A New and Improved Us!
We’ve been forging our way to a new kind of future and we can’t wait to welcome you to our new and improved experience space!
So everything was going great – we were welcoming more and more first time forgers, and returning customers through our iron gates and then Covid 19 hit, along with so many business we had to stop everything! No visitors! No experiences! We were no longer able to do what we love every day.
We could have thrown the towel in, but stopping did give us something… It gave us time to think! Think about how we go forward from here ensuring that our customers get the same experience whilst also ensuring that everyone’s safety is paramount.
We put our thinking caps on, rallied together as a family, picked up the tools, put on our hard hats and headed down to the forge to create a better space, a bigger space and an enhanced experience for you…
From the small things to the bigger things we believe that we have thought of everything and if you have visited before you are set to be wowed at just how much has changed. Did we bring in the big guns? Did we bring in any contractors? No, we as a family, have done it all ourselves and we couldn’t be more proud of the results. Our Twins Ava and Cameron (9) have got stuck in with the clearing of
the woodland, Reagan (7) rolled his sleeves up and got stuck in with the relaying of the bark paths and Rocco (4) didn’t let age stop him and proved that he is a pro with a wheelbarrow!
Bigger Is Better
We have moved our workshop!
We’ve picked everything up and moved it into a huge shed so that we can maintain social distancing easier whilst still having fun! It has taken a lot of work and a lot of blood, sweat and plenty of tears but we’ve finally finished it and are so proud of the even better space this is for you, and for us!
The workshop, with its bright and breezy feel now allows us to carry on booking in your experience days with confidence in our safety measures. It’s big enough to fit all of our visitors and our team of expert forgers therefore allowing all the enjoyment of a forge experience without having to worry about getting too close.
The Viewing & Show Room
One of our very favourite new features is the showroom. In here you will find bespoke pieces made by Head Blacksmith Aaron and you’ll also find merchandise designed by Nicky. There’s a tuck shop serving hot drinks and a little something for a sweet tooth but by far the best feature to this
beautiful space is the viewing window where you can come into the comfort of the showroom and look out on all the action of the workshop whilst taking a break. This room is perfect for those guests who maybe bringing somebody with them to watch but not get involved.
The Grinding Shelter
We’ve moved the grinding area outside to maximise space!
We welcome many families here at the forge. Some bring their children to get involved in the forging experience and some just come along to watch with family. Our aim is to make your experience day one for all ages so we’ve spent the sunny days over lockdown brushing up on our landscaping skills. We’ve added in an area aimed at the smaller ones over by our shepherds hut and yurt. We’ve been thinking of ways in which to make our woodland area a bit of a space for the kids, it’s a work in progress. So far we have added in a tyre swing and also cut some paths in the grass where your children can run and play amongst the trees.
What will they find within the bushes? Maybe they’ll spot a famous Red Kite souring above the treetops or they might be lucky enough to spot Hammer, the forge’s very own hedgehog!
Take one of our brand new ‘Nature Hunt’ sheets, which you’ll find in the tuck shop, and embark on a hunt around the woodland – Can you find everything on the list? If you can you’ll get to put your hand in the treasure box!
Our future plans include some garden games and a den building area, as a family business we think we are on the
right path as we really want you all to be able to come and enjoy a whole day together.
A lot has changed here at Oldfield Forge but one thing remains the same… Our passion and drive to make your experience day the best, not just for you but for the whole family.
So from our family to yours – Hope to see you real soon!