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Bringing the past to life at Auckland Castle

11 September 2017

Centuries-old crafts are being brought to life at a family friendly festival at Auckland Castle.

All ages will have the chance to get stuck into stone carving, have a crack at carpentry or take a closer look at candle-making at the Craft Skills Festival on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17.

The free festival will provide a unique insight into a variety of historic crafts including green woodwork, felting and leatherwork with experts in skills such as blacksmithing also in attendance to give live demonstrations.

A range of sessions in crafts such as stone carving, weaving and willow work, will offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to try a new skill.

Other free-drop in sessions will offer the opportunity to get hands on with herbs to create their own herbal tea blend or aromatic bath salt. 

Those inspired by the historic crafts on display can step further into Auckland Castle’s history on a Behind the Scenes Tour.

Visitors joining the tours of St Peter’s Chapel will be wowed by more than the stunning stained glass, as Flowers in the Chapel takes place.

As part of the Bishop Auckland-wide Celebration of Flowers event, the historic chapel will be filled with beautiful bouquets and garlands of flowers and foliage from the Castle grounds.


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