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...


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.


Thursday 14th November

6:30pm - 9:00pm


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.


Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December

10:00am - 4:00pm


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.

Further details and timings for Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December will be available soon – put the dates in your diary and watch this space!


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.


Wednesday 11th December

10:00am - 4:00pm

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.

This workshop is about becoming familiar with the medium of willow – getting a feel for this versatile material and what you can do with it.

We will 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 per workshop.

All materials will be included, but please feel free to bring your own natural materials to add to your Christmas Wreath.

Includes tea, coffee and café shrub cookie.




Friday 27th December

10:00am - 11:30pm


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.


Find us

Spa Well Rd, Winlaton Mill,

Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6RU

Call us

01207 524898


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