I am aware of the rapidly changing situation with regards to Covid-19 and would like to let you know how the business is complying with Government advice.
Here at Jacwicks I am l keeping calm and carrying on business as usual. Apart from the fact that the early year events and shows have been either cancelled, or postponed to next year. All products are handmade in house, there's no contact with the outside environment. For those worried about contaminated parcels, please visit the Royal Mails website for reassurance.
Whilst so many major and minor events have been cancelled, on the bright side the National Trust are offering free access to their parklands and gardens. Just ensure you keep a safe distance from those around you. Keep up to date with the latest news from the National trust on their website. As we know things change daily.
The Jacwicks website is still open for business with gorgeous new lines coming soon. Keep up to date with the products on our product pages.
It's been lovely to see so many acts of kindness that have been happening throughout these difficult times. From looking after vulnerable neighbours, having random conversations with strangers, to just keeping spirits up, there so much positivity out there. Yes, it’s difficult and there’s a great deal of miss information, do all you can to stay safe and try not to get caught up in the hysteria (easier said than done sometimes).
When things get too much, I like to take a walk in the country, just in the open air and away from the crowds, you can clear your head and readjust your wellbeing. Whilst we can still enjoy the countryside take a walk, find a special spot, take a seat and take a deep breath, it will do you the world of good.
Say safe and happy perching.
We're into March already?! What happened to February?
How the time flies and whats been happening, I hear you cry?
A lot has happened in the past month, with an exciting new customer and taking Jacwicks on the road again in April.
I am delighted to announce the Pocket and Poly Perches are now stocked in the Kielder Waterside shop, right in the heart of the Kielder forest. It as a perfect place to get away from it all and just sit and enjoy listening to nature, after an exhilarating walk around the beautiful forest. It's a place I have walked on many occasions and it never fails to lift your spirits and re energise your wellbeing.
Looking towards Easter, I can now announce Jacwicks Designs will be exhibiting at the Sandringham, Craft and Wood Festival, over the Easter holidays: April 11-13. I'm so excited to be part of this prestigious event for the first time.
Also in April I will be at Sudeley Castle Spring Homes and Garden Fair 23-26 April, Winchcombe, nr Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 5JD. Set in the beautiful gardens that surround the castle.
I will also be exhibiting closer to home in May, at the Northumberland County Show, more information to follow soon.
Its Mothers Day on the 22nd March, don't forget to give the gift of comfort with a gorgeous Pocket Perch !
Make the most of the unseasonably warm weather, until next time, happy perching!
After a very event filled 2019, what is in store for Jacwicks in 2020?
January is a time to reflect on the past year and take a look at where to concentrate the business this year? A HUGE question! I’ve had some amazing adventures in the past year with a whole host of shows and fairs to exhibit at and brilliant publicity in Country Walking magazine. New products launched and competitions entered. Celebrate these on the Lets Celebrate page of the website, small wins need to be celebrated!
Looking at 2020 I am taking Jacwicks on the road again, this time both locally and further afield including an exciting show at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. More to be announced soon. It was great to meet the lovely customers at the shows and I look forward to meeting more this year.
One thing I did start in 21019 was the Walk a 1000 mile challenge by Country Walking magazine, total for 2019 was 667, so not quite there but over half way, time to sign up for 1000 mile 2020.
The unusually mild January has been great for getting out and about so make the most of it and don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy a beautiful view. Happy Perching.
The final date for ordering to ensure your purchase arrives before Christmas is:
Wednesday 18 December 2019
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Jacwicks customers, happy perching!
Fabwrap by Jacwicks
Beautiful, reusable, sustainable, gift wrapping.
Jacwicks Designs is pleased to announce the launch of Fabwrap a new form of beautiful sustainable gift wrapping, that’s environmentally friendly and reduces landfill waste. Made from luxury fabrics in a range of colours, Fabwrap is the easy way to make your gifts look fabulous in no time, for years to come.
The art of wrapping gifts in fabric has been around for hundreds of years, Fabwrap is based on the Japanese practice of Furoshiki. With the increasing need to reduce waste and find an environmentally friendly way to live, Fabwrap can be reused again and again and still look amazing. Forget messy sticky tape and mounds of wasted paper, just gather the fabric, tie a knot, add ribbons and decorations, then sit back and admire your gorgeously wrapped gifts.
