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Group Visits

Here at the British Ironwork Centre we LOVE group visits, so much so, that we do our very best to ensure your day is like no other....and the icing on the cake, is that all visits are free of charge!

We offer various talks, demonstrations, and viewings which can be tailored to suit you! To book your visit, please click on the booking form below!

 

The Group Visit Experience

Our friendly team
are always pleased to host groups looking for truly unique and enjoyable day and
with so much to see and do, there really is something for everyone. 

We will assist you with planning your outing, we have a number of craft experiences and demonstrations that can be tailored to your groups needs. All group visits are completely free of charge, however any donations would be gratefully recieved for our nominated charities.

We have ample parking for cars, coaches and mini buses and the facilities are second to none, with both male, female and disabled toilets, including baby changing facilities. We also have the Forge Café, open daily, serving a selection of home-made sandwiches, crusty baguettes, salads, hot pies and quiches and of course a selection of delicious homemade cakes, scones and pastries. You can also book afternoon tea  or cream teas for your group

We have some exclusive offers for groups and coaches such as our fabulous set menu, which includes a meal and a side salad, and 2 hot drinks. We also offer scrummy cream teas with large homemade scones, and wonderfully eclectic afternoon tea (subject to numbers) within the Forge Café. These can be requested at the point of booking

 What can you expect

On arrival your host will be waiting in the car park and will jump aboard the coach or mini bus to welcome everyone to the centre, and give a brief introduction on the Ironworks and what you can expect to see and do here. We also like to give visitors an in depth look into our current campaign, Save a Life, Surrender your knife', the creation of the famous Knife Angel. The national monument is currently available to view from our main entrance so it’s an ideal opportunity to learn more about this national campaign and its continued efforts in ending this heinous crime.

Visitors are then able to explore our grounds and indoor showrooms at their own leisure, your host will have organised any requested craft demonstrations for visitors travelling in a group so they will be able to follow the intinary or explore as they wish. Our onsite craftsmen and artists are at hand to give you an insight into what they are working on and introduce their crafts to you.

We currently have:

  • Paul the Blacksmith available Monday-Friday and Matthew during the weekends
  • Sam Shepherd the Silversmith available Wednesday - Sunday
  • Budding Delights Floral Designs available everyday except Wednesday

During your visit, your host will be available in the showroom to answer any questions and to ensure your visit runs smoothly, and before you leave, they will jump aboard the coach to make sure everyone has enjoyed themselves and to give everyone a parting gift for the journey home.

Introduction to the company or ethos and ambitions

The company was established over 35 years ago by our founder Eric Schubert, a expert metal worker who specialised in crafting various metals and designing parts used within the aeronautical industry. Clive Knowles, our Chairman, is the true visionary behind the company and over many years has developed the centre into an eccentric and eclectic mix of craftmanship and art. The Company is very much a family community, managed and run by father, son and daughter, this truly shapes the ethos and values in which the company prides itself, you will often hear the phrase, give love and love will come back, something we all work towards. Through this working mantra, we are very proud of the fact that we continue to support hundreds of charities and enterprise, supporting the community and being able to do charitable deeds alongside business, we feel, is one of our greatest achievements to date.

How to find us

The British ironwork Centre is located directly on the main road (A5) between Oswestry and Shrewsbury. Our location means it’s easy for coaches to stop off for the day or even just for a quick coffee stop or comfort break. Our 100 acre site is ideal for passengers to stretch their legs and enjoy exploring our grounds and indoor exhibitions. If using public transport, there is a bus route to the Queen’s Head Pub, we are then just a short walk along the A5, which is pedestrianised but please take care, as it is a busy road.

Parking and coach parking

We have a dedicated area for coach and mini bus parking, it is clearly sign posted on entry to our car park and is free of any charge. For the less mobile we do have a drop off point on hardstanding ground near to disabled parking. The car park is hardstanding and there a plenty of spaces for cars, minibuses and coaches.







Driver benefits

Here at the Ironworks we make sure we look after the coach drivers too as they bring our visitors here from near and far. On arrival coach drivers can book in at reception where they will receive a Coach Appreciate gift, consisting of coffee and cake vouchers, plus £10 cash for them to spend however they wish. This is for every coach driver visiting the site, regardless of it being a visit or a quick refreshment stop.

What to wear

The Good old British Weather can put a dampener on taking days out, but not here at the Ironworks, although a lot of our site is outdoors, there is plenty to see and do, even on a damp day. Our extensive showroom and art exhibitions means the Ironworks can be a day out in all weathers.

We do recommend that visitors wanting to explore our grounds and sculpture park wear appropriate clothing, and suitable footwear for uneven ground and whilst exploring the site, we also recommend waterproof layers if the weather is less favourable. If you are wanting to simply visit our indoor areas and enjoy a bite to eat, any footwear or clothing can be worn, the wackier the better. Our staff even wear bow ties! Everything is accepted. 

