. Full details and a registration form are live on fitforfelix.com. See you there.

Inset day ‘Cuppa & Colour’

11048754_1047115788672673_3770586917869357986_n This Friday is an inset day at Swanmore Primary. To help you get through it, Barnaby’s will have another one of it’s great “Cuppa & Colour” days from 9am. Come and relax with a lovely cup of coffee, while we entertain your kids with some great colouring ideas.

To help celebrate Burns Night, we may even have a slight Scottish theme ahead of our big day on Saturday. Pin your pictures up on the board for a chance to win a prize!

No need to book – just turn up. Tell your friends, and we’ll see you all on Friday!

Get your kilt on this Saturday

scotland_grungy_flag_by_think0 The birthday of Scotlands finest poet – the great Robbie Burns – rarely passes quietly. To celebrate the occasion, Scotsmen the world over celebrate the bards’ contribution to Scottish culture with much singing of his most famous song “Auld Lang Syne” and large helpings of haggis.

Find out more about Burns Night traditions here.

On Saturday 23rd January, Scotland will come to Barnaby’s for the day. 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 haggis on Burns Night.

See you on Saturday 23rd January. We’re open from 10am to1pm. Slangevar!

fitforfelix launches first event

logo5The website fitforfelix.com is now fully up and running, with a host of great information available on forthcoming events and on Felixs recovery in Southampton General.

On the site today, you’ll find:

Fit For Felix was launched at the recent Santa Hat Workout, at which £5,000 was raised for the Hampshire Air Ambulance. The first Fit For Felix event will be a Forest Run, to be held in Bere Forest on Sunday 31st January. All are welcome. Download a sponsorship form at www.fitforfelix.com/forestrun, and let’s help this great cause together.

For more information about Fit For Felix events, or to donate to thi very worthy cause, head to www.fitforfelix.com today.

Say hello to our new coffee

Winchester Coffee Roasters Logo Final For the 2016 season, we are introducing a new coffee to Barnaby’s. It comes from our new friends at Winchester Coffee Roasters, where Mark and his team have developed a number of innovative approaches to the experience of making and enjoying coffee. We are delighted to be working with them for 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 00.45.47The first big difference is that our coffee beans will now be roasted locally, and closer to the time when we actually need them. With the assistance of Winchester Coffee Roasters,  we have learned to appreciate the importance of these two much-underated factors, and the blind tasting we conducted in December was very revealing! From these tests, we have selected a Roasted Synergy Blend for Barnaby’s that has a smooth, velvety finish with dry berry notes. We loved it, and we hope you will too.

Secondly, the team from Winchester Coffee School have been in to ensure we are using the latest techniques to get the best from the Synergy Blend we have selected. This has involved advanced barista training with all our Team Leaders, and some great tips for our fabulous volunteers. Being a barista is much easier than you think and it is great fun! If you would like to join a fabulous team for even just a couple of shifts a month, head to barnabys.org.uk/volunteer today! We look forward to meeting you.

Barnaby’s re-opens at 2pm on Tuesday 5th January after a winter makeover. We’ve made lots of little changes to Barnaby’s from the ideas you have suggested recently, so come and see them soon!


Barnaby’s is back on…


That’s it! Christmas is over for another year, and Barnaby’s is on a well-deserved holiday. We will be back on Tuesday 5th January, with a new look, a new layout, and some new coffee….

What a fabulous year it has been. Undoubtedly, it would not have been achieved without the dedication and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers.  To all those who have baked, swept, served, cleaned, steamed, carried, and wondered which key you press on the till for chocolate reindeer, thank you. If you would like to  be a part of something fabulous in 2016, then click here for info on being a volunteer.

To re-live the memories of this year, have a giggle at all the photos on our Facebook page. Finally, to add to the amazing contribution we are making towards the Hampshire Air Ambulance, click here.

Happy New Year.

Free mince pies, all week!

mince-pie Here we go then! It’s Christmas week, the kids are over-excited, and the house looks like a bomb has gone off. Come and de-stress at Barnaby’s during Christmas week, with a delicious coffee and a free homemade mince pie. You deserve it!

On Tuesday 22ndWednesday 23rd December, we’re open from 2pm to 4pm. We’ll have kids colouring, free mince pies with every coffee*, warming Christmas carols, and lots of sparkly lights!

On Christmas Eve, we are open from 9 and it’s party time all the way up to midday! Join the fun with free coffee/tea and a free mince pie*. What more could you want!

All through Christmas week, we will be collecting for the Hampshire Air Ambulance, who cared for Felix Barrow so well after his accident in October. Can’t make it? Donate here. Felix continues to improve in Southampton General Hospital, so please give generously to this very worthy cause. We wish Felix and his family a very Happy Christmas.

*while stocks last!

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