Blackdown Hills Artisans' Trail


Invitation to meet Blackdown Hills Artisans


Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th May 2011


There is a wealth of creative talent tucked away in the Blackdown Hills making almost anything from bread to ceramics from salami to sculptures from cider to socks and from furniture to fish pâté – and many of these artisans are amongst the Blackdown Hills Business Association’s 300+ members.

You are invited to visit local Blackdown Hills Artisans on Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th May. Our local artisans will open their doors to you from 10am to 4pm on both days.

We have 20 businesses opening their workshops and studios as part of the launch of the Blackdown Hills Artisans which will take place during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th May. 

Come and see them at work; sample their produce; quiz them; admire their talent and skill; try your hand at some of the activities; even buy from them!

We know you will be amazed at what you discover tucked away in the Blackdown Hills – just follow the signs!

Open weekend activity will offer visitors a unique experience:

Gill Campbell Master Saddler will start with a 1/2 butt of leather and she will be making a bridle over the weekend. So depending on when you arrive, you will see the various stages of production. The sequence is:

1) Cut

2) Edge, stain and polish and crease

3) Punch crew holes and make turns

4) Stitch mark and skive

5) Punch round holes

6) Stitch

7) Polish and finish

Gill will also have some samples ready for people to have ago at stitching!

Visitors to David Ball Furniture Restoration will be able to see fully restored antique furniture for sale, un-restored pieces in the "waiting room" for restoration and sale, and a selection of items in mid-restoration including an Edwardian cane-seat corner chair, a Victorian rush-seat child's chair, a set of four Arts & Crafts style upholstered dining chairs and a Georgian mahogany bureau.


David's wife, daughters and grandchildren will also be on hand to refresh you with hot and cold drinks, cakes and biscuits throughout the weekend and all proceeds will go to the British Legion's 90th Anniversary Poppy Appeal Pedal to Paris - David has signed up to raise at least £800 by completing the cycle ride from London to Paris in September!


Here is a list of the local venues opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th May.

1. Coldharbour Mill

Uffculme, Devon EX15 3EE Tel 01884 840960

2. W Young Piano Tuning & Restoration

Luggs, Culm Davy, Hemyock, Devon EX15 3UP Tel 01823 681605

3. Ellises Farm

2 Ellises Farm, Hemyock, Devon EX15 3SP Tel 01823 680814

4. David Ball Furniture Restoration

Studleys, Ashculme, Hemyock, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3SU Tel 01823 680607

5. Stewarts Traditional Upholstery

c/o Studleys, Ashculme, Hemyock, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3SU Tel 01884 841723

6. Philip Simmonds Sculptural Ceramics

Applehayes, Applehayes Lane, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3TU Tel 01823 681552

7. Chris Webb, Artist & Craftsman

Black Dog Studio, Bickenhall, Staple Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6TX Mob 07973 953481

8. Robert Parker (Woodcrafter)

Woodcroft, Bishopswood, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3RS Tel 01460 234479

9. Tricky Cider

The Bakery, Honiton Road, Churchinford, Taunton TA3 7RF Tel 01823 602782

10. Beech Hayes Farm

Churchinford,Taunton, Somerset TA3 7DW Tel 01823 601565

11. Jacqui Rees Fresh Produce

Kedget Barton Farm, Churchstanton, Taunton, Somerset TA3 7RN Tel 01823 478207

12. Nicola Werner Majolica Pottery

Burcombe Farm, Bolham Water, Clayhidon, Devon EX15 3QB Tel 01823 680957

13. Ross Emerson Ceramic Sculpture

Old Trickeys Farm House

Hemyock (Gypsy Cross), Devon EX15 2HZ Tel 01823 681012

14. Common Loaf Bakery (open Sunday, 8 May, closed on Saturday, 7 May)

Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon EX14 4RW Tel 01823 681213

15. Hollies Trout Farm & Fishery

Slade Lane, Sheldon, Honiton, Devon EX14 4QS Tel 01404 841428

16. David Lloyd Cabinet Maker

Unit 3a, Markus Road, Dunkeswell, Devon EX14 4LA Tel 01404 891800

17. Oaklands Farm Shop & Café (Vineyard & Winery)

Oaklands Farm, Monkton, Honiton, Devon EX14 9QH Tel 01404 47442

18. Corrymoor Mohair Socks

Corrymoor Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon EX14 9DY Tel 01404 861245


New Leaflet - Blackdown Hills Artisans

We have just published a leaflet which includes 36 Blackdown Hills Artisans. You can also visit the Blackdown Hills Directory at

Artisans, by their very nature, are usually hard at work behind closed doors producing, creating, making and restoring or taking part in shows and events and are not always available. However, they would be delighted to hear from you - to make an appointment to view, purchase or to discuss a commission.


With special thanks to the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund, SPS Marketing and Otter Brewery for their generous sponsorship of this initiative.

A unique experience for all the family

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