Tourism Business Workshops

Know your Geopark

Five fortnightly workshops giving a background to the geological, natural and cultural heritage of the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark.

Sessions will be run by the North Pennines AONB Partnership with help from other experts. The aim is to give local businesses the tools to help visitors better engage with and enjoy the North Pennines, and what being in a Geopark can do for you. The sessions will include a mixture of talks, discussions, getting hands on and getting out and about, and of course meeting others working in the tourism sector. Sessions are FREE, run from 11am to 3pm on the dates listed below, and lunch is provided.

Week 1 – Introduction to the Geopark and its Geology

16th January 2019

Location: Barrington Hall, St John’s Chapel

Highlights: Input from Dr Stuart Jones, Durham University

Week 2 – Cultural Heritage – History and Archaeology in the North Pennines

30th January 2019

Location: Strathmore Arms, Holwick

Highlights: Dig deeper into human stories past and present

Week 3 – Exploring Geology and Waterfalls

13th February 2019

Location: Bowlees Visitor Centre, Teesdale

Highlights: Getting out and about to see familiar features in a new way

Week 4 – Mining in the North Pennines

27th February 2019

Location: Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Highlights: Overground and underground tour to discover the visitor experience

Week 5 – Natural Heritage – Wildlife and Dark Skies

13th March 2019

Location: Old Schoolhouse, Allenheads

Highlights: Find out more about our distinctive wildlife and visit the North Pennines Observatory

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For more information please email or call 01388 528801