Court House Farm: Style & Sustainability
Quietly hidden away within the small high street town of Portishead, lies a medieval Manor house nestled next to the Tudor Tower house with its unique hexagonal folly. Set within the 4-acre site is a courtyard, a huge barn, cowshed, stables, and outbuildings; which are all traditionally old and rustic, a beautiful place to gather your thoughts and relive a bit of history.
On the 8th June, I attended this magnificent farm for the first time; a weekend of Style and Sustainability. A textile showcase of modern and vintage textiles, makers & creators, crafting and a pop up home store, all inspired by sustainable Living and working towards zero waste.
When we first arrived, we were greeted with a wonderful welcome, alongside a beautifully illustrated map of the area and free pink hand dyed tote bag. I’m still sing them most days for my shopping! We made our way through the gardens first, a hidden area full of wild flowers and blooming trees, contrasting against the old architecture and crumbling doorways. We then gradually made our way round the stalls, which were all beautifully set up within the main courtyard - there was an array of florists, local brewers and antique interiors. Upstairs in the Great Barn was a selection of old trinkets, such as rocking horses and worn picture frames, along with large decorative, rustic stick stars on the wall. It created a kind of spooky atmosphere, reminding me of something out of visually beautiful but terrifying film. I definitely wouldn’t want to be in there at night…
We made our way round the Herb Garden and Romance Walk, a perfectly well-kept corner, thriving with colour, unusual smells and bees. We sat and drank our coffee in this little, peaceful escape, enjoying the last and only bit of sunshine we’ve sadly only had this month. Alongside it was an arched walk way, shrouded in beautifully hanging leaves and branches; an isle which makes you feel as if you’re a bride abroad in a hot country - definitely not in a small, coastal Somerset town!
We got chatting to some of the lovely artists and business owners at the event, all powering through the windy but sunny afternoon, catching their products as they blew away in the wind! We met Keepers Makers, a lovely mother and daughter team who create crafts through re-used textiles. Natalie Lauraine Floral Design, with her beautiful yet unique plant displays and Portishead Brewing Co., an independent brewers who have plans to open a microbrewery in Portishead sometime in the summer. At the end, we attended a wonderful presentation by Turn The Tide Portishead; a group of volunteers dedicated to reducing the plastic pollution of Portishead’s beautiful beaches through regular beach cleans and educational projects. We had a really interesting Q&A afterwards, where the older generation chatted with the younger, discussing how it was all our part to play in terms of changing the future; not focusing on whose fault it is. There was a real mix of people with creative ideas who we’re most importantly passionate about the impact of plastic, all fully invested in changing how we go about packaging and sourcing our materials.
The whole experience at Court House Farm gave you a real feel for an alternative lifestyle for the future, one where we are grounded to loving and living from the earth around us. It brings together communities and a fresh outlook on how we should buy our goods. We ended our experience by embracing the gardens one last time on a romantic swinging bench, appreciating a part of Portishead I never knew existed. This farm is a very new addition to the town, one I’m very grateful is growing where I live. It encourages art, education and culture, something it has struggled to do on a large scale like this.
Keep an eye on everything Court House Farm are up to this year by following them on: https://www.facebook.com/courthousefarm/ and https://www.instagram.com/courthousefarm/. They run blog events inside house too, a manor with breath-taking scenery which you can see on their Instagram.