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We're so excited about bringing The British Blanket Company to the Hestercombe House Christmas market this weekend. Come and find us in the marquee where we'll be selling our colourful and cosy throws and blankets alongside handmade ceramics from Decorator's Notebook

The market is held in the beautiful setting of Hestercombe House near Taunton in Somerset. It was so successful last year the market has been extended to three days so you can visit this Friday, Saturday or Sunday (18th - 20th November 2016) from 10am - 5pm.

Hope to see you there! Visit the Hestercombe House website for full visitor info and to buy your tickets in advance for a discounted price.

The British Blanket Company will be attending some fantastic Christmas markets and fairs in 2016. Please come along to see us, support local independent retailers while doing your Christmas shopping and enjoy a nice mince pie and some mulled wine!

NOVEMBER 2016

Sunday 6th Nov |The Frome Independent Market, Frome, Somerset | 10am - 3pm

Friday 18th Nov | Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, Somerset | 10am - 5pm

Saturday 19th Nov | Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, Somerset | 10am - 5pm

Sunday 20th Nov | Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, Somerset | 10am - 5pm

 

DECEMBER 2016

Sunday 4th Dec |The Frome Independent Market, Frome, Somerset | 10am - 3pm

 

We would love for you to join The British Blanket Company at one of these fabulous Christmas markets we'll be attending over the next couple of months with our cosy pure wool blankets and throws... they make perfect Christmas gifts!

We'll also be joined by our sister company Decorator's Notebook with a selection of gorgeous handmade mugs, which are the perfect partner on an evening snuggled under a blanket.

Please come and say hello to Bethan and Joe on the stall!

Wool Week discount The British Blanket Company

This week is Wool Week and at The British Blanket Company we're celebrating this wonderful natural fibre with a special discount code for you all! From 10th - 14th October 2016 simply enter the discount code "WOOLWEEK" at the checkout for £5 off your order. 

As the temperature drops this is a perfect chance to choose from any of our British-made pure wool throws to keep you snug on those chilly autumn evenings and once you've experienced the extra warmth of a real wool blanket you won't go back to any of that synthetic nonsense!

Wool fibre Wool Week 2016

What makes wool so wonderful for blankets? Well, when better than Wool Week to share some of the more interesting and intriguing reasons why wool is so special.

WOOL IS 100% NATURAL

It's amazing when you think about it... all it takes for a sheep to make wool is a lovely field of lush green grass to chomp. To get scientific, wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin without any intervention from man. That's why humans since the Stone Age have used wool to keep themselves warm and science has yet to create a synthetic fibre that can match its unique properties.

WOOL IS ECO-FRIENDLY

As long as there's grass to graze, a sheep with grow a lovely soft new fleece every single year, making wool endlessly renewable. At the end of its life, wool biodegrades much more quickly than man-made fibres.

WOOL IS WARM

We all know wool is warm, but why? Well, that all comes down to its hydroscopic properties, which means it naturally absorbs and releases water vapour from the atmosphere. Heat is generated during the absorption phase, making wool a natural insulator. That's why our wool blankets are so cosy and snug.

WOOL IS DURABLE

Did you know that a single strand of wool fibre can be bent back on itself 20 times before it breaks? This makes wool products very long lasting and, with a little care, a woollen blanket will last for many, many years. Caring for your wool blanket doesn't have to be a chore either as our throws can be machine washed on a cool cycle and simply dried on the line.

WOOL IS SAFE

Wool is naturally flame retardant thanks to its high water and nitrogen content, which means that it doesn't catch fire easily. If a wool blanket did catch fire in an accident, it won't melt to the skin as synthetic materials will, meaning the risk of burns is lessened. 

If you've enjoyed this blog post and would like to learn more about the wonders of wool, visit the Campaign for Wool website here.

[Wool fibre image courtesy of Campaign for Wool]

The British Blanket Company stall at Dig for Victory

The British Blanket Company stall at Dig for Victory Show

I am a firm believer that pretty much everything is more fun in fancy dress, and it turns out that hosting a pop-up market stall is no exception. Last weekend Joe and I had the pleasure of bringing The British Blanket Company to The Dig For Victory Show, a 1940s themed festival in North Somerset.

The British Blanket Company costumes at The Dig For Victory Show

We had great fun planning our outfits for the occasion... Joe even sacrificed his trademark beard and restyled it into a rather spiffing mustache to fit the wartime theme.

Tug of war at Dig for Victory Show

Dig for Victory sign

The Dig For Victory Show celebrates all things 1940s, from spectacular re-enactments with military vehicles to ration cookery demonstrations, a vintage fashion show and lively swing bands playing all day and night. 

Uniforms at Dig For Victory Show

Dig for Victory show dog

One of the highlights was an amazing Spitfire and Hurricane flypast on each day which had the whole crowd looking up in awe. You could tell that the many children visiting were in their element with all the vehicles, guns and explosions.

1940s costume Dig for Victory Show

We couldn't believe the effort that some visitors and re-enactors went to with their outfits... the attention to detail was truly amazing and you could tell that some people made it their life's mission to perfect every authentic period detail in their uniforms.

Uniforms at Dig for Victory show 2016

The only thing that was thankfully not authentic was the food: instead of Spam Fritters there were lots of tasty food stalls serving everything from wood-fired pizzas to tea and crumpets. 

Vehicle Dig For Victory Show

Don't forget to follow The British Blanket Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out when and where we'll be with our stall. We're popping up next at the brilliant Frome Independent Market in Somerset on Sunday 3rd July 2016 so come and say hello.... although we can't promise we'll be quite this well dressed!

 Luxury picnic rug wool waterproof leather straps The British Blanket Company
The British Blanket Company is all about celebrating the best of British, so where better to photograph our new collection of throws than our beautiful coast? We're lucky to have this C19th lighthouse just a half-hour's walk from home and we thought it would be the ideal setting for a photo shoot on a warm summer's evening. 
Black Nore Lighthouse The British Blanket Company
Black Nore Lighthouse sits on the Bristol Channel where it signalled to ships twice every 10 seconds until 2010, when it was sold to a trust for preservation for just £1. It's no longer operational but is still popular as a picnic spot for walkers between Portishead and Clevedon.  
The British Blanket Company pink and blue waffle wool throw blanket 
Waffle wool throw blanket yellow orange pink The British Blanket Company
Our new collection for summer 2016 has some gorgeous new designs in colours that are made to make you smile! Our Waffle Stripe throws comes in three fruity colour combinations: Orange & Kiwi Green, Lemon Yellow & Lime and Raspberry Pink & Blueberry. The weave has a wonderful texture and the pure wool is soft and fluffy.
 Luxury wool picnic blanket waterproof leather straps The British Blanket Company
The other new addition to our range is an expanded range of luxury picnic rugs. These pure wool picnic blankets with waterproof backing and leather carry straps have been so popular we've added a new design in Soft Grey Herringbone with a Red Stripe. This classic colour combination has echos of vintage Swiss Army Blankets and has already proved a big hit with outdoor fans and as a sophisticated wedding gift.
Orange waffle wool blanket throw The British Blanket Company 
If you love British design, head to The British Blanket Company shop to explore our collection of British made wool throws and blankets. Stay tuned to our brand new blog for more adventures around Britain!