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Wolsingham Show – 2nd September 2018

Wolsingham Show 2018

Wolsingham Show 2018

Sunday 2nd September 2018 (The show is over two days but our activity and stall are only available on Sunday.)

County Durham’s biggest and England’s Oldest open air Agricultural Show!

Evancliffe Leathercraft will be demonstrating traditional leatherwork and running our popular leather stamping activity alongside other heritage craft exhibitors and demonstrators at the 239thWolsingham Show on 1st & 2nd September 2018. There will be a small charge to take part in our Stamping Activity.

Wolsingham Show - Saturday

Agricultural Day

Saturday is Agricultural Day and there’s always lots to see and do including the Craft Tent, Donkey Rides, Vintage Vehicles, Birds of Prey Display, Diggerland, Alpacas, Dog Agility Show, Artisan Food Market, Sulky Racing, Great Live Music, Strongman Competition, Fur and Feather, Industrial & Produce, Heavy Livestock, Sheep Dog Trial, Shopping Marquee, Kids Rides, Special Attractions, The Grand Parade of prize winning stock and over 100 trade stands with everything from Tractors to Toffee so book your tickets now and have a great day!

Wolsingham Show Sunday

County Fair Day

Sunday is Country Fair day and amongst the many great things to see and do are the KC Dog Show, Ferret Show, Horticulture, Alpacas, Ponies, Marquee Displays, Dog Agility, Terriers and Lurchers, Artisan Food Market, Great Live Music, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Mountgrace Gundogs, Digegrland, Vintage Vehicles and Stationary Engines, Line Dancing, Special Attractions, The Grand Parade of prize winning stock and much more! Bring the whole family and enjoy an amazing day out in the beautiful surroundings of Weardale, County Durham.

Find Out More & Buy Tickets to the Show

Visit  to find out more about what is on at Wolsingham Show and buy tickets.



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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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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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Shotgun Cartridge Holder for Clay Pigeon Shooting


Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Shotgun Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft

Shotgun Cartridge Holder

A belt pouch designed to hold 25 12 Bore Shot Gun Cartridges inside their original box plus 4 additional cartridges in loops on the side.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

We think this hand crafted product is ideal for any Clay Pigeon Shooting Enthusiast!

Quality Veg Tan Leather

The main pouch is made from a single piece quality veg tan leather, hand dyed and hand stitched. The cartridge loops are made from the same piece of leather and hand stitched onto the side of the pouch.

The example in the photograph is dyed “Saddle Tan” using an oil dye from a leading manufacturer. Other colours are available such as Mahogany, Chocolate Brown, Walnut, British Tan and many others in either Oil Dye or Spirit Dye.

Hand Crafted to Order

Our Shotgun Cartridge Holders are hand crafted to order so customisation can be added.

Prices start at £40.00. (Gun and Cartridges are NOT included.)


We can adapt this design to hold various sizes so may suite other items that you would like to carry on your belt.

Please contact us to discuss requirements and/or purchase one of our hand crafted leather cartridge holders.

Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Shotgun Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Shotgun Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Shotgun Cartridge Holder by Evancliffe Leathercraft
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DAFFODIL PARK – Billingham – 3rd September 2017

Daffodil Park Low Grange Billingham
Daffodil Park Community Event – 3rd September 2017 – Low Grange, Billingham

Sunday 3 September 2017
2.00-4.00pm. –  Guided walk at 2.30pm

Join Tees Archaeology for an afternoon of exploration and fun on Sunday 3 September 2017, from 2.00-4.00pm, at Daffodil Park, Billingham.

Medieval History

Daffodil Park, in Low Grange, Billingham, is the site of a medieval manor house which belonged to the Prior of Durham.

The land, now a public park, was given to the Priory shortly after the Norman Conquest. It became a farming centre and between 1258 and 1273, Prior Hugh de Darlington built a grand manor house on the site which even boasted a clock, a very rare feature in the 14th century!

World War Two Mystery & Demolition in the ’60’s

All the buildings were demolished in the 1960’s however archaeology can still reveal evidence of the area’s past, including some mysterious structures and air raid damage from World War 2.

Guided Walk

Discover the secrets of the parkland on a guided walk with archaeologist, Robin Daniels, from 2.30pm.

Hands On Archeology , Crafts & Story Telling

Become an archaeologist, sorting finds and deciphering runes.

Make your own ‘medieval’ pot and piece of decorative leatherwork with our visiting craftspeople including Evancliffe leathercraft.

Listen to stories from times gone by with our story-teller and practice writing like the monks!

Friend’s Group & The Future

Find out about the dramatic past of Daffodil Park at our community event. You can also support the potential development of a Friends’ Group, to plan for the future of this fascinating site.


Click on this link for directions to the event: Directions

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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.