It's the Hampshire craft cafe and events venue providing colourful celebrations for all the family, including everything from unicorn visits to puppy pilates.

The Barn opened next door to Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club in Shedfield less than a year ago and has fast become known as the perfect place for a party.

It's the brainchild of Clare Danks and Angela Martin, former nursery managers who had always dreamed of owning a business providing crafts and cakes as an outlet for their creative streaks. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Enjoying The Barn in Shedfield

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Clare told the Daily Echo: "We did some messy play sessions together at the nursery Angela still owns and ever since then we've really had our hearts set on this. We've always joked about when we open our craft cafe, but last year we decided to make it a reality. 

"We looked at another premises, which wasn't for us, but were told the barn had just become available. It was a book-binding workshop full of machinery, but we just loved the beams and thought it was beautiful."

It was all hands to the pump for a five week refit of the building and The Barn was able to open in time for the Easter holidays. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Enjoying The Barn in Shedfield

The venue has a regular timetable including toddler mornings, home education workshops and regular events for Dads and childminders. 

But it's in their parties and special events that the venue really comes into its own. 

The Barn specialises in children's parties, occasionally featuring a magical unicorn visit, and has hosted everything up to an 80th birthday bash, as well as dozens of baby showers, gender reveal parties and other celebrations and corporate events. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Enjoying The Barn in Shedfield

As well as the puppy pilates, with a local Cockapoo breeder, special events have included everything from meditation and a visit to the neighbouring hotel spa to sessions with The Grinch.

"As long as it's quirky, we can do pretty much anything," laughs Clare. "We're always thinking of something weird and wonderful. Whatever the event, we make sure it's really special."

Grazing boards or afternoon tea are on offer alongside Barista coffee and personalised cookies while crafts include ceramic painting.

Valentines, World Book Day, Mother's Day and Easter events are available to book while luxury picnics, either on tables in The Barn's grounds, or delivered to your own home, will be available again from April.