Boldon - Down Your Way

Friendly knowledgeable staff at West Boldon Lodge.
Friendly knowledgeable staff at West Boldon Lodge.
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This week is half- term and that means lots of fun events for all the family at West Boldon Lodge Environmental Centre. A hidden gem in the heart of South Tyneside the centre, off the A19 before Testo’s roundabout, is a unique education centre set within a thriving nature site.The friendly and knowledgeable staff run projects on site and across the region including family events, adult training, volunteering and school visits. Next Wednesday from 10am-12pm, or 1pm-3pm, join them in what they do best – a forest adventure. At the same time on Thursday and Friday, there is magical fun in the enchanted forest.

Starting on Monday, June 6, from 12.20pm–2.30pm, learn how to encourage your child’s development in the outdoors.

This is an excellent way for your child to make new friends and spend time together as a family.

This playgroup comprises of six, two-hour sessions and costs £30 per child for all six sessions.

Tickets for the first two events are £5 per child and £2 per adult.

For more information or to book a place contact

A Forest School Leadership training programme at the West Boldon Environmental Centre will start on Thursday, June 9, and will take place over an eight-month period. This is a combination of face-to-face days and independent study, designed for learners who will be planning and leading groups in a Forest School programme.

The qualification is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and youth workers, who require the knowledge and skills to be a forest school leader.

The course is being run by Hazel Canning of North Yorkshire Forest School Training, an approved training provider of NOCN Forest School courses.

Hazel has seven years experience of delivering this training.

For further information, or to book a place, contact or 07814 791671, or West Boldon Lodge.

The Friends of East Boldon Parks invite you to join them for a Midsummer Picnic in the Park in Grange Park, in East Boldon, on Saturday, June 18, from 5pm-9pm.

There will be live music to entertainment visitors. Bring your own picnic and games. However, no BBQs.

St Nicholas Church in West Boldon will again take part in the annual Bedesway Walk in support of Christian Aid, on Saturday, June 25.

Neil and Anne Cuthbertson among others will do the walk from St Paul’s in Jarrow to St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth, and would appreciate sponsors for the charity walk –forms available in the church.

The Boldon’s History Group will visit Seaham Hall tonight for its summer history outing, so will not hold a meeting as usual in The Grey Horse.

A bus will leave the Grey Horse Car Park at 6.30pm, and leave Seaham Hall after a guided tour of the house and gardens, followed some refreshments at about 9pm.

The society’s June meeting will take place on June 28 at 7pm, when Walter Carr will give a talk and presentation on ‘Old South Shields’.

Boldon Miners’ and Community Banner Group will meet in The Robert’s Room of the Boldon Community Association Centre on New Road, Boldon Colliery, on Tuesday, June 25, at 7.30pm.

The group will again parade the Boldon Miners’ Banner at the Durham Gala on Saturday, July 25, and there will be seats available on the coach to Durham that morning, which will leave at 8am and return at about 4.30pm–5pm.

An Antique and Interiors Sale will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 10am at Boldon Auction Galleries on Front Street, East Boldon.

A summer bus trip has been arranged by St George’s Church in East Boldon visiting Mainsgill Farm Shop and Tea Room in Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum .

The museum is featuring an exhibition of shoes throughout the ages this summer entitled “The Pleasure and the Pain”.

The coach will leave outside the church on Front Street at 9.30am on Friday, July 15.

The cost is £18 per person, including entry into the exhibition.

For more information contact Joyce Longstaff on 536 4464.

The twice-monthly Wednesday Coffee Morning, Bring and Buy and raffle will take place tomorrow at 10am at East Boldon Methodist Church, on the corner of Bridle Path in East Boldon.

West Boldon Residents’ Association will meet in The Wheatsheaf in West Boldon at 10am on Wednesday, June 8.

A warm welcome is extended to anyone interested in the area to join them.

Light refreshments served.