Inside Our Factory
After all that activity on a factory tour, not to mention a trip to our wonderful shop, come and relax in our gorgeous Café. We promise to serve you the best cappuccino or hot chocolate in town, in the nicest surroundings. Sink into a squashy leather sofa to relax with the daily papers, then gather around our stripped pine kitchen table for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea with friends. We’ve even got WiFi in the Café, so you can stay for the afternoon and work on your laptop, as our cook rustles up fresh flapjacks, cakes and delicious dishes of the day in the world’s biggest Polka Dot Aga. Treat yourself to one of our special café offers.
Meet Wayne the platemaker, Mary the fettler and Karen the sponge decorator as we take you on a journey through the world of pottery making. It’s a journey back in time - not just as you are guided through the Victorian building but also as you learn about our 200-year-old adapted earthenware recipe and traditional decorating skills. See skills that have stood the test of time and become a modern pottery phenomenon. Educational and inspirational, a tour of the Emma Bridgewater factory makes a wonderful day out for all ages.
We know that Emma Bridgewater fans are a creative bunch - from the youngest children to grandparents - so we would love to help you put those talents to good use in our bright and inspiring decorating studio. Choose a classic piece of our pottery then make it your own. Our expert helpers will take you through the decorating process step by step to help you design a masterpiece to be proud of. Create a truly unique pottery gift for a special friend, or decorate a plate or mug with an imprint of a your child’s hand to create a wonderful surprise for their grandparents. Check out our school holiday activities and special events on our What's On page. We also host brilliant - and really unique - birthday parties. For further information on prices click here.
Love to hunt for Emma Bridgewater bargains, seek out special pieces as really gorgeous gifts for friends, or just treat yourself to something different for your collection? Our discount factory outlet could just be your little piece of shopping heaven, at very reduced prices. It’s an ever changing emporium where firm favourites such as Polka Dot and Black Toast sit alongside discontinued patterns and occasional highly desirable samples. This Aladdin’s cave is guaranteed to make you fill up your basket and keep coming back for more.
For the full current range of Emma Bridgewater first quality products, just wander across the courtyard and step inside our Gift Shop. You’ll be treated to beautiful displays which we hope will inspire you, with gift ideas for all occasions including birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, Easter, weddings and Christmas. You can also discover previews of new designs. Lots of people visit us to find unique studio specials that Emma may be trialling alongside some great hand-picked merchandise. Together with our colourful and classic pottery you’ll also find Emma Bridgewater melamine ware, bright kitchen utensils, greetings cards, paper napkins, cookware, glassware and lots, lots more.
The Garden (Summer Only)
The Emma Bridgewater factory has a lovely secret - a walled garden just waiting to be discovered. In summer this English country-style garden comes to life with flower beds full of blooms and tasty fruits and vegetables. It’s also home to the chickens who keep the café stocked with the freshest eggs. Take a seat and enjoy the fresh air, and if you visit us regularly you’ll see it transform with the seasons. You might even find Emma’s husband Matthew Rice in the garden, planting bulbs before sketching a new design in the studio. Just ask a member of staff and we’ll open the doors to our little city-centre haven.