Each gift can be tied with a knot, which makes the unwrapping experience a gentle, easy process with that extra touch of luxury. No messy mounds of waste to go to landfill, just fold and reuse, pass on, or keep.
Available in three sizes: small, medium and large, in a range of colours and styles, you can mix and match, or theme for a special occasion.
Get fabulous results every time!
Check out the range today.
The Christmas fair season is nearly upon us and you can catch us at the following shows:
7-10 November 2019
Living North Christmas Fair, Kingston Park, Newcastle
Opening times: Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 10am–4pm, Saturday: 10am–5pm
14-17 November 2019
Living North Christmas Fair, York Racecourse
Opening Hours: Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 10am–4pm, Saturday: 10am–5pm
21-24 November 2019
Ripley Castle Christmas Fair, Ripley Castle, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY
Opening hours:9.30am-5 weekdays, 9.30am-5.30pm Saturday, 9.30-4pm Sunday
30 November 2019
Middleton Mart Christmas Fair, Middleton-in-Teesdale Farmers Market, Station Road, Co Durham DL12 0PG
Opening hours: 10am - 2pm, followed by the Christmas Lights switch on.
After an amazing summer we go into Autumn with visits to two County Shows here in beautiful County Durham.
Starting at the beginning of the month with a show stand at the celebrated 240th Wolsingham Show, followed swiftly by a stand at the 178th Stanhope Show.
I love a County Show and look forward to seeing you for fun packed weekends, pop along and say hello you can find me in the Shopping Marquees:
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September 2019
Wolsingham Show ground, Scotch Isle Park, Durham Road, Wolsingham, Bishop Aukland, Co Durham, DL13 3JG
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September 2019
Unthank Park, Stanhope, Co Durham, DL13 2PQ
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm
John Craven thrilled with his Pocket Perch!
August 15-18 saw Jacwicks Designs at BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard.
WOW what a show!
There was so much to see and do 4 days just didn't seem enough.
The highlight for me was to meet national treasure and stalwart of Countryfile, John Craven. I presented him with a Pocket Perch to take with him on filming assignments out in the cold wet countryside. John was so delighted with the Perch, he went on the main stage at the event to tell the Countryfile Live audience how he would now be able to keep his bottom dry when out and about!
Thank you to all the Jacwicks customers, and attendees who just stopped for a chat, it was lovely to speak to you.
Looking forward to next year, see you there!
August is a busy month for Country Shows and this month you can finds us at:
Saturday 10 August, Robert Brown Showfield, West Park, Sedgefield
Gates open: 10am
Find us in the Shopping Marquee
For more details please visit the shows website: http://www.sedgefieldshow.co.uk/
15-18 August 2019
BBC Countryfile Live Castle Howard, Yorkshire
We are very excited for our first visit to the BBC Countryfile Live Castle Howard show, theres so much to see and do and you may even bump into your favorite BBC Countryfile presenter.
Find us in the Shopping Village.
For more details and tickets please visit the BBC Countryfile Live website: https://www.countryfilelive.com/castle-howard
Monday 26 August 2019
Glendale Show at Wooler
Join in the fun on the August bank holiday! Find us in the Shopping Marquee
For more information please visit the Glendale Show's website:http://www.glendaleshow.com/
Here at Jacwicks HQ we are delighted and thrilled to receive a glowing review from Country Walking Magazine which declares the Pocket perch a classy product!
Up against two competitors in the sit mat market the Pocket Perch came out on top. The Pocket Perch is loved by the tester for its versatility for being able to be used out and about and in the home. Use it out and about on a walk, or during the week at work or home to enjoy an alfresco lunch.
The Pocket Perch is larger than its competitors but also rolls up very quickly to pop back in a bag or pocket, or attach to a strap on belts or bags. The tester also points out the Pocket Perches unique feature of being able to roll either way so if the waterproof side gets damp you can roll it on the inside so your bag or pocket stays dry.
But dont just take my word for it read the full review below and shop the Pocket Perch range by clicking here
Catch us at the Great Yorkshire Show Tuesday 9 - Thursday 11 July 2019, at the Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate.
