Orford Craft Centre is located in what were once the stables for The King's Head Public House. The pub itself dates back to the 14th Century. In the latter half of the 20th Century the Stables became a Craft Shop which closed in 2016 when its former owner Stuart retired The shop was famous for its selection of basketware displayed on the forecourt. Many returning visitors speak fondly of their memories of the shop and the many baskets purchased, and many called in specially to say hello to Stuart and Merlot the cat who used to sleep curled up by the till.
Stuart was a keen diver and had an exhibition of finds and photographs from the Dunwich area in the upstairs space. The exhibits from this space have now been moved to the Dunwich Museum close to where they were found offshore. Some photos of the history of the premises can be found below, and if anyone has any others we would love to be able to share them here to recognise the traditions of this unique building.
Today the premises, along with the public house are owned by Adnams Brewery and the Landlady and Landlord of the King's Head, Suzanne and Ian Ballantine have taken on the old stables to create the Orford Craft Centre with its exhibition space upstairs, known at The Hayloft.
The aim of this new business is to sell artwork and craft items from Suffolk artists and makers. All of our suppliers live or work in Suffolk and many are wellknown in their own right. We also welcome new and upcoming artists and makers as suppliers. In addition we have sourced other products manufactured in the county to supplement the range of stock that we hold. We now have 69 regular suppliers with stock in the craft centre.
And yes, we do have a range of baskets in stock!
Please explore the Craft Centre pages to find out about our products and keep up to date with new suppliers.
We sell a selection of our products online but have lots of additional products in our Centre. Do come and visit us when you visit Orford.
Orford Craft Centre
Tel: +44 01394 450678
The Old Hayloft is available for hire for exhibitions and workshops for anyone.