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...
AN EVENING OF MUSIC WITH BILL ELLIOT
Friday 8th of November
6:30pm - 9:30pm
A relaxed and social evening of stories, songs, images and conversation with Bill Elliott of the Elliott’s of Birtley, celebrating the coal mining heritage and culture of the north east.
Enjoy a cosy winter evening with Bill in café shrub at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre for our annual ‘Meet & Mingle’ – catch up with friends and family and meet new people whilst enjoying stories and songs from the area’s mining past.
Cost £12.50, includes a winter one-pot supper and glass of Prosecco.
Other drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.
Join Max Adams, author of The Wisdom of Trees and The King in the North to launch his new book with an illustrated talk and Q&A.
Trees of Life is a lavishly illustrated series of stories about the most important trees in the world – those that humans have relied on for thousands of years for their fuel, medicines, fruit, timber and much else besides.
In the book Max shows how trees are the keystones in many of the world’s most important, and vulnerable habitats. He also tells the stories of trees that have played crucial, sometimes bizarre parts in our own history – from the breadfruit (the tree that caused the Mutiny on the Bounty) to the gutta percha (that gave us the insulating material for
transatlantic cables) to the more familiar English oak.
Ticket price of £12.50 includes winter one-pot supper and alcoholic shrub.
Max will be available for a chat and to sign books afterwards.
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.