Blacksmith Course experience day

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.

One to one tuition or group courses
suitable for beginners / follow on courses available
gift certificates available
Making an ideal present
Learn key Blacksmithing techniques
whilst forging your own art to take home

One to One Weekday


  • Personal one to one tuition
  • Beginner or follow on days
  • Optional projects
  • Tailored to your ability

2 or 3 Person Weekday

From £150/pp

  • Private two person booking
  • Beginner course
  • Coordinated project
  • Create joint work or individual

Saturday Course

from £180/pp

  • One, two or three person
  • Beginner course
  • Joint or individual project
  • Single attendee discount n/a
Blacksmith course Book your date online now for a blacksmithing experience day

Course Bookings Calendar

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'.

What will you do?
After a simple demonstration you will get straight into having a go at forging with hammer and anvil. You will be guided to safely use the hand tools and incorporate design elements into practical forge work.
At the end of your forging day you can expect to take away a couple of pieces of your own handcrafted forge work. First being your test piece for working on techniques which could take the form of an elegant hook (or a bit of a twisted, split, tapered, punched, burnt scrap metal paperweight...) plus a finished piece such as a toasting fork, poker or coat rack.
Follow on courses are also available for people that have already attended a Malham Smithy course. These will be run on a project basis and participants are required to send details of their project design in advance. The designs will be reviewed for feasibility and materials. Please note some advanced projects will incur additional materials charges, this will be notified when the project plan is reviewed.

Experience Day Course Information

Who is the day suitable for

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 with details of your party if you are a larger booking and we will advise if you can be accommodated.

When are courses run

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 Lister Arms pub, the Old Barn Cafe and Beck Hall (100% plant based), 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.

What to wear

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.