We are very excited to be exhibiting for the first time at this prestigious show.
Find us in the Great Yorkshire Home and Gift Hall stand 611, where we will have the full Perch range some fabulous new designs and the new showerproof pocket totes.
The show is open from 7.30am - 7.30pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 7.30am - 6.30pm Thursday.
Pop along and say hello, its going to be a a grand day out!
Thursday 15- Sunday 19 August 2019
Jacwicks Designs and the Perch Range will be exhibiting at BBC Countryfile Live, Castle Howard, Nr York
Make a day of it and pop along to meet all your favourite BBC Countryfile presenters, enjoy The Wildlife Zone, display teams in The Arena and TV chefs in the Countryfile Kitchen.
Its set to be a fantastic day out for all the family!
Wednesday 13 - Sunday 16 June 2019
Thursday & Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Join us at the annual Homes and Garden Fair set in the beautiful grounds of Ripley Castle.
The Fair is set in the Showfield off the B6165 Pateley Bridge Road along from the village of Ripley. You will see signs on the roundabouts as you approach Ripley. The postcode is HG3 3EA.
More information and tickets can be found here
See you there!
In January 2019, I became a member of the inaugural cohort for the Durham City Incubator. 6 months of intense business advice and tuition, 1-2-1 support and access to finance has been invaluable. Being included with 6 inspirational entrepreneurial businesses has been a pleasure and privilege, the support and encouragement has been invaluable.
To find out how we all got on visit the Business Durham website
If you look closely at the photo below you can see we are sitting on Pocket Perches, they protected our bottoms from a very dirty bench.
2019 Show programme pop along to see us at the following shows:
Northumberland County Show
Bywell, Near Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7AB
Monday 27 May : 9am-6pm
Summer Homes and Garden Fair at Ripley Castle
The Showfield, Ripley Castle, Ripley, nr Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG3 3EA
Thursday 13 June: 9.30-5.00
Friday 14 June: 9.30-5.00
Saturday 15 June: 9.30-5.30
Sunday 16 June: 9.30-4.30
Great Yorkshire Show
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
Tuesday 9 July: 7.30-7.30
Wednesday 10 July: 7.30-7.30
Thursday 11 July: 7.30-6.30
Glendale Agricultural Show at Wooler,
The Showfield, North Middleton, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6QX
Monday 26: 9am-5pm
Delighted to announce the Pocket Perch has been included in the Spring Issue of Country Walking magazine!
It's a great fit with the product, as I use mine when out and about taking part in the Country Walking magazine's, Walk 1000 Mile Challenge.
I still have a long way to go with my mileage, completed 67 miles so far, I just have to work out how to sew and walk at the same time.
Wow, from the lovely mild days of January, February is continuing in the same vein! After a slight blip of cold windy weather, we are back to balmy.
What better way of encouraging you to get outside than to let you know about the fantastic walks here in the UK.
There nothing better on sunny day than to be out and about exploring the countryside, either wrapped up warm in winter or loaded with sun cream in the summer. The sun on your face and the wind in your hair never feel’s better. Add in family and/ or a friend or two or more and you can be set for a fun filled trip. If you’re new to an area it’s a great way to meet new friends and get to know about the area you’re in and exploring. It’s surprising what you’ll learn as you meander along and the miles just melt away. It doesn’t usually matter how fast or slow you walk, a good group will always wait for the slower ones to catch up and a fork in the path or a gate will always slow down the fast ones.
This month I’m starting a series of my favourite walks. Walks, taken in the sun, rain and the occasional snow shower. Walks that uplift spirts and bring a sense of calm to life, where you can take time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, share with friends and family, or on your own, these are walks that I return to time and time again.
Distance: 12 miles, 19 km
Start/Finish: Swalwell to Consett
The joy of this walk is that it follows the route of an old railway track and is mostly path the whole way. It’s on a gradient with a few hilly bits near the Swalwell end, then fairly gentle from there on.
Reasons to try it:
The route runs from Swalwell to Consett though uphill from there you don’t notice it too much and if you really don’t like hills there’s a great map on the Durham County Council site that gives you the route in sections giving information on the terrain so you can avoid the hilly bits, result!
