In-person course
in Great Fransham, Dereham Maker & location details

Blacksmithing, bladesmithing and metal craft



Join our friendly Blacksmithing Team for a full day's tuition in basic forging! Award winning, master blacksmith, Nigel Barnett will guide you through the basic skills of forging. You will have a go at making your own items to take home. The course is very hands-on and attendees will learn the skills required to create a variety of traditional ironmongery. Working at your own speed, tuition is a demonstration followed by one to one guidance. You can expect to do 6-7 hours of forging in the day. Courses are run most Fridays and Saturdays (except the last Saturday of each month). Students can expect to make a variety of pieces or if you have specific aspirations just ask. If required, overnight accommodation is available in one of the Forge's shepherd huts situated in the adjacent wooded sculpture trail. The huts are self catering and basic cooking facilities and gas or wood BBQs are available or there is always the local pub or take-aways a short drive. The huts have electricity and a wood-burner so don't worry about cool evenings, there is also a shared shower cabin and cook cabin. The huts costs £40 per night - you are welcome to bring your partner to stay by arrangement too. There is also plenty of room for camping if you prefer, just bring your tent!

What's included in the price?

All tools, materials and safety equipment is provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout, comfortable footwear. Tea and coffee is provided - please bring a packed lunch. If staying overnight in the shepherd hut - bedlinen is provided but bring towels, toiletries and food. If you wish to camp then bring your tent!


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Fransham Forge

with Craft Courses since 2013

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Stag dos
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Fransham Forge, Cranes Corner, Great Fransham, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2HX