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Did you know there are more than 60 million visits to the north east each year, bringing with them a spend of over £2.5 billion? Visitors to our region are more likely to engage in history and heritage than visitors to the rest of England (Visit Britain 2015). A successful business must understand the markets… Read more

Forging Ahead September 2019

Find out how we brought heritage to life as we celebrated 25 years of Heritage Open Days and a centenary of forestry with duels at Derwentcote and a heavy horse in action at Chopwell Wood. Get your diary out to plan this season’s not to miss workshops and walks or learn about our latest book,… Read more

More than just Christmas trees

Chopwell Wood is so many things to so many people; great mountain bike tracks for the fearless, almost unlimited walk routes, a great place to run wild with the kids or somewhere to take the family and choose a Christmas tree. But did you know the woodland has provided much more than this in the… Read more

A good night out in Chopwell

My name is Philippa and I’m a researcher at Newcastle University, I’m working with Land of Oak & Iron on a project about memories of the local landscape. I have been interviewing people in Chopwell about their memories of the village and have loved hearing about the social life of the village over the years…. Read more

Forging Ahead August 2019

See what you’ve been missing out on if you haven’t come to one of our summer craft sessions yet and don’t miss out on our exciting Heritage Open Days programme coming up in September. All this as well as a look back at some of our successes and more news from Land of Oak &… Read more

Two wheel confidence

Over the past few months Groundwork NE & Cumbria have been delivering bike confidence sessions for children across our area, to support them to cycle more confidently. Sessions have been delivered in a variety of locations including Chopwell Wood, Blackhill & Consett Park and at the very well attended Consett Cycling Festival. They have included… Read more

Celebrating 25 years of Heritage Open Days

We are proud to once again be supporting this national festival as it celebrates 25 years of opening doors to England’s heritage, community and history. Supported by over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers it is the country’s largest festival of history and culture. We’re very excited that our Hands on Heritage event has… Read more

Vote for Northumberland

Northumberland is the county with the most castles, the quietest National Park, the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall (and therefore the richest Roman history) and some of the most staggering beaches in the whole of the UK, and now more than ever is the time to gloat about it. Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Tourism… Read more

Get crafty this summer

Escape the rain, get creative and make something to take home and treasure with our summer activities.  This week more than 70 children and their families have got stuck in with clay, paint and natural materials. Great fun was had by everyone, learning how to make traditional thumb pots by squishing their thumb into a… Read more

Greening the Derwent Valley Competition

Gardening and environmental enthusiasts are invited to enter their green spaces into a local contest. The ‘Greening Derwent Valley’ competition encourages residents, community organisations, businesses and schools in the Durham part of the Derwent Valley to keep their area looking great by celebrating its most impressive floral displays, gardens, planters, allotments and wider environmental improvements…. Read more