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The Yard will open at 11am each Saturday and close at 3pm from 11th April.

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Entry is free on Saturdays for all the family and the Yard is open from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Pre-booking is not required if you are visiting on a Saturday unless you are a group of more than twenty, for organised groups a nominal fee is required. 

Pre booking is required for groups visiting during the week or evenings for which a small fee applies. The yard is not open at all on Sundays.

Group Bookings are by prior arrangement. a maximum of 30 and a minimum of 12 peoplecan be accommodated during weekdays and evenings – with refreshments as desired. Please go to the Groups Booking page to download and submit the group booking enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible to arrange your visit. 

During 2022 there will be no entry fee for visitors on a Saturday although charges will still apply for groups visiting during the week and evenings. For individuals and groups complete your visit at the adjacent Stag’s Head whichserves excellent food. Please contact them directly to make arrangements.

Your visit will last approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours during which time you can take part in a guided tour and talk to the staff about all aspects of the Yard and its operation.

The Yard has recreated the conditions of wheelmaking and blacksmithing in the 19th and 20th centuries, using the original buildings 

See our 'time-capsule' workshops where five generations of the Chedham family worked for over 150 years. Take a fascinating guided tour to discover a vanished way of rural, working life and have a go at putting together a cartwheel yourself! Alternatively explore at your own pace and talk to the demonstrators and staff on site.

In the Visitor Centre Film Room watch two short films about the history of the Yard including the success of winning the BBC2 Restoration Village competition in 2006 and the wheelwright and blacksmith at work.

 Enjoy light refreshments in the café whilst watching  a short film showing the rebuilding of a wooden wheel and the fitting of a steel rim to the wooden wheel or examine the many artefacts in the cabinets. The café also has a selection of books and souvenirs made on site. 

There is both indoor and outdoor seating, high chairs are available for small children.

For any other enquiries please call on 01789 842770 and leave a message or e-mail . The office is unmanned but regularly monitored and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible and stimulating environment for all our visitors to Chedham’s Yard.  

Combining your visit

Chedham’s Yard is close to a wide range of historical and engaging facilities. Why not combine your visit to the Yard with a visit to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon or one of the many other attractions such as the picturesque Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the world's greatest playwright William Shakespeare and Warwick, home to England's greatest medieval Castle. 

In addition to the Shakespeare properties the area boasts many heritage and cultural attractions such as the Lord Leycester Hospital and Hill Close Gardens in Warwick, Compton Verney art gallery and the National Trust property, Charlecote Park all of which are within a short drive from Chedham's Yard.

If you are staying in the locality we are within easy reach of Warwick, Stratford Leamington Spa, Coventry and only 5 miles from junction 16 of the M40. 

Hotels / Guest Houses close to the Yard are: 

  • Walton Hall Hotel at Walton           1.5 miles
  • Ettington Chase Hotel                     3 miles
  • Ettington Park Hotel                        8 miles
  • Stratford Hotels                                5 miles
  • Warwick Hotels                                6 miles

Other Venues of interest outside our area

You may also like to visit other sites who demonstrate the traditional blacksmith’s crafts.

In the Oxford area there is Coombe Mill which is part of the Blenheim Palace Estate  

In Spalding there is the ‘Chain Bridge Forge’ located in the High Street alongside the waterway.