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Events, arch-building, family at Egton Show 23 August 2017Events, arch-building, family at Egton Show 23 August 2017

We would love you to be part of the Land of Iron story, find out more about the industrial past of the North York Moors, and maybe volunteer your time to help grow the project and share this story with others.

Upcoming events

Coming up in 2019 we have a range of exciting and invigorating events in the Land of Iron. To get involved simply contact the team using the details at the bottom of this page.

Rosedale Wildlife Week - 23 June to 29 June

We will be undertaking a week-long programme of nature-based activities exploring and documenting the valuable wildlife of the dale, a heaven for insects, animals and plants here in the National Park. Selected highlights include family-friendly activity days to discover the bugs and beasties of Rosedale Abbey and a series of evening talks on everything from wildlife photography to ring ouzels. Please note that all events require attendees to book via Eventbrite. Certain events, such as guided walks and field activities, will be unsuitable for wheelchair access.

For a full events schedule and to book please see Rosedale Wildlife Week.

Combs Wood Community Archaeology Excavation - 1 July to 12 July

We will be excavating at Beck Hole in Combs Wood, an old industrial ironstone mining site that dates from the mid-1800s. Despite its short life a wealth of information lays buried beneath the trees and for the last two years National Park archaeologists and enthusiastic volunteers have been undertaking archaeological investigations to uncover these secrets. Booking is essential for this event, please contact to register your interest. Please note that volunteers with no previous archaeological experience require a minimum of three days commitment.

Combs Wood Community Archaeology Excavation Guided Tour - 13 July

Are you fascinated by what the archaeologists and volunteers have found during the Combs Wood community archaeology excavation? Despite modern appearances of a peaceful natural environment, Combs Wood was once the home to a burgeoning ironstone mining site at Beck Hole and our community excavation uncovers what has survived of this brief, but prosperous, period. Book your place today using Eventbrite for this fascinating talk and tour. Please note that the location is unsuitable for wheelchair access due to steep ascents and descents.

Land of Iron Family-Friendly Fun day at the Moors National Park Centre - 21 July

A brand new family-friendly exhibition space is opening at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby. Interactive exhibits, including an exciting marble-run zone and 3D models of intriguing monuments, will highlight the rich natural and cultural history of the moors, including the fascinating ironstone industry. We will have a whole host of outdoor stalls, activities and workshops from our community groups! Details to follow. Families welcome, disabled accessible with toilet facilities on-site. No booking is necessary.

Goathland Show – 10 August

The fabulous 77th Goathland Show will be taking place this summer based around the Goathland Village Hall, where the 'Flower and Vegetable' show will be held. The Land of Iron will be present so pop down and meet the team, see our colourful project van, and see what we have been up to! We have a wonderful interpretation feature planned for the village following our successful Goathland Incline community archaeological excavation in 2017. Come and find out what we found on that dig and see how the site fits into the grand Land of Iron story. No booking is necessary.

Middlesbrough Mela Festival 2019 – 17 to 18 August

Celebrating the diverse cultures of Teesside, Middlesbrough Mela festival is a fantastic and free family-friendly event. Whether you are interested in food, music or shows, the festival will have something for everyone, including a Land of Iron presence. We will be updating the public on our exciting achievements and offering opportunities to sign up for future activities. So why not come along to meet the team and our volunteers and see what they have to say for themselves! No booking is necessary.


Combs Wood pickaxe

Volunteering can be so much fun – you can meet new people, learn new skills and gain confidence, get fit and active, and make a real difference to your local community and environment. The Land of Iron offers lots of opportunities for volunteering, inside or outdoors, for as little or as much time as you have to spare. We also have work experience and study placements with our project team.

Why not see what Tony has to say about taking part in the Land of Iron's ongoing projects:

All of my expectations were met, and many more. I got hooked, I initially signed up for two days and stayed for 9.5! The rest as they say is history. I'm still on-board and I am still enjoying it.

Current opportunities include the chances to get involved in a number of activities, including but not limited to archaeological recording and excavations, lime mortar training, daffodil surveys, path repair, 3D computer modelling, habitat management, wildflower surveys, tree planting and riverbank stabilisation.

Get Involved Today

If you are keen to get involved or have an idea which volunteers could help with, please get in touch on or telephone 01439 772700.

Moors & Valleys Young Archaeologists' Club


Free hands-on activity sessions for 8–16 year olds, covering a variety of topics and time periods. The free-to-attend sessions run 11am–1pm on the first Saturday of each month and is based at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, but sessions take place across North Yorkshire and Teesside.

The club gets involved in all sorts of activities, including demonstrations and craft activities, alongside visiting real archaeological sites and excavations! Booking beforehand is essential, spaces are limited per session.

For further information and an application form please contact

Connect with us

Why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter – it’s great to share stunning photographs of our favourite places in the North York Moors National Park. On Twitter why not post your best photograph of the Land of Iron landscape with the hashtag #LandofIron? We will be excited to see what you can come up with!

You can also sign up to the National Park's weekly Conservation blog or mailing list, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at some of our ongoing conservation work.