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What's on at Make & Mend Festival 2023

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Our workshop programme brings you a wide range of crafts to inspire your creativity. The workshops are suitable for all levels of experience – from absolute beginners to the more experienced crafter.


They are a great intro to a craft you may always have wanted to try or an opportunity to brush up on your existing skills.


There is a selection of one and two hour workshops led by wonderful makers who will guide you through the craft process.

We hope you will leave the festival feeling inspired and with an armful of beautiful things that you have made! 


Relax and unwind at our drop in yoga sessions!

Run by the very wonderful Kerrie Murray Dru Yoga is a beautiful, flowing form of yoga for all abilities and ages. It helps to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. It also revives tired muscles, reduces back pain and combats stress. Yoga gives your body a much-needed rest from all the ‘doing.’ In particular, it gives your mind a chance to stop, relax and find a quiet, still point in your busy world.


Drop in sessions will be at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm - no experience necessary, just come as you are (no special clothing required) Mats are provided and sessions last around 30mins - no need to book just drop by!


Caring for your wellbeing has to come from within. You need to let go of expectations and embrace the present moment. Yoga gives you the tools to do this!


Loop & Yarn Demo

Ruth O’Reilly is the face behind Loop and Yarn. She is a designer maker from South Shields who creates vibrant rugs and wall hangings using a rug tufting gun. She is a Textiles and Surface Design Graduate from The Northern School of Art.


She uses bright, bold colour schemes and combines a range of different textures to create enticing, tactile textile art. 

Ruth will be bringing her frames along ready for you to drop in and try this technique for yourself! Drop in any time to see how its done and give it a go!

The Pompomporium

Join the wonderful Linzi, founder of The Pompomporium and learn the finer points of pompom making from the expert herself!

Linzi's bright and colourful creations are perfect for a festival day, drop by grab some wool and away you go!


Check out The Pompomporium website here for inspiration!



Visit Ruth from Ecologico and find out how to make your home a greener place to be!


As a busy, budgeting working mum of 3 under 5 Ruth knows how hard it is to be eco-friendly; it's a minefield, especially if you're a frazzled family! So in 2019, she set up EcologicoUK to try to make eco easier. They help normal-ish, eco-ish people live more sustainably with their eco-shop, reusable party kit hire and blog/vlog. Join Ruth as she gives you her TOP TIPS for simple swaps and shows you some planet-friendly products that'll help you to save money and the planet...if we can do it, anyone can!

Join Jane to learn how to re-love your clothes!


Simple methods will embellish, enhance, and revitalise. Learn how to patch with glamour, give clothes a lift, or completely refashion your garments. Bring your jeans, jackets, jumpers, or anything else you were about to send to the charity shop and get stitching!


Never one for understatement, Jane will encourage a bright and colourful response to visible mending.

Drop in any time during the day and give your clothing a whole new lease of life!


Visible Mending

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Dark of the Moon Holistic

Claire is the owner of Dark of the Moon and a holistic therapist who works with energy healing and wellbeing. 


She is a qualified reiki master who works with crystals and sound healing amongst other therapies to bring peace and mindfulness to your mind, body and soul. 


Join her to discuss how Crystals can be used in all areas of our everyday lives to bring positivity and healing. We’ll also discover the seven main energy centres (our chakras) and how working with crystals can keep these energy centres balanced.

Claire will be running 20min sessions at 11am, 12noon, 1pm & 2pm but she will be there all day for any questions! (no need to book)


Two Tin Cans

Experience the magic of printmaking with Two Tin Cans!


Two Tin Cans is a miniature printmaking studio located inside a replica red Telephone box. Created by British artist Suzie Devey, this fun and interactive pop-up is a great way to explore printmaking. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a curious beginner, Two Tin Cans is the perfect activity for those looking for fun and a unique creative experience. You can make linocuts for free, with all equipment provided and guidance from Suzie on the day.

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Breathwork & Meditation

Aaron Parker from The Conscious Self is a breathwork and meditation specialist and practitioner. Breathwork is an invaluable tool to help us to reconnect with our nervous system more intimately. Allowing us to come out of our sympathetic nervous system response (fight or flight), states of anxiety, fear and depression and drop down into our parasympathetic where we can find a calmer state and bring our bodies into homeostasis so that our bodies and minds can rest, relax and repair itself. Responses include increase of digestive enzymes, reduced heart rate, more relaxed muscles and much more! These sessions will take place in the beautiful, tranquil grounds of Ormesby Hall where you can experience the peaceful benefits of the natural environment - the perfect accompaniment to your craft-filled day!

Aaron works mainly in the North East and has been featured on Robson Green’s show Weekend Escapes teaching breathwork and forest bathing.


You can find Aaron @conscious_man

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The Pasta Man

Watch The Pasta Man’s chef cook fresh pasta - and get some tips for how to create your own delicious meals at home!


The Pasta Man was established during the coronavirus pandemic, when they saw a gap in the market for organic, gluten-free legume pasta. Using their own recipe, they began crafting artisan pasta using beans and legumes.


The Pasta Man offers a selection of 100% organic, gluten-free and vegan-friendly pastas made from the highest quality UK sourced beans and legumes. All The Pasta Man products are handcrafted in Teesside.

Makers Market

Curated by Hello! Hooray!

The Maker Marketplace will offer a range of thoughtfully curated craft kits and handmade gifts for those looking for something unique. We are passionate about supporting independent businesses and the market will showcase a selection of the brilliant makers in the North East. 



With Pimms & Needles

Hayley is going to be doing these fabulous origami style paper creations…


They are called Kusadama balls, a traditional Japanese paper sphere formed by modular origami construction techniques. Kusadama, meaning "medicine ball", originally holders for incense or potpourri, but these days more commonly used as decoration.

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