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Arts and crafts in Durham

Durham (including Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees north of the River Tees) is in the North East of England. It has a population of around 900,000 and covers approximately 270,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Teesside, Tyne and Wear.

County flag of DurhamUniquely in England, County Durham uses the prefix county in its name, something more frequent in Ireland. The local economy was dominated during previous generations by mining and heavy industry, though following their decline during recent years tourism and heritage have grown in importance. The county town is Durham, which is situated on the River Wear and hundreds of the buildings in the city have listed status. Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and date back to the 11th century, being built to control the region following the Norman conquest. Since 1840 the castle has been used by University College, Durham and the building can only be visited on guided tours. The cathedral holds daily services and the central tower which is 217 feet (66 metres) tall provides visitors with views across Durham and the land surrounding the city. Performing arts venues in County Durham include Darlington Civic Theatre, the Gala Theatre in Durham and the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Beamish Museum is a 300 acre open-air living museum which recreates town and country life in Victorian and Edwardian England. Visitors can get a sense of stepping back in time from the buildings, vehicles and people wearing period costumes. There is also a collection of local folk art, pottery and textiles as well as books, photographs and oral records. In addition to preserving heritage, Beamish has an educational role and has been used as a location in a number of historical film and television productions. Bowes Museum, in the market town of Barnard Castle, runs a number of events such as festivals, arts and crafts workshops and talks about the museums nationally important collections. Archaeological exhibits include artefacts excavated in County Durham ranging from prehistoric stone tools, to Roman pottery and Anglo-Saxon metalwork. Among the fine art on display are paintings by European and British artists including Canaletto, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds. There are also historic and contemporary fashions and textiles, glass and ceramics from the 16th to 19th centuries and European furniture from the 15th to 19th centuries. Other attractions in Durham include Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, Hartlepool Quay, Crook Hall and Gardens, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey, the Museum of Hartlepool, Hamsterley Forest and Hardwick Park.

Glassic Glass

Glassic Glass

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I work full time in education as transition between Primary and Secondary. I have always held an interest in art and now have my own glass ...

My Mum And Me Quotes

My Mum And Me Quotes

Hartlepool, Durham

Quotes make me so happy, I just want to spread the word. I started making boxes of quotes some years ago for my mum - she got me into ...

Its a string thing

Its a string thing

Crook, Durham

I hand make macrame plant hangers and key rings. I use unbleached cotton cord and wooden beads. The plant hangers can be made either as ...

Paul Reid

Paul Reid

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

Handmade leather items, Belts, Bags, Wallets, Book covers, Coasters, Wristbands, Key fobs, etc. All items are made from the highest quality ...

Ten and Six Crafts

Ten and Six Crafts

Darlington, Durham

Uniquely hand crafted gifts designed and made by myself, inspired from everyday objects found everywhere. From door hangers to magnetic ...

Float a Boat Gift Cards

Float a Boat Gift Cards

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

Our cards are very special and beautiful. We have 16 different designs 8 boys and 8 girls. They are birthday cards. The boys are pirate ...

Bibs and Bobs Handmade by Tracey Garrett

Bibs and Bobs Handmade by Tracey Garrett

Peterlee, Durham

My daughter and my step daughter have both had babies, both boys and only nineteen days apart, I began making them bibs etc as I had always ...

Jennyd Craft Fair Events

Jennyd Craft Fair Events

Stockton on Tees, Durham

We host local Craft and Gift Fairs in Northerallerton to enable Crafters to display and sell their handmade items and provide a cafe ...

Deesplace

Deesplace

Howden Le Wear, Durham

Catalytic fragrance lamps using a odour filtering technique while perfuming the air. Designer oils and vaporisers. Both types of fragrance ...

NannyG

NannyG

Peterlee, Durham

Bespoke personalised wall art and photo frames. Made to your exact requirements and embellished with jewels, crystals etc for added accents. ...

burntwood engraving

burntwood engraving

Crook, Durham

A range of bespoke wooden gift and table ware. Hand made in solid FSC woods, primarily Oak and Walnut. All items are customisable wieh ...

Moonlight Gems Art

Moonlight Gems Art

Belmont, Durham

I am a multimedia (award winning, get me!) artist that specialises in pretty much everything! I like to think of myself as an artist you ...

