About us

We believe in making. Friendships, stories, mistakes and memories - by hand and with heart.The Forge is a unique creative event space in the heart of Bristol's Arts Quarter.  We curate an ever changing series of events and workshops, celebrating people and their passions. The Forge is available to hire - somewhere to meet, work, create, share and celebrate, surrounded by a beautiful backdrop. A space for friends and family, ideas, imagination and endless possibility. A space to make your own.


The Forge is a historic industrial space built in the mid 1800s. It was originally a coach house and then a blacksmiths. It was a working forge until it was bought and renovated in 2015 by musician/builder Si John and designer/photographer Silkie Lloyd. Accessed via a small back lane just off Colston Street, it sits high above the old Bristol city centre on huge Victorian buttresses with a view of St. Johns Gate and the old city wall. Sensitively renovated, The Forge holds onto its historic provenance and its recent additions feel like they've been there forever. By day the space is filled with light and by night the gentle sound of the city surrounds it. 

Si and Silkie live in south Bristol with their two teenage sons.



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