The Edenbridge and Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions are held over two days on the August Bank holiday….using traditional coke fueled fires and hand tools Blacksmiths compete in “live” forging competitions, offering the public spectacular displays of artistic talent, time served skills and sheer determination to beat the clock. The Competition is the 9th installment of a national contest organised by the NBCC supported by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
In the adjacent Blacksmiths tent is a large display of forged Ironwork of both a traditional and contemporary nature, made by local and National Smiths. The work, once judged, is normally offered for sale directly, or can be ordered through the individual Smith. The show provides a valuable opportunity for local Smiths to market and sell their quality Ironwork, whilst promoting themselves as professional, artisan traders.
The Blacksmiths static and live competitions are judged and successful competitors are awarded with certificates and prize money from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
Additional prize money and trophies are awarded by the Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmith Competition Committee. Competition winners can expect generous cash prizes (paid on the day), special awards for apprentices and various class winning “take home” trophies, including for the Blacksmiths the much coveted “John Denton Memorial Trophy” which is awarded to the best static piece voted for by the public.