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Bespoke Cricket Bat Experience

Taunton, Somerset   
REF: BESBAT

• See your own bat crafted by master bat makers
• Help choose the willow, profile and bat finish
• Learn from the specialist team at Millichamp & Hall
• Take home your own hand crafted Grade 1 Bat

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Adult Bespoke Cricket Bat

Price

£799.00

What's Included

• Allow up to three hours for this experience
• Hosted by a master craftsman
• Full assessment to determine the correct profile, weight and length of your own bat
• Total involvement throughout the whole bat making process from the choosing of the willow cleft to the finishing and polishing of the completed blade
• Your own bespoke cricket bat to take home
• Adult Bespoke Cricket Bat: Full Size Grade 1
• Complimentary premium gift packaging from Into the Blue

What Can I Expect

The secrets of how to make a cricket bat are revealed on this Bespoke Cricket Bat Experience - fabricated in front of you, just for you! This amazing experience is truly a one off, as you will visit the master craftsmen at the Millichamp & Hall workshop in the heart of the Somerset Country Cricket Ground in Taunton to see your own personalised cricket bat design being made and be involved in each step of the process.

The company started out in 1987 when founders Julian Millichamp and Jonathan Hall set up in a sport shop and workshop in Perth Australia. There, using a range of vintage drawknives and spokeshaves, they lovingly crafted clefts (blocks) of willow wood into the blades of their first made to order cricket bats. After returning to Somerset the winning partnership continued with a clear focus on quality materials and providing a personal service, which allows you to custom design your own cricket bat to match your batting preferences.

Their commitment to excellence was soon recognised and rewarded when several of the cricketers from the Australian test squad purchased bats to use in the Ashes Tour of 1989, resulting in the Aussie underdogs skillfully defended their wicket, taking match wins at Headingly, Lords, Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge and The Oval. For the England team it was a stump crushing disaster, but the status of Millichamp and Hall as quality, winning bat makers was sealed.

The design and and manufacture is an art form and ancient tradition which requires a number of key build stages. The blade of each cricket bat is made from a cleft of 'Cricket Bat Willow' (Salix Alba Caurelea) before being dried, formed and rolled into shape with loads of up to two tonnes per square inch. Once the characteristics of the face and sides are determined, the distinctive V shape or splice is then cut at the shoulder in readiness to accept the handle. The final shaping and balancing is where the real effort and skill comes in, with every aspect of the final product being checked and finessed.

You will be able to chat with the master bat maker to discuss your needs and select your wood, paying attention to the grading and the grain. Then you'll learn how weight and length affect the profile and pitch of your cricket bat whilst it's being made, before the finish wax and polish adds the finishing touches to the blade - and all this to your own precise specifications.

Learning how to make a cricket bat is a must-do for all serious cricket fans. There can be nothing more special than having your very own high-quality Millichamp & Hall cricket bat made just for you. We can't guarantee you'll be hitting century innings with the finished item, but we're sure they'll be nothing more satisfying than the sound of leather ball on the willow of your cricket bat that has been designed to your own requirements.

Availability

• Available on selected days throughout the year

Location

• At a prestigious workshop within the Somerset County Cricket Ground

Spectators

• There is limited space within the workshops and therefore guests are by arrangement with the venue on booking
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50
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* 93% delivered next working day

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Standard Gift Pack

Standard Gift Pack Comes with a Smart envelope,your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Personal Choice.

(incurs a £1.95 shipping charge)

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The Into the Blue E-Voucher is an instant email option,it consists of a personalised email and a pdf download of your personalised gift voucher.The Instant Choice

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Vouchers are usually valid for 23 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 23 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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