Sunday 3 April 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the
animals in Pets’ Corner.

Monday 4 April 1 – 3.30pm
Nature Area Open Day
Jesmond Dene
Donations welcome
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
Come and explore our Nature Area, take part in pond dipping, mini beast hunts and watch the birds at the feeding station. This is a drop in event and all children must be accompanied. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Thursday 7 April 10.30 – 12.00pm
Wiggly worms
Jesmond Dene (Look out for the big green gazebo on the grass by Pet’s Corner)
£5
Build a wormery, then join us for a look around the Dene to see if we can find some worms and see what other mini-beasts might be hiding.
Please bring an empty, clean 2 litre plastic bottle for your wormery. All other materials will be provided. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. All children must be accompanied. Please contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 284 6884. Tickets should be pre-booked.

Thursday 7 April 12.00 – 2.00pm
Northumberland Wildlife Trust at the Park
Jesmond Dene (Look out for the big green gazebo on the grass by Pet’s Corner)
Donations welcome
Come and find out more about the work we do at NWT to protect our region’s wildlife and have a go at some fun games and activities.
Donations are welcome to cover the cost of materials. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 284 6884 or book online.

Thursday 7 April 6 – 8pm
Heaton Park Walk
£3 per person
Explore the history of Heaton Park, on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Meet at the Pavilion. Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Friday 8 April 1 – 3.30pm
Bushcraft, Campfire and Games
Heaton Park
£3 per child, £3 per adult
Join the Rangers for some fun games and activities followed by learning to light a fire along with some campfire refreshments. Activities are aimed at 7-13 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate clothes for being outdoors in the woods. Booking essential, please call 0191 2812082 to book and for more information.

Saturday 9 April 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets’ Corner
Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Sunday 17 April 1.30 – 3.30pm
Jesmond Dene Walk
£3 per person
Explore the history of Jesmond Dene, on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Sunday 1 May 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the animals in Pets’ Corner.

Friday 6 May (Evening – time to be confirmed on booking)
Bats and Moths
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre- Jesmond Dene
£5 per person
(Part of the Jesmond Community Festival)
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK with a short talk and then we’ll set out for a walk and see which ones we can find, so don’t forget your torch! We will also be running a moth trap throughout the evening and we will have a look to see what has been caught on our return to the Visitor Centre. Suggested age 8+, children must be accompanied. Booking essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 2812082 to book your place and for access details.

Saturday 7 May 10am – 12pm
Moth Morning and Pond Dipping
Nature Area
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
(Part of the Jesmond Community Festival)
We’ll go through the moth trap from the night before to see what we’ve managed to catch and try our best to identify them before letting them go. You can also try some pond dipping to see what creatures live under water in the Nature Area. This is a drop in event and you can stay as long or as little as you like. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Sunday 8 May 4.30 – 7.30am (yes am! The walk will be about 2 hours.)
Dawn Chorus
Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene
£6 per person
(Part of the Jesmond Community Festival)
To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day join the Rangers and Volunteer Rangers on this early morning walk through the Dene to listen to the delightful sounds of the birds. We’ll come back to the Visitor Centre for a breakfast roll, a hot drink and show you some footage of other wildlife in the Dene. Suitable for adults and older children (12+). Booking essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 2812082 to book your place and for more information.

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May 10 – 3pm
Friends of Jesmond Dene Open Weekend
(including AGM on Sunday at 2pm followed by a talk – TBC)
Drop by either day and find out what the Friends and Volunteer Rangers get up to, how they help and support the parks staff in keeping Jesmond Dene a popular visitor attraction. There will be history displays, information about the archive project, the “Adopt a Plot” scheme, video footage of the wildlife in the Dene and history walks. The Visitor Centre and gift shop will also be open.

Tuesday 10 May 10 – 12.30pm
Volunteer Open Day
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
(Part of the Jesmond Community Festival)
Come along to Jesmond Dene and meet the Friends and Volunteer Rangers to find out what they get up to. We have various different volunteer opportunities: guided walks, practical sessions, bee keeping, events, archive project and lots more. We can show you more detail of our various activities and discuss how we manage them all. We’re also interested in hearing your ideas for other ways people can contribute to the well-being of the Dene, its wildlife and visitors. Do you have skills and interests you think we should know about? For more information contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082 or email parks&countryside@newcastle.gov.uk If you are interested in volunteering but can’t make this date, please get in touch and we will let you know other dates that you can come along to.

