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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

May 2016




The Dean Heritage Centre team are delighted to invite you to our annual Fire and Wood Festival, on Saturday 27th to Bank Holiday Monday 29th May. This three day festival is a fantastic celebration of local artisans and heritage skills; with an array of activities, demonstrations, displays and of course our traditional charcoal burn.

This ancient charcoal burn tradition will be available for visitors to watch across the three days, with experts on hand to explain the process which transforms locally sourced wood into charcoal.

A different fire performer will feature each day, and local craftspeople will be demonstrating, exhibiting and hosting workshops and activities including green woodworking, leather craft, blacksmithing, axe throwing, charcoal sketching, pyrography, circus workshops and more.

Tickets are available to buy on the day from the Dean Heritage Centre reception desk, the admission prices are the same as our standard prices as detailed on our admissions page. The cost of parking is included in the admissions cost, and are not an additional cost.

We also have a great special offer exclusively for our festival: purchase a ticket for the Fire and Wood festival and receive 50% OFF YOUR ADMISSION TICKET when returning to the event on a different day. Simply bring along your Fire and Wood receipt from either Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th May to qualify for this deal.

Over the Half term, from Tuesday 30th May to Friday 2nd June, the team invites you to enjoy a range of activities to continue in a celebration of heritage skills and forest crafts, including fire making, bush craft skills, trails, and arts and crafts.

Take this last opportunity to enjoy our outdoor sculpture exhibition, in association with Arts in the Marches, which finishes on Sunday 4th June, as well as enjoying our Creative Collaboration, an indoor exhibition of local fine artists.

New Exhibition in Gallery 1
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Recycled & Reclaimed; Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

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

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