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Maker Faire UK – 28th & 29th April 2018 – Life Science Centre Newcastle

Maker Faire UK  – Life Science Centre, Newcastle

Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th April 2018

Maker Faire UK is the greatest show and tell on Earth! Taking place on Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle, it’s a two-day family-friendly festival of invention and creativity.

It brings together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors from across the globe. People who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public.

It’s really great fun for adults and kids alike, with all sorts of different things to try your hand at from traditional crafts to hi-tech hacks. The atmosphere is one of collaboration, sharing and experimenting, where you’ll try new things, deepen existing knowledge and have loads of fun! Be prepared to be inspired. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in!

See examples of handcrafted leather goods and have a go at this traditional skill with Evancliffe Leathercraft. We’ll guide you through a Leather Stamping Workshop*, where you can use the provided stamps to create your own unique leather wristband, keyring, bookmark or other shape, which can then be dyed a colour of your choice.

*A small additional charge applies for this activity.

More information… 


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Two Day Leather Bag Making Workshop Launched!

Leather Bag Workshop - Evancliffe Leathercraft

Learn to make a hand stitched leather bag in this two day workshop by Evancliffe Leathercraft.

Evancliffe Leathercraft are pleased to announce the launch of their new two day Leather Bag Workshop. This is an ideal introduction to leatherwork through the making of your own leather bag at Evancliffe Leathercraft’s Wolsingham base overlooking beautiful Weardale in County Durham.

First Scheduled Dates:

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018. (10:00am – 5:30pm Day One, 9:am – 4:30pm Day Two)

Book onto the Bag Making Workshop:

To book onto the first scheduled bag making workshop on the 6th & 7th October 2018 visit the Bag Making on 6th & 7th October Eventbrite Page.

What you learn:

  • Mark and cut out leather.
  • Cutting leather to form straps.
  • Dying Veg Tan Leather.
  • Preparing the leather to be stitched including marking and making the holes for stitching.
  • Hand stitching leather using the traditional saddle stitch method.
  • Riveting leather.
  • Attaching accessories such as D-rings, fasteners, sliders and buckles*.
  • Burnishing & Applying finish the leather.

Choose from a selection of patterns with the potential to add your own customisation to the bag as well. (* Some items used will depend on the style of bag chosen.)

Leather Bag Workshop Duration:

The workshop runs from 10:00am – 5:30pm on Day 1 and 9:00am – 4:30pm on Day 2.

What is Included in the Leather Bag Workshop:

All leather and tool use is included in the price of the workshop. We include tea, coffee and biscuits in the price however participants should bring their own packed lunch and any snaks / soft drinks you require each day. Accommodation IS NOT included in the price but Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network. Many local accommodation providers are listed on their website. Please see below for a link.

What to Wear:

Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron. As we use a stitching pony to hold the work we also recommend wearing trousers instead of a skirt or kilt.

For more information email:

Local Attractions & Accommodation:

Many of our students travel some distance to take part in our workshops and may need to find accommodation for one or two nights locally. Many also remark on how beautiful Weardale is, something that you will see first-hand if you take part in one of our workshops overlooking Weardale.

Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network, a partnership of businesses who have a passion and commitment for developing the tourism trade and visitor experience within Weardale. To find out more about Weardale and to access local accommodation please visit the WVN website at

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason please contact us as soon as possible.
Our refund policy is:

Over 28 days before the workshop date: Full refund OR alternative date if available.
Between 14 and 28 days before the workshop date: 75% refund OR alternative date if available.
Less than 14 days before the workshop date: No refund given.

Refunds due will be paid to the original payee by the original payment method. If you do not turn up for your workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund nor will you be eligible to move your booking to an alternative date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by Evancliffe Leathercraft, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to book onto an alternative workshop (if available). You will be given as much notice as possible if a workshop has to be cancelled.

This policy may be subject to change so please check at the time of booking. The policy in place at the time of booking a place on a workshop will apply in the event of cancellation.

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Leather Stamping at Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Leather Stamping at Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Leather Stamping at Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Sunday 11th February 2018 & Sunday 8th April 2018 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Evancliffe Leathercraft will be providing our popular Leather Stamping Activity for visitors to Preston park Museum & Grounds on Sunday 11th February & Sunday 8th April 2018.

Key rings, bookmarks, wristbands and other leather shapes will be available to choose from. You can add tyour own design using a variety of traditional stamp patterns, using them to make individual patterns or combining them to make more complicated designs. Be amazed as we add colour and see the how it highlights the pattern you have created.

There will be a small charge of £1.00 per item for the stamping activity in addition to the museum admission ticket.

In addition to Leather Stamping and all the other attraction of Preston Park Museum & Grounds  the first of these events takes place during “A Winter Skirmish”.  A Winter Skirmish is an exhibition about the English Civil War, in particular The Battle of Yarm . You can find out more about this exhibition on the museum’s  A Winter Skirmish event page.

The second event takes place during the museums annual Folk & Farmers Market event.

To see all the events we are currently planning to attend please visit our Events Page.

