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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 to create unique ironmongery.

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Experience An Ancient Tradition

Blacksmithing is an old and noble craft, using heat and hammer to forge practical or decorative ironmongery 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 blacksmithing packages for families, friends or couples as well as corporate team-building or Christmas party events and vocational courses for future blacksmiths.

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

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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

This one-of-a-kind experience allows you and your partner to learn a traditional craft and make a beautiful bespoke piece of ironwork that you can take home and cherish forever. We tailor the day to suit each and every one of our guests. Our friendly team will support you through your time as a blacksmith, promising to add charm and laughter in a very relaxed environment

Our Couples Day Date experience is available for either a three or a five hour session.

During your time with us you can choose to work to either work together and make something for the home or garden or, if you prefer, compete to see which of you is the best blacksmith. This package is ideal for a stress-free couples date! Also a perfect gift to receive for a birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding, Christmas...

The day is promised to bring lots of laughter and fun, making it the perfect way to spend time together! Our Experience Days can be arranged to fit into a short away-break that will make the perfect gift for any occasion, be it a delightful romantic getaway or an awesome day out. We provide gift experiences to suit everyone.

After your blacksmithing experience with us (or indeed before if you have an afternoon booking) you can enjoy lunch in our woodland area or in our Scandinavian hut. Our local family-run pub delivers home-cooked meals all individually put together. There is a further charge for this. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic lunch from home.

The beautiful rural location of the forge will make for an utterly unique and unforgettable day that you will be talking about for years to come!

Our Couples Day Date experience is available as a gift voucher, either as an E-voucher or postal voucher.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

To book this package please click ‘Buy A Gift Voucher’ and then submit your voucher information to us by clicking ‘Redeem Your Gift Voucher’. A member of our team at Oldfield Forge Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and to enable you to make payment.

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

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

Packages available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

This experience package is available as either a three or a five hour session.

Our 'Just For Fun' forging experience 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. We tailor the day to suit each of our guests - from absolute beginners through to those who have had previous experience. Children from the age of 7 years are welcome to the forge to try out life as a blacksmith.

Experience a traditional craft and become a blacksmith for a day at Oldfield Forge. A specialist forge set in the heart of Herefordshire, The Academy is dedicated to teaching you time-honoured blacksmithing techniques.

During your time with us you will be guided by one of the Forge's expert team members who will get you fully prepared for forging. Before you set about creating your own bespoke piece you will also be able to draw inspiration from a look around the amazing work on display in our showroom.

At the end of your time with us you will take away a beautiful crafted piece of ironmongery, created by your own hands.

During your time at the Forge why not unwind even further in our wooded grounds and enjoy a homemade lunch prepared by our local family-run pub. These lunches are available at a further cost and can simply be added in when booking your voucher. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic from home.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

To book this package please click 'Buy A Gift Voucher' and then submit your voucher information to us by clicking 'Redeem Your Gift Voucher'. A member of our team at Oldfield Forge Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and to enable you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher. E-vouchers and postal vouchers are available.

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

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

Packages available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

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

Package available as a 3 or 5 hour experience

Oldfield Forge Academy offer a number of packages which can be tailored to your teambuilding or corporate event. We ensure that we devise and provide the ideal event to suit your organisation. Allow your team to explore and promote their creative side with one of our blacksmithing teambuilding activities.

Our forging experience days are extremely popular and a great way to motivate your staff - or indeed to entertain important clients/customers. The interactive forging experience involves the whole group who will learn exciting new skills, taught by our expert blacksmiths. At the end of the day the participants will leave with a keepsake to remind them of their team-bonding activity, whilst having shared in lots of fun and laughter.

Participants will learn new skills and create a lasting memory!

Design your team's own perfect day from our extensive selection below or get in touch and work with our team to create your own teambuilding activity packages.

Three hours 'Just For Fun'

- priced at £64.00 per person.

Five hours 'Just For Fun'

- priced at £85.00 per person.

Our 'Just For Fun' activities are a great way to bring your team together. We offer a huge range of activities to choose from so you can be sure you’ll find something to suit everyone! If you would like to have individual items made in the theme of your branding or logo then please speak to our team who will be happy to discuss ideas with you.

