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Craft Centre, free entry


Blake House Craft Centre

Blake House Craft Centre


R Banham

01376 344123


Blake End,
CM77 6RA


Situated near Braintree in Essex, Blake House Craft Centre is one of the region's true hidden gems. Once a traditional farmyard, with buildings used as stables, cattle sheds and cart lodges, this wonderful site has been transformed into a vibrant and flourishing craft centre which houses a wide range of small local businesses.

A beautiful Essex barn forms the centrepiece of a cluster of sympathetically restored 18th and 19th century listed buildings. This delightful environment hosts a variety of individual shops and workshops where you can buy unusual and attractive wares.

Wander around the fine variety of art and craft shops in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone! There are so many shops offering products that you just won't find anywhere else, from a basket of flowers to ballet shoes, from dolls houses to designer kids clothing and from electric guitars to elegant fabrics, you can treat yourself or find the perfect gift.

Once you've looked around the shops, enjoy a bite to eat, challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf on our 9 hole minigolf course and then test your wits against the maize maze challenge! Open daily during the summer and a new design every year, please visit www.greatmaze.info for more details.

Our licensed restaurant "Timbers' is housed in an 18th century listed corn barn. For coffee, lunchtime snack or full restaurant meal, visit Timbers Restaurant. Open 7 days a week and Wednesday - Saturday evenings! Please call 01376 552553.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowedWedding receptions

Opening details

Individual shop hours and days vary. Please contact specific shops for opening beforehand to avoid disappointment.


Free entry

Free Entry to the Craft Centre



Plan route to Blake House Craft Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 702231  Lat: 51.88132 Long: 0.47251

By Road:
Follow the brown tourist signs from the A120. Situated between Braintree & Great Dunmow, Essex. There is parking both inside the centre with marked disabled bays and also an overflow car park to the side.

By Public Transport:
From Braintree station it is 4.5 miles to Blake House Craft Centre.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Braintree station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)


  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair


  • YesEntrance is well lit