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The Craft Centre is now open, with some shops opening to the public, but with full social distancing measures in place. Please check with each shop for their current status and opening details.


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! With a wide range of craft fabric supplies and yarn, dancewear, antiques and retro gaming, delicious sweets from The Land of Candy, chic clothing and bespoke jewellery in our boutique and exquisite hand crafted miniatures at Bijou Dolls Houses, 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!

Our licensed restaurant 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 Friday - Saturday evenings. Please call 01376 552553.

Minigolf

Negotiate the ramps and bridges, windmills and wells on our 9-hole Minigolf course. Choose from our range of fun emoji golf balls, then see if you can get a hole in one and find out who will be the ultimate champion.

Pitch & Putt/Crazy Golf

Negotiate the ramps and bridges, windmills and wells on our 9-hole Minigolf course. Choose from our range of fun emoji golf balls, then see if you can get a hole in one and find out who will be the ultimate champion.

Guide Prices

Free Entry to the Craft Centre

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Helicopter landing

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Accessible by Public Transport: Braintree station is 4 miles away.

Blake House Craft Centre

Type:Craft Centre

Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6SH

Awards

  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018

Opening Times

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

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