Forge Your Own Knife

- priced at £150.00 per person.

Spoil your team with our knife-making experience package. Each member can design and forge their own knife either for display or for using in a responsible way.

Forging & Tasting

- priced at £78.00 per person.

Three hours of forging, followed by a tasting of your choice at one of our tasting venues. Cider or Beer

Decorative Sword

- priced at £85.00 per person.

Work together as a team to forge your very own sword which you can displayed back in the work place. This is an adrenaline fuelled day for all and one of our most popular group activities.

For more information please get in touch. Our team are here to help organise and tailor a day just for you.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

To book this package please click 'Get In Touch' and submit your information. One of our team from Oldfield Forge Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and to enable you to make payment.

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

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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

Here at Oldfield Forge Academy we specialise in bespoke packages for Stag & Hen parties (and indeed group bookings generally). We welcome stag and hen parties from all over the world who visit the forge to experience the fun and excitement we are able to provide! We can also help support you in arranging local accommodation and transport as well as filling your weekend with other attractions. There are plenty of local activities available including local beer/cider/wine tasting, a spot of clay shooting or paintballing in the countryside.

Arranging your best friend’s final ‘single’ life bash is a big ask! Throwing a stag or hen party to make it into the history books can be a challenge, but we are here to make that possible! We tailor every stag and hen party to suit each particular group, welcoming those girlie girls, adrenaline junkies and Game of Thrones warriors!

Work with our organising team to create your own Stag & Hen party activity packages.

Some of the experiences available for Stag and Hen groups:-

Decorative Sword

this experience is one of our most popular Stag/Hen party activities. Why not work together as a team to make the groom/bride a sword which, if they choose, they can use to cut the wedding cake on their BIG DAY! This is a five-hour experience and everyone will leave with a keepsake and a sword for the bride or groom. Price per person - £85.00

Three hours 'Just For Fun'

- priced at £64.00 per person.

Five hours 'Just For Fun'

- priced at £85.00 per person.

Our 'Just For Fun' activities are a great way to bring your group together before the bride or groom's big day! We offer a huge range of activities to choose from so you can be sure you'll find something to suit everyone!

Forging & Tasting

- priced at £78.00 per person.

Three hours of forging, followed by a tasting of your choice at one of our tasting venues – cider or beer. A fantastic activity for those who want a keepsake as a lasting memento of your friendship.

Knife Making

- priced at £150.00 per person.

Our knife making experience is one of our most popular packages. Each member can design and forge their own knife either for responsible use or for display. The day is promised to bring lots of excitement and laughter in a relaxed environment.

Our stag and hen activities will make for a unique experience, one that the group will remember for a long, long time. It will set the benchmark for all future days out.

So ditch the old style stag and hen night ideas. Dare to do something new!

For more information please get in touch. Email – [email protected]

To book this package please contact the Oldfield Forge team to discuss activities packages and the dates/times available. Payment terms – 25% deposit with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to the experience day.

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

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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

This five-hour experience package is perfect for those looking to make their own Wedding, Anniversary and Engagement rings.

What could be more romantic on your wedding day than exchanging rings you've made yourself? This experience isn't just limited to weddings, the rings could be made for any special event or you could just enjoy learning! Our expert blacksmiths will help you create the rings that will make your wedding, Anniversary or engagement so special.

On the day, you and your loved one will get the chance to make and take home two beautiful rings, created at a picturesque forge in the heart of Herefordshire. This experience is very hands on and you'll get involved in every part of the process, which all add to the sentimental value of your rings.

Whether you've been together for 1, 5 of 50 years, a wedding anniversary is a special occasion well-worth celebrating! What better way to commemorate the occasion than with our forge your own ring package? Forget Highstreet jewellery! Visit the forge and with the support of our expert team you can design and forge your very own anniversary ring.

Enjoy a romantic meal delivered to our woodlands area in our Scandinavian or Shepherd Hut by our local family run pub. This is a further cost and not included in the experience package.

£199.00 per couple for five hours of forging two rings.

All package prices are subject to VAT.

You may wish to have your rings electroplated Silver, Gold or Rhodium. There is a company we recommend and details can be provided.

For further detail please email [email protected]

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 Forge experience HERE!

