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A village community with a spirit
and passion for achievement

Welbeck is one of the great traditional landed estates, set mainly within Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, an area of great natural beauty. The Estate extends to some 15,000 acres, straddling the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Several areas of the Estate have been designated as sites of special scientific interest by Natural England, providing a fantastic habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Much of the land on the Estate is used for agriculture and forestry purposes.

The story of Welbeck is all about reinvention, with the Abbey and surrounding Estate being redesigned and reinvigorated throughout history. Welbeck has constantly evolved over the centuries, from a Premonstratensian Abbey to a Cavalier residence in the 17th century and from English Gothic to the New Works of the 19th century with their mysterious labyrinth of tunnels. From 1954 the Estate was home to the MOD’s Welbeck College, who used many of the Estate buildings as a sixth form college. The MOD’s departure in 2005, instigated the launch of an ambitious programme called the Welbeck Project.

The aim of the Welbeck Project is to develop a unique and sustainable community at Welbeck which will bring together rural and creative industries, as well as education and the arts - and in turn providing an environment where businesses and innovation can flourish. Its achievements can be seen today as the Welbeck Estate, home to an ever-growing array of exciting and award-winning businesses.

The following are the main Welbeck businesses based on the Estate. These producers frequently work together to hold a range of interesting and exciting events for members of the public to discover more about what they do.

Further details of businesses and organisations operating on the Welbeck Estate can be found at

Welbeck Farm Shop
Welbeck Farm Shop opened in October 2006. Since then, pride in local produce has earnt it a national reputation, being rated by The Times as one of the country's top ten farm shops. The arrival of the Welbeck Bakehouse and Welbeck Abbey Brewery has afforded customers even greater choice.

School of Artisan Food
The School of Artisan Food has quickly earnt an international reputation for excellence and learning. Staffed and run by leading experts in their field, the school offers students a range of inspirational courses in breadmaking, cheesemaking, brewing, butchery and preserving.

Harley Gallery
Discover inspiring art and craft at The Harley Gallery. With top quality exhibitions and historical displays from Welbeck’s Portland Collections, it's very much a gallery of individuality and style – as reflected in its craft shop which stocks an impressive range of quality gifts for that special present.

Welbeck Bakehouse
The Welbeck Bakehouse produces organic bread in ovens fuelled by wood from Welbeck and we’re told it’s their own sourdough cultures that ensure a healthier, tastier loaf. Try for yourself at The Welbeck Farm Shop, as well as local delicatessens, and farmers markets.

Stichelton Cheese
Stichelton Dairy aims to produce the finest quality raw milk cheese from the organic milk of a single herd. The focus is on traditional, British cheesemaking where quality and flavour is the priority. Stichelton’s popularity and awards suggest this priority is shared by many.

Limehouse Cafe
The Limehouse Cafe is loved for its sleek and stylish interior and tasty menu, with homemade treats and dishes which use ingredients from The Welbeck Farm Shop. Visitors to Welbeck Village can indulge with morning coffee, light lunches or delicious afternoon tea and cake.

Dukeries Garden Centre
The Dukeries Garden Centre is one of the finest in the country, not only for its plant quality and expertise, but for its unique setting. Highlights include regular free demonstrations which are held in the historic Welbeck glasshouses – a must for gardeners of all ages.

Boutique Aromatique
Nottinghamshire's first independent fine chocolaterie, patisserie and sweet pantry, Boutique Aromatique uses the finest artisan chocolate from around the world. You can find it at The Welbeck Farm Shop, but we should warn you this is a dangerously indulgent brand!

Award Publications
Working in Welbeck's spectacular Old Riding School must be an inspiration to any business. Award Publications is the publisher of outstanding picture books, storybooks, novelty and activity books since 1972; they now export to over 70 countries worldwide.