Frequently Asked Questions
How much are tickets?
There are four ticket options to choose from with prices starting at £10 for entry only. The more workshops you add to your experience, the better value your ticket! Full details of tickets and pricing can be found under the Info tab.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are available to buy on our website. Additional workshops can also be purchased from our website or at the event, subject to availability
I’ve already bought my festival ticket, can I add more workshops at a later date?
Yes! If you’ve already bought your ticket and you decide a later date that you want to add a workshop or two to maximise your crafty experience, you can purchase additional workshops from our website, subject to availability. There is an ‘extra workshop’ option at the ticket purchase stage on our site.
Is the site accessible?
All of the workshop spaces in the museum and the marketplace are wheelchair accessible. The majority of paths around the park are also well surfaced. The Wellbeing Garden is grassed and some assistance may be required for wheelchair users, but there are paths throughout the area.
There are designated disabled parking spaces located within the main car park, adjacent to Café Tees.
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the museum and grounds.
There is a Hearing Induction Loop on the museum Welcome Desk.
Are tickets for carers available?
Visitors with disabilities may have one accompanying carer free of charge. If you require a ticket for a carer, please get in touch.
Will refreshments be available?
We have all of your food and drink needs covered! Light lunch options including delicious salads and sandwiches will be available to buy from our Wellbeing Garden, provided by The Sitting Room in Guisborough. Coffee and snacks will also be available from the gorgeous VW coffee van provided by Barista Sisters in the Wellbeing Garden.
Can children attend the festival?
The Make & Mend Festival is for guests aged 16 years and over. We consider the workshop content and the activities around the site to be suitable for older teenagers and adults. The festival is aimed at giving visitors a relaxing experience, some time out from their busy week and some creative therapy. We are therefore giving you full permission to have a little time to yourself away from your families and children – you deserve it!
I’m interested in running a workshop
All of our workshops for this year are now programmed. However, we are always interested in hearing from makers and workshop leaders, particularly those from the North East. If you have an activity that you think might complement our programme, please feel free to get in touch to be considered for future years.
Are dogs allowed at the Make & Mend Festival?
We can only allow registered assistance dogs at the festival.
I’m interested in having a stall at the festival
There will be a Maker Marketplace at the festival where guests can buy beautiful handmade products and craft items. If you are a maker or supplier of products that you feel would complement our festival, then please get in touch and we will pass your details on to the lovely Crafthood who are coordinating the Marketplace.
Do you take credit and debit cards
Yes we do! We also like cash, so all your purchasing options are covered.
Is there parking at the venue
There is free parking for festival guests at Preston Park Museum. The car park is at the front of the Museum and there is also an overflow car park which is signposted from the main vehicle entrance.
Do I need to bring anything?
Some cash or means of payment for lunch and refreshments is advisable. Sun protection is always a good idea too (fingers crossed you’ll need it!) as some of the activities will be outdoors. Other than that, just your lovely selves, a sense of curiosity and the intention to have a creative and relaxing day are all you need!
How do I get to the Make & Mend Festival?
Preston Park Museum is easy to get to, located just off the A66 in Stockton. Eaglescliffe train station is a 15 minute walk away and there is a regular bus service. There is more detailed information on the Preston Park Museum website.
What can I expect during the day
The Make & Mend Festival will be a day of colour, creativity and relaxation. We hope that the festival experience will give you the opportunity to take time away from your busy schedule to learn something new and unleash your creativity! There will be lots to do throughout the day, so make sure you make the most of what is on offer. As well as the workshops you may be booked on to, you can join in with our Big Makes around the site which will include craft demonstrations by expert makers and drop in workshops where you can learn a new skill. Craft demonstrations will include weaving by Sarah Renwick from The Northern Loom and Letterpress by Helen Donley from Northern Print Studios.
Arquicostura Studio from Barcelona will be covering one of the walls in the Wellbeing Garden with a beautiful cross stitch design and visitors can sign up to take part and create their own cross stitch section which will form part of the installation.
You can also join artists Nicola Golightly and Vicky Holbrough to create your own works of art using cyanotype and collage and stitch.
When you fancy a break, you can visit our calming Wellbeing Garden where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere (and hopefully the sunshine!). You will be able to take a yoga class between craft workshops led by The Yoga House Yarm and listen to a programme of inspiring wellbeing talks.
Refuel in the Wellbeing Garden with delicious food, coffee and snacks from The Sitting Room Guisborough and the Barista Sisters.
As well as all of that, there will be a Maker Marketplace which will be full of craft supplies and beautiful handmade gifts!