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FESTIVAL OF IRONWORK in the centre of Bath, Somerset – World Heritage City

Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th June 2018
10am – 6pm each day

FREE ENTRY to the public*

*£1.50 entry fee payable to Council for non-Discovery card holders

Where better to hold a celebration of heritage skills than the heart of a World Heritage City?

At a time when the ancient craft of the blacksmith has almost faded from view, the National Heritage Ironwork Group will be staging a spectacular festival of ironwork in Parade Gardens, Bath from 14th – 17th June 2018

Watch the BathIRON story (with special thanks to Claire Hines):

What’s happening in Parade Gardens?

Four Days of Blacksmithing Action

This 4-day event offers a unique opportunity to witness Master smiths at work as they forge a brand new balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand. Join us in a celebration of our craft heritage featuring:

  • Dynamic demonstrations
  • Art exhibitions
  • Interactive family activities
  • Have-a-go at forging

Read more here …

What’s  happening at the Guildhall?

Educational Events

BathIRON will also be hosting 4 days of inspiring talks just around the corner in The Guildhall.  Join us for fascinating debates on a variety of hot topics covering conservation, craft, history and heritage including:

  • Heritage Ironwork seminar
  • Icon Metals Group Conference
  • Talks by craftspeople
  • Private screening of The Devil’s Blacksmith documentary   

Find out more and buy tickets here …

…and so much more, for all the family

  • Guided walking tours of Bath’s ironwork
  • Live music by the Bath Folk Festival team
  • Art & heritage exhibitions with activities
  • Pop-up forging around the city
  • Storytelling, street theatre, food and craft stalls …


THURS 14th – SUN 17th JUNE 2018

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Want to speak to one of the team about this event?

You can call the NHIG team: Jess on 07503 764712  E: or Andy on 07809 147074

Marketing, PR and Communications – Niki Jewett T: 07982 445140 E:

Tradestands and Event Management – Alice Tollworthy T: 07947 103891 E:

We have a limited number of stall pitches at BathIRON so do get in touch soon if you’d like to take this opportunity to sell your work to festival visitors.