Picnic Policy

Visits to the centre are free, but in order to maintain this we rely on the sales from our Forge Cafe and Showroom to help maintain the site, because of this we kindly request that visitors refrain from bringing picnics from home and purchase refreshments on site. The only exception are school trips where children are allowed packed lunches. Thank you for understanding.

Bringing children

The British Ironwork Centre really has something for all generations. We have a lot of young families visiting, right the way through to grandparents and the older generation.

School Trips

As our site is a working site, visits to the Ironworks are recommended for groups of children over the age of 10. With a lot of metalworking to see and sculptures to view trips can be very educational for children of this age and above. See a Blacksmith at work in the forge, or learn how to melt precious metals and create beautiful Jewellery with the Silversmith, or even learn the art of flower arranging, with a contemporary difference.

Risk assessment

There are a number of T&C’s that we ask all visitors to comply with to ensure they remain safe on site, it is a working site with uneven ground, so we do ask that you take care when on site, please visit the following page so you are informed of these risks and how to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Please also note, that on days where there are high winds and wet weather – we do ask that visitors remain indoors. https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/refunds-terms-conditions

Access over the site

We like to ensure that visitors of all abilities can comfortably visit the British Ironwork centre and are always improving our access to cater for everyone.

Visitors arriving via coach or group visit are treated to ride on the shuttle bus golf buggy if required  where they can be transported from the car park to our showroom and café entrance. Ask your host about the shuttle bus service.

Disabled parking is located in our car park just in front of the Zoosbury animal education centre, the ground is hard standing with easy access to the centre of the site.

The Showroom, Reception and Café areas all have ramped access and the site is generally flat, although in areas it can have uneven ground. We have a disabled toilet located in reception which also features a baby changing unit. We also have a wheel chairs on site for visitors who may want to explore the site further than they are able to and this is free if required. If you do wish to borrow a wheelchair we request you let us know before your visit.

Bringing pets

We are very dog friendly here. Dogs are allowed on site, and you can enjoy walking amongst the sculpture park with your canine companion, we have 

dog bowls situated around the site so your dog doesn’t get too parched. We do have a lovely veranda where you can relax on our leather sofas and enjoy some refreshments with your dog, the only areas they are not permitted is within our showroom and café due to food preparation areas.

Please note that on a warm day a car can become overheated, this can prove fatal to dogs, so please bring them with you to enjoy the site.



Local accommodation

The local town of Oswestry houses an array of hotels and B&B’s for all tastes and budgets.

Please take a look at this list of places we recommend.

  • Wynnstay Hotel and Spa 
  • Sweeney Hall Hotel
  • The Bryn B&B
  • Travelodge
  • Premier Inn

More to see and do in the area

The local area has a lot to offer visitors who may want to explore the local market towns of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. There is so much to see and do.

Please see below the main attractions we recommend anyone visiting The British Ironwork Centre should visit.

Oswestry Town - Oswestry is a friendly market town with lots of historical landmarks and buildings. There are many unique boutique shops and eateries and local amenities. The town is situated on the Welsh border and is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and walkers.

Oswestry Town Market – Oswestry indoor and outdoor markets have taken place in the centre of Oswestry since the middle ages. With over 70 traders from near and far, there is a good variety of bespoke services and goods to satisfy anyone’s needs.

Chirk Castle – This National Trust property is situated in the small village of Chirk. The castle guards the entrance to the Ceiriog valley and has beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.

Park Hall Farm – Park Hall farm is a family friendly visitor attraction which invites visitors to see a working farm.

Sabrina Boat River Cruises, Shrewsbury - Sabrina is a triple deck, modern passenger boat which takes passengers along the River Severn. The cruise is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the town and its history and to get a completely different perspective of Shrewsbury from the river.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery - Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery tells the stories that make Shropshire unique through its’ amazing galleries: The Roman Gallery, Shropshire Gallery, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Galleries and the Special Exhibition Gallery.

 

Travel group partners

 

Oswestry Town Market Package for groups 

A Combined Package for groups and clubs to enjoy the town of Oswestry. Groups can enjoy a morning spent in Oswestry & a visit to the traditional street market (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) with a trip to the Ironwork Centre in the afternoon. This way you visit two winners in one day. British ironwork Centre being Shropshire’s most popular visitor centre and the award winning market town of Oswestry.

 

Sabrina Boat and British Ironwork Centre group package.

We have teamed up with Sabrina Boat in Shrewsbury to offer our visitors a full day out in Shropshire, tying in a river cruise and a metal safari adventure.

For just £11 per person, groups and tour operators can book the exclusive package to enjoy two of Shropshire’s most popular tourist attractions.
Available between 1st March – 31st October

The Package Includes:
45 minute cruise with live commentary on the Sabrina Boat
Tea/Coffee and Biscuits
Followed by
Cream Tea at the British Ironworks Centre

 All bookings must be made through Sabrina Boat due to departure times groups will need their own transport between Sabrina Boat and The Ironworks.

For more information please call Sabrina Boat on 01743 369 741 or British ironwork Centre on 01691 610952

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