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The Academy Live the Blacksmith Experience

A specialist forge in the heart of Herefordshire, dedicated to teaching you traditional blacksmithing techniques.

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Experience An Ancient Tradition

Blacksmithing is an old and noble craft, using heat and hammer to forge practical or decorative items from raw iron. At The Academy, you can feel the power of creating your own sword, ring or other keepsake with your own hands.

We offer a series of fun packages for families, friends or couples as well as corporate team-building or Christmas party events and vocational courses for future blacksmiths.

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Packages & Courses

So what can you make? The answer to that lies in the skill you discover in yourself – we generally suggest making a hook, a toasting fork, a keepsake or, as a team, a decorative sword, but if you turn out to be really good you could try a piece for the home.

Last Minute Booking

Please check our ‘last minute booking’ for new packages or courses available.

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Couples Day Date Blacksmithing

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

We will teach you how to make a piece of bespoke ironwork, and you can either work together to make something for the home, or compete to see who is the best blacksmith. This package is also ideal for a stress-free first date.

The day is promised to bring lots of laughter and fun, making also the perfect way to mark and celebrate your anniversary! 

Work together, or compete to make a keepsake to take home.

We also offer the added option of our picnic lunch in either our Scandinavian Lodge or our Shepherd’s Hut. Lunch is a further £8.50 per meal.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

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3 hours experience: £128 per couple
5 hours experience: £170 per couple
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Couples Day Date Blacksmithing

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

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3 hours experience: £128 per couple
5 hours experience: £170 per couple
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Just For Fun

Packages available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

Our ‘just for fun’ is one to be ticked off your bucket list! You can enjoy three or five hours of blacksmithing with a fully trained member of our team.

Take away a beautiful crafted piece of ironwork, created by your own hands.

After your time in the forge, why not unwind even further in our wooded grounds and enjoy our homemade picnic lunches. These are a further £8.50 per meal. Alternatively, head down to the local pub for a drink and an evening meal.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

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3 hours experience: £64 Per Person
5 hours experience: £85 Per Person
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Just For Fun

Packages available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

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3 hours experience: £64 Per Person
5 hours experience: £85 Per Person
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Blacksmithing Team Building

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

Your team will have a challenging physical and mental task to tackle which will require them to work together and encourage them to bond naturally and instinctively. It will also teach them a discipline that is probably quite different from their normal employment role. 

Participants will learn new skills and create a lasting memory! 

We offer a three & five hour package, tailored to individual requirements.

For more information please get in touch.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

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3 hours experience: £dependent on requirements
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Blacksmithing Team Building

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

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Blacksmithing Stag/Hen Parties

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

You could each make a keepsake as a lasting memento of your friendship and the forthcoming wedding or you could join together as a team to make a decorative sword. 

If you want to make a weekend of it we can help you find suitable accommodation for couples or groups in beautiful nearby self-catering cottages or B&B’s. If you are looking for a way to round off the day we can recommend many entertaining activities including local beer/cider/wine tasting, a spot of clay shooting or paintballing in the countryside.

We offer a three & five hour package, tailored to individual requirements.

For more information please get in touch.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

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3 hours experience: £dependent on requirements
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Blacksmithing Stag/Hen Parties

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

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Make A Hand Forged Wedding Ring

Package available as a 5 hour experience

Come to The Academy for a day and our expert blacksmiths will help you create the rings that will make your wedding so special. 

During your time with us you can celebrate the occasion with the added option of a picnic lunch in our Scandinavian Lodge or our Shepherd’s Hut. Lunch is a further £8.50 per meal. 

£199.00 per couple for five hours of forging two rings

We also offer the option of plating your rings in Chrome, Silver or Gold.

This is a further £84.00 per ring.

For further detail please email academy@oldfieldforge.co.uk

All package prices are subject to VAT.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

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5 hours experience: £199 per couple
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Make A Hand Forged Wedding Ring

Package available as a 5 hour experience

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5 hours experience: £199 per couple
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Bespoke Blacksmithing Packages

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

The day is suitable for children (8 years and above) as well as adults. 

If they are not tired out after their forging experience, the children can enjoy our play area with a tyre swing, zip wire, picnic benches and wild flowers – the sheepdogs might come out to play too!

Let us know what occasion you wish to celebrate and we’ll make that day special for you.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

From:
3 hours experience: £64 Per person
5 hours experience: £85 Per person
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Bespoke Blacksmithing Packages

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

From:
3 hours experience: £64 Per person
5 hours experience: £85 Per person
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Blacksmith Forging & Beer Tasting Experience

3 hours of forging followed by a tour at either venue

During your time with us we will help you make a bottle opener or cork screw to aid you in your tour experience.

You can choose to visit the following;

Hillside Brewery - an exciting, family owned and run Gloucestershire brewery, built on traditional skills and values.

Weston's Cider - traditional producers of award winning cider and perry draught and bottled products.

White Castle Vineyards - dedicated to producing a variety of quality welsh wines using first class viticultural practices.

