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December 2023

Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter

As the year comes to an end we are glad to look back at all the amazing events that we have hosted during 2023. We are busy planning many more exciting events to look forward into the New Year, including the events below.


New Year Morning Bird Walk- Monday 1st January

Start 2024 with a feel-good walk – wrap up warm and join local ornithologist Michael Turner on a New Year wander through the stunning lower Derwent Valley, spotting winter birds as you go. Learn a new skill for 2024 with developing your identification skills through sight and sound.

There are only a few tickets left get yours quick!


The RSPB- Friday 5th January

Our friends from the RSPB will be joining us again, outside the Heritage Centre with lots of information about the wonderful work they do.

The RSPB is now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.

Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it. Since RSPB started on their mission in 1889, the threats to nature have continued to grow, but they've grown to meet them too.

The RSPB team love meeting people, so please do come and say hello, find out more about how you can get involved in supporting nature and the work of the RSPB.

Busy that day? Don't worry, they will also be joining us on the 4th & 17th February!


Acrylic Painting Course- Friday 12th January

Our regular Wednesday Painting Classes are very popular, our upcoming set of classes is already sold out! Don't worry, we still have some tickets left for the Friday set of classes.

Experienced and friendly art tutor Kath will guide you from blank canvas to finished landscape artworks using demonstrations and individual assistance to improve your skills and confidence.  The aim is for each student to produce artworks they can feel really proud of.

This course takes place every Friday morning for 4 weeks, starting on Friday 12th January 2024.

Become part of this friendly painting course, learn how to paint and make new artistic friends along the way.

This would make a great Christmas gift for someone creative!  Get in touch and we can create a personalised gift voucher.


Children's Watercolour Class- Friday 27th January

Artist and children's author, Monique Scott, invites you to join her highly sought-after children's watercolour class!

Monique, known for her captivating children's books, brings a wealth of experience in teaching drawing and painting to children. In this engaging two-hour art class, she will share her illustration and painting techniques.

Children will delve into the world of drawing and enhance their creations with vibrant watercolour paints, guided by Monique's expertise in blending and brush techniques.

All necessary materials are provided. The session is adaptable for different ages and skill levels, featuring new subjects for those who've attended Monique's previous classes.

Explore the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Monique's books and peruse her charming illustrated merchandise. Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of art and learn from a true professional- book your tickets now!


Burns Night Supper- Saturday 27th January

Celebrate Scotland's 'National Bard' Robert Burns with us at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, with a traditional 3 course Burns Night Supper - we had a fantastic evening last year!

It'll be an enjoyable social evening and in the true spirit of Burns we will be following traditions such as the reading of some Burns poems and the ceremonial addressing of the haggis with Northumbrian piper Ednie Wilson and Bob Wilson on accordion, they will also play tunes as guest arrive and end the evening with Auld Lang Syne.

We will also have a fun table quiz during the evening.

Menu is available to view on our ticket page. Get your tickets now to ensure you don't miss out on this fantastic evening!


Ancestry With Anthea- Friday 2nd February

Ever wanted to research your family history but don’t know where to start?  Then come along to our ‘Ancestry with Anthea’ session at the Heritage Centre.

For more than two decades, Anthea Lang has been dedicated to family history research, having conducted numerous successful family history courses.

Having retired as Gateshead Council's Local History and Heritage Manager, Anthea remains committed to assisting individuals in tracing their family trees. With her extensive knowledge of the North East, she has become a sought-after resource for those delving into their roots.

She is also an author and has written several books about the local area.

Come along and discover the how, where and when of family history research in this friendly and informal session.


Dog of the Month!

For the final Dog of the Month this year it was a very tough choice. This months dog of the month is FLY! We think Fly deserves to be this months dog of the month because she really enjoyed her treat at our Heritage Centre.

Thank you to all of our doggy customers this year we hope to see you again trying for our dog of the month!

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