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Alby Crafts & Gardens

A centre for contemporary and traditional art and crafts, surrounded by four acres of beautiful ponds and gardens.

An Introduction to Alby Crafts and Gardens

Wooden Craft
Gardens
Craft Barns
Gallery
Flowers

Along the main road from Aylsham to Cromer, you will find this lovely art and craft centre, surrounded by over four acres of ponds and gardens. The converted brick and flints farm buildings are home to a collection of working studios, shops and a gallery. You can visit the small workshops and see various crafts-people at work. For those who prefer a more "hands on" approach, a variety of courses are offered for both adults and children, including sculpture, stained glass and wood turning. There is also a tea-room and timbered gallery above. The centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens, planted in 1987, including island beds, borders, ponds, streams and wild areas, with specimen trees set in grass.


Alby Crafts and Gardens Guided Picture Tour


We start our tour of Alby Crafts and Gardens in the Gallery and Tea-rooms. This part of the building has undergone significant rennovation and a picture board in the tea-room shows how the buildings looked before and the work in progress. The gallery is situated up a flight of stairs and showcases work from local art and crafts-people, including pottery and pictures.
Alby Centre
Alby Crafts and Gardens
Alby Centre
Entrance to the Tea-room and Gallery
Affinity Gallery
Affinity Arts Gallery
Boat Sculpture
Boat Wood Sculpture
Ceramics
Ceramics at Alby Craft Centre
Pottery
Pottery at Alby Art and Craft Centre

The lower craft courtyard contains five working craft workshops covering garden sculpture, art, engraving, wood turning and furniture making. You can wander into any of these and just watch, or browse and purchase their work.
Craft Workshops
Craft Workshops
Sculpture
Garden Sculpture

In 1987 following damage from a hurricane, the site was redeveloped into over 4 acres of gardens, with island beds, borders, ponds, streams and wild areas with specimen trees set in grass. The garden is the result of a lifetime of collecting by Valerie Alston, and the size of the collection allowed her to plant in groups, for spectacular displays. Colour, size and shape have all been important factors in the design, with the aim to provide interest in all seasons.
Garden Map
Alby Gardens Map
Garden Figure
Someone you will meet along the way!
Lawn
The main lawn
Paths
Garden Paths
View
View across the pond
Big Leaves
Big Leaves!
Summer Flowers
Summer Flowers
Summer Flowers
More Summer Flowers!
Bridge
Bridge to an island in the pond
Stone Face
Laughing Face
Stone Face
Smiling Face
Girl
Stone Girl Sculpture
Sculpture
Wooden Sculpture
Spider
Spider Sculpture

Alby Crafts & Gardens summary of what to SEE and DO

Individual Craft Barns
Gallery Shop
Beautiful Gardens, including ponds and beds
Sculpture spread around the grounds
Tea Rooms
 
Alby Crafts and Gardens can found on the A140 Aylsham to Cromer road. The centre is open 10am to 5pm on Tuesday through to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (closed Christmas Day to mid January). Entry to the garden costs £2.50 for adults, children free, dogs welcome on a lead. Tel: 01263 761590

Our Verdict

Alby Crafts and Gardens make a lovely afternoon out for garden and craft lovers. Our favourite bit is the garden, which is a lovely peaceful place for a relaxing stroll.
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