Amazing experience making a sword with my 9-year-old son. The staff were brilliant and lasting memories were made, and my son already wants to return! Thank you
We were doing the 5-hour forging. Time flew by! Instructors Ben and Ely were fantastic teachers, really knew their stuff, and were really friendly too. Looking for an excuse to go back although only finished a short while ago.
Somehow Chris managed to make it not terrifying and overwhelming despite the high temperatures and red hot metal. And my bottle opener actually works, result!
Thank you for such an amazing experience with the academy that will stay with us forever. We weren't really sure what to expect at first but Ben really put us at ease. You can really tell that this is such a passion for all of the tutors, it just shines through. The fact that you let us find our stride and just go for it gave us such confidence and someone was always on hand for support. We're really proud of what we achieved together, and our 'cabbage' flower will be having pride of place in our home.
It was a present for our 60th birthday's. It was our first time in a forge but with help and guidance, we made a few fabulous articles! As l said great experience!
The team at Oldfield Forge helped us every step of the way in forging the most EPIC battle seax the day was amazing, we learned a lot and the team cannot be faulted! Enjoyed the beers and thanks for the bottle opener we will definitely be back so see you soon!
Really interesting and fun. Helpful and friendly tutors who explained everything really well. My husband made a towel rail that will be put to good use as well as my cloak brooch which I absolutely love. Thank you so much!
Ben and the team are so knowledgeable and fun. Loved making a rose with my other half. We recommend this place to everyone and can’t wait to come back again!
My girlfriend got us an afternoon session here and it was fantastic. The instructors were so helpful and patient. Way more people than planned showed up for the slot we were on and they were amazing at fitting us all in. I loved having a go at learning a new skill and getting to take something home with me at the end
Just came back from a couples rose making experience, the guys were awesome and we had a good laugh with them. Thanks for the great day Chris and Eli!
I did a couple's day with my girlfriend, and we built a door knocker. They worked with our creativity to build a custom piece that meant so much more than one of the standard pieces. I've gone back to them to do Christmas shopping, and they worked with me to find the best price for some gifts. They are all very friendly and helpful, and I couldn't complain about them if I tried!
I gave a 2-day sword making course as a 21st birthday present and it was the best present ever! Everyone at the forge was so lovely and my son had a brilliant time. Thank you, Nicky and team!
My sons had a brilliant time making a sword or two and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Go there, make something using ancient skills, you’ll remember it when you’re 90!
Great tuition by real enthusiasts. Highly recommended.
Bob and the guys were so friendly, helpful, and skilled. We made a boot scraper and are so pleased with the finished product. Would recommend these experiences to anyone.
Friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic staff who brilliantly guided us through the process of making our wedding rings. Hard work at times, but excellent fun. You can make daggers, swords, kitchen knives, axes, and other stuff too. Can't recommend the place enough.
We were forging our own sword!! The guys were great and really helped us make an awesome sword! A wonderful experience and will definitely do it again.
A day of axe making was my experience, and I have never felt so happy and alive. Fire, steel, hammers, and great big belly laughs were the course of the day. I can't wait to go back and make my life even better.
Ben and Theo led our stag do making a sword and knives. They were not only excellent teachers with good knowledge and manner but also top blokes. The whole group had an absolute blast and they really made the day special.
It's an experience that I will cherish forever. Worth every single penny and the guys that work there are some of the nicest, most helpful most genuine people I have ever met!
I booked myself in for a "Just for Fun" day and "Forging a Knife" the next day. It was purely, simply brilliant. The team was exceptional, all of them: Ben, Theo, Joe, Bobby, Aaron, and last but not least Henry, are clearly passionate about their job. They're happy to help and answer any questions and are really working as a team. They show you how it works and explains the process. There is a great variety of objects you can choose to make - loved it and will recommend it to any and all.
Well, I cannot recommend this place enough. What an experience the sword making over 2 days was. It was so hands-on and so intricate that I felt like I was a genuine blacksmith. I especially enjoyed Lugar the Orc Smith who helped me forge my sword. Definitely worth every penny for an experience and obviously getting to keep your sword after. Thanks so much, Oldfield Forge, I will certainly be returning to make something else.
I was treated to a 3-hour fun forging session, in which I made a little knife, and it was incredible! There was a very nice little selection of things to make, including fire picks or candle holders. Our main instructor for the day was Joe but all the instructors were helpful and approachable. Joe in particular explained what we were doing very nicely and clearly. The whole forge has a kind and fun atmosphere. It definitely won't be my last visit, can't wait to visit again to make something bigger
We spent a day at the forge creating a sword. The instructors were all friendly, helpful, and hands-on. Overall experience was fantastic, can't fault anything and we came away with something completely unique.
