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Sharpe's Pottery Museum & Coffee Shop


Explore this award winning pottery site, exhibiting internationally important pottery and sanitary ware, plus The National Forest story. Visit the Tourist Information Centre, café, gift shop, playzone and activities for all.

Loads to see and do key

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Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Conference Facilities Conference Facilities
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Educational Activities Educational Activities
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Information Centre Information Centre
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Toilets Toilets
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

Upcoming Events

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The Photographic Group Exhibition
02 March 2015 to 30 March 2015
10:00 to 16:00

Exhibition by world wide and local amateur photographers who have met via Facebook and now enjoy photographic walks in the local National Forest areas. Exhibition will be held in the Lower Temporary Exhibition Gallery within Sharpe's Pottery Museum. Entry is FREE of CHARGE, Car Parking in Swadlincote is also free of charge.

Featured Artists at Sharpe's
02 March 2015 to 31 March 2015
10:00 to 16:00

Featured Artists at the Museum this month include Jane Bevan with Contemporary Crafts from the Woods in the Museum Shop and an exhibition of digital artwork by Techno Tyro's Over 50's group in the Cafe Espresso.

Tel: 01283 222600. Email: Web: Price: Free

Bretby Art Pottery Auction on behalf of The Magic Attic
28 March 2015
09:00 to 00:20

Come along to the Bretby Art Pottery Sale and purchase a piece of your local history. The collection is being auctioned by James Lewis from Bamfords Auction Rooms on behalf of The Magic Attic Archives, hundreds of items with something for everyone! Tel: 01283 819020; Email:; Web:; Price: Free Entry.

Featured Artists at Sharpe's
01 April 2015 to 30 April 2015
10:00 to 16:00

Featured Artist in the Museum Shop this month is Jane Bevan with small sculptures and vessels hand made from materials from the South Derbyshire countryside. In Cafe Espresso there will be an exhibition of original photography by Susan Olumide featuring landscape and trees photography. Tel: 01283 222600; Email:; Website:; Price: FREE.

Bamford's Antiques Valuation Day
01 April 2015
From 14:30

First Wednesday of the month. Bamford's Auctioneers will be offering advice and valuations at the Museum. A fantastic chance to unearth your family heritage and find out about the history and today's value of the items! Tel: 01283 222600; Email:; Web:; Price: £1 donation per item; this is used towards the upkeep of the Museum.

Easter Family Craft Workshops
03 April 2015 to 04 April 2015
10:30 to 14:00

Make Easter themed decorations at this Free 'drop in' activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Phone: 01283 222600

Family Pottery Activity
09 April 2015
10:00 to 12:00

Join Derbyshire Adult Community Education for a family pottery workshop. Please book your place at the museum. Suitable for children age 5+. All children must be accompanied. Tel: 01283 222600; Email:; Web:; Price: Free. Donations welcome.

Walk to Discover Eureka Parks Past
09 April 2015
From 13:15

A two mile walk of local history interest starting from the museum. Discover why it is called Eureka, what the area was like at the turn of the 20th century and how the park has developed. Part of SDDC's World War 1 Commemoration Walks. Using town pavements and park paths - suitable for mobility scooters. Tel: 01283 535039; Email:; Web:; Price: Free. Walk supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Well Dressing Saturday Talk
11 April 2015
From 10:00

Etwall Well Dressers will be sharing the secrets of the ancient Derbyshire tradition of well dressing. Watch how it's done then have a go yourself! Tel: 01283 222600 Email: Web: Price: £5 includes refreshments. 10% discount for refreshments.

Birds in Spring and Summer Talk
14 April 2015
From 19:00

Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, South Derbyshire Local Group. David is a regular radio and TV expert on all matters ornithological. His presentations are full of facts and useful tips, at the same time humorous and light hearted. This evening David will give us a presentation. Tel: 07852 631419 Web: Price: £3.00. Raffle and refreshments available.


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West Street
DE11 9DG

01283 222600

Opening times

Museum and TIC, All year: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe, All year: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm
Museum, TIC and Cafe, Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am - 3pm
Museum, TIC and Coffee Shop, Christmas and New Year, Closed


Adult: Free

Group tours including refreshments:
Adult: 5.00
Concession: 5.00
Child: 5.00


Walking distance from Swadlincote Bus Station. Services to Derby, Burton upon Trent, Ashby de la Zouch and Leicester.