The Art of Belt-making – lunchtime talk and demonstrations, 1-2pm

Mark and Marie Buckfield of The Belt Makers are joining us to take you through the belt making process, explaining the traditional methods and why they use them. They will demonstrate some of their hand tools and techniques.

You’ll see traditionally tanned, corrected grain, English bridle butt that has been developed over hundreds of years for use on horses, and the full grain, locally produced leather from low impact farms that actually reduces and absorbs greenhouse gas emissions.

Horace the Stitching Pony (not a real pony) will patiently and beautifully help us demonstrate some of our techniques.

TBM – The Belt Makers, 119 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3JQ for bespoke belts for professionals’ gifts

St Nicholas Priory

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.


We have completely Covid-secured the building and ask you to wear face coverings, stick to social-distancing rules, and adhere to government guidelines. Please follow our stewards’ instructions when in the building, and be prepared to wait outside until we have ensured social distancing can be guaranteed and it is safe for you and yours to enter.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email



Mar 30 2022


13:00 - 14:00



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St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
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