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Lanchester Agricultural Show – Sunday 1st July 2018

Lanchester Agricultural Show 2018

Lanchester Agricultural Show

Sunday 1st July 2018. Times T.B.C.

Leather Stamping ActivityLeatherwork Demonstration & Activities

Evancliffe Leathercraft will be demonstrating traditional leatherwork at the Lanchester Agricultural Show this year. See how we hand stitch leather to make our unique handcrafted leather products and have a go at Leather Stamping. 


We will add more information as it becomes available.


Lanchester Agricultural Show Website

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Northumberland County Show – Monday 28th May 2018

Northumberland County Show

Northumberland County Show 

Monday 28th May 2018 – 9AM – 6PM

Leather Stamping ActivityLeatherwork Demonstration & Activities

Evancliffe Leathercraft will be demonstrating traditional leatherwork at the Northumberland County Show this year. See how we hand stitch leather to make our unique handcrafted leather products and have a go at Leather Stamping.  Just look out for us amongst the other traditional heritage crafts demonstrators.  


Other Attractions.

There are lots of other attractions to see as well, here are just a few:

Big Pete Monster Truck

Bit Pete and the Grim Reaper will thrill and excite you all as this 7 ½ tonnes awesome machine creates mass destruction!!

The Romans

The Roman Cavalry training would have been fast and furious, our local pony clubbers will have thrills and spills learning some of these skills.

Mini Tanks

The Mini-Tanks are ready to roll and the great thing is they are so simple and easy to use, it’s child’s play! In fact they are designed to be driven by children 8 years and up and by adults alike.


Ben Potter Birds of Prey

Ben Potter is returning with his exciting birds of prey team. Watch out for free flying Sea Eagles, Vultures and a dazzling display of magnificent raptors swooping around the Castle Arena.

The Sheep Show

The Sheep Show is a humorous educational live stage show about sheep and wool. Nobby the Norfolk Horn takes centre stage while his charming, and cheeky, sheep friends are introduced. The highlight is ‘The Sheep Show Hustle’ – dancing sheep!

Gun Dog Scurry

Bring your dog along and have a go. This year we’re hoping to have qualifiers for other events around the country.

Meet the Hounds

Come in the Main Arena to meet and greet the very friendly, and delightful Traditional Fox Hounds.

Tug of War

A fantastic selection of teams will compete for this years Tug of War title in the Castle Arena. The success of last years event will mean more entries with more teams needing you to cheer them on in their quest to be the best!

Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling

Bring your child along to have a go – or watch the experts fresh from the National European Championships.

Eat Around the World at the Show!

A range of unique vendors in the Street Food Market feature cuisine from all around the globe. From the exotic flavours of the far east, spicy Mexican feasts, delicate French crepes to classic Italian pizzas hand cooked in a wood fired oven or delicious curry rolls. Try something different and watch it cooked while you wait.

And much much more…

Fore more information visit the Northumberland County Show Website.


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Northstar Rising : Steampunk Festival – 13th, 14th & 15th July 2018

Northstar Rising Steampunk Festival

Northstar Rising

Evancliffe Leathercraft will have a stall at Northstar Rising, a Steampunk Festival being held near Durham over the weekend of Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018.

What is Northstar Rising?

Beyond a first class Steampunk event featuring music from Mr B, Victor and The Bully. Victor Sierra, Kiss Like Ether, feline and Strange, and more, Northstar Rising is a new concept: A build-your-own steampunk festival…want to chill out with great music? you can do that…want to shop at amazing steampunk markets? you can do that…want to BE the character you have created? you can do that too.

Based at the amazing Moor House Adventure Centre near the historic city of Durham, we not only have ample camping in a drained, managed, purpose built campsite, but also a tent village for those who want an easier weekend, and a variety of dorm rooms for those who’d prefer a roof over their head. 19 acres of mixed woodland and fields to play on, camping for up to 1000, and only 10 minutes from Durham city. Being based at the site gives Northstar Rising visitors access to a vast array of activities that you won’t commonly find at other events – the weekend will feature Pirate, Explorer, Post Apocalypse, and Gentlemanly/Ladylike combat themed activities supervised by professional instructors and will include rifle, pistol and crossbow shooting, archery, high ropes/rigging challenges, climbing, adventurer skills, Victorian martial arts, pirate combat and much more – and completion of the courses will earn you a medal to recognise your new skills!. We’ll also be offering trips off site – ghost walks, gin crawls, tours of historic sites, visits to Locomotion rail museum, and more!

What’s on Site at Northstar Rising?

On site, as well as accommodation and activities, there will be 2 stages (acoustic and electric), 2 market areas, a steampunk cafe, a camping supply shop, and a large bonfire area! You can do as much or as little as you like. Steampunk is all about building things – why not build your festival? The organisers will be announcing performers, detailing the available activities, looking for the best traders for the markets and taking feedback from potential visitors so that they can add the activities that YOU want – want to go caving or canoeing? They can probably sort that – this is going to be the event that you want it to be!

More information from Impossible Gears can be found on their website’s dedicated  Northstar Rising Page and on the event’s facebook page.


