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Leather Workshops at Hardwick Park’s Mongolian Yurt!

Belt & Journal Workshop - 14th November
Belt & Journal Workshop – 14th November

Leather  Workshops in The Yurt at Hardwick Park

Evancliffe Leathercraft have been invited by Hardwick Park to deliver Leather Workshops in their Mongolian Yurt.

The Hardwick Park Yurt, one of the largest in the region, can accommodate up to 60 people, however, numbers for the Leather Workshops we intend to host there will be much much smaller.  In fact, our Leather Workshops will each be aimed at a maximum of 5 people.

With colourful bunting and a wood-burning stove the weatherproof Yurt provides an ideal place for craft and educational activities even on a cold day!

The First Leather Workshops in The Hardwick Park Yurt

The first One Day Evancliffe Leathercraft Leather Workshops in the Yurt at Hardwick Park will start on the 14th November 2015.  Two workshops will run concurrently after sharing a joint introduction.  Up to 10 people can take part, with up to 5 people making a Hand Stitched Leather Belt and another 5 people (max) making a Hand Bound Leather Journal.

Belt Making Workshop (Introduction to Leatherwork)

Hand Crafted leather Belt with Brass Buckle
Hand Crafted Leather Belt with Brass Buckle

This one day Workshop will introduce you to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of your own hand stitched, hand dyedleather belt.

A Hands On workshop during which you will learn how to mark out, cut and dye veg tan leather to make a belt.  You will  then prepare it for stitching and practice the technique of saddle stitch.  The workshop will also show you how to burnish the edges of the belt and finish the leather.

Hand Bound Leather Journal Workshop

Leather Hand Bound Red Heart Notebook
Leather Hand Bound Journal

This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch.  Starting with a large sheet of paper you’ll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker.

You will be given the opportunity to dye the veg tan leather  to form the cover as well as adding decoration using embossing / stamping it if you wish.

What’s included

The price includes tuitionuse of tools and materials including the leather, buckles,  paper etc. dependant on the options chosen.  Tea & Coffee will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks you  require, alternatively refreshments are available from the near by Hardwick Park Visitor’s Centre.

Information & Booking:

For more informationabout our Workshops in the Yurt at Hardwick Park please visit our website at:


Hardwick Park Location:

The Yurt is at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS21 2DN <View on Map>

Hardwick Park on the Web:

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New North East Re-Enactment & LARP Event – Brancepeth Castle

North East Re-Enactor & LARP Market
North East Re-Enactment & LARP Market – Brancepeth Castle

A new event for Re-Enactors and LARP enthusiasts in the North East of England!

The organisers of the popular National Living History Fair and the North West Re-Enactment & LARP Market are holding the first North East Re-Enactment & LARP Market at Brancepeth Castle in County Durham on Satuday 17th & Sunday 18th October 2015

Brancepeth Castle is not usually open to the public!

Brancepeth Castle
Brancepeth Castle

Brancepeth Castle is not generally open to the public, so this is a massive opportunity for people to visit this historic north east building.  Admission to the event is ONLY £2.50. Imagine getting to see a National Trust or English Heritage property for that small an amount!

Brancepeth Castle from the air.  
Brancepeth Castle from the air.






“The castle was originally founded many centuries ago by the chief of the Anglo Saxon Bulmer family whose last male heir, Bertram Bulmer had a daughter called Emma who married Gilbert De Neuville, a Norman baron who had come to England with William the Conqueror. De Neuville’s descendants were called the Nevilles and were the owners of Brancepeth Castle until the sixteenth century.

In 1569 Brancepeth was confiscated from the Nevilles by the crown following their involvement in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I called the Rising of the North. The Nevilles had been the chief instigators of this rising which had been plotted at Brancepeth and Raby Castle with the assistance of the Percys who were the most powerful family in Northumberland.”

Evancliffe Leathercraft

Evancliffe Leathercraft Stall (at a previous event.).
Evancliffe Leathercraft Stall (at a previous event.).

Evancliffe Leathercraft are thrilled to be part of the First North East Re-Enactment & LARP Market at Brancepeth Castle.  Like the organisers, we are hoping that this new North East event will become a regular feature on the Re-Enactment & LARP calender.

We will be joined by many other traders, a lot of them regulars at numerous other Re-Enactment & LARP events, including the others mentioned above by the same organisers.

We are also looking forward to setting up our stall inside a REAL CASTLE!

Re-Enactment & LARP Leatherwork.

As most of our regular customers will appreciate, most of our leatherwork is made to order.  That is, people contact us, tell us their requirements, and we design and make the custom leatherwork to their specification.  This means that we don’t usually carry a large range of standard items.  We have however developed a small range of popular Re-Enactment & LARP items.  These include belts, belt hangers for mugs, weapons etc. as well as water bottles and drinking tankards.

Leather Tankard by Evancliffe leathercraft
Leather Tankard by Evancliffe leathercraft
Leather Tankard & Belt Loop by Evancliffe leathercraft
Leather Tankard & Belt Loop by Evancliffe leathercraft
Leather Water Bottle by Evancliffe leathercraft
Leather Water Bottle by Evancliffe leathercraft











Medievil Style Belt by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Medievil Style Belt by Evancliffe Leathercraft










Want to find our more?

Check the event organiser’s Facebook page: North East Re-Enactment & LARP Market