The Cygnet Gallery, Swans Yard, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JQ

Swans Yard, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JQ, 
Tel. 01747 855699,


The Cygnet Gallery, Shaftesbury


Monday - Saturday 
(April - Dec)
10.00am to 5.00pm

(Jan - Mar)
10.00am to 4.00pm

      uilt for artists and run by artists, "The Cygnet" gallery has grown in popularity since
it's birth in 2009. Home to more than thirty artists (and a very special felter!) "The Cygnet"
is very much part of the Dorset arts and crafts scene. With a multitude of different arts
and crafts, there is something for everyone - "the creative heart of Shaftesbury"! 

From ceramics to calligraphy, herbal skincare to fine art, wood work, silversmithing,
jewellery, glass art, sculpture, photography and a host of other crafty delights, whether
you're shopping for a certain special something or an artist seeking inspiration. there truly
is something for everyone in "Cygnet".  And Swans Yard, the perfect place in which to sit 
and contemplate life....and eat a slice of cake!

Swans Yard

"Cygnet" is just one of a number of projects initiated by 'Swans Trust'. In 1999, the Trust teamed up with Signpost Housing to transform the site of a former electric substation/depot yard, into Swan's Yard (where a ye olde coaching inn called 'Swan's Yard' once stood!) This investment created thirteen affordable homes for the people of Shaftesbury and a number of retail units. Ten years later, on 29th August, 2009, "Cygnet" was hatched!  

Swans Yard depot, 1999

Swans Yard has developed in size, stature and status. With a number of small and vibrant businesses under its wing, the Yard also attracts a large community of artists and musicians with its Open Days. By taking part in and supporting local events (Shaftesbury's Food & Drink Festival, Gold Hill Fair, Dorset Art Weeks, Christmas Late Night Shopping), Swans Yard is very much part of Shaftesbury life. 

Around the Corner cafe
The Potting Shed
 Your Day Out In Swan's Yard

1) A spot of photocopying or internet surfing in... 
"Shaftesbury Community Resource Centre

2) Leather, textiles, artwork - if it's handmade you're after, it's....

3) Buy lots of wool & share a yarn with fellow knitters in...

4) Buy your plants and get some pro advice  from the award winning 
garden designer, Robert Kennett, in...



5) Enjoy unique, handcrafted works of art & chat with local artists in...

6) Refresh yourself with coffee and cake (lots of!) in...


My felting unit in 'Cygnet', 2016