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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 of ironmongery for the home.

Give the gift of a truly unique experience

All of our wonderful blacksmith packages can be purchased as gift vouchers, where the recipient can have a hands on forging experience to create and take home their own unique piece of ironmongery. You will have the option to receive a hard copy, or download an e voucher.

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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 ironmongery, 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.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £128 +VAT per couple
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Couples Day Date Blacksmithing

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

From £128 +VAT per couple
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Just For Fun Forging

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 ironmongery, 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.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £64 +VAT Per Person
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Just For Fun Forging

Packages available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

From £64 +VAT 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.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £dependent on requirements
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Blacksmithing Team Building

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

From £dependent on requirements
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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.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £dependent on requirements
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Blacksmithing Stag/Hen Parties

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

From £dependent on requirements
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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 [email protected]

All package prices are subject to VAT.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £ per couple
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Make A Hand Forged Wedding Ring

Package available as a 5 hour experience

From £ per couple
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Blacksmith Forging & Tasting Experience

3 hours of forging followed by a tour

During your time with us we will help you to forge 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.

To book this package please click book now and then submit your information. Someone from Oldfield Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and for you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

Read more about what you can expect from an Oldfield experience HERE!

From £78 +VAT Per person
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Blacksmith Forging & Tasting Experience

3 hours of forging followed by a tour

From £78 +VAT Per person
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Forge Your Own Axe head

Axe-Making course:

This is a one day course which we have recently introduced to our catalogue. Our expert team of blacksmiths will guide and support you through each process in the design and forging of your own unique axe head. The day runs for approximately seven hours and so is not for the faint hearted! 

Set in beautiful rural countryside our forge is located at Garway Hill in South Herefordshire. We run axe-making courses all year round in small groups or party groups.

Why not learn the fundamental skills and techniques of axe-making under the expert tuition of our team. You will get the chance to design and forge your very own hand axe! Find out how tremendously satisfying it is to plunge a lump of stock steel into the flames and then let the sparks fly under your hammer as you craft your very unique axe. We will guide you through the different stages involved in making a beautiful and functional, keen-edged tool that you will take away with you at the end of the course.

The day provides a very “hands-on” experience and you will get to forge, harden, temper and sharpen your axe. We will also help you to fit your own handle if time allows.

Examples of the type of axe head that you can make during your time us include: hatchet, Dane, bearded, re-enactment, adze etc., available in either one or two-handed versions. If you have a specific design of head in mind please get in touch and we can let you know whether it can be achieved within the time frame that you are with us.

You will be given an initial health and safety briefing and also an introduction to the tools and equipment available in our workshop. We then take you through some basic blacksmithing techniques before teaching you how to forge a blade head – which, when finished, would be suitable to be either used (with great care) or displayed (with considerable pride). 

With one of our experienced team of experts overseeing your work, you will be carefully guided through the processes of hand forging and polishing your axe. 

This is a fantastic seven hours of fun and learning, taught in a relaxed and friendly environment, where you will be made to sweat but will leave at the end of the day with an axe head that you will be proud of and take great pleasure in - along with a special story to be told.

We run Monday - Saturday all year round, apart from public bank holidays. Please note that Saturdays do get booked up well in advance.  All vouchers are valid for a full twelve months from the date of purchase, giving you plenty of time to get in touch and book a date with us.

During your time with us you can enjoy lunch either in the open air in our picnic area or, if you prefer, take advantage of our Scandinavian lodge or Shepherds hut. We do welcome family and friends to join you for lunch and to share in your experience as a blacksmith. We also work with a number of pubs, B&B’s and hotels in our locality who we know will look after you during your time with us.


How to purchase vouchers - Please contact our office on 01981 580016  or visit our online shop 
http://www.oldfieldforge.co.uk/vouchers/

Monday - Saturday. 

Saturdays needing to be booked well in advanced. 

From £ per person
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Forge Your Own Axe head

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Forge a Knife

 

This is a one day knife-making course designed for both beginners and those who have already given blacksmithing a go. Our expert team will guide and support you through each process in the design and forging of your own unique knife. 

Set in beautiful rural countryside our forge is located at Garway Hill in Herefordshire. We run weekend knife-making courses all year round, where your knife will emerge from an initial chunk of steel into a final heat-treated, handled and finished blade.

Discover the fundamentals of knife-making and learn the traditional techniques involved. Whilst your blade is annealing you can enjoy lunch either in the open air in our picnic area or, if you prefer, take advantage of our Scandinavian lodge or Shepherds hut. We do welcome family and friends to join you for lunch and to share in your experience as a blacksmith.

This is very much a “hands-on” day that will enable you to craft your very own blade. You will be given an initial health and safety briefing and also an introduction to the machinery in our workshop. We then take you through some basic blacksmithing techniques before teaching you how to forge a knife – which, when finished, 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. 

The types of knife you can design and forge with us include:-

 

Kitchen knife                 Hunting knife

Bush craft knife            Re-enactment knife

Fishing knife                 Woodwork tool          …..... to name just a few

 

This is a fantastic 6 hours of fun, taught in a relaxed and friendly 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 - along with a special story to be told.

 

This experience day is essentially for over 18's. However 16 and 17 year olds are very welcome if accompanied by an adult.

From £ Per person
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Forge a Knife

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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.