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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.)

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Auckland Castle Craft Skills Festival

Auckland Castle Crafts Skill Festival 2017
Auckland Castle Crafts Skill Festival 2017

Auckland Castle Craft Skills Festival

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September 2017 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Free Entry

Suitable for the whole family.

Heritage Crafts

See blacksmithing and stained glass demonstrations, talk to the experts and try your hand at a range of heritage building and traditional crafts including leatherwork, weaving, pottery, stone carving and much more.

Food & Activities

There will  be food and craft stalls and children’s activities all weekend.


Take the opportunity to peek inside the Castle in their Behind the Scene’s Tours running at 10.30 and 1pm  or their St Peter’s Chapel Tours running from 10am-4pm all weekend. For this weekend only the Chapel will look even more stunning than usual as it is filled with beautiful floral arrangements to celebrate a Week in Flowers.

More Information…


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Wolsingham Gift & Craft Fair

Wolsingham Gift & Craft Fair

9th September 2017 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

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

The second Wolsingham Craft and Gift Fair will take place in Wolsingham Town Hall on 9th September between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The first Gift & Craft Fair was a huge success and well supported by the local community.

More information: Wolsingham Gift & Craft Fair Facebook Event Listing

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Northumbria Blood Bikes Open Day

Northumbria Blood Bikes Open Day at Dobbies Garden Centre Ponteland.
Northumbria Blood Bikes Open Day – Dobbies Garden Centre – Ponteland – Sunday 20th August 2017 – 10am – 4pm

Northumbria Blood Bikes Open Day

Sunday 20th August 2017 – 10am – 4pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Street House Farm, Ponteland, Newcastle. NE20 9BT


  • Face painter
  • Ice Cream Van
  • Children’s Rides
  • Inflatables
  • Army Recruitment
  • Helite Air Vests
  • Craft Stalls
  •  Much Much More!

Northumbria Blood Bikes:

Northumbria Blood Bikes is a registered charity established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and other healthcare sites in North East England. They cover Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Darlington.

The Northumbria Blood Bikes fleet will be on display throughout the day plus their training officer will be holding a slow riding session between 12 Noon & 2pm!

Evancliffe Leathercraft will have our own  Green & White Gazebo with us so keep an eye out for it!

We will be selling our hand crafted Leatherwork and offering the opportunity for you to try Leather Stamping.  We will also be happy to discuss commissions and demonstrating how we hand stitch leather.


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North East Re-Enactors & LARP Market 2017

North East Re-enactors & Larp Market - Brancepeth Castle
North East Re-enactors & Larp Market – Brancepeth Castle
Sunday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017
11am – 5pm Saturday / 12 Noon – 4pm Sunday
Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth, Durham. DH7 8DF
This unique event returns for it’s THIRD year! Specialised Retail therapy for Re-enactors, LARPER’s and people interested in interesting objects and traditional crafts. Plus it’s in and a genuine privately owned Medieval Castle not usually open to the public.

This  genuine Castle, once owned by the Neville Earls of Westmorland, has a lot of history. It was HQ for the Durham Light Infantry before falling into neglect and being rescued by the current owners, who are doing their best to restore and preserve it.

Following the first event of it’s kind in the North East in 2015 The North East Re-Enactment & LARP Market is now an annual event in it’s third yearwith traders coming from far afield such as Poland purveying a large and varied selection of re-enacting & LARP merchandise  as well as traders  like ourselves who are very close to home for a change!

The location in the North East is excellent, being easy reach of the A1(M), and close to Durham, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Darlington, Gateshead, Newcastle and not that far from Edinburgh.

Check out the organiser’s website at or the event’s Facebook Page.

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Intoxicating Teas – The Bay Horse Hotel, Wolsingham

Intoxicating Teas & Crafts at The bay Horse Hotel Wolsingham
Intoxicating Teas & Crafts at The bay Horse Hotel Wolsingham

Intoxicating Teas – 3:30pm till Late
17th December 2016 – The bay Horse Hotel, Wolsingham


Book an Intoxicating Tea or just come along to view the Craft Stalls at this increasingly popular local event.

To book your Intoxicating Tea call the Bay Horse Hotel direct on  01388 526565. 

Intoxicating Teas cost £20.00 and include Prosecco on arrival, a Savoury and Cake Stand, Vodka Jelly and a Pot of Cocktail to share!

If you don’t want an Intoxicating Tea you come and view the Craft Stalls FREE of charge! The bar will be open as normal.

Stalls include:

Hand Crafted Leatherwork by Evancliffe Leathercraft, Sand Art and Hand Made Cushions.

Bay Horse Facebook Page