A Crafty Day Out
Did you know that Redditch produced ninety percent of the world's needles in Victorian times?
However, the town wasn't just famous for the sheer volume of needles but also the amazing range and superb quality of its needle production.
Forge Mill is the last surviving needle scouring mill in the world and is now converted into a museum that tells the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of needle making in Victorian times. The mill houses the original water powered machinery that works, Tuesdays, weekends and for group visits.
We have expert tour guides who will explain how man/woman's most important tool was made and guarantee that you will look at needles with new eyes!
A visit to learn the history of Victorian needle making, see the museum exhibits and the current temporary exhibition followed by a visit to the working craft centre at the Jinney Ring in Hanbury ( 20 mins drive between them) might look like this, (but can be tailored to suit the groups needs).
10:30 Arrive at Forge Mill - coffee and cake on arrival
11:00 Guided tour of Forge Mill
12:00 Time to view exhibition and enjoy the museum grounds
13:00 Leave for Jinney Ring Craft Centre
13:20 Arrive at the Jinney Ring and brief welcome
13:30 Lunch in the Farmhouse Restaurant (two courses)
14:30 Free time to view working craft units, gift shop and gardens
16:00 Leave for home
This trip can be booked for £20.50/person (adult and seniors) for Monday to Saturdays, or£21.50 for Sundays (includes carvery lunch).
You can book either through the Jinney Ring or Forge Mill. Minimum group size 15.