Christmas stars at Trerice

Stars being hung in the barn ceiling at Trerice

Since Christmas 2014 we’ve been decorating the barn ceiling at Trerice with hundreds of gold, plaster stars.

Since Christmas 2014 we’ve been decorating the barn ceiling at Trerice with hundreds of gold, plaster stars. Inspired by the detailed craftsmanship of the house’s plaster ceilings and the enormous height of the barn roof it’s something that’s developed over the past 4 years. 

Originally only half of the barn was decorated with 1,500 stars (and one moon!) which took staff and volunteers 3 months to make. In 2015 it was unanimously agreed, that, for a full impact, the whole ceiling needed to be used and another 1,000 stars were made.

There’s now a supply of approximately 2,600 stars – although every year there are a few fatalities dropped from height – all made and painted by hand. When we cast the stars fishing line is put in the mould with the wet mixture, then we use paperclips to individually hang each star from fishing nets installed in the ceiling.

Gold stars hang in the barn restaurant
Plaster stars in the barn restaurant at Trerice
Gold stars hang in the barn restaurant

Scaffolding towers from Trerice and Trelissick are built in the barn and moved from bay to bay beneath the beams. It’s an occasion where all the teams at Trerice get to work together with some on the ground collating stars, some hanging the stars and some dedicated to untying the inevitable knots!

“Getting up on a tower and putting up the stars is my favourite part,” says Visitor Experience Officer Emily. “You get to watch the ‘sky’ take shape and unfold.  It all becomes worth it when you’re surrounded by stars and it’s so magical standing up there putting it together piece by piece.”

The impact of the stars when they’re all hung is incredible, they don’t hang still so whenever the door’s opened and the winter wind comes in they sway with the breeze, the fishing line glittering amongst a sky of golden stars.