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CHOPWELL WOOD EVENTS  2017  

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

Saturday 27 May, 10-11.30 am Tree Health Survey Free family event all about trees.  Help survey the trees of Chopwell Wood, find out why trees are so important, collect seeds and make recycled paper.  Second of the Citizen Science project sessions, funded by our grant from Tesco Bags of Help.  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.
Monday 29 May, 11am-3pm Family Fun Bushcraft – THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED Run by our friends at Greeneye and suitable for families with children aged 8+.  The first of three exciting survival skills sessions based in our woodland setting, including shelter-building, natural cordage and making fire. Tickets £12.50 pp. Please pre-book by calling Phil on 07930 340417.  More info on Greeneye’s Facebook page.
Saturday 10 June, 10am-midday Woodland Plant Detectives Join Durham Wildlife Trust to identify some of the amazing trees in Chopwell Wood and find out how different species have useful properties for wildlife and people.  Discover plants that grow deep in the woods and around the woodland edges.  This free event is part of a project delivered through the Land of Oak & Iron, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  For more details or to book, please contact  mail@durhamwt.co.uk or phone 0191 5843112.
Sunday 11 June, 10am 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 meet the wild woollen faeries and woodland creatures that have come to live in Chopwell Wood.  Also, find out about our amazing competition to design a new woodland character to star in a Chopwell Wood story and activity pack. More information about this national event at facebook.com/woollenwoods.  Park in the main car park and then follow the signs to RVP1.
Sunday 9 July, 10.30am-4pm Chopwell WoodFest To mark the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Chopwell Wood, in partnership with Land of Oak & Iron, this special free event will include heritage crafts, storytelling, dance and hands-on activities for all ages, including a special Gruffalo Trail just for the day.
Saturday 29 July, 10-11.30am Big Butterfly Count Learn about the different butterfly species in Chopwell Wood and take home nectar-rich plants to attract butterflies to your own garden. This is the third of our free family Citizen Science sessions and there’s 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.
Monday 31 July, 11am-3pm Family Fun Bushcraft The second of the survival skills sessions with Greeneye. Tickets £12.50 pp.  Please pre-book by calling Phil on 07930 340417.
Sunday 6 August Tree Lore Join Nigel J. Brewis, conservationist and druid, on a fascinating walk and talk about the lore and language of trees. Refreshments included.  Times, ticket price and booking details will be posted here soon.
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 24 September, 2-4pm Fungal Foray Part of Land of Oak & Iron’s “Explore 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 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?  Times, ticket price and booking details will be posted here soon.
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 Tree Dressing & Wassail Find out more about Tree Dressing and blessing, followed by a talk about tree identification in winter.  Refreshments included. Times, ticket price and booking details will be posted here soon.
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.