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Blacksmith Experience Day Peak District

Bakewell, Derbyshire   

• A full-day blacksmithing course in the Peak District
• Purpose-built forge near the village of Elton
• Hosted by expert blacksmiths Jessica, Phil and Tim
• Create a forged metal piece to take home with you

What's Included

• Introduction to general blacksmithing skills
• Create your own masterpiece to take home with you
• Examples of items you can create are coat hooks, toasting forks, fire pokers, chestnut roasters, door knockers
• PPE, tools, materials and fuel for the forges are included
• Lunch, snacks and drinks are included
• Groups of up to 12 people can be accommodated

General Itinerary
• 09:30 Welcome introduction and safety briefing with tea and coffee
• 10:00 Light the fires, demonstration and forge work
• 13:00 Lunch included, served in the 'snack' room
• 13:45-17:30 Demonstration and forge work (with a break in the middle)
• 16:30 Tidy up (with an ice cold beer or a glass of wine)

What Can I Expect

Join a blacksmithing course in the Peak District and learn how to work the metal! We are offering full-day courses in blacksmithery at this lovely country forge near the little village of Elton, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Jessica, Phil and Tim run these courses. They are all full-time blacksmiths, specialising in decorative metalwork. As well as taking on private commissions and creating artistic pieces, they host experiences to teach novices the methods of blacksmithing.

It's quite a setup they have. Arriving at the traditional Peak District farmhouse, you'll be welcomed into the purpose-built forge. It's a really good size, with three double forges and six anvils. When the fire's roaring and the anvils are ringing, the place is abuzz with creativity.

And you'll be party to all that, as this is very much a hands on blacksmithing day. Expect to get properly stuck in heating, striking and shaping that red-hot metal. All the appropriate PPE and blacksmithing tools are provided for you, you just need to arrive with your steel toe-capped shoes or sturdy walking boots and comfy clothing.

Throughout your day you'll learn lots about being a blacksmith. Taking your project each stage at a time, you'll be shown how to work your metal using traditional methods that haven't changed for generations.

As for what you make, it's totally up to you. Popular forged iron items that students enjoy hand crafting include fire pokers, coat hooks, toasting forks and curtain rails. Your tutors will always be on hand to help you with the processes and even design ideas if you need inspiration. Of course, whatever you decide to create it's yours to take home with you.

After introductions over a brew, you'll set to work in the forge. There's a break for lunch (which is included in the voucher price) and then it's back to the anvils to put the finishing touches to your piece. As the activity in the forge ceases, you round things off with a nice cool beer to celebrate the day you went on a blacksmithing course in the Peak District.


• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Courses start at 09:30 finishing around 17:30
• Dates are subject to availability


• Bakewell, Derbyshire, in the heart of The Peak District

Suitable For

• Minimum age 12
• Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult


• Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

• Jeans, T-Shirt and jumper are recommended (no fleeces)
• Suitable sturdy foot wear should be worn ie Steel toe-capped boots or walking boots
• Jewellery should not be worn and long hair must be tied back


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 4
Recommend to Friend 4
5 months ago
This was genuinely one of the best things I've ever done. Tim was super patient and helpful and super knowledgeable. I'm really proud of what I accomplished and now have a real itch and passion to do more!
Stephen Hanson
6 months ago
Great day - couldn't have improved it, book it now.
Andrew Davies
6 months ago
Although the day was well presented and full, and although I have not done blacksmithing before the course was too basic for me. If another more advanced course was available I would certainly go again.
Richard harris
7 months ago
The experience was a Blacksmithing day in the Peak District. The event was very well organised, from booking the date and time to walking out with a hand made toasting fork. Safety was top of the priority list but there was also time for fun and some excellent food. Although the work is quite heavy, it was well within our 70+ years capacity as interested novices.
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Blacksmith Experience Day Peak District
Full Day Blacksmith Experience Day
Total Price£170.00
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