Events

See below to learn about the exciting events programme at café shrub and the Heritage Centre. Visit the Land of Oak & Iron website to find out about events across the area.

What's happening at café shrub

and the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre...

FROST FEST

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December

10am - 4pm

 

A weekend of wintery themed activities, with a selection of festive crafts, music and food to enjoy.

This year’s Frost Fest will include Japanese origami mobiles, wood printing, snowflake cookie decorating, willow stars and reindeers, winter robins bird walk, café shrub tasting events and more.

Some activities are free, others have a charge and a couple must be pre-booked as spaces are limited.

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WILLOW LANTERN WORKSHOPS

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December

10.00 - 11.30 am

 

Make a willow and paper lantern to use in our Frost Fest lantern parade, before taking it home.

Suitable for both adults and children aged 6 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult, younger children will need an adult to work with.

Cost £5 per lantern, including materials. Places are limited and booking is essential.

The Lantern Parade will be at 4pm on Sunday 1 December, when our Christmas tree lights will be switched on with festive music playing.

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WINTER ROBINS BIRD WALK

Saturday 30th November

10.00 - 11.30am

Wrap up warm for this winter guided bird walk in the lower Derwent Valley. Local ornithologist Michael Turner will not only help you identify our birds, he will also 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.

The walk will be on regular pathways with some slight gradients. Please bring binoculars if you have them and dress appropriately with stout footwear, waterproofs may be necessary depending on the weather. No dogs please.

Cost £6.

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JAPANESE ORIGAMI WINTER WORKSHOPS

Sunday 1st December

10.00am - 3.30pm

Learn the traditional Japanese skill of paper folding with local artist and children’s author Noriko Matsubara in this intricate workshop.

Noriko will take you through origami folding techniques step-by-step, using beautifully patterned papers to create a Frost Fest, winter themed origami mobile to take home.

There are 3 sessions:

10am – 11.30pm
12pm – 1.30pm
2pm – 3.30pm

Suitable for both adults and children aged 11 and over.

Cost per workshop £15, including materials.

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CHRISTMAS NEEDLE FELTING

Saturday 7th December

9.30am - 1.30pm

There is something wonderful about Christmas decorations and gifts you have made yourself.

Learn the traditional craft of needle felting and make something unique and special for your home or as a gift for someone you love.

It’s an easy craft to learn, but due to sharp needles this workshop is not suitable for children.

Cost £20, including materials, tea, coffee and homemade café shrub cookies.

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WINTER WILLOW WORKSHOP

Wednesday 11th December

10am - 4pm

Take time out to enjoy some seasonal preparations – learn how to use willow to make your own natural decorations or even some small, special gifts.

Become familiar with the medium of willow – getting a feel for this versatile material and what you can do with it. Learn how to make a variety of shapes – developing skills and techniques of weaving willow.

In the afternoon we will work towards creating a Christmas wreath, adding that natural traditional touch to the festive season – without the use of plastic.

Cost £40, including tea, coffee, café shrub cookie and all materials but please feel free to bring your own natural materials to add to your Christmas Wreath.

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WINTER BIRD WALK

Friday 27th December

10 - 11.30am

 

Shake of those post-Christmas blues and get set for the new year on this guided bird walk around the Lower Derwent Valley.

Local ornithologist Michael Turner will help us identify the rich bird life that is still around even in the depths of winter.  So forget that last piece of turkey and join our winter bird walk as we look for red kite, buzzard, kingfisher, jay and others.

The walk will be on regular pathways with some slight gradients. Please bring binoculars if you have them and dress appropriately with stout footwear, waterproofs may be necessary depending on the weather. No dogs please.

Tickets cost £6.

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Find us

Spa Well Rd, Winlaton Mill,

Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6RU

Call us

01207 524898


 

©2018 Café Shrub

 

café shrub and the Heritage Centre are owned and managed by the community charity Groundwork. Charity no. 1017706.