Friday 13 May (Evening – time to be confirmed on booking)
Bat Walk
Heaton Park
£5 per person
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK on this walk around Heaton and Armstrong Park and Jemsond Vale. Don’t forget your torch! Suggested age 8+, children must be accompanied. Booking essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 2812082 to book your place and for access details.

Saturday 21 May 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Wednesday 1 June 1 – 3.30pm
Nature Area Open Day
Jesmond Dene
Donations welcome
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
Come and explore our Nature Area, take part in pond dipping, minibeast hunts and watch the birds at the feeding station. This is a drop in event and all children must be accompanied. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Thursday 2 June 10.30 – 12.00pm
Fabulous flowers
Jesmond Dene (Look out for the big green gazebo on the grass by Pet’s Corner)
£5
Make a seed bomb to plant in your garden or in a plant pot to get some fabulous flowers of your own. Then we’ll have a look around the Dene to see what flowers are growing, who might visit them and why they’re important.
All materials will be provided. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. All children must be accompanied. Please contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 284 6884. Tickets should be pre-booked.

Thursday 2 June 12.00 – 2.00pm

Northumberland Wildlife Trust at the Park
Jesmond Dene (Look out for the big green gazebo on the grass by Pet’s Corner)
Donations welcome
Come and find out more about the work we do at NWT to protect our region’s wildlife and have a go at some fun games and activities.
Donations are welcome to cover the cost of materials. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Northumberland Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 284 6884 or book online.

Sunday 5 June 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the animals in Pets’ Corner.

Tuesday 14 June 6 – 8pm
Armstrong Park and Jesmond Vale
£3 per person
Learn about Robin Sheep’s cave and visit the Shoe Tree on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Saturday 18 June 10 – 12pm
Volunteer Session
Heaton and Armstrong Parks
Join the Friends of Heaton and Armstrong Park on this, one of their regular volunteer sessions. All tools will be provided, supervision by the Rangers and please dress appropriate for the weather. Please contact 0191 2650564 or email parks&countryside@newcastle.gov.uk to let us know you’ll be coming along. Keep an eye on the notice board near the park lodge for other volunteer dates.

Saturday 18 June, 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Sunday 19 June 1 – 4pm
Garden Party
Heaton Park Lodge Garden
Join the Friends and Rangers to find out more about the past, present and future of Heaton and Armstrong Parks. The Friends will be offering refreshments and plants will be on sale to raise funds. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Saturday 26 June 1.30 – 3.30pm
St Mary’s Chapel and Well
£3 per person
Learn about St Marys Chapel and Well as well the surrounding area on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Sunday 3 July 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the animals in Pets’ Corner.

Saturday 23 July 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Tuesday 26 July 1 – 4pm
Nature Area Open Day
Jesmond Dene
Donations welcome
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
Come and explore our Nature Area, take part in pond dipping, minibeast hunts and watch the birds at the feeding station. This is a drop in event and all children must be accompanied. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Wednesday 3 August 1 – 4pm
Buzzing Bees and other Bugs
Paddy Freeman’s Park – (next to the Café)
Suggested donation £2
Learn amazing facts about honey bees and beekeeping. Follow clues on a short trail to find out more, try on a bee suit and take part in other bug activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Friday 5 August 10 – 12.30pm
Bushcraft, Campfire and Games
Heaton Park
£3 per child, £3 per adult
Join the Rangers for some fun games and activities followed by a learning to light a fire with some campfire refreshments. Activities are aimed at 7-13 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate clothes for being outdoors in the woods. Booking essential, please call 0191 2812082 to book and for more information

Saturday 6 August 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Sunday 7 August 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the animals in Pets’ Corner.

