Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
Members of the Guild meet on the 4th Saturday every two months to demonstrate various methods of spinning and weaving at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre (Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, 7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB). This involves talking to members of the public and answering questions about our guild, our crafts and what we want to promote. The usual visitors are mainly tourists, although we do get to meet locals too. The venue is lovely and the staff are friendly and helpful. It can be quite difficult to get to the centre as it is very rare that parking is available at Palace Green. The Park & Ride tickets for Durham City are also valid on the Cathedral bus so using this can help you avoid the hill up to the Green. It is quite possible to be dropped at the centre with your equipment before the 10 a.m. opening. Members usually stay until around 4pm but that is by no means compulsory. If you would like to come along and demonstrate one month then let the Guild Secretary know by clicking here.
Saltholme’s Nature Reserve Woolly Weekend
For a number of years Durham Guild have joined in with the Woolly Weekend with demonstrations and hands-on activities at Salthome. The RSPB centre is on Teesside. This year we were outside demonstrating spinning and weaving, supported by the crafty staff of the centre. Some of our members demonstrated spinning indoors too. When we have access to the classroom space we have had hands-on activities for children which included wet felting and peg looms. We had great success this year teaching children to drop-spindle.
The weekend is usually at the beginning of July. It can be quite tiring if we get lots of visitors but even if you are not feeling energetic, or don’t feel you can do the hands-on work & talk to the public then simply demonstrating your craft would be a most welcome addition to the weekend event. Again, let the guild Secretary know if you would like to join us – it is great fun and a lovely day out with the opportunity to watch the shearing and to buy a fleece!
Makers Faire Newcastle
The Guild has become involved in this outreach event and we will be returning again next year. The whole event was wonderful. Please take a look at our Blog Post to bring you up to speed. The event takes place as the Centre For Life in Newcastle.
This is very much a hands-on event which includes working with children on peg-looms and wet felting. We were also able to work with interested adults and young people with spindle spinning, wheel spinning and weaving on various looms. The event was over two days with a full afternoon to set up our stall before hand – with over 10 thousand visitors you can imagine it was very “full on” and tiring for those who stayed for the three days. Having said that it was an amazing experience! The Makers Faire are able to provide parking permits and lunch vouchers for exhibitors so that is also a bonus. If you feel like getting involved we would certainly welcome more volunteers – Just let us know!! Look out for the next Faire!
LANCHESTER AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
The society was proud to present their 66th annual agricultural show in July 2018.
The show began in 1952.
The society is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the shows growth and continued success.
2018 saw the show returning to its roots with the introduction of more animals, attractions and fun for all the family.
This year 3 of our members demonstrated spinning at the show in the Rural Crafts Tent on the 1st July. This is a revamped event and we will be back again next year. It was very, very well organised and we had a lovely space in a marquee to set up our stand and spinning wheels. This event does not involve teaching, nor does it have any hands-on elements but it does involve talking to members of the public. It was really lovely to sit and spin, chat and meet other crafters. Do come along next year if you feel you are able.
Each month guild members join separate gatherings which compliment the main Saturday meeting.
A few members meet in the workroom at the Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 10am – 1pm. If you are interested please drop in for a chat and a coffee (free). The location can be found here: Shipley Art Gallery
This meeting does not involve teaching members of the public, although there may well be some interested people asking questions. The gathering is relaxed and welcoming.