This is a unique day out to the heart of Otley, a lovely little market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. They say Otley is an “Inky” town – it has a long printing heritage and was where the world famous Wharfedale Press originated from which changed the world of print.
After a walk around Otley with its unique history dating back to Saxon times when it was known as Otta’s leah we will head to Bloomfield Square, a quirky independent café in the centre of town full of retro furnishings.
Here, after coffee and wonderful home-made cake we will meet Tony Wright (better known as front man of 90’s rock band Terrorvision. A former printer, Tony has a passion for old fashioned printing presses – having set up his own shrine to old letter press machines at the back of the café.
The café is in a former 18th century coach house where a selection of printing presses and type drawers sit alongside memorabilia and artworks. You will be given a tour of the print shop and learn all about traditional typesetting and letter press techniques.
Then you will have chance to design your own artwork, whether that be a poster, postcard, Christmas card or invitation.
You will set your own type, choosing fonts, spacing and graphics. (You can also provide a soundtrack to your day by playing vinyl from Tony’s record collection on his 1960’s Dansette record player!)
Once your type is set, you’ll move over to the printing press, get it inked up and then hand print your artwork.
Lunch is included – they offer a fantastic selection of fresh home made soups, stews and sandwiches.
You’ll be able to take your print home with you once it is dry, as a souvenir of this memorable, unique experience. Transport to and from Otley can be arranged as part of the day out.