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Blackhill and Consett Park events


We host a number of community events during the year, as well as a programme of regular weekly activities.

Weekly activities

Tuesday

Consett and District Heritage Initiative

Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon​​​​​​
Cost/booking: Pre-booking is requested, please contact cdhi-genealogy@outlook.com 
Details: Family history research with opportunities to gain practical advice and assistance with research into your family history.

Let's Sing

Time: 1.30pm-3.00pm 
Cost/booking: Free, donations welcome. 
Details: An informal singing programme for adults of all ages and abilities, with the emphasis on wellbeing and socialising as well as opportunities to take part in occasional performances. Refreshments are available from 1.00pm. Let's sing programme is led by an experienced professional singer/musician and is part of Ways to Wellbeing. New participants are always welcome.

Wednesday

Consett and District Heritage Initiative open sessions

Time: 10.00am-4.00pm 
Cost/booking: CDHI members are all volunteers, so please contact us before visiting.
Details: A chance to meet members of the group and find out more about the huge amount of local history material available in the archive. Enquiries and donations or loans of artefacts, old photographs, documents and maps are always welcomed. 

Free cycling sessions

Time: 10.30am
Cost/booking: Free
Details: This is part of our Cycle Durham programme, supported by trained volunteer leaders. Bikes and helmets provided (or bring your own).

Open art and craft studio

Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Cost/booking: Free, donations welcome. 
Details: Come and join the friendly and supportive atmosphere and experience a wide range of arts and crafts. During the period September to December join us for papercraft, handicraft and art projects including altered book poetry; making dream catchers and greetings cards; jewellery making; casting stone-resin coasters; making Christmas decorations and more. Open to adults 16 and over of all abilities, led by an experienced, professional artist. Part of the Ways to Wellbeing programme. referrals and self-referrals welcome. 

Saturday

Parkrun

Time: 9.00am
Cost/booking: Free. Register at Blackhill Parkrun.
Details: Organised by volunteers from Blackhill Bounders, this is a free weekly 5k run in the beautiful and invigorating setting of the park. All welcome.

Sunday

Have a Go at Bowls sessions

Time: 1.30pm (summer)
Details: Try your hand at bowls with the friendly assistance of the Consett Park Bowling Club members. Clubhouse bar and refreshments available. All ages and abilities welcomed. For information contact storeydc@aol.com.

Carpet Bowls sessions

Time: 2.00pm (winter)
Details:In the clubhouse, organised by Consett Park Bowling Club. All ages and abilities welcomed. For information contact storeydc@aol.com.

Other activities

Consett Children's Book Trail 

Date: From Saturday 26 October
Cost/booking: Free. Pick up a leaflet and join the trail at The Lodge. Explore the local area, find the 24 locations on a map, find and swap books and collect all of the clues to find the secret location and possibly win a prize. Family activity organised by Briary Local.

Festive Feast of Fowl

Date: Sunday 24 November, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Cost/booking: Free but booking essential. Please visit: Land of Oak and Iron
Details: Explore the natural history and folklore of some of the birds we most closely associate with mid-winter and the festive season, alongside tutor Keith Bowey. The day combines classroom activity and outdoor birdwatching sessions in the park. Bring your own binoculars, a packed lunch and please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at The Lodge, which is located near to the main park entrance on Laburnum Avenue. 
This activity has been organised by Land Of Oak and Iron Wildlife Group.

Bookings for this event are via Eventbrite:  Eventbrite booking

Volunteer walk leader training

Date: Monday 2 December, 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost/booking

Price and booking: Free but booking essential. Please contact Natalie Whitworth on 01325 - 464270 or e-mail: natalie.whitworth@groundwork.org.uk 
Details: Do you enjoy walking? Would you like to volunteer and lead enjoyable guided walks in your community? Are you interested in motivating people to start and continue walking? This free training session, through Walking For Health, will introduce the fundamentals of how to lead safe and enjoyable walks for all. Places are free but must be booked. Please wear suitable shoes or boots and dress for the weather. Please meet at The Lodge, near to the main park entrance on Laburnum Avenue. 
This session has been organised by Groundwork North-East and Cumbria. 

Schools

We welcome schools, nurseries and other young people's groups to visit. 

There is access to the classroom and toilets in The Lodge, provision of a simple park trail and quiz sheet which is ideal for younger children and we can also assist with the delivery of specific topics. Please contact us beforehand, to discuss your requirements.

Friends of Blackhill and Consett Park

The Friends of the Park play a vital role in promoting community use of the park, raising funds to carry out projects which improve the park for people and nature, and by organising and assisting with events. Anyone wishing to get involved please contact us or leave your details with a member of staff.

Contact us
Blackhill and Consett Park
03000 262 480
Our address is:
  • Laburnum Avenue
  • Blackhill
  • Consett
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 5TA
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