We are always happy to promote partners and community activity and events in line with our vision. Please contact us if there is something you would like us to promote

Land of Oak & Iron Business Toolkit Tender

We think the Land of Oak & Iron is a fantastic place to do business. We would also like to help local businesses grow and boost the visitor economy of the area by using our natural, cultural and heritage assets. Quotations are invited from experienced consultants to develop and produce a Land of Oak &… Read more

Dig up a piece of history, underneath your feet

Were you at Chopwell WoodFest this weekend? If so, you were one of the 1,400 people who descended on the woodland to learn old ‘new’ skills, such as spinning wool, weaving willow, turning a clay pot and traditional wood working! We hope you had a fantastic time – we know we certainly did… Hot on… Read more

Chopwell WoodFest Returns

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Chopwell WoodFest returns for a second year in the Derwent Valley and you could be enjoying crafts, entertainment and other delights for all the family. This Sunday, 8 July, between 10.30am and 4pm, you’ll be able to try your hand at a new ‘old’ skill, such as… Read more

Delicate Shuttle

We are very excited to have helped D6: Culture in Transit to make a wonderful new art exhibition happen. Delicate Shutlle has been produced by Finnish artist Henna Asikainen, who collected thousands of white poplar leaves to create an installation at Newcastle City Library, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Henna… Read more

Forging Ahead June 2018

As the summer approaches we are well underway with planning for Chopwell WoodFest, our successful heritage festival which returns for a second year. Find out about a host of other activities to take part in, all of which are free and family friendly. We’re excited to be a part of the Great Exhibition of the… Read more

Be a part of Chopwell WoodFest

Want to get involved with one of the most successful festivals in the Land of Oak & Iron? We are looking for volunteers for Chopwell WoodFest in July to help bring to life 500 years of authentic history, heroes and habitats and rekindle local passion for the area. The popular festival aims to bring the… Read more

College students help to preserve local heritage

Students at a north east college are doing their bit to preserve and restore the region’s natural, industrial and cultural heritage. Bricklaying and catering students from Gateshead College have been working on The Land of Oak & Iron, a conservation and restoration project covering 177 km2 of land surrounding the picturesque Derwent Valley. The bricklaying students… Read more

Derwent Valley Literary Festival bringing books to life

Meet local authors and even some French speaking puppets at the first ever Derwent Valley Literary Festival. This celebration of all things book related offers a unique opportunity to meet local authors, poets and playwrights who will be reading, performing and talking about their work. There will be a wide range of events taking place… Read more

Deadline fast approaching for Durham grants

A funding opportunity open to community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups in the Derwent Valley Partnership area only has a short time left for applications to be submitted. Grants which must be over £5,000 and are usually no more than about £9,000, are made to projects that address the three priorities of the Partnership. These are… Read more

Dramatic performance commission

Dramatic artists and consultants with a connection to Land of Oak & Iron, are being sought to create a new performance which will tell our story in a unique and creative way. The Land of Oak & Iron has a fascinating heritage which will inspire the script, bringing our stories of historical heroes and hidden… Read more