Pottery Workshops, The Kiln Pottery Studio

12 & 26 September

Re-create that famous Ghost scene at The Kiln Pottery Studio’s Paint Your Own Pottery workshop in Gateshead. Choose an item from the pottery collection – money boxes, collectable animals, trinket boxes – then pick from more than 30 vibrant colour glazes. Make your mark with brushes, sponges, stamps and stencils to create a unique piece to take home. Once you’re happy with your masterpiece, your pottery will then be glazed and fired in a kiln to give it a glistening effect. Join the adults only night on Thursday 12th September, 6pm until 9pm, where you can unleash your creative side in a relaxing environment. If you’re entertaining the whole gang, pop along to the family pottery session on Thursday 26th September.



The Sunday Stitching School, A Still Life

15 September

Switch off your emails and slow down for an afternoon at the Sunday Stitching School. The lovely people at A Still Life in Crathorne, near Yarm, invite like-minded creatives in to discover a newfound passion for textiles. Embark on your creative journey armed just with a needle and thread, and escape the everyday with a thoughtful stitching project. You won’t find out what you will be making until you are sat comfortably at your table ready to start. At the workshop, you’ll be handed an array of materials to help as you venture into the world of stitching. Time to unwind for a slow and steady Sunday this September.



Yorkshire Game, Swinton Cookery School

20 September

Get your autumn menus in check with a proper Yorkshire cookery school at Swinton Estate. Foodies will learn to prepare, cook and serve a wide range of seasonal game, gaining quality culinary skills in a professional country kitchen overlooking the Yorkshire Dales. Game-inspired recipes will include: venison olives, roast pigeon with butter beans and mushrooms, roasted game bird, or even pheasant kiev. After the class, you will leave with an impressive set of skills to take home with you for cosy country dinner parties.



Gong Bath, Wellness Space

27 September

Make your way to Wellness Space in Sunderland for a Gong Bath retreat. Gongs are used to promote health, wellbeing and rejuvenation, so they are perfect for releasing stress and tension. Lie down, wrap up in cosy blankets and prepare to enter a state of pure relaxation as you let the gong do its magic. Wash away the stresses of everyday life with a gong bath and leave feeling a fully-restored and rejuvenated you.



Photography Workshop with Charlotte Eve, Middleton Lodge

29 September

Cameras at the ready. Budding snappers should join Charlotte Eve this September for a photography workshop at Middleton Lodge. Camera creatives are invited to spend the day learning new skills from composition to lighting and colour. The whimsical Walled Garden and Fig House will act as your backdrop – a beautiful spot that will help you achieve the most beautiful shot. Take photography to the next level as you learn to tell stories through a camera lens. After you’ve snapped away, wind down with a light lunch. Make sure to bring your own camera along and wrap up warm as you’ll be spending much of your time in the gardens.



Create Your Own Wedding Mood Board, Middleton Lodge

10 October

Hosted by experienced Design Consultant, Astrid Blake, this workshop will help you create your own customised wedding mood board, encapsulating your dream wedding as you discover your own style. You’ll learn all the essentials for your special day from dresses and venues to flowers and cakes. Astrid is also a colour trend connoisseur, so she’ll help you find the best colour palette for your perfect day. You’ll leave this fantastic workshop with a personalised mood board, complete with everything you need to get the planning underway including a handpicked collective gift bag from Astrid herself. Bring your Pinterest board to life at The Fig House – a lovely way to start your wedding planning journey.



Stargazing Supper with Gary Lintern, Lord Crewe Arms

24 October

Join stargazing expert Gary Lintern for an evening of stargazing at the Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland. There’s no better place to gaze into the night sky. If the weather is clear, expect to travel to the bottom of the garden to look out through astronomy binoculars. You’ll also learn about the latest free software and mobile apps you can use to help you navigate your way around the starry night. Finish off with a wholesome stew and hearty pudding around the roaring fire. Layer up with cosy blankets and a hot chocolate as you explore the universe.