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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

April 2017

Easter Holidays

Saturday 8th April-Sunday 23rd April


This Easter we are inviting you to 'Connect with Nature and Discover Forest stories'

Spring is a wonderful time to explore our site and the veteran woodlands that surround us. Join members of our team to delve deeper into nature and venture into the woodlands beyond. Learn simple bush craft skills, build dens, identify plants and trees and learn tracking skills to find out where forest creatures live and wander.
Use nature as inspiration to create art with local artists and meet the characters from history who tell the stories of Foresters past.

There will be a Gallery and outdoor trail to challenge the mind as well as craft activities for visitors of all ages available daily in the Craft Hut.

Monday 10th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Ma Meek in the Forester's cotttage to find out how the local Forester's used to live.

Monday 10th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Monday 10th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Monday 10th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist, Amanda Cox in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation. Make your own tree spirit to take home to remind you of your visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre Events


Tuesday 11th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Ma Meek in the Forester's cotttage to find out how the local Forester's used to live.

Tuesday 11th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Cygvranos the Celt at the craft hut and learn about Iron Age life. How did warriors train? What would our Celtic Ancestors use to create artwork? Learn the Ogham symbols and create your own Celtic medallion to take home.

Tuesday 11th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Tuesday 11th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Tuesday 11th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist Jayme-Lee in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation.

Dean Heritage Centre Events


Wednesday 12th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Ma Meek in the Forester's cotttage to find out how the local Forester's used to live.

Wednesday 12th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Alex, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods, learning basic bushcraft skills including how to light a fire. Alex will be at the meeting point of the Charcoal Burners camp at 11am and 12 midday for visitors to join in.

Wednesday 12th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Wednesday 12th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Wednesday 12th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist, Amanda Cox in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation. Make your own tree spirit to take home to remind you of your visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre Events


Thursday 13th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Alex, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods, learning basic bushcraft skills including how to light a fire. Alex will be at the meeting point of the Charcoal Burners camp at 11am and 12 midday for visitors to join in.

Thursday 13th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Thursday 13th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Thursday 13th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist, Amanda Cox in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation. Make your own tree spirit to take home to remind you of your visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Friday 14th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Cygvranos the Celt at the craft hut and learn about Iron Age life. How did warriors train? What would our Celtic Ancestors use to create artwork? Learn the Ogham symbols and create your own Celtic medallion to take home.

Friday 14th April 2017; 13.00pm-13.30pm

Join Jo, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods to discover the natural delights of our surrounding woodlands.

Friday 14th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Friday 14th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Friday 14th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist Jayme-Lee in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation.

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Monday 17th April 2017; 11.00am- 13.00pm

Join local artist, Amanda Cox in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation. Make your own tree spirit to take home to remind you of your visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

Monday 17th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Monday 17th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Monday 17th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist Jayme-Lee in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation.

Dean Heritage Centre Events


Tuesday 18th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Cygvranos the Celt at the craft hut and learn about Iron Age life. How did warriors train? What would our Celtic Ancestors use to create artwork? Learn the Ogham symbols and create your own Celtic medallion to take home.

Tuesday 18th April 2017; 13.00pm-13.30pm

Join Jo, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods to discover the natural delights of our surrounding woodlands.

Tuesday 18th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Tuesday 18th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Tuesday 18th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist Jayme-Lee in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation.

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Wednesday 19th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Alex, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods, learning basic bushcraft skills including how to light a fire. Alex will be at the meeting point of the Charcoal Burners camp at 11am and 12 midday for visitors to join in.

Wednesday 19th April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Wednesday 19th April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Wednesday 19th April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist, Amanda Cox in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation. Make your own tree spirit to take home to remind you of your visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre Events


Thursday 20th April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Cygvranos the Celt at the craft hut and learn about Iron Age life. How did warriors train? What would our Celtic Ancestors use to create artwork? Learn the Ogham symbols and create your own Celtic medallion to take home.

Thursday 20th April 2017; 12.30-13.00pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Thursday 20th April 2017; 13.00pm- 15.00pm

Join Alex, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods, learning basic bushcraft skills including how to light a fire. Alex will be at the meeting point of the Charcoal Burners camp at 11am and 12 midday for visitors to join in.

Thursday 20th April 2017; 14.00pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Friday 21st April 2017; 11am-13.00pm

Join Cygvranos the Celt at the craft hut and learn about Iron Age life. How did warriors train? What would our Celtic Ancestors use to create artwork? Learn the Ogham symbols and create your own Celtic medallion to take home.

Friday 21st April 2017; 13.00pm-13.30pm

Join Jo, starting at the Charcoal Burners Camp, you will take a trail through the woods to discover the natural delights of our surrounding woodlands.

Friday 21st April 2017; 13.15pm

Join Martin outside of the Forester's cottage and help exercise the Centre's resident Ferrets. Have you ever been taken for a walk by a ferret? Take a break from the pressures of daily life, as our ferrets lead you around the site. You can savour our beautiful surroundings and remind yourself how to take life at a slower pace. Please note children 5 years and under are welcome to join in this daily exercise but cannot be led by a ferret.

Friday 21st April 2017; 13.00pm- 13.30pm

Join Simon at the Charcoal Burners camp to learn how traditional charcoal is made.

Friday 21st April 2017; 14.00pm- 16.00pm

Join local artist Jayme-Lee in the craft hut, create using the natural surroundings as your inspriation.

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Recycled & Reclaimed

Sculptures from salvage "not just a load of old junk"

Outdoor Exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre

From Friday 14th April to Sunday 4th June

We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Arts in the Marches to hold an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre. A special guide will guide them to the sculptures and provide information about the artists and the story of their sculpture. The exhibition will feature work by several local artists and our on-site carvers.

It is an opportunity to come along and view things through different eyes and see the beauty in something that might otherwise have been discarded.

Arts in the Marches is an arts company based in the heart of the Marches; the border lands between Wales and England. It supports artists and craft makers throughout the area by providing marketing and other support to help them improve their promotion and sales.

The company is run by Frances Warren who submitted some of her own work into our Community exhibition last year. As a result of this Frances suggested the idea of an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre to our Education and Audience Engagement Officer, Joanne Clarke who was extremely happy to support the idea.

Joanne Clarke comments, "The Dean Heritage Centre is always happy to find new ways to showcase local artists' work whether they are established, amateur or just looking for ways to get noticed, we have a unique site which lends itself to celebrating art in all its guises. Using recycled and reclaimed materials to create art and to discover beauty in something destined for destruction is a powerful continuation of the products usefulness and story."

New Exhibition in Gallery 1