Book in for a Malham Smithy Blacksmith day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic techniques that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work, from a simple hook to an elaborate sculpture.
Check for available course dates on the online bookings calendar. Alternatively, you can purchase a gift certificate in the shop page for the participant to choose their own date later.
Choose from full day experience courses, or NEW FOR 2023, a three hour 'forge a fire poker taster session'.
The day course is aimed as a one to one session, or a two person joint booking, for adults with no previous experience (or attending a follow on day), allowing you to get the most out of your time at the smithy and forge something completely bespoke to you, rather than a set group design. The day is a physical one in a centuries old traditional forge and may not be suitable for everyone. Contact the Malham Smithy if you have any injuries or disabilities before booking. Bookings cannot be taken for people under 18. Larger group bookings may be available on request, however space is very limited in the 200 year old forge. Email email@example.com with details of your party if you are a larger booking and we will advise if you can be accommodated.
Dates can be arranged with Malham Smithy, both weekday and Saturday courses are available. Dates can be booked at the time of purchasing via COURSE BOOKING DATES, or arranged at a later date if buying as a gift. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and are available electronically. Dates are released on a rolling six month basis, the sooner the participant books after receiving their certificate, the more choice they will have.
The timing for the day is a 10am start, finishing at 5pm. You will have a break for lunch, good food is available to purchase in the village from The Buck Inn pub, The Lister Arms pub, the Old Barn Cafe and Beck Hall, all highly recommended. Alternatively you can bring your own packed lunch to enjoy sat by the scenic beck that runs to the side of the smithy.
Introduced for 2023 - 3 Hour Taster Sessions for 2 people forging a fire poker each - book direct on the course bookings calendar. From £90 per person.
You must provide your own safety glasses, and leather work gloves. Leather aprons must be worn, these can be borrowed from the Malham Smithy if you don't bring your own. FFP2 face masks are provided in the smithy for use as a particulate dust filter for the workshop environment, these are optional. Full PPE kits are available to purchase in advance if you do not have your own. Wear overalls or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or damaged, clothes should be natural fibres, cotton/denim, not synthetic and must have full length trousers and long sleeves. You are required to wear safety boots, non steel toe caps worn at your own risk, fabric footwear is not suitable.
Opening Times: There are no set opening times, Malham Smithy invites visitors by appointment, please email to plan your visit.
If the doors are open and the Blacksmith is working on the forge, visitors are welcome to watch from the gallery area without prior appointment.