Hannah will guide you through the process of making your own wedding rings from scratch. Each one-day workshop is per couple (you will have the workshop to yourselves and will not have to share with anyone else). Hannah will be there to explain the process and to provide help, but you will be doing the making! You will experience shaping, annealing, soldering, filing, forming and finishing, and at the end of the day each of you will have finished hand-making a wedding ring from precious metal. We are fully insured and provide all safety and protective equipment.
You can choose to make your rings from sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold, 9ct rose gold, 9ct white gold, 18ct yellow gold, 18ct rose gold, or 18ct white gold.
Your workshop will run from 10am until 4pm, but may finish earlier or later depending on how you get on! Bookings are available seven days a week (please book early to avoid disappointment). We will provide morning coffee on arrival, a light lunch, and a champagne afternoon tea once you have finished.
Price per day per couple is £360, plus the metal of your choice. We are happy to provide quotes for your silver/gold in advance of booking, but please be aware that metal prices quoted are valid for one month from the date of the quote. This is due to fluctuations in the gold index price.
Hallmarking is available on request. Please note that hallmarking means that you will not be able to take your rings away with you on the day, and you will need to allow a maximum of two weeks for your rings to be hallmarked. The cost for hallmarking is £20 per ring.
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Our new workshop will be at the edge of the village of Frosterley, which is two miles from the market town of Stanhope in beautiful Weardale.
18 miles from Durham (approx. 30 minutes drive)
27 miles from Newcastle (approx. 50 minutes drive)
78 miles from York (approx. 1 hour 45 minutes drive)
We recommend travelling to Durham station. We are approximately a 30 minute car/taxi ride away, but are happy to collect you from the station if you let us know in advance.
We are served by two airports. Newcastle Airport is 33 miles away (approx. 45 minutes drive) and Durham Tees Valley Airport is 31 miles away (approx 50 mins drive).
Weardale Holiday Cottages are just a few minutes walk away.
THINGS TO DO
Some of our favourite local places (tried and tested!) are...
Durham Cathedral - from November 2015 see their new Open Treasure exhibition, which includes an engraved gold ring handmade by Hannah!
Durham University Botanic Garden - gorgeous all year round, our favourite spots are the tropical greenhouses, tarantulas and scorpions (don't worry, they're in tanks so can't bite you)
The Bowes Museum - can't wait for the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition which runs until 25th October 2015.
Beamish - unbelievably brilliant, like time travel! Pick a quiet day for the best atmosphere.
Gibside Estate (National Trust) - miles of woodland walks, great homemade cakes and spot the wild Red Kites.
The Sage Gateshead for live music - still kicking myself for not getting Dolly Parton tickets.
BALTIC in Gateshead for contemporary art - beautiful views from the top floor viewing terrace. Watch the nesting Kittiwakes in the summer!
High Force Waterfall - don't forget your camera!
Colin Caygill Antiques and Vintage Fairs (held in Hexham, Durham, Gateshead and further afield)
The Black Bull Inn in Frosterley - like pubs used to be.
The market towns of Hexham and Corbridge just over the county border in Northumberland are great places to mooch about. We particularly like to hang out at Cogito Books in Hexham and Forum Books in Corbridge, a couple of fantastic independent bookshops. Also, The Angel pub in Corbridge is one of our favourite places for lunch.