There is a wealth of wildlife along the route, if you’re lucky you will see the Red Kites riding the thermal winds along by the Gibside Estate, always a joy to see. If you’re very lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Red Squirrel, these shy creatures live along the route. There is also a plethora of other birds: blackbirds, herons, pigeons, finches, woodpigeons, blue tits, wagtails and magpies to name a few. In spring and summer butterflies and dragon flies join you as they dance along the hedgerows, looking for food.
As you near the Consett end of the walk there are fields of horses, sheep and cows and farm yards of chickens and cockerels. You get a sense of peace and calm as you make your way along the path. There are plenty of benches along the way so you can take a break, take in the beautiful scenery and listen to the sounds of nature going about its business.
The Swalwell end is very popular with families and has a circular route if you don’t want to walk too far. One of the best parts of a walk is being able to have a guilt free spot of indulgence(tea and cake) and The Land of Oak and Iron café is a great place to stop, perfect for a leisurely stroll on a sunny afternoon.
The Derwent Walk is 12 miles of interesting places to see and visit, convenient cafes and pubs to refuel at, as well as stunning scenery and wildlife. Whatever you like from a country walk this route has it all.
More favourite walks coming soon.
Happy walking and don’t forget to pack a perch!
January can be a funny old month. A bit flat from the excitement of December and too early for spring, January is usually time for a bit of hibernation. However, with the weather being so mild this year, it’s been great walking weather!
This year inspired by my friend and walking buddy Christine, I have signed up to the Walk 1000 Miles challenge with Country Walking magazine. You can sign up too! Walking is a great way of getting fit without too much exertion, or having to join a gym. I walk to enjoy nature, get some fresh air, shake off the cobwebs and get away from the office. If you visit the Walk 1000 miles website you can learn more about the benefits of walking and sign up for your challenge, track your progress and add yourself to the map of participants.
I’ve got no excuses now I have to get out there and walk, I’ll keep you updated on progress.
One of the joys of living in the North East is the ease of access to the countryside, your never far away from green fields or the sea. Whether you’re in the wilds of Northumberland with its breath taking big scenery, or in Durham with its beautiful riverside, you can always find somewhere to walk.
This weekend the weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed a lovely walk around Herrington Park, close to the Penshaw Monument. It has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, ponds full of all sorts of ducks, geese and swans, activities for children and monuments to local miners. It’s a great place to enjoy on a beautiful winters day.
Let me know if you sign up to the 1000 mile challenge I'd love to hear your progress. Wherever you live and walk, take the time to unwind and enjoy a walk outside, don’t forget to pack your Pocket Perch!
Welcome to my inaugural blog!
I’m passionate about the countryside and believe there’s nothing better for your well being than to pop on a pair of walking shoes and get outside. Here in the North East, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by the beautiful Durham Dales and Northumberland countryside. There’s always somewhere to stroll and something to see, whatever the weather.
Walking is best done with friends there’s nothing like a good walk and a natter, the time flies by and it surprising how far you can go and not realise. Whenever I can, I walk with a friends or with groups. Strolls with Poles is the Nordic Walking group, which I attribute to starting this whole venture off. We were out walking on an early spring day and stopped for lunch. The only place to sit was a damp fallen tree, one thing was guaranteed, a damp bum! I really wished I had something to sit on to protect me from the damp, was lightweight, easy to carry and attractive.
Fast forward several months, prototypes, endless questioning friends and family and the Pocket Perch was launched! Followed quickly by the rest of the Perch range. The sizing of the Pocket Perch is based on the size of an average sofa cushion, therefore large enough to perch your bum on.
From this first design the rest of the range evolved with the Pixy Perch designed for children, the Poly Perch for two people or one person and their lunch, or bag, dog, child, laptop, you get the drift. Then the Picnic Perch is for those alfresco lunches, large enough to lay out a delicious spread and have lots of people to enjoy it.
Why not mix and match to suit your needs.
Use the handy Carabiner clip to attach your chosen Perch to a bag, rucksack, trouser belt loop, or whatever you like, for ease of carrying.
I hope you enjoy the range and have a great time outdoors where ever you may be.
Thank you for reading!
Happy walking, don’t forget to pack a Perch!
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