Welbeck is one of the great traditional landed estates, set mainly within Sherwood
Forest in Nottinghamshire, an area of great natural beauty. The Estate extends to
some 15,000 acres, straddling the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Several
areas of the Estate have been designated as sites of special scientific interest by
Natural England, providing a fantastic habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Much
of the land on the Estate is used for agriculture and forestry purposes.
The story of Welbeck is all about reinvention, with the Abbey and surrounding Estate
being redesigned and reinvigorated throughout history. Welbeck has constantly evolved
over the centuries, from a Premonstratensian Abbey to a Cavalier residence in the 17th
century and from English Gothic to the New Works of the 19th century with their
mysterious labyrinth of tunnels. From 1954 the Estate was home to the MOD’s Welbeck
College, who used many of the Estate buildings as a sixth form college. The MOD’s
departure in 2005, instigated the launch of an ambitious programme called the Welbeck Project.
The aim of the Welbeck Project is to develop a unique and sustainable community at Welbeck which
will bring together rural and creative industries, as well as education and the arts - and in turn
providing an environment where businesses and innovation can flourish. Its achievements can be
seen today as the Welbeck Estate, home to an ever-growing array of exciting and award-winning businesses.
The following are the main Welbeck businesses based on the Estate. These producers frequently work
together to hold a range of interesting and exciting events for members of the public to discover more
about what they do.
Further details of businesses and organisations operating on the Welbeck Estate
can be found at www.welbeck.co.uk