Sunday 21 August 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Tuesday 23 August 1 – 3.30pm
Bushcraft, Campfire and Environmental Games
Heaton Park
£3 per child, £3 per adult
Join the Rangers for some fun games and activities followed by a learning to light a fire with some campfire refreshments. Activities are aimed at 7-13 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate clothes for being outdoors in the woods. Booking essential, please call 0191 2812082 to book and for more information

Friday 26 August 1 – 4pm
Nature Area Open Day
Jesmond Dene
Donations welcome
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
Come and explore our Nature Area, take part in pond dipping, minibeast hunts and watch the birds at the feeding station. This is a drop in event and all children must be accompanied. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Tuesday 30 August 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Saturday 3 September 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Sunday 4 September 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the
animals in Pets’ Corner.

Thursday 8 September 1 – 2.30pm
Heaton Park Guided walk – Mines, a Temple, Bears and much more!
(Part of the Heritage Open Days)
Explore the history of Heaton Park, on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Meet at the Pavilion.
Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Saturday 10 September 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Saturday 10 September (Evening – time to be confirmed on booking)
Bats and Moths
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre- Jesmond Dene
£5 per person
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK, and then we’ll set out for a walk and see which ones we can find, so don’t forget your torch! We will also be running a moth trap throughout the evening and we will have a look to see what has been caught on our return to the Visitor Centre. Suggested age 8+, children must be accompanied. Booking essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 2812082 to book your place and for access details.

Sunday 11 September 10am – 12pm
Moth Morning and Pond Dipping
Nature Area
Donations welcomed
(Across the River from Pets Corner – look out for the signs)
We’ll go through the moth trap from the night before to see what we’ve managed to catch and try our best to identify them before letting them go. You can also try some pond dipping to see what creatures live under water in the Nature Area. This is a drop in event and you can stay as long or as little as you like. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information 0191 281 2082.

Sunday 11 September 1 – 3pm
Jesmond Dene Guided Walk
Meet at Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
(Part of the Heritage Open Days)
Join our fantastic guides on a walk through Jesmond Dene finding out about the past, present and future of this park.
Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Sunday 2 October 1 – 3pm (First Sunday of every month April – October)
Meet the animals
Pets’ Corner Jesmond Dene
Suggested donation £1 per child
This is a drop in event where you will be able to handle and meet some of the
animals in Pets’ Corner.

Sunday 16 October 1.30 – 3.30pm
Paddy Freeman’s and Wild Jesmond
£3 per person
Find out about the Freeman Family and see some less well known sites of Jesmond Dene on this guided walk, in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Booking essential. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Saturday 22 October 10 – 11.30 or 12 – 1.30
Bulb Planting and Autumn Activity Sessions
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Cafe)
£5 per child
Come and plant some bulbs to take home with you and nurture. There will be nature trail, scavenger hunt as well as arts and crafts. Booking essential. Please contact the Visitor Centre for more information and to book your place on 0191 2812082.

Saturday 22 October 11 – 3pm
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens comes to Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene
Come and meet the team and some of the animals from the zoo. Chat to the team to find out how you can sign up for an animal care or land based course here at Jesmond Dene and Kirkley Hall Campus.

Friday 28 October 10.30 – 12pm or 1 – 2.30pm
Pumpkin Carving and Camp Fire
Jesmond Dene
£7.50 per child (including pumpkin), Adults £2.50
Join the Rangers and Volunteers in the woods, carve a pumpkin and other spooky activities around a camp fire. There will be hot chocolate, marshmallows and toffee apples too! Booking essential and all children must accompanied. Maximum 2 adults per child. Suggested age 5+. Booking essential. Please call to book your place 0191 2812082.

Friday 28 October 6.30 – 8.30pm
Halloween Pumpkin Walk
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Children £5, Adults £2.50
Bring you own pumpkin lantern along with your spooky Halloween costumes and join us an evening walk through the woods – there may be eyes watching us from all sorts of places and you never know who we might meet on the way! We’ll return to the Visitor Centre for pumpkin soup and hot chocolate. Minimum age 6 years. Maximum 2 adults per child. Booking essential and all children must be accompanied. Please call to book your place and for more information on 0191 2812082.