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Making a Musketeer’s Bandolier – 27th & 28th January 2018

A Winter Skirmish: The Battle of Yarm, 1643

Making a Musketeer’s Bandolier

Saturday 27th & Sunday 8th January 2018 – 10.00am – 4:00pm (Last admission 3:30pm.)

Preston Park Museum and Grounds Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, TS18 3RH

We are back at Preston Park Museum & Grounds, this time to demonstrate the making of a Civil War Musketeer Bandolier as part of the events celebrating the 375th Anniversary of the Battle of Yarm in 1643.

Musketeer Etching showing the Bandolier.
Musketeer Etching showing the Bandolier.

A Bandolier is a strap which goes over your shoulder and hangs diagonally across your body. The Musketeer’s Bandolier includes a shot bag and has the “Apostles” attached to it to hold gunpowder.

Through our popular hands-on Stitch-an-Inch activity visitors can also learn how we hand stitch leather to create handcrafted leather items such as the bandolier, belts, bags and much more.

A Winter Skirmish: The Battle of Yarm, 1643

An exhibition commemorating the 375th anniversary of an encounter between Royalists and Parliamentarians during the English Civil War of the 17th Century.

Fought on 1 February 1643, the Battle of Yarm saw a defending force of Parliamentarians defeated by the attacking Royalists, who captured the vitally-important Yarm Bridge. Then, as now, the bridge was one of the main crossings over the River Tees.

Discover the story of this battle and the wider histories of the English Civil War in this fascinating, Heritage Lottery Fund-supported exhibition.

Free entry with museum admission. Last admission 3.30pm.

Preston Hall Museum & Grounds Website Article about the event…

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Wolsingham Craft & Gift Fair – Saturday 13th January 2018

Wolsingham Craft & Gift Fair

Wolsingham Craft & Gift Fair – Saturday 13th January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018 – 10:45am to 2:15pm

Wolsingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL13 3AB

Evancliffe Leathercraft are returning once again to the Wolsingham Craft & Gift Fair !

Lots of fantastic stalls to browse. Buy beautifully hand crafted gifts and local produce for friends, family and yourself… Meet the makers and enjoy the atmosphere.

More information…

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A Winter’s Trail – Hamsterley Forest – 17th December 2017

Butterwick Hospice - A Winters Trail  - Hamsterley Forest - Sunday December 17th - 10am - 3pm
Butterwick Hospice – A Winters Trail – Hamsterley Forest – Sunday December 17th – 10am – 3pm

Butterwick Hospice present:

A Winter’s Trail

Sunday 17th December 2017 – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Hamsterley Forest, Redford Ln, Hamsterley. DL13 3NL

We expect that our Stall and the Stamping Activity to be available to those simply visiting the forest as well as those participating in the Butterwick Hospice Winter’s Trail Event.

Please see below for how to  booking places on the Winter’s Trail Event. 

Evancliffe leathercraft Stamping Activity.

Evancliffe Leathercraft will have our stall in Hamsterley Forest during this event selling our Hand Crafted Leatherwork as well as running our very popular Leather Stamping Activity. There will be a small charge of £2.00 per item to participate in this.

Those taking part will make  unique hand stamped leather item such as a key ring, bookmark, coaster or festive shape to take home!

A Winter’s Trail Event:

Butterwick Hospice welcome all the family to A Winter’s Trail!

Join the elves as they guide you around Hamsterley Forest to meet all the Christmas Characters. Along the way you will get told a tail, sing a& dance and collect Christmassy treats all whilst you meet all your favourite Christmas Characters, Olaf, The Snowman, The Grumpy Grinch and the Butterwick Snow Queen.

There is something to enjoy for all the family, ending with a trip to Santa’s Grotto for your child’s first Christmas present of the year.

To get you all into character there will be stalls, face painters, lots of music, songs and laughter.

In order to book your family’s places at our Winter’s Trail event all you need to do is choose time you want to attend, fill out your details and buy your tickets.

A Winter’s Trail Tickets & Booking:

Children’s tickets are £10 and Adults are £2, under 2’s go FREE!

(Please note that both ticket prices do not include the Evancliffe Leathercraft Stamping Activity and that the adult ticket price does not include the treats or present.)

It couldn’t be simpler to join in this Christmassy filled family fun event by completing the form on Butterwick Hospice’s Event Page – Simply visit  

Alternately you can book by telephoning 01388 603003.


Please be aware there is a parking charged issued by the Forestry Commission of £6 per car, per day. Unfortunately there is no discount for the event. We advise you car share where possible. Payment for parking will be on the day at the relevant machines.


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Leather Stamping at Barnard Castle Library – Wednesday 13th December 2017

Barnard Castle Library
Barnard Castle Library

Leather Stamping at Barnard Castle Library

Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Witham Building, 2 Hall St, Barnard Castle DL12 8JB

In association with The Friends of Barnard Castle Library, Evancliffe Leathercraft will be providing hands on Leatherwork activities at Barnard Castle Library on Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Hands On Leatherwork!

Have a go at creating their own unique leatherwork item. 

You will be able to choose what you want to decorate  from a number of leather items including:

  • Bookmarks
  • Key Rings
  • Festive Shapes

 (Hands On subject to availability.)