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Blake House Craft Centre

Blake House Craft Centre


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.

Bring your group to 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 in our restaurant and then test your wits against the maize maze challenge! Open 19th July - 14th September 2014 (weather pending). Join us on facebook for regular updates:

You can also test your putting skills on our fantastic Minigolf course. Challenge your friends and family to a round of crazy golf on our 9 hole course. Clubs and balls are available for hire along with your own score card.

Our licensed restaurant "Timbers' is housed in an 18th century listed corn barn and like the other buildings, has an 'olde worlde' charm that you are sure to fall in love with. If you're after a morning coffee, lunchtime snack, afternoon tea, a full restaurant meal, live band, themed night entertainment or a private venue, Timbers is the place to choose. Please call 01376 552553 for bookings and details of coach party menus.

For further information about any of the stores at Blake House Craft Centre, please telephone 01376 344123 or visit the website at or keep up to date at

Christmas Parties and Christmas Packages available.

Coach park: Yes

Drop off: Yes

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


Free entry to the craft centre, plus ample free parking.
Maze admission: Adult £6, Child £4, Senior £5, Pushchairs & wheelchairs free entry.
Please contact Timbers Restaurant for booking & coach party menus & costs.



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 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
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

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