What’s On

CHOPWELL WOOD EVENTS  2017  

Our events programme is subject to change but all details will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

Friday 1 September, 8-10pm Bat Watch Bat expert Joe Shipley will be back again this year to take you on a dusk discovery of the bats in Chopwell Wood. Adults £4, children £1. Pre-book by calling the Forestry Commission on 0300 0674200 (Monday to Friday office hours only).  Meet in Lintzford layby (on A694 1 mile out of Rowland’s Gill).  Bring a torch and wear warm clothing.
Sunday 17 September, 11am-4pm

 

Woollen Woods If you go down to the woods today…you’ll find a lovely surprise at this free family event.  Hiding in the trees and scuttling through the undergrowth you’ll find the wild woollen faeries and woodland creatures that have come to live in Chopwell Wood.  More information about this national event at facebook.com/woollenwoods. Park in the main car park and follow the signs to RVP1.
Sunday 24 September, 2-4pm Fungal Foray Part of Land of Oak & Iron’s “Discover Festival” (16-24 September), Gordon Simpson will lead a foray around the Wood to discover all kinds of fascinating fungi.  What Gordon doesn’t know about mushrooms isn’t worth knowing!  Adults £4, children £1.  Pre-book by calling the Forestry Commission on 0300 0674200 (Monday to Friday office hours only).  Meet in the main car park.
Saturday 30 September, 10-11.30am Pond Dipping The fourth free family Citizen Science session to help conservation in the woodland.  Venture into the world of Chopwell Wood’s ponds and make a frog home. The pond dipping will be led by Durham Wildlife Trust. No need to pre-book.  Park in the main car park and then follow the event signs.  Contact joanne.norman@groundwork.org.uk or phone 01207 524803 for more information
Sunday 22 October, 2pm Samhain Stories Autumn blows in and the smell of woodsmoke and pumpkin spice hang heavy in the air.  Time to draw close together and listen to tales of ghastly apparitions and headless horsemen!  Find out all about traditions and customs associated with the ancient festival, and share in some delicious pumpkin-based foodie treats. Who says Halloween is just for children?  Adults £5, children £2 (ages 12+ only please as there are some scary stories!).  Please secure your place by paying in advance via PayPal and quoting ‘Samhain Stories’.
Monday 23 October, 11am-3pm Family Fun Bushcraft Greeneye will be back in the Wood for the last of the survival skills sessions.  Tickets  12.50 pp.  Please pre-book by calling Phil on 07930 340417.
Saturday 25 November, 10am Bug Count and Bug Hotel Get down with the bugs!  Help us record the minbeasts of Chopwell Wood and make your own Bug Hotel.  The last of our Citizen Science project sessions for this year, but there will be one more to come in January 2018.  Free family event and there’s no need to book.  Park in the main car park and then follow the event signs.  Contact joanne.norman@groundwork.org.uk or phone 01207 524803 for more information.
Sunday 3 December, midday Tree Dressing & Wassail Find out more about Tree Dressing and blessing, followed by a talk about tree identification in winter.  Refreshments included. Adults £5, children £2.  Please secure your place by paying in advance via PayPal and quoting ‘Tree Dressing’.
Saturday 25 November 8am-8pm Chopwell Christmas Experience Christmas tree sales will be open daily throughout the season, plus there’ll be crafts, refreshments and much more.