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February 2024

Land of Oak & Iron What's On

As the year progresses, we have already hosted a range of workshops and events; including a very successful Burn's Night and the first of our now monthly Supper Club!

Take a look below at some of our upcoming events, workshops and art exhibits!


Supper Club - Thursday 28th March

What a great night we had for our first Supper Club in February - lovely feedback with everyone wanting to do it again! Take a look at some of the food served at our previous Supper Club below-

Join us again at the Land of Oak & Iron on Thursday, for a delightful evening featuring delicious dishes crafted by our talented chefs. This month's menu draws inspiration from various European countries, showcasing diverse Easter traditions and flavours from Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Greece, Poland, and France.

Here at the Heritage Centre we have a love of good food, cooked well, and want to share this with you.  Once a month we will get together and enjoy a new menu created by our kitchen team especially for this evening.

This menu will take you on a culinary journey around Europe, starting in Italy; then traveling to Lithuania for our main, before tasting the flavours of Poland and France in our deserts.

Starter 1: Italian Wedding Soup - clear broth with meatballs, pasta (orzo), onion, carrot, celery and spinach/kale.

Starter 2: Roast sprouting broccoli with cream cheese, slow roast tomatoes and dukkah (GF, VGO).


Main 1: Greek Spanakopita (spinach and feta parcels) with Lithuanian kugelis (shredded potato and onion bake) and glazed British carrots V

Main 2: A layered vegetable torte, served with Lithuanian kugelis (shredded potato and onion bake) and glazed British carrots VGO


Dessert 1: Mazurek Polish cake (pastry based dessert) topped with a sweet mixture of fruit and nuts

Dessert 2: French mille fueille, meaning thousand leaves/layers (layers of puff pastry, fruity and a pastry cream filling).

Tickets are priced at just £35 per person, covering a 3-course meal and tea/coffee.


Children's Watercolour Art Class- Saturday 30th March

Artist and children's author Monique Scott is hosting another one of her highly popular children's watercolor and illustration classes at our Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill. Monique, known for both her writing and illustrations in numerous children's books, has a wealth of experience teaching children how to draw and paint. In this two-hour art session, she will impart her illustration and painting techniques to the young participants. The class will cover drawing techniques, applying watercolor paints, blending colors, and mastering brush techniques. It's an excellent opportunity for aspiring artists to learn from a professional. 

All necessary materials will be provided, and the class is suitable for children aged 6 years and above, with activities tailored to various ages and skill levels. Even if you have attended one of Monique's classes before, there will be new subjects to explore and paint. Monique will have signed copies of her books and other illustrated items available for purchase. Don't miss this chance to learn from a talented artist.

Tickets only £12.50, inclusive of instruction and all painting supplies.


Ancestry with Anthea- Friday 5th April

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 just £3.

Anthea Lang has been doing family history research for over 20 years and has run many successful family history courses.

Anthea retired from her role as Gateshead Council’s Local History and Heritage Manager and has continued to help people living locally and around the world trace their family trees with her wealth of knowledge about the North East.  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 taking part in our Map Room.


Mandala Stone Painting Workshop- Saturday 13th April

Artist Melanie is hosting another of her relaxing and creative workshop for us at our lovely Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill - Saturday 13th April

Melanie describes her stone painting ... "The art and practice of creating the spiritual symbol of the mandala is a wonderful form of meditation, a soothing ritual which allows the painter to express their creativity and find a sense of calmness."

So why not treat yourself or come with a friend to this creative workshop. Alternatively, why not paint your mandala stone and give as a very special gift.


Katherine Rodger Exhibition- Up until, Sunday 28th April

Our next exhibition in the ‘Inside Out Gallery’ at the Heritage Centre is by local artist Katherine Rodger.

These paintings, primarily of the northern landscape, began as demonstrations for Katherine’s weekly painting classes at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre. They have been developed into finished artworks at Katherine’s studio in Rowlands Gill.

Katherine’s work is inspired by the birdlife and landscape of her home in North East England. Working mainly with acrylic paints, she specialises in colourful paintings of British wild birds and of birdsong.

She uses a wide range of techniques, some with Surrealist origins and others which Katherine has developed through her own exploration of acrylic medium. Katherine previously worked as an Artist/Designer, Secondary School Art Teacher, Artist-in-Residence and Painting Tutor, both in the UK and in New Zealand, and currently runs regular painting workshops at various venues including the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre. Katherine firmly believes in the benefits of painting as a route to mindfulness and this is a key focus of her own practice and of her teaching.

Katherine’s original paintings and fine art giclee prints have been exhibited at a range of galleries including Haslam’s of Hallgate in Hexham, the North East Art Collective in Newcastle, Art Unlimited Gallery in Dorset, and The Bowlees Centre, Teesdale. Katherine’s work is also featured in the book ‘A History of Birds in the Derwent Valley’ by local Ornithologist Michael Turner.

The exhibition is visible from our Courtyard to the rear of the Heritage Centre. 

Please ask a member of our team if interested in purchasing any artworks from the exhibition.


This Months Dog of the Month is... Alfie

We think Alfie deserves to be this months dog of the month because he sat so well while getting his photo taken! Well done Alfie!

If you want your dog to be next months dog of the month, post a photo of your four-legged friend in or around our heritage centre and tag our social media accounts. Good Luck!



Keep an eye out for our markets such as our Spring Meet the Maker Market, Our Get Growing Event, and our very popular Bark in the Park Market and Dog show! More information will be posted on our socials and website, keep an eye out for details!

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