Was supposed to make a sausage sizzler but made a fork for smoking meat. Found a love for something I never knew I had. Unlocked some primal feelings of molding and creating something from scratch. Was a stunning experience, well-led, and my instructor was awesome. Wish I could come back often.
The Perfect Blacksmithing experience! We went as a stag party of 4 and booked the sword-making experience and it was incredible! The team helps make your ideal sword, from real historical swords to swords from tv shows and films! A big shout out to Bob, Joe, Sam, and Theo, the guys were welcoming incredibly friendly, and funny and they even made the beginning safety announcements entertaining! They demonstrated the processes clearly and guided us through the experience, and at the end of the day, you really felt like one of the team. I couldn't fault a single thing about the whole business. Thank you so much for an amazing day and I can't wait to do it again!
Great day out at the Forge. This was a postponed birthday gift for my partner who absolutely loved it. The guys Joe, Alec, and Gordon were so friendly and helpful, and special thanks to Will and all his help with the scroll knives we made. Would thoroughly recommend it as a really different experience!
We had an amazing 3-hour experience today. The welcome from the team was great and instantly you felt at ease being invited into the forge. There’s loads of inspiration at the start so that you can choose what to make, we went with a poker and a fork for our outside fire pit. We were expecting to get bogged down with safety instructions, but whilst safety is paramount at the Forge, Ben instructed us in a way that was fun, interesting and engaging! I was absolutely amazed at what we achieved in such a short time and I’ve already rebooked another session. Keep up the great work and see you guys soon!
The experience at Oldfield Forge was fantastic! The first thing I did was designed the axe I would be forging, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and helped me choose an axe design and gave me complete creative license. Aaron one of the blacksmiths was always available for advice and the technical aspects. It was an incredible day, and one I will be doing again, I want a new kitchen knife! I believe everyone will love the experience of creating their own axe.
Absolutely amazing experience!!! My partner chose to make an axe ….. relaxed, friendly environment. All staff were welcoming and helpful from beginning to end! We will be back, thank you for a day we’ll never forget!
Went for a stag do to forge a sword which we achieved through the hilarity and hard work. The team there are amazing, incredibly helpful, professional, and highly entertaining. I suggest everybody give them a go!
I came here for the dagger making for two experience for my birthday and had a fantastic time. Gordon looked after us for the day and he was hilarious, made sure we were safe, and fixed our dagger any time we messed up (which was fairly often). We were complete novices and we couldn't have had more fun! The whole team were friendly and brilliant - we're extremely happy with our very wonky dagger
We had an absolutely amazing day making our wedding rings with Joe the Blacksmith/Favourite Human. We had all the help we needed but also got to get on with it ourselves and make something really beautiful that we can't wait to wear for the rest of our lives
We managed to forge our own axe head, shape and sharpen it and fit it to a handle under expert guidance. We really enjoyed the day and now have a functional and unique tool with a nice story attached to it to use for years to come. Thanks very much, Oldfield Forge!
My son and I made a dagger each at this lovely place in the Herefordshire hills. The instructors were all outstanding and patient and between them, they made it a fun experience. It's hardworking but the reward really is worth it. Very highly recommended
I had a great day helping my Son make a sword for his wedding. The chaps at the forge were absolutely wonderful and so knowledgeable. They were very personable and really seemed to enjoy helping people have the best experience they could. I was one of a party of eleven and every one of us said we would recommend a day here to anyone. Thank you so much for giving us such a special day!!
The people there were so helpful and patient and after a little visual demo, they let you get on and do what you went there for (we chose dagger making for 2). There are so many other activities to do there. A real must for anyone looking at giving forging a go, can't recommend it enough. Will definitely be visiting again soon, hopefully for the axe making. An exceptional day out thank you.
The guys who work there are super friendly and make the whole process really enjoyable! We were there for the knife-making experience (Helen teaching us) and it was just fantastic. We've come away with two awesome kitchen knives! Would 100% go back to make something else!
The team was so fantastic and everyone was so friendly and helpful. Ben in particular helped us to produce the rings we were imagining, but everyone was very approachable and had lots of tips and tricks. We are so pleased with the results, I highly recommend this experience!
We got the chance to take our 11yo twin boys for a 1/2 day at Oldfield Forge. Ethan and the young guys who looked after the boys were really great; just the right amount of guidance and allowed them to get on with stuff. They were buzzing about completing a piece each. Highly recommend!