The forging experience is approx 3 hours followed by a tour at either venue. During your time with us you can also enjoy one of our picnic lunches for a further cost of £8.50 per lunch. Set in our beautiful wooded grounds we also have a Shepherd’s Hut and a

Scandinavian Lodge with a wood burning stove!

All of our packages can be individually tailored so please call us to enquire and discuss your requirements.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

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3 hours experience: £78 Per person
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Blacksmith Forging & Beer Tasting Experience

3 hours of forging followed by a tour at either venue

From:
3 hours experience: £78 Per person

Decorative Sword Activity

Our decorative sword activity is a perfect package for groups of five or more. Our swords may not be made from Valyrian steel as featured on Games of Thrones. However your journey in crafting one will be remembered for years!

This package outshines all the traditional stag & hen activities as, under the expert guidance of our experienced blacksmiths, you work together to create an everlasting memento for the groom or bride. Share laughter and fun together as you forge the sword and then impress your guests when it comes to cutting the wedding cake!

Five hours forging - £85.00 per person

Suitable for any occasion (stag/hen/birthday/teambuilding)

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Forge Your Knife

Discover the fundamentals of traditional knife making in our rural Herefordshire forge. This is very much a “hands on” day that will enable you to craft your very own blade - which would be suitable to be either used (with care) or displayed (with pride). With one of our team of experts overseeing your work, you will be carefully guided through the process of hand forging and polishing your knife. 

During your time with us you can enjoy lunch in our picnic area, and enjoy our Scandinavian lodge or Shepherds hut whilst your blade is annealing. 

This is a fantastic 6 hours of fun, taught in a relaxed environment, where you will be made to sweat but will leave at the end of the day with a blade that you will cherish forever and with a story to be told.

Duration – 6 hours approx

£150.00 per person

Under 18yrs must be accompanied by an adult

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Forging Gift Experience Voucher

Please choose the experience package that you require and let us know whether you wish to receive a hard copy of the voucher or an e-voucher.

We will then send you an email confirming your purchase.

If you require a hard copy of the voucher we will post this to you on the next working day. An e-voucher will arrive shortly after your confirmation.

To book your desired date please contact academy@oldfieldforge.co.uk with your voucher number.

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Wedding Rings - We had a wonderful and very memorable time with you yesterday. Richard was a perfect teacher and a very amiable companion along our journey to become masters of the forge !! We return home not only with very fond memories of our day out there, but with two very beautiful rings which we will treasure forever, made by each other with everlasting love. Thank you and your team for a great day we will not forget.

-Mari and Peter Darby
August 2017

3hr Forging Experience Voucher - We had an amazing time forging yesterday. We have been wanting to do something like this for a long time. I was researching it when I came across Oldfield Forge. Nicky was absolutely amazing with all the questions that I had. I decided to buy the three hour session as a surprise birthday present for my husband. Nicky was so helpful that she sent the voucher in a plain envelope marked private so that my husband wouldn

-Kayleigh May Meek
July 2017

Had a great time this weekend at Oldfield as a 10yr anniversary surprise for my other half. Ben was so patient with me considering I was the naughty kid in the class burning my metal and "choking the hammer" all the time! The picnic and setting is lovely and we were made so welcome! Can

-Sam Dowsett
July 2017

5hr Bespoke Package - I

-Alexandra
July 2017

What a great morning! Everyone at Oldfield was welcoming and the setting is beautiful. If you are looking for something unusual to do as an individual or as a bigger group this is great fun. We learned so much and came away with a bottle opener and cheese knife made with our own hands.

-Alexandra O
July 2017

5hr Couples Day Date Package - My partner and I competed the 5 hour course here and had the BEST time! All the staff are super friendly and our instructor was really helpful and so patient (with our many many mistakes) and we left with a dragonfly poker and doorstop that we get to keep forever! Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to do something outside of the norm, much better than other

-Claire Lea
April 2017

Decorative Sword Activity - A family-run business, so obviously dedicated to providing their customers with a wide range of product offerings and experiences, Oldfield Forge does not disappoint! We were consistently blown away by their quiet dedication to making our young son

-Louise Clifford
April 2017

Thank you for a brilliant morning in your forge, Aaron was a top bloke and very knowledgeable in what he does and helped us have an unforgettable experience. Well worth a visit if you want to try your hand at being a blacksmith.

-Tom Whitley
April 2017

3hr Bespoke Package - We did a three hour academy session and I can honestly say it was awesome, will definitely go back. Aaron the blacksmith was a great teacher, relaxed and very helpful. Overall an amazing experience that I would thoroughly recommend!

-Sarah Richards
April 2017

Had the best time at the workshop - kind, careful teaching and lots of laughs. Totally totally recommend :)

-Hanna Cevik
May 2017

Fantastic day on Saturday with Aaron making a poker and couple of handles. Without reservation we would recommend the Forge and having a go at being a blacksmith for a few hours Chris and Gilly

-Chris Broadway
March 2017

We had a great day yesterday. Learning to forge was fun and interesting, Ben was a great teacher! Really pleased with our creations and a great present experience. Thank you

-Rebecca Hope
August 2017

5hr Couples Day Date Package - Brilliant day out. Worth every penny. My wife and I made a rose together and went on to make a individual pieces also. (5hr session) Everything was explained very well and help was at hand if needed.

