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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.

There are limited public events coming up in 2019, please revisit this page often to see any new opportunities arise.

Previous events

For a taste of our previous events please see below:

Rosedale Wildlife Week - 23 June to 29 June 2019

We undertook a fascinating week-long programme of nature-based activities exploring and documenting the valuable wildlife of Rosedale, a heaven for insects, animals and plants here in the National Park. Selected highlights included family-friendly activity days to record the bugs and beasties of Rosedale Abbey and a series of evening talks on everything from wildlife photography to ring ouzels. We are hoping to run this again in future years!

Field of flowers

Combs Wood Community Archaeology Excavation - 1 July to 12 July 2019

Our third archaeological excavation 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 was uncovered as National Park archaeologists and enthusiastic volunteers undertook archaeological investigations to uncover those secrets. We found new structures and uncovered intriguing clues to aid in our interpretation of previous excavations. A 3D model of the stables uncovered in 2018 can be viewed on the Land of Iron Sketchfab page.

Combs Wood 2019

New Visitor Experience Exhibition at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby - July 2019

A brand new family-friendly exhibition space has opened at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby. Interactive exhibits, including an exciting marble-run zone and 3D models of intriguing monuments, highlight the rich natural and cultural history of the moors, including the fascinating ironstone industry. Pop in today for a thrilling and interactive experience before you explore the moors!

Moors Centre 2019


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.

Combs Wood pickaxe

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
  • Native wild daffodil surveys
  • Photogrammetry 3D digital modelling
  • Habitat management
  • Wildflower surveys
  • Tree planting
  • 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.