Neither of us had ever done anything like this before and yet we have come away with beautiful matching rings which are all the more special because we made them for each other. Your staff are excellent teachers, blending humor and patience with just the right level of support and tuition to enable us to develop new skills and gain so much satisfaction from the different processes. We enjoyed this so much we are sending you our daughter and son-in-law to make a sword in the summer. Thank you again, especially Joe and Ben for making this such a memorable experience.
What an excellent couple of afternoons at the forge with my son. He has always wanted to make a sword and the staff were really enthusiastic about helping him reach his dream.
This time we came back for my partner to make a hammer. Fab Health and Safety briefing from Joe to start, who balanced humour and essential info nicely. The level of craftsmanship that Sam demonstrated was an actual marvel. My partner was in awe of the skills on show and the patience taken to actually teach him and share the knowledge. At no point did he take over and the piece was very definitely made by my partner however, he guided and encouraged beautifully. To say we enjoyed it would be an understatement.
5-star experience (I didn't stop grinning all the time I was there), made brilliant by the passionate people who work there. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The biggest thing that makes this a great experience is the interaction, advice, and support you get from people who clearly love what they do. A big shout out to Joe and Helen who were our main trainers/guides/mentors, but also huge thanks to Luke, Aaron, Sam, Theo, and the team.
Great atmosphere, lovely team to help out all the way along the day, highly recommended the experience and can't wait to go back.
I made a rose and my husband made a dragonfly. We were under the watchful eye and guidance of Luke who was great, as were the rest of the team! Brilliant experience, hard work but so worth it! We are really pleased with our handiwork and had such fun making them! Highly recommend
The wife and I went to make a knife, just for fun of course and we had a superb day. The instructors are calm, knowledgeable and friendly, and are always on hand to help out with any minor problems and answer any questions, no matter how daft they sound. Big shout out for Madison. Great sense of humour, informative and an easy person to trust, even around red hot, stabby things. I would recommend a day here to everybody who wants an unusual and memorable experience.
Had an amazing experience forging a dagger, with my wife. Really friendly people who are willing to give you all the help and instruction you need. Couldn't recommend this enough. Big thanks to Ben for all the help he gave us and for the chat he had afterward about the history of knives/daggers/swords and even their legality of them! A very passionate, approachable, friendly guy. Thanks, Ben for a great experience.
Just got back from a fantastic day making wedding rings. Great location and facilities and superb knowledgeable staff...... loved it.
Great staff, very patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this fantastic day. I made a toasting folk, and loved it!
The staff really went above and beyond to ensure we've had a great couple of days and came out with a great-looking sword :) special thanks to Ben and Maddison.
Just returned from an excellent two-day experience making a pattern weld knife. I have never done anything like this before however the instruction and the guidance was great and meant that by the end of the experience I had a really cool kitchen knife. thoroughly enjoyed it.
Just spent two days making a sword with my son. Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff especially Luke, Ben, and Josh. Great time and ended up with a good sword at the end. Looking to go and make an axe!!
Fantastic experience.as you make a knife from scratch. Experienced and great staff watching and guiding you but letting you get completely in tune with the whole process so it really is YOUR knife. Definitely recommend.
The instructors are excellent, very helpful and you finish the day with a big sense of achievement.
Great experience day that I'd highly recommend and with something cool to take home at the end of the day. The staff were fantastic and made for a really enjoyable day.
What a fantastic experience! We booked a sword-making two-hour course for my son's 18th birthday and spent two wonderful days learning new skills, working together, and generally enjoying heating up and bashing steel. The staff was all incredibly friendly and helpful and a particular shout out to Ben who guided us through deciding what type of sword to make, and through to how to finish it. Can't wait to have another go!
I purchased a two-day sword-making experience for my husband's birthday as he had previously been on a 3-hour taster experience and loved it. I loved being in the forge. I thought the team was great, giving us autonomy with our project but being on hand when needed for advice/help. It was a great environment to work in and we even enjoyed the safety briefing. Big thanks go out to everyone for helping to make a great memory with us, especially Ben, Yanto and Luke
We did a couples 3-hour experience day and loved every second. Ben lead the session to start and was hilarious, and really helpful as was the rest of the team. We loved our herb and small knives. We will be back. Thank you guys
Staff are super friendly and knowledgable, especially Joe. Blown away by the quality of the knife you can make by yourself. Couldn't recommend it more to anyone interested in knives and or blacksmithing. From the Knife Family