Black Friday is Bright Friday here at The British Blanket Company! Enter the code "BRIGHTFRIDAY" at the checkout online and get 10% OFF every order placed today, plus FREE DELIVERY to UK mainland addresses. All our throws, picnic rugs and baby blankets are included but some designs are selling out so don't miss this offer.
Ends midnight on Friday 25th November 2016 GMT.
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!
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
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!
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!
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!