Summer at Hardcastle Crags

Children looking into their homemade shelter, in the woods.

This summer it's all about getting outside and exploring. What has nature been getting up to?

Tuesday 30 May, 12 noon - 3pm, Build a den

Learn how to create your own shelter in the woods, what will you decide to build?

Wednesday 31 May, 12 noon - 3pm, Pond dipping

The mill pond should have lots of life in waiting to be identified, what water based mini beasts will you come eye to eye with?

Thursday 1 June, 12 noon - 2pm, Cook on a campfire

Learn all the skills you need to create fire without matches, cook some tasty treats and stick bread.  £3pp, booking essential 12 noon - 2pm (bookable online from 23 May)

Friday 2 June, 12 noon - 3pm, Journey sticks / wild art

This activity allows you to create a natural way of remembering a woodland walk.

Upcoming events

'One thus gone', eight small inspirations for woodland walking.

Sat 18 Jan 2020
08:00-16:00
‘One thus gone’ is a series of short poems, written specifically for Hardcastle Crags. The poems are designed to guide you on a mindful and contemplative journey along a woodland trail.

The Grimm Forest - An illustrated fairy-tale wood.

Sat 18 Jan 2020
11:00-15:00
Discover an indoor forest of storytelling trees at Gibson Mill. The Grimm Forest is an exhibition of eleven tree sculptures with hand coloured images, inspired by stories collected by the brothers Grimm.

Guided walk - winter tree I.D

Sat 25 Jan 2020
12:00-15:00
Do you know your birch from your beech or an ash from your alder? Join us for a walk with a difference this winter.

Willow weaving sessions - Charcoal Clamp

Sun 16 Feb 2020
10:00-15:30
One day drop in workshop to build a demonstration traditional charcoal clamp in the woodland on the location of an original charcoal burning site.

Willow weaving taster sessions

Sun 23 Feb 2020
11:00-13:00
Willow Fence - learn the skills to help create a 6m section of living willow fence.

Sallows Gig + Guided Walk to Grimm Forest Exhibition at Gibson Mill

Sun 23 Feb 2020
15:30-19:30
We are marking the last day of the Grimm Forrest exhibition, with a Ranger guided walk through the woodland. All topped off with an intimate acoustic gig from fantastic folk band, Sallows in the café.