Sunday 9 September 2012

Elsecar Heritage Centre And Craft Fair

Last Sunday, we had a trip to Elsecar Heritage Centre. Diane from Heartshaped has written about it on her blog in the past, and I'd thought at the time that I must visit.

The buildings which were once the ironworks and colliery workshops of the Earl Fitzwilliam now house exhibitions, antique shops and craft workshops. I had discovered that a craft fair was being held last weekend, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone and visit whilst the craft fair was there.

The craft fair itself was held inside a large hall and was a great event in it's own right. There were so many examples of different crafts and lots of stall holders were only too happy to demonstrate their particular skill.

I enjoyed looking round the permanent shops on the site too. Elsecar Antiques Centre is amazing, so many treasures to explore, and The Craft Box is a crafters dream, I could have spent an absolute fortune in there. There were many other shops too which we enjoyed browsing.

There's a cafe on site too, though we resisted the temptation. It looked very pretty decked out in bunting.

We discovered these paintings on a wall as we were walking round. Very colourful.

The Elsecar Heritage Railway is also here. This is manned by volunteers who undertake everything on the railway from driving the engines to maintaining the track.

After our visit, we crossed the road by the side of the centre in to Elsecar Park, a lovely area for a stroll, with an adjoining reservoir where people can be seen fishing. We were hoping to have a go at pitch and putt but unfortunately, it was closed.

It was another lovely day out. It seems that many different events are held there so I'm sure it's a place we'll go back to.


  1. That looks like a good day out Jo - somewhere I'd really like to go. I have a strong mining heritage on both sides of my family, and I still have relatives living in Fitzwilliam.

  2. So glad you enjoyed it Jo. There is always something happening in Elsecar. You will be pleased to know that a relative of mine has acquired the cafe in the park and it will be reopening it in October. As part of the deal, she hires out the golf clubs for the pitch and putt. The antiques place can see me lose hours of my life as there are such fabulous things to see. xxxxxx

  3. PS my recent photos were of the Reservoir in Elsecar Park xx

  4. That looks, and sounds, like a great day out with something for everybody.
    Flighty xx

  5. I love going to Elsecar.The craft shop is brilliant isnt it? The grandchildren went on a santa train there the other year and had a brilliant time.

  6. Looks like you had a fab day out - antiques, crafts and trains as well as a chance for tea and cakes - what a delight!

  7. I can see you'll be back there for other events and another browse around the craft shops!
    Such an interesting place for a day out, maybe the pitch and putt with be open next time too and you'll be able to have a go. Wear your plus fours!
    Lisa x

  8. That looks like the perfect day out - antiques, crafts and heritage stuff too! Glad you had a nice day. Jx

  9. Thank you for all your lovely comments.

    Diane - We had a lovely day. I'll have to pop back now for a game of pitch and putt.