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Watling Wood through the seasons

Explore Watling Wood in Leadgate this week and discover photos hanging in the trees showing how it has changed from winter through to summer. Local photographer and film maker Simon Green, from Consett has been visiting the woodland and capturing the changing seasons since last October. His images, films and interviews with local people tell… Read more

Forging Ahead July 2019

Sit back with a cuppa in this beautiful summer sunshine and catch up on our latest news. Find out about all our family friendly summer activities at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre and the centre in Tyne Riverside country Park at Prudhoe. Also, plan ahead for our exciting programme of events and… Read more

Look out – schools out!

Discover map making, create mini sculptures and learn how to do foil leaf impressions with our summer activities. These are just some of the crafts on offer at our Winlaton Mill and Prudhoe Heritage Centres throughout the school holidays. No need to book just turn up on the day and enjoy. We’re hoping for summer… Read more

Heart warming stage success

Following the huge success of it’s debut at the Consett Empire last week, we are pleased to announce two more performances of ‘Searching for the Heart of the Land of Oak & Iron’. Folklore of the forest, dreams of the Derwent, courage of our communities – our play has it all and will take you… Read more

Inspire families this summer

Summer is here and it’s not long until the children finish school. We will be hosting craft making workshops during the summer holidays for children and their families and we need your help to deliver these. Activities will be at the heritage centres at Winlaton Mill and Tyne Riverside Country Park, outside under our gazebo…. Read more

Bringing life to our Heritage Centres

Bringing a diverse experience of creating exhibitions showcasing history and historical heroes and engaging school children in their heritage, Susan Mackell our new Events & Interpretation Co-ordinator, will soon be bringing our local heritage to life. Susan joined our team in June and has already planned a summer holiday programme and started making contacts with… Read more

Save our Stories

We have been gathering some fantastic stories from people across Land of Oak & Iron, to build the picture of what life was like here in the past. So far we have interviewed 50 people, gathering their memories of growing up, playing, working and family life across the Derwent Valley and the surrounding area. Memories… Read more

Forging Ahead June 2019

The next few weeks are action packed, with lots of walking and cycling events and activities to get involved in. Rehearsals are also well underway for our new play ‘Searching for the Heart of Land of Oak & Iron’ – have you bought your tickets yet for the debut performance at the Empire Theatre in… Read more

Are we accessible to all?

A visit by members of the Tyne & Wear Joint Local Access Forum (LAF) to our Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill has found that we are encouraging and enabling more people to get outdoors and be active. Local volunteers Noel Adamson and Colin Douglas of Sunniside Local History Society hosted the walk, sharing their in… Read more

Paws for thought

Discover how hazlenut butter has been used as bait for the elusive dormouse, by volunteers working with Durham Wildlife Trust in our woodlands. The tasty treat attracted many visitors and small ink pads captured the footprints of each and every one. It wasn’t as simple as you might expect to identify what had visited though,… Read more