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Address: Navigation Wharf Carre Street | Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW, England
Phone Number: +44 1529 308710
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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From small seeds has grown a superb national centre. In the beautiful...

From small seeds has grown a superb national centre. In the beautiful setting of Navigation Wharf in Sleaford sits an old

seed warehouse. But it’s not what you’d expect, for this

converted warehouse is home to British craft and design.

We are the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design.

Under one roof, our five gallery spaces showcase up to 20 world-class exhibitions every year from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent.

Our stimulating learning programme inspires people of all ages, skills and interest levels and our shop is a cultural haven for the latest contemporary handmade products.

We are also home to Design Factory, the UK’s leading professional development organisation for British designer-makers and artsNK, the country’s largest rural arts development agency that specialises in visual and performing arts projects.

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Worth a detour, but perhaps not a special journey

We came for the current tapestry exhibition. I'm glad we did, but if we had not combined it with other visits in the area I would have felt a bit let down. The exhibition shows a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
Libra_K1960
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We came for the current tapestry exhibition. I'm glad we did, but if we had not combined it with other visits in the area I would have felt a bit let down. The exhibition shows a good range of artists' work, but I have certainly seen other tapestry exhibitions with as much interest in recent years, so I don't really... More 

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Coningsby, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

what a fantastic place, lots of stuff going on. entry is free which makes it even better, we looked around two exibitions and some of the items were from arround the world. there was a nice cafe as well to get a hot drink and also a art section of items that you can purchase. what a fantastic collection of... More 

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Thank karlmarks1
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Having a few hours to spend on my own I popped into the centre to see what they had on display and was pleasantly surprised by the different exhibitions. The centre is well laid out and caters for differing tastes. Considering that admission is free there are few better ways to occupy yourself locally without paying.

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Thank Mike B
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

We stopped off here just to get a quick drink whilst looking at the ducks and playing on the grass. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the cakes look lovely. Flapjack was really yummy. They have a bowl of fruit too which was brilliant for a snack for our little one. They have kids bowls and cutlery too... More 

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Thank LyndP
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

This is a place we visit at regular intervals especially if we are wondering what to do. There is a good shop on the ground floor and a decent cafe - although it could be more enterprising. There are always interesting exhibitions and many really spark your creative imagination. Highly recommended especially if you are in the area

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

I called in with my wife and two children aged 9 & 10. I had planned to spend just an hour as something different for the kids to look at but was very happily surprised. They had a full schedule of activities available throughout the day, fantastic. The kids loved it, because they was happy we was happy. I also... More 

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Thank Clive D
Sleaford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Living in Sleaford I have the good fortune to be able to pop into "The Hub" every now and again. The exhibitions are always interesting and varied, from Vivienne Westwood shoes to family Summer workshops. It is ideal for a short visit if you are in Sleaford, there is a nice coffee shop for a snack and a small shop... More 

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Thank Nigel M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

A medium selection of artworks of different ages and types. My favourite was the exhibition with flies. I found all the descriptions of the artwork, including the artist's background and the artistic rationale, enlightening and helpful in understanding the pieces.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

Having gained only 51 TripAdvisor reviews over four and a half years (at date of writing), the NCCD obviously has issues attracting footfall. Perhaps that's due to the fact it's in Sleaford - once a thriving agricultural centre, now a sleepy provincial town bypassed by the A17 trunk road. If it were in London, it would attract a steady flow... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

Really disappointed lacked the vision for a National Centre for craft and design. It is a real shame, the building is great, but the content is far from National.

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