-Ian Kilner
February 2017

Couples Day Date Package - The Oldfield Forge is set in a lovely location in Herefordshire countryside. My boyfriend bought me a voucher from NOTHS for Christmas, it was a couples one do we got to do it together. The Forge has enough room for 6 people but we were lucky as it was just the two of us and then another bloke who had come from the Brewery tour. We got to make a poker each in the morning. It was just the right amount of teaching to practical hands on having a go. Ben our tutor was very knowledgeable and helpful! After a yummy lunch outside in a beautiful setting, we got back in the workshop and made a rose, this was great as it involved working together and different skills from the morning project! We both loved this and are already wanting to go back and make something else. If you

-Kate Holdsworth
September 2016

If you get the chance to try this.....do. I was given my day at Oldfield Forge Academy by my wife as a surprise, so that I could try my hand at a new craft, so I arrived not knowing quite what to expect. What I found was a thoroughly satisfying, enjoyable and rewarding learning opportunity. My day was personalised by Richard, to give me what I felt was a good challenge with a useful object for me to make that I chose with helpful guidance. The door knocker I made may not be quite a perfect example but It looks great to me and my wife, I made it myself (largely!) and it will be a lasting reminder of an experience I would love to try again in future. Thanks to everyone at the Forge and specially Richard.

-Dave Taylor
June 2017

Had such a great time here. We learnt so much within a really fun environment. The staff are great and really make the whole experience even better. They also made a BBQ for us which tasted great and really sorted us out for the rest of the day. If I could give it more then 5 stars then I would!

-Samuel Shelton
August 2017

Wonderful 5hr day today at the forge academy..Both myself and my other half Gary had a great time..staff were excellent..picnic lunch was great..between us both we managed to make 4 lovely garden ornaments..fabulous day...loved every minute...

-Sarah-Jane Mann
August 2018

We were bought our date night forging experience as a Christmas present and had no expectations. Most people would have waited to cash-in the voucher in spring or as the weather got warmer, but we wanted something to look forward to for January, so we booked our date for the end of the month. We live in Essex, so we had quite a drive to get here, but setting off after breakfast meant we arrived in plenty of time for our session at 14.00. The great thing about doing it when we did, no-one else was booked in, so we had the instructor all to ourselves. He was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and patient. This was a good thing as my boyfriend took to it quickly, but I struggled, so was grateful for the extra help. We were given the option of things we could make within our three hour session and we

-Jennifer Thomson
February 2016

We had a great day yesterday. Learning to forge was fun and interesting, Ben was a great teacher! Really pleased with our creations and a great present experience. Thank you

-Rebecca Hope
August 2017

Had a fantastic morning with the hubby for our monthly date day. Never expected to enjoy it as much as we did. Our instructor Ben was a lovely man and great teacher. I would recommend the experience to anyone. I want do do it again.

-Claire Oakley
August 2017

Had such a great time here. We learnt so much within a really fun environment. The staff are great and really make the whole experience even better. They also made a BBQ for us which tasted great and really sorted us out for the rest of the day. If I could give it more then 5 stars then I would!

-Samuel Shelton
August 2017

I just wanted to send an email to thank the team and Ben for a wonderful day, my wife and I really enjoyed the whole experience and thought everyone we met was very welcoming and friendly. I will be recommending your company to all my friends and colleagues and will definitely be coming back myself.

-Allan Barlow
August 2017

Our Huts

With all our packages we also offer our picnic facilities and the use of our Scandinavian Lodge and Shepherd’s Hut, both sited in the Oldfield Forge wood so that you can really enjoy the experience of being in our beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Children are very welcome to run around in our grassed play area where there are picnic benches and wildflowers to give them the true feeling of playing in the countryside.

Shepherds Hut

The Shepherd’s Hut is full of old rustic charm and bygone tools.

Scandinavian Lodge

Our Scandinavian Lodge is perfect for large groups, and can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people.

We Believe In Working With Local Businesses

At Oldfield Forge we believe in working with local businesses in order to offer you even more for your day out at The Academy.  If you would like to extend your visit and enjoy another activity we can help you arrange extra treats such as tours at our local beer, cider or wine producers. Alternatively, you might like to start or finish your day by paddling your own canoe, or try your hand at other outdoor pursuits.  

We can also help you source or arrange local accommodation in our beautiful countryside settings. 

http://www.skenfrith.co.uk/ 
http://www.garwaymooninn.co.uk/  
http://www.kilpeckinn.com/ 
http://www.theharewoodend.com/index 

The Location

From the summit of Garway Hill (less than two miles away) it is possible to see seven counties on a clear day, with uninterrupted views on all sides of fields, farms and distant hills.  We consider ourselves very fortunate to be set in the very heart of the wonderful west Herefordshire countryside and there are plenty of walks you can enjoy from gentle strolls to more demanding hikes.