North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


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Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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Waterfall at Gibson's Cave, situated nearby to Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Picnic Area, NewbigginThe picnic area is in a sheltered side valley of Teesdale. There are 4 waterfalls in the site and more falls alongside a footpath to Gibson's Cave.

Sunday, 24th November 2019 - Sunday, 24th November 2019

 Upcycled ChristmasUpcycled Christmas at Bowlees Visitor CentreSay no to glitter and tinsel.  Upcycle pre-loved clothes and fabric oddments to make a Christmas wreath.  Materials provided.  Booking essential. 10:00 - 16:00
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Walking in the North PenninesWalking in the North Pennines, StanhopeThe North Pennines has a vast rights of way network, including the Pennine Way National Trail, numerous circular walks and large areas of open access land making it a great place to go for a walk.

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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

 Upcycled ChristmasChristmas is Coming at Bowlees Visitor CentreFamily-friendly Christmas activities.  Make cards and decorations with a natural twist and follow the trail to help Santa to find his reindeer.  Booking essential. 
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

Discovery Club: Its Sticky! - Bowlees Visitor CentreDiscovery Club – wild times for young adventurers, aged 4 to 11. Our monthly club takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Annual membership £5 and £1 per session. Booking advised. Its sticky! 
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