A St. Nicholas Christmas Day

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designermakers21, on St Nicholas Street in Diss, Is thrilled to be opening as part of the St Nicholas Christmas Day event in Diss, on Sunday 13th December, between 11am and 4pm. I’m sure we could all enjoy a little Christmas cheer and festive fun, so we look forward to welcoming you in.

Special Winter Occasions

Thursday Evening Shopping 10th December

Brighten up a December evening with mulled wine and festive cheer.

Book a 45 minute slot for up to 6 people.

The designer makers will be in their studios practising their craft. Come and see how the work is made and get in the festive mood.

Times start at 5pm, then continue every 45 mins: 5.45, 6.30, 7.15, 8.00pm

Online tickets can be booked at Eventbrite, or directly in the shop .

Norfolk Makers Festival

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Visit the website for more details of what’s happening: Norfolk Makers’ Festival

Saturday 22nd Febuary 11am – 4pm at designermakers21

Drop in and try a variety of arts and crafts with designermakers21 members and other local craftspeople.

Free have-a-go sessions throughout the day:


For £5 carve a small wood engraving with Di Griffiths or a linocut with Annette Rolston and take home your own original print.


Dressmaker/designer Marie Hamilton will demonstrate the construction of an ‘infinity scarf’ using re-claimed textiles, 1 – 4pm


Nick Gosman Spoon Co will demonstrate making a kuksa cup carving throughout the day.


Gold and silversmith Kate Heath of L’Hermitage Jewellery will be teaching students and will be willing to answer questions and queries about her craft.


Drawing and Painting for Children

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic it was not possible to run many workshops for children at designermakers21 during 2020. To ensure we can begin our spring season in March 2021, we are very pleased to announce that the first few at least will be in the barn at Fox Wood Forest School in nearby Brewers Green. The site includes plenty of parking, and further details can be found on their website: www.foxwoodforextschool.com

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Clare and Christopher look forward to welcoming you there on the 6 March.

Enjoy exploring different drawing and painting techniques, mark making, and using different materialsDress for Mess & Wrap Up Warm!

1st Saturday of the Month

Starting on Saturday 6th March 2021 10am – 12noon

£15 per workshop, including materials and refreshments

Location: The Barn, Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD

A magical place where children can have adventures…’

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each child is assured individual attention, so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

To book and for further information please contact Clare by text on:

07870813643 or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk


Drawing Workshop for Adults

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB


Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class

Starting on Saturday 6th March 2021 2pm-5pm

£22 including materials and refreshments 

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each student is assured

Individual attention so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

For further details please phone or text Clare on 07870 813643
or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk

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St. Nicholas Christmas Fayre

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Sunday 15th December 11am to 4pm

The magic starts in St. Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard

Traders, shopkeepers and cafes will hold a special Christmas Fayre right in the heart of Diss.

Stall holders will be situated in designermakers21 and in both Yards selling a wide range of artisan gifts and foods. Enjoy hog roasts, hot chestnuts and mulled wine and cider, meet Santa Claus. Also a Christmas raffle with brilliant prizes.

Free lantern making at the Diss Corn Hall 2 to 4pm. Lantern procession at 4.30.

White Buffalo Crafts

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traditional hand stitched leather goods made with care and commitment

White Buffalo Crafts is a small craft business where the ethos is very much about the use of traditional materials, tools and skills in the design and production of useful and attractive leather goods.

The majority of the leather we use is vegetable tanned, using tree bark to produce a durable, flexible and attractive material to work with. Linen thread (made from the flax plant) is used for stitching, and much of our fittings are solid brass.

Apart from making beautiful leather goods we also:

  • Teach and run leather working courses
  • Conserve, restore and repair old much loved leather articles
  • Make bespoke items to customer specification or design
  • Run leather working demonstrations and talks
  • Leather reupholstery (small items)

We’re based in Stanton, Suffolk where you can visit us to discuss your leather working needs. During the summer we travel around Suffolk and Norfolk to a variety of shows, and have had our goods displayed at Designer Makers 21 in Diss.

Want to know more? Email mark at mark@whitebuffalocrafts.com or ring 07941 6166784

Diss Heritage Transport Fayre

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designermakers21 is open on Sunday 15th.

The weather is forecast to be sunny, so come and enjoy a well rounded day out on what might turn out to be the last summer’s day! A leisurely walk around the town will take in the Transport Fayre, a walk along the Mere boardwalk, fantastic choice of eateries and a visit to our remarkable collection of contemporary craft and craft studios. Make sure to spend time discovering all we have to offer.