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5 hours experience: £199 + VAT 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 + VAT per couple
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Blacksmith Forging & Tasting Experience

3 hours of forging followed by a tour & tasting of your choice.

Experience the life of a traditional blacksmith at our specialist forge in the very heart of rural Herefordshire. Oldfield Forge Academy is dedicated to teaching you time-honoured blacksmithing skills and techniques.

After working up a thirst you can down tools and enjoy lunch before making your way over to nearby Hillside Brewery or Westons Cider. So, whether you're a beer or cider lover, there's a tour that's just right for your preferred tipple. 

Tour & Tasting Options and Details:

Westons Cider - Traditional producers of award winning cider and perry draught and bottled products. Discover the craft of cider-making from blossom to bottle. They will show you everything - with an expert guide leading the way. See where they harvest, weigh and wash apples. Venture into the heart of the mill where they press, ferment and mature before blending and packing. See all they do, why and how – and hear a little bit of home-spun history too.

Available – Every day

Hillside Brewery - an exciting, family owned and run Gloucestershire brewery, built upon traditional skills and values. You can see, touch, smell & experience the brewing process up close, before sitting back to taste a well-earned ale overlooking some of Gloucestershire's most stunning landscape.

Limited tour available, please enquire.

During your three hour experience at Oldfield Forge Academy we will help you to forge your very own bottle opener to complement your subsequent tour and tasting experience. Do not worry, nobody leaves us without firstly completing their opener before heading to the tasting!

For your lunch you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic from home or, if you wish to order a delicious home-cooked meal from our local pub, we can help you to arrange this. Set in our beautiful woodland we also have a shepherd's hut and a Scandinavian lodge which are available for you to use.

The forging experience lasts approximately three hours and is followed by a tour and tasting at your chosen venue. This is a fantastic day for all.

From stag and hen parties, company team building through to simple 'friends get togethers' – we really can create an event that will work for every type of group. We will help you put the whole day together – working within your budget to make your day at Oldfield Forge a special one to remember. 

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 'Buy A Gift Voucher' and then submit your voucher information to us by clicking 'Redeem Your Gift Voucher'. One of our team from Oldfield Forge Academy will then contact you to go through the dates/times available and to enable you to make payment.

This package can also be purchased as a gift voucher.

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

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

3 hours of forging followed by a tour & tasting of your choice.

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3 hours experience: £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. 

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7 hours experience: £190.00 per person
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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.

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6 hours experience: £150.00 +VAT Per person
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Forge a Knife

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Gourmet Toasting Fork Family Experience

Parent & Child aged 7+

With summer holiday’s fast approaching with have a tremendous special offer available for families! Occupy your children this summer with the chance of being a blacksmith.

We are offering a family package for you to come to the forge to make your very own gourmet toasting folk! This ultimate experience is certainly one to be ticked off your bucket list and one to share with your family.

Experience life as a blacksmith with our expert team and prepare to have lots of fun with the kids!

This package is only available during the summer holiday period

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3 hours experience: £80.00 Per Session
Double Up; Parent & 2 Kids: £140.00 Per Session
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Gourmet Toasting Fork Family Experience

Parent & Child aged 7+

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3 hours experience: £80.00 Per Session

Decorative Sword Activity

Have you always dreamed of making your own sword or making a family crest sword to display on your mantel piece?

Our sword making package has gone international and we welcome visitors from ALL over the world. We offer a number of ways for you to come and visit the forge to design your very own sword. 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!

Five Or More Group Sword Activity:

Our decorative sword activity is a perfect package for groups of five or more. This package also outshines all the traditional stag & hen party 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 out of steel - and then impress your guests when it comes to cutting the wedding cake!

Five hours forging

- priced at £85.00 (+VAT) per person

Suitable for any occasion (stag/hen/birthday/teambuilding/family day out)

Sword Making For Two:

Whether you’re fulfilling a bucket list dream to share with your partner/friend or spoiling your children rotten with this two-day experience package, our team of blacksmiths will guide and support you in crafting your very own bespoke sword. You can even engrave your family crest or initials to commemorate the special occasion. Children will leave not only having had an amazing two days of making their own sword, they will also have experienced life as a real blacksmith with history, science, maths and metalwork design all thrown in. For those young ‘Forged in Fire’ fans this is a great way to have a go at traditional blacksmithing!

