Welig Heritage Crafts - Traditional Skills and Contemporary Willow Sculpture.

Welig Heritage Crafts produce traditional willow basketry, bespoke baskets, sculptural pieces and public art; garden ware, living willow installations and rustic furniture. We also undertake other traditional countryside skills including chair seating, drystone walling and hedge laying. We provide training and are available to demonstrate many of our skills including basket making, pole lathe turnery, spoon carving and other coppice crafts at public events and for groups where appropriate.

We also manage Hands on Workshops which is a community of tutors offering a wider range of crafts and
skills that we can offer alone, see www.handsonworkshops.org.uk

A visit to our workshop enables visitors to see traditional crafts alongside contemporary sculpture. We grow much of our materials on site including around fifty varieties of willow, hazel and many other trees for our work. Welig Crafts is a member of the Basket Makers’ Association, The Irish Basket Makers Association and the Hedge laying Association of Ireland. It is also a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland, the Craft and Design Collective and Ards Arts Collective.

Elaine has won two awards at the R.D.S National Crafts Competition and continues to exhibit her work both locally and further afield.

In 2015 the Welig Heritage Craft were awarded a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


From £4 for small woven pieces. Price for baskets, willow installation, rustic furniture, hedgelaying and walling vary. Cash and cheques only, Euros accepted.

Opening times:

Saturday 13:00-16:00.
For opening times during the rest of the week, please ring in advance.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

From £3 - £500 for basketry. Price for willow installation, rustic furniture, hedge laying and walling vary. Cash and cheques only. Euros accepted.Take the A20 (Portaferry Road). Go through Greyabbey and Kircubbin, After 3 miles pass the Saltwater Brig Pub on the right and after 1 mile turn left onto the Loughdoo Road. Go to the T-Junction at the end, turn right and we are the 1st house on the left.
  • Euro Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Showers
  • Lessons Offered
  • Groups Catered For
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Contact Details

63 Cloughey Road
County Down
BT22 1NH

Tel: (028) 4277 1542
Mob: (07732) 600 907