Alby Crafts & Gardens

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About

Alby Crafts and gardens, was the brain child of Valerie Alston and is still run by the family. There are 10 workshops and teaching spaces, a gift shop, a lovely tearoom and a vibrant community of quality crafts people working with a wide range of mediums and skills. These include pottery, sculpture, wood turning, furniture making, tailoring, fabrics, mosaics, willow sculpture and flower essences with other artists and work being shown at various times.

The grounds are a delight in themselves and the 4 acres of gardens are a pleasure throughout the year. The gardens were inspired by "The Flower Fairies" by Cicely Mary Barker and if you are very, very lucky you may spot the odd one wandering through the woods or riding on the back of one of the resident peacocks. It's a delightful, peaceful, place to spend an hour or two amongst the fairies and the peacocks.

The Artisan Café is a great place to meet up with friends for a coffee and a scone, or if it's tea you like we have a great selection of teas available. Along with a great selection of cakes and baked goods. Light lunches and afternoon teas available.

Guide Prices

Entrance to and parking at Alby's café, shops and galleries is free. There is a small entrance charge for the gardens - £2.50 per person, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the gardens.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
The centre is on the A140 between Aylsham and Cromer.

By Public Transport:
Alight at Cromer Railway Station, then take the 44/44A or X44 bus service from Cromer Cadogan Rd to Alby Horseshoes P.H, the centre is directly opposite.

Accessible by Public Transport: Cromer station is 6 miles away.

Alby Crafts & Gardens

Type:Art Gallery

Cromer Road, Erpingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 7QE

Tel: 01263 761652

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • East of England AwardsNorth Norfolk Attractions North Norfolk Attractions 2021

Opening Times

* The Centre:
Opened Tuesday-Sunday (10am-5pm) & Bank Holiday Mondays.
[Closed Christmas Eve - Mid January]

The Gardens:
All year round (Free from December to February)

Coach parties welcome by arrangement, Wheelchair Access, Dogs on Leads and Free Wi-Fi available in the Upper Courtyard.

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