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Forge a 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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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

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

I very much enjoyed the day, and I particularly wanted to laud Ben who was very friendly, very helpful and a credit to both your company and your profession.

-Andrew
October 2017

Thank you, my husband and son have just come home from their belated Xmas pressie and absolutely loved the experience.You have been so good with communications and updates along the way and the lunch they said was fantastic. So Thank you. My son now wants to be a forgemaster

-Jacqueline Welsby
February 2018

We came yesterday for our blacksmithing experience and I just wanted to say thank you! It was an absolutely fantastic day. The input / help from the smiths on site was excellent and we both really enjoyed ourselves. I’m sure we’ll be back in the future. Thanks very much for having us!

-Camilla Steele
April 2018

I attended a blacksmiths course on Thursday 12th April as part of a birthday surprise from a dear friend. We found the whole experience to be incredibly thrilling and new - when does one ever have the opportunity to work red hot metal on an anvil? The session was informative, well-paced and hugely enjoyable. This was mostly due to our instructor, the excellent Ben who helped to make my day extra special with his blend of professionalism and humour, we felt immediately at home and as though we’d known him a long time. Despite the fact that the ‘bottle opener’ I made turned out to be strictly ornamental, it helped that I was taught to wield a mallet by someone who is the living embodiment of Thor himself!! Thank you to all at Oldfield Forge for a truly unforgettable experience, and a special thanks to Ben (son of Odin!).

-Paul Birmingham
April 2018

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this morning

-Mr & Mrs Davies
April 2018

We all really enjoyed it, especially the stag. Could have stayed there all day in all honesty! Thank you so much for your help in organising it (as well as booking the cider tasting, which we also enjoyed). I

-Colin Pusey
April 2018

Thanks for a great day in the forge.. we all had a lot of fun & I am very happy with my bottle opener!..

-Kevin Stevens
May 2018

Thank you for an amazing day! I found it really interesting the full process in forging a knife and thought I

-Richard Matthews
May 2018

Thank you so much for our log carrier. It looks fabulous and we

-Cara Cranny
May 2018

Thanks for a great afternoon at the forge. Many thanks to Ben for an informative & very helpful lesson in making a sausage sizzler. We have a greater appreciation of the Blacksmith

-Dave & Lynda Hammond
June 2018

What a brilliant experience - got married last weekend and we did the wedding ring day the week before...loved it...and we will cherish them all the more than walking into a shop...totally unique. Thanks to the lads for making it so special, and the Viking contacts!!

-Ezy Moonjean
June 2018

May I take this brief opportunity to say thank you. Thank You!! Our trip to the Forge Academy last week was exceptional. Despite our journey to yourselves in which we got horrifically delayed, we had such a magical time with your

-Mark Slater & Ruth Doyle
June 2018

I was on the Friday morning course (22/6/2018) where I made a poker rather than a bottle opener. I thanked Chris and the tall black smith (I forgot his name) for all their help on the day. I would also like to thank all the other people who helped to put together the experience because I enjoyed it so much. A very big thank you to you all.

-Tom Weston
June 2018

We had a great time and will have memories to last us forever. I woke up this morning with blisters, a sore arm, and an aching back...and I am secretly proud of every little ache. It feels good to build something with your hands! Your forge team was incredible. Thank you so so much for such a wonderful experience!

-Edmund Bates
July 2018

On behalf of St Mary’s and myself I would like to thank you for the valuable support your team at Oldfield Forge gave our Year 9 students last Friday as part of our Industry Day. The students found the day to be very enjoyable and for some it has proven most beneficial in helping them make future choices. We hope that we can maintain good links with you in the future as always your help and support is much appreciated.

-Colin Barrow
July 2018

We had a fantastic time yesterday - both guys were extremely helpful (and patient!) as we fumbled and hammered our way through the afternoon! Many thanks to yourself as well Nicky for helping to make yesterday happen. I’ll certainly be visiting again!

-Gavin Morgan
July 2018

I wanted to write and say thank you for making Jacks blacksmith experience so enjoyable. Ben was so patient and a great teacher. He was very knowledgeable and helpful.

-Sue Jones
August 2018

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/ 
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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.