1. Screen Printed Stockings
Take your child to this festive workshop where you’ll use a silk screen to hand print designs on to two cotton stockings – the perfect Christmas gift. No experience with print work is necessary, and what better place to spend the day getting creative other than the arty Ouseburn Valley.
Northern Print, Newcastle
0191 261 7000 www.northernprint.org.uk
2. Children’s Wooden Reindeer Making Workshop
The gardens at Wynyard Hall provide the backdrop for a real festive treat – a Children’s Wooden Reindeer Making Workshop. After learning about how animals have adapted to survive the winter, children will enjoy a themed trail, listen to a reading of The Night Before Christmas, before finally learning the skills needed to construct a wooden reindeer to take home. Tickets must be pre-booked online.
Wynyard Hall, Billingham
01740 644811 www.wynyardhall.co.uk
3. Star Bright Lanterns
Amble Pin Cushion will be hosting a festive workshop suitable for families with older children. Anna Turnbull from Biteabout Arts will be coming in for a one-day workshop to show you how make felt lanterns that you’ll be able to take home and leave by the chimney to help Santa find the stockings. Lunch is included in the price, so you won’t go hungry during the workshop.
Amble Pin Cushion, Amble
01665 714584 www.facebook.com/amblepincushion
4. Deck the Halls
Get the kids involved with nature this Christmas in a National Trust wreath and garland workshop. You’ll make them using materials from the woods and grounds surrounding Wallington. Not only will it provide a great way to keep the little ones busy, but your masterpieces will hang with pride on your front door for years to come. Book places soon to avoid disappointment.
Wallington Hall, Morpeth
01670 773606 www.nationaltrust.org
5. On A Starry Night
As part of the Cathedral’s popular Christmas Make and Take programme, On a Starry Night takes your children on magical journey of storytelling and craft. First, they will enjoy the Christmas story told by a friendly fox, before making their own Christmas decoration to take home.
Durham Cathedral, Durham
0191 386 4266 www.durhamcathedral.co.uk
6. Love Christmas
19 and 20 December
Stuck for Christmas present ideas? The National Glass Centre’s family craft day will provide some inspiration. Visit their workshop stations to create four different items: a festive mug, a painted glass hanging decoration, a Christmas card and a stained-glass winter scene. Suitable for children aged 4+.
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
0191 515 5555 www.nationalglasscentre.com
7. Christmas Fun
This magnificent French-style chateau houses some of the most important art collections in the country. This Christmas it is offering the chance for your budding artists to unleash their creativity and embrace the festive spirit by making their own crackers filled with a treat, a popcorn holder for enjoying your favourite film and a Christmas wreath to hang on the door. Booking required.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
01833 690606 www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
8. Elf Training Programme
What kind of elf do you think your child would be – a toy maker elf or a deck-the-halls elf?You can find out if you take them along to the Elf Training Programme at the BALTIC, where Santa will send his chief elves in search of some new little helpers, bringing their Elf-o-Metre and a range of Christmas crafty fun with them. Suitable for children aged 3–13.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
0191 478 1810 www.balticmill.com