Expert smelters and blacksmiths from around the world are gathering in a small village in the Antrim hills to bring traditional iron skills back to life

200 years ago, the founding of a Newtowncrommelin village in County Antrim lead to the area of Glenravel becoming the centre of iron ore mining in N.Ireland, playing a foundational role in the industrial revolution. 

Visitors to the furnace festival will see iron smelting in action, learn more about the iron heritage of the area and take part in a program of immersive demonstrations, walks, talks and workshops

Iron Ore Smelting Demonstrations

Watch expert smelters from around the world take iron ore from the Glenravel mines and other varieties of iron ore from across Northern Ireland and smelt it into iron in mud furnaces built from the land around us. Witness this ancient process as it was over 3000 years ago

Sat 8th June

Blacksmithing Demonstrations

Follow the process as expert smiths from around the world take the iron bloom produced in the furnaces and work it into various traditional items. See the first items produced from Glenravel iron in over 100 years

Sun 9th June

Outdoor Museum & Displays

Guided tours of an Open Air Museum explaining the process and the history of the production and use of iron in Ireland from prehistoric times till today. Displays relating to the heritage of the area

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June


Iron Ore Mining in Glenravel

Learn about the history of iron ore mining in Glenravel

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June

Walking Tour of Slievenanee Mines

Explore one of the main mining areas in Glenravel and see the remains of the workings of Slievenanee mines

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June

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Smelting Apprentice

Work alongside the expert smelters throughout the weekend, get hands on and learn this traditional skill

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Sat 8th & Sun 9th June

Clay Modelling

Attend clay modelling workshops and follow the same process used by the smelters to build their mud clay furnaces

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June

Kids Ore Art Workshops

Art and craft activities for kids using natural materials including iron ore and charcoal running throughout the weekend

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June

Schools Program

Immersive activity program for local schools to learn about this historical and geological part of our shared heritage

Thurs 6th & Fri 7th June

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