Craft Village

Discover the Craft Village 

Please note our Craft Village cafe is currently closed for refurbishment (exciting new plans to be announced soon!). From the 2nd January 2016 we will have a mobile catering unit offering snacks and drinks. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics during this time. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Visit the Craft Village and find unique handmade gifts and items a world away from everything the high street has to offer. Plus you can often see the crafters demonstrating their skills. Entry to the Craft Village is FREE and there's plentiful free parking.

The Craft Village is open Tuesday to Sunday with a limited number of crafters open on Mondays including the Music Shop Plus we have Farmers’ Markets on the second and last Saturday of the month, and we often have special events.

Follow the links below for information on the sixty plus Barleylands Craft Studios:-


Art & Photography

Browse galleries, commission artwork, purchase prints & pieces and more.


Beauty & Hair

Beauty & complimentary therapies at Escape Studios plus hair dressing at Anna Rose Hair.


Classes & Workshops

Learn a new skill or brush up on an existing one. From art classes to zumba and everything in between!


Clothing & Hats

Clothes for all occasions from our many talented craft studios - from weddings to fancy dress.


Craft Supplies & Hobbies

Find all your supplies including all your papercrafts, textiles, and more.


Food & Drink

Amazing cakes, fabulous sweets, and fine dining.


Gifts & Presents

A host of unique handmade gifts you won't find on the high street. You're sure to find something special.


Home, Garden & Pets

Everything for the home from furnishings to architectural plans and pet grooming.


Music & Dance

Learn to play an instrument, join dance classes and buy all things musical.



Nearly all of our studios can personalise their handmade products for that extra special touch.


Traditional Crafts

Glassworks, wood carving and so much more. Plus catch crafters at work.


Wedding Village

Our studios offer it all from the dress to the decor and so much more.


The Craft Village is open from Tuesday to Sunday all year round with a limited number of crafters open on Mondays (see full details of opening times) except on the weekend of the Essex Country Show (2nd weekend in September) where the Craft Village will only be accessible once you have purchased an entrance ticket into the show.

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