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November 2023

Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter

We are back!

Welcome back to our Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter! We have been busy creating a new look newsletter, let us know what you think of the design in the 'Comments' section.

We've also updated our café menu, with new light bites, special sarnies and perfect dishes to warm you up during the colder months.

We have lots of exciting festive events and workshops coming up now that we're rapidly approaching Christmas! Some are already sold out, like our Christmas Wreath and Christmas Glass Shapes Workshops, but not to worry, there will be more workshops coming up soon, but be quick to book to avoid missing out!

Look out for our Mischievous Elves hiding inside the Heritage Centre in their new little outfits made by the incredible Derwent Threads, starting 1st December, along with our Two Little Mice outdoor trail from local children's author and illustrator Monique Scott.


Ancestry with Anthea- Friday 1st December

Our Ancestry with Anthea sessions are back too! Have you ever wanted to research into your family history, but don’t know where to start? Anthea’s sessions are a great place to start with her 20 plus years experience in researching family history.

Anthea has run many successful classes at our Heritage Centre after retiring 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's also an author and has written several books about the local area.

Tickets only £3 Book now:


Christmas Meet the Maker Market - Sunday 3rd December

Who is ready for another seasonal market at the Land of Oak & Iron? We have brought together a perfect selection of local artists and makers for the festive season.

Our makers include: Shore & Tide Sea-glass Jewellery, Lizzie Mint Makes, Sital Art, Blue Tyne Creations, Dave’s Soap Kitchen, Scribble & Patch, ArtisAnne and Four Cats to Feed.

All of the incredible makers are bringing a wide range of products from prints and jewellery to soap and so much more! Lindsey of Scribble and Patch is taking bookings for ceramic paw and children’s handprints. You can do this through her Facebook page where there are lots of examples, or you can send a text: 07527047062 or email:

No need to book to come along to the market - this is a free event!


Frost Fest - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December

It is almost time for our Frost Fest event! We are so excited to share a weekend of festivities with you all.

We have something for everyone with kids crafts, tasty food and even Father Christmas visiting us!

There will also be live music throughout the weekend with Major Cough Cough’s Thunderbox on Saturday morning, Julie Wilmore and William Blythe on Saturday afternoon, and Axum Folk Ensemble on Sunday afternoon.

You can also join in one of our separate workshops and a guided bird walk you can book onto if you are still wanting more! Check our website for more details:


Willow Lantern Workshop - Saturday 9th December

This was such a popular workshop at last year's Frost Fest and was fully booked very quickly - so we thought it would be a good idea to run it again this year too!

This fun workshop will show you how to make your own unique willow and paper lantern - it's yours to keep, but we would really love it if you could come and be part of our little lantern parade on Sunday afternoon too.

Suitable for both adults and children aged 6 and over. Younger children will need an adult to work with as it's a little bit tricky for little fingers to make.

Find out more and book your ticket now:


Wine Tasting Evening - Saturday 9th December

Looking for some festive plans for you and your friends? Why not book tickets for our Wine Tasting Evening for a Christmas night out with a difference?

Hosted by Newcastle Wine School, this could be the perfect evening for you and your friends and family to catch up and relax while enjoying a range of wines and enjoying food from our cheese and charcuterie boards.

You could even book this event a special gift for a friend or loved one!

More information and booking:


Winter Robins Bird Walk - 10th December

Wrap up warm for this winter guided bird walk in the lower Derwent Valley – part of our Frost Fest weekend celebrations.

As well as helping you with identification skills, local ornithologist Michael will uncover the life story and fascinating facts behind Britain’s favourite bird and Christmas icon, the Robin…but be warned, things aren’t always as they seem.

Find out more and book now at:


Charity Battle of the Bands Evening - Saturday 16th December

Join us at the Heritage Centre for a fantastic evening of live music, helping to raise money for our charity Groundwork NE & Cumbria.

We will be joined by local bands, who will each perform a set during the evening. Come along for a great night of food, drink and live music and cheer for your favourite band – the audience’s favourite wins the night!

There will be great food and drink from our café, with a special menu for the evening including burgers, nachos and loaded fries.

No need to book, just turn up for a great evening. Doors open 6pm, bands playing from around 6.30pm, get here early to grab a seat, order your food and settle in for a great evening of live music.


This Month's Dog of the Month is…

ELLA! We think Ella deserves to be our dog of the month as she came first in last months fantastic Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and stole all our hearts.


Lots more events to enjoy - find out more on our website and follow us on social media:

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