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The area around Ollerton is quickly establishing itself as an important centre for artists and craftspeople as many have taken up residence in the characterful old buildings that abound. Whether you are interested in traditional forest crafts such as woodturning, contemporary glassware or viewing the work of influential ceramicists, you will find much to interest you here (all have free admission).
Hamlyn Lodge
TS Barrows & Son, based at Hamlyn Lodge in Ollerton Village, specialises in the restoration of furniture from all periods, the making of bespoke furniture and the refurbishment of architectural woodwork and interiors.

Established in 1935 by Thomas Sydney Barrows, a trained cabinet-maker, the business has been handed down through the generations to his grandsons, Norman and John Barrows, who continue this skilled craft and welcome visitors to Hamlyn Lodge to view their work (open daily except Sundays and Bank Holidays, which are by appointment).


Contact details: Hamlyn Lodge, Station Road, Ollerton, Newark, Notts. NG22 9BN
Tel: 01623 823600 Website: www.hamlynlodge.co.uk.

Rufford Craft Centre
Rufford Craft Centre, situated in the stable block at Rufford Abbey, is internationally famous for its ceramics centre - the first in Britain devoted to the display and study of studio pottery, including the work of Bernard Leach, William Staite Murray and Michael Cardew. The ‘Earth and Fire’ summer ceramics fair, attracts hundreds of people every year. The gallery features ever-changing art and craft exhibitions and is complemented by a craft shop on the ground floor.










Contact details: Rufford Park, nr Ollerton, Newark, Notts, NG22 9DF
Tel: 01623 822944, Website: www.ruffordcraftcentre.org.uk

Thoresby Courtyard and Gallery
Marie-Louise Pierrepont who lived at Thoresby was a keen artist who explored a range of artistic styles. Her legacy can be viewed at Thoresby Gallery, based in a converted stable block, alongside a diverse range of modern-day affordable arts and crafts. The Courtyard complex also houses a glass-blowing studio (with resident parrot!), an interiors shop and a café.

 

Contact details: Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9EJ
Tel: 01623 822009, Website: www.thoresby.com

Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre
A few minutes walk from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, in the Victorian Coach House and Stables of Edwinstowe Hall, you will find a collection of studios set around a central courtyard. Visitors can see craftspeople working with different media, such as glass, copper and wood to create original and beautiful items, many of which are for sale. There is also a café within the Centre.

 

Contact details: Forest Corner, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 9RN
Tel: 01623 824976/824033,
Website: www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/sfacc
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