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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.

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Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Conference Facilities Conference Facilities
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Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
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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

Bamford's Auctioneers Antiques Valuation Day
03 March 2015
14:30 to 16:00

The first Wednesday of the month, Bamford's Auctioneers offer advice and valuations at the Museum; a fantastic chance to unearth your family heritage and find out about the history plus today's value of the items! Price: £1.00 per item or set proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Museum.

Talk ~ Between Stairs, Life of a Lady's Maid
04 March 2015
14:00 to 16:00

Join the Voices and Volumes Group for this talk by guest speaker Joanne Carter; light refreshments included in the ticket price of £2.50; booking in advance is adviseable.

Crystal & Gift Event
07 March 2015
10:30 to 15:00

Swadlincote Therapy Rooms, Sharpes, Pottery Museum, Swadlincote DE11 9DG. We have a large selection of tumble stones, crystal spheres and eggs, pendulum and other crystal shapes, as well as an ever changing stock of angels, fairies and Buddha, incense and holders, jewellery and other gifts. Tel: 07749 731380 Email: Price: Free

Derbyshire Cottages and Farmhouse Talk
10 March 2015
From 19:00

Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG. Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, South Derbyshire Local Group for this talk by Philip Heath revealing some of the counties best kept secret buildings, their history and development over many years and how they fit into our countryside. Tel: 07852 631419 Web: Price: £3.00. Raffle and refreshments available.

Eureka Park - Invisible Heritage Saturday Talk
14 March 2015
10:00 to 12:00

We are embarking on a journey to explore, restore and celebrate the lost heritage of Eureka Park. Join Bethan Scragg, Community Engagement Officer for Eureka Park, to learn about the "Invisible Heritage" of the Park and recapturing it. Tel: 01283 222600; Email:;;k Price: £5 includes refreshments. 10% discount for Friends of Sharpe's.

Mini Rag Rug Workshop
21 March 2015
From 10:30

Sarah from Ollie-Bobs will be demonstrating how to make a small rag rug, then it's over to you to have a go at making your own to take home. At 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tel: 01283 222600; Email:; Web:; Price: £15 per session includes materials and refreshments.

Sharpe's Pottery Museum and Kiln Tour
25 March 2015
From 12:30

Explore the unique history of Sharpe's Pottery Kiln and Museum galleries with a free guided tour. Learn about an invention which changed the world for better and pots which are an iconic part of our British social history. Tel: 01283 222600; Email:; Web:; Price: Free. Donations towards the museum upkeep appreciated.

Bretby Art Pottery Auction Viewing Evenings
26 March 2015 to 27 March 2015
17:00 to 20:00

Pop in for a preview of the Bretby Art Pottery Sale items to see what is on offer; the collection is being auctioned by James Lewis from Bamfords Auction Rooms, something for everyone! Tel: 01283 819020; Email:;; Price: Free Entry.


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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.