Here at Sacrewell we have always been advocates of rural crafts and business, which is why in 2021 we were delighted to open our Artisan Courtyard. It’s filled with makers, foodies and craftsmen and women to enhance the connection we have here to food and farming.
Having transformed our courtyard and outbuildings into a rural hub for artisan businesses, you can now take a piece of Sacrewell home with you. Learn about traditional methods used to create food and crafts here on site, or take part in a workshop.
Our founder and former owner of Sacrewell Farm, William Scott Abbott said:
“I have always had in mind the creation of a sound, practical enterprise, preserving what is best in our country way of life.”
Meet the Makers
Glyn Mould Woodcarving
Glyn will be a familiar name to many of our visitors – not just because he has been based in his workshop here at Sacrewell since 2003, but because he is responsible for creating many of the village signs we’re familiar with locally.
You may have spotted him with an ornate carved chair on the Antiques Roadshow and The Chop, Britain Best Woodworker on Sky History.
He has more than 35 years’ experience in his craft and holds regular workshops at Sacrewell for those wanting to learn or hone their woodcarving skills here on site.
Visitors are welcome by appointment.
We’ve had a resident blacksmith at Sacrewell since 2017. They play an important role in using his traditional skills to maintain various items around the farm, including gates, latches and locks, which are themselves part of the heritage of the site.
When at work, the forge door is always open and visitors are welcome to watch and ask questions.
Our resident blacksmith hosts one-to-one workshops where you can make a metal object like a knife or a poker or have a more in-depth introduction to the craft of blacksmithing using traditional methods using a roaring fire, a hammer and an anvil. They will provide guidance and all the tools you need to make something as a useful addition to your home, a practical gift, or even inspire you to start a new craft. Find out more here.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
9am to 4pm
Stamford Heavenly Chocolates
As you walk onto the courtyard, you might by greeted by the delicious scent of chocolate. It is not a ruse. We are delighted to have welcomed Barbara and the team at Stamford Heavenly Chocolates onto site in 2020 to make their handcrafted chocolates and host popular workshops for visitors.
Pick up the perfect gift from the well-stocked shelves, see how their heavenly chocolates are made or have a go at making your own special treat.
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4:30pm.
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Nene Coppicing & Craft
The little workshop next to the blacksmith’s forge is a base for Nene Coppicing & Craft, a Community Enterprise Company run by volunteers and dedicated to promoting heritage woodland management skills, conservation and traditional crafts. Heritage skills using green wood and willow are regularly demonstrated here at Sacrewell, and visitors are welcomed to drop by and have a look at what’s going on, although the team are not on site every day.
There are plans for their regular hands-on workshops to return.
Wednesday & Saturday (plus other days)
9am to 4:30pm
Our resident artist Roland from Djibo Arts – here to brighten up your day and add some colour to your visit at Sacrewell – workshops available with him or even a chat and some Caribbean music!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10am to 4:30pm