The National Centre for Craft & Design

Sleaford, United Kingdom


  • Navigation Wharf
  • Carre St
  • Sleaford
  • Lincolnshire
  • NG34 7TW
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

We are open from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New year's Day.

Travel Information

Tube / Metro: N/A
Bus: National Express coaches have a service to Sleaford from London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.
Train: We are a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station which is serviced by East Midlands Trains. Sleaford is 1.5 hours from London and 1 hour from Nottingham and Leicester.


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Our mission is to be a world-class centre and resource dedicated
to the celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design.  We aim to stimulate greater understanding of contemporary craft and design and provide enriching arts and cultural experiences for everyone, through a dynamic programme of high-quality exhibitions, participatory learning, events and retail.


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.

Associated exhibitions and events

Exhibiting artists