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Land of Oak & Iron

Land of Oak and Iron

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The Land of Oak & Iron covers a 177 km2 area surrounding the Derwent Valley including Consett, Rowlands Gill, Prudhoe and Whickham.

This beautiful steep-sided valley has an abundance of natural woodland, rare and iconic wildlife. However, the natural beauty that you can see today was not always as it appears. Not so long ago the area once hosted a world-leading iron and steel industry in various forms from the 1690s up until the 1980s; in the early 18th Century it was the heart of British sword making and was home to the great industrialist Ambrose Crowley. Such industry attracted wealth and culture to the area, including Mary Eleanor Bowes, known as the ‘Unhappy Countess’ living at Gibside Hall, the artist Thomas Bewick, the poet Tommy Armstrong and is famed for the local traditional rapper dancing across the globe.

At the Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill, they run a variety of workshops, family-friendly events, guided walks, and an art gallery. Be sure to check out their website to find out more about our upcoming events, http://landofoakandiron.org.uk/whats-on/

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday - 9am-4pm

Saturday and Sunday - 9am-5pm

Telephone: 01207524898

landofoakandiron@groundwork.org.uk

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Events at Land of Oak & Iron

Cathy Duncan Exhibition

June 14th to June 30th

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Cathy Duncan Exhibition

The RSPB Nature Conservation

June 14th to August 29th

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The RSPB Nature Conservation

Summer Meet the Maker

June 15th

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Summer Meet the Maker

Craft, Chat & A Cuppa

June 18th to March 25th

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Craft Chat  A Cuppa

Meet the Maker

June 22nd

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Make Music Day

June 22nd

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Make Music Day

Live Music & Burger Evening

June 28th

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Live Music  Burger Evening

Lindisfarne Gospels Calligraphy Workshop

June 29th

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Lindisfarne Gospels Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

June 29th

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Calligraphy Workshop

Ancestry with Anthea

July 5th to December 6th

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Ancestry with Anthea

Meet the Maker

July 6th

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Meet the Maker

The RSPB Nature Conservation

July 6th

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The RSPB Nature Conservation

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