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“Wonderful way to spend a couple of hours”

Sharpe's Pottery Museum
Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Swadlincote
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Owner description: Sharpe's Pottery Museum is home to the local heritage of Swadlincote and surrounding areas, the iconic building is home to the Museum Collections & Exhibitions, Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, Cafe Espresso & The Magic Attic Archives. We have a function room for hire that is suitable for meetings or family celebrations; there is also a cafe that opens out on to a children's playzone on the ground floor along with the Tourist Information and Gift Shop. The upper floor is home to a large exhibition area, a walk way that showcases the 'old kiln' and the extensive historic archives compiled by The Magic Attic. There is Disabled Access to all areas with a lift to enable access to the upper floor, toilet facilities for diabled visitors can be found on both levels. We have adjacent Free Parking and Brown Signed Car Parking within a few hundred yards, ALL parking in Swadlincote is Free of Charge. We are open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm with last entry to view the Museum at 4pm, Spring & Summer Bank Holiday Monday Opening Times are 10am - 3pm.
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Went with five year old granddaughter. When we arrived she asked where we were going and when we said to a pottery museum her response was 'boring'. When we left she said 'that was brilliant when can we go back?".

The staff were all lovely and went well above and beyond in making the visit enjoyable.

Lovely cafe, nice little play area and interesting exhibitions.

With lots of interesting activities on their programme for the summer we will definitely be back.

Thank DawnTh
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

very interesting museum and great place to visit and look around if you are in the area. there is a cafe as well and bits for kids to do. some nice artifacts to look at and worth it just to go in the old bottle kiln.

Thank Dawn R
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Free activities promoted in our local press so headed down with my 6 & 9 year old over easter weekend to get our hands mucky and make some easter themed models from clay. Kids loved it and they even go to take their creations home for a small donation. Superb idea, will definately go again. Cafe was lovely but rather busy and struggled to cope at times but let everyone know up front so people were not hanging around or dissappointed.

1  Thank Natsathome
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The food is very nice and tasty, and reasonably priced. The museum is great fun, plenty to do especially in school holidays

1  Thank poppycat39
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

This is a nice little museum but there seemed to be no starting point for the exhibits. The information didn't run in any chronological order and when we asked the staff in the reception area where to start, they said "anywhere". We came out knowing the names of several owners and what had been produced there but not the order in which it all happened. (I guess if I'd had a notepad and pen I could have gone round all the boards, jotted it all down and sorted it out but I sort of hoped the museum staff would have put the exhibits and information board in the correct order). We were there for about 45 minutes but didn't visit the coffee shop.....which looked lovely.

1  Thank chocolocomama
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Les-The-Rat, Manager at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, we do value you observations; at present we are in the process of changing exhibits around and making the vistor experience much more 'flowing', we hope that you see the difference during your next visit.

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