Annies Aprons and crafts

Annies Aprons and crafts

Lanchester, Durham

I love handmade aprons / crafts and you can have your own vintage version. Choose an apron for yourself and your little helper!!!!! I create ...

Ginger Giraffe

Ginger Giraffe

Chester Le Street, Durham

Hi We have been in the production of Homemade Ginger wine for the last 6 years, we have now extended it to sugar free, Mulled Ginger Wine ...

2nd fair looming

2nd fair looming

Darlington, Durham

Well. Its nearly time for our second craft fair! That has come round pretty quick to be honest! Looking forward to it obviously. ...

First fair

First fair

Darlington, Durham

Well, our first craft fair was yesterday Sunday 25th February. It was the first one for the area of Hurworth and the first one I have ...

I am a crafter now organising Craft Fairs

I am a crafter now organising Craft Fairs

Darlington, Durham

Hi..... My first blog! Not sure what it supposed to look like, or what it is supposed to be about, but here goes.... I am a crafter. I ...

Glassic at The Biscuit Factory Gallery Newcastle

Glassic at The Biscuit Factory Gallery Newcastle

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I am delighted to have some of my work available at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle. This is an amazing space with over 200 artists ...

Glassic Glass at Thornthwaite Galleries Keswick

Glassic Glass at Thornthwaite Galleries Keswick

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I am delighted to have been accepted as one of the artists exhibiting at Thornthwaite Galleries, Keswick, Cumbria. Many of my items including ...

Just Makers RHS Gardens

Just Makers RHS Gardens

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I am pleased to be exhibiting at Just Makers event at the fabulous RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG3 1UE. I will ...

Glassic Glass in Living North Magazine

Glassic Glass in Living North Magazine

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

Now appearing in Living North - Living With Art. The essential guide to art and design in the North East 2016.

Glassic glass in Living North Magazine

Glassic glass in Living North Magazine

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I am delighted to have an article in the November edition of Living North Magazine. This is an exciting opportunity for me to extend and ...

Glass in the AFF centenary edition of Army and You

Glass in the AFF centenary edition of Army and You

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

My first advert for the Army Families Federation (AFF) magazine Army and You. Glassic is in the 100th Celebration Edition of this publication. ...

Glassic in the news

Glassic in the news

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I have recently been in several local newspapers including the Northern Echo featuring as a glass artist for the Shout About Art project. ...

Glassic at NeST Barnard Castle

Glassic at NeST Barnard Castle

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I currently have some fused glass work on display and sale at NeST Art Gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham. NeST gallery and ...

Glassic at North East Art Collective NEAC

Glassic at North East Art Collective NEAC

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

I am pleased to announce that I have had some of my fused glass pieces accepted by the North East Art Collective, Eldon Garden, Newcastle. ...

Sedgefield Christmas Craft an Food Fair 291114

Sedgefield Christmas Craft an Food Fair 291114

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

Thank you to all customers who visited me at Sedgefield at my first official Glassic event.

New and Exciting Cards that turn into boats

New and Exciting Cards that turn into boats

Newton Aycliffe, Durham

We at Float a Boat specialize in childrens birthday cards ages 3yrs - 8yrs both for boys and girls. We have a range of colours and in many ...

New Craft n Collectibles Fair

New Craft n Collectibles Fair

Billingham, Durham

A new Craft n Collectibles Fair will be starting on 7th April 2013 at Billingham Forum and then every first Sunday of the month. A wide ...


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(Born 1806 in Kelloe in Durham), Poetry

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet whose first known poem On the Cruelty of Forcement to Man was written at the age of six or eight. She became one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era.

Robert Surtees

(Born 1805 in Durham in Durham), Fiction, Nonfiction

Robert Surtees was an English novelist and sporting writer. He began writing for the Sporting Magazine before he started out on his own on the New Sporting Magazine in 1831. He went on to write novels and create comic personalities. One example of his work is Mr Sponges Sporting Tour which was written in 1853.

Henry Taylor

(Born 1800 in Bishop Middleham in Durham), Fiction, Poetry

Taylor was a dramatist and poet. He became quite famous and had been compared to Shakespeare. For further reading his plays included Isaac Comnenus, The Virgin Widow, St. Clements Eve and Philip van Artevelde.