This Easter, why not explore your digital creative skills as a family and visit Gateshead Librarie’s MakerPlace.

Designed to give children and adults the opportunity to use computer-controlled equipment to turn ideas into reality, you can:

  • print and cut t-shirt designs
  • laser cut wood and acrylic designs
  • create and produce 3D objects
  • quilt and embroider with our computerised sewing machines
  • code

The library will be running an exciting range of workshops, taster sessions and equipment specific drop in sessions for some hands-on learning. Individuals, groups and schools can all participate.


If you’re over 16 you need to be a member of the library (it’s free to join) and attend one of our workshops or sessions to familiarise you with each piece of equipment you’re interested in using. After that, you can book ahead or come along to one of our drop-in sessions and a member of staff will get you started.

Children and young people under 16 can use the equipment during library run workshops and activity sessions – use our listing to find out more.

MakerPlace is located in Gateshead Central Library situated next to the Sound Gallery. We are open through library opening hours – currently by appointment only. Please ring or email us to arrange your visit.