Training Courses

Please read on for information about our full range of eco-themed training workshops.

Workshops for Teachers

During Spring and Summer 2013 we are hosting a range of half day workshops under the theme of Inspiration for the Outdoor Classroom.

These sessions will focus on use of the outdoor classroom through a variety of approaches; from environmental education to adventure activities. Each workshop will initially focus on ideas for school grounds, followed by how this can be extended through visits to the countryside, including venues in Weardale.

Download the PDF below for more information about each of the 8 workshops and how to book.

General Training Opportunities

We offer a number of training courses on request. The cost of courses vary so please contact us to discuss your requirements further. If interested in any of these courses, contact us and we will advertise to attract other course participants if required:

  • Charcoal Burning: Learn about charcoaling techniques and produce a kiln of charcoal from start to finish. See slideshow below.
  • Green Woodworking: Learn the techniques involved in green woodworking, using traditional methods like shave horses and pole lathes. These days are based at our straw bale workshop and us wood from the quarry.
  • Video-making: Small group courses available that teach the basics of video making: plan, storyboard, shoot and edit a short video in the quarry and take it home on DVD. Videos are shot using available light and edited in Final Cut Studio on the quarry’s Apple Mac computer.
  • Spinning taster sessions
  • Natural dyes taster sessions: Discover natural dyes and make your own plant dyes to dye wool.
  • Felting taster sessions
  • Willow weaving taster sessions


Charcoal burning

Training day on glaciation

Latest News

Inspiration for the Outdoor Classroom
30th Jan 2013
Throughout Spring and Summer 2013, outdoor education providers in Weardale (Co. Durham) are delivering a range of 8 half day workshops, hosted by the Harehope Quarry Project, specifically tailored towards teachers wanting to extend their use of the outdoor classroom.
Harehope Quarry branches out!
30th Jan 2013
Harehope Quarry has branched out with two new teaching and learning sites. These sites will be used for bushcraft, green woodworking, wild food and environmental art events as well as providing a Forest School location in Weardale.
Filming at Harehope Quarry
16th Apr 2012
Filming took place at Harehope Quarry last September for the ITV drama series 'Vera'. This new series will air on ITV 1 on Sunday 22 April at 8.30pm. Harehope Quarry will feature in the second episode on 29 April.

Next Events

The Tempest
13th Sep 2014
Sat/Sun, 13/14 & 20/21 September, 4.30-7.00pm. Drama in the Dale, Weardale’s Community Play Association, will be performing The Tempest. As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project, the group will transform Harehope Quarry into Prospero’s island for a promenade-style performance. (Supported by Jack Drum Arts)
Autumn Volunteer Day
04th Oct 2014
10.00am – 3.30pm. Join our regular volunteering event. Tasks will include the continued work on the eco-classroom and nature reserve management. Refreshments and a light lunch provided.
Pumpkin Fling
01st Nov 2014
2.00pm – 3.30pm. Following the success of the pumpkin race along the river, this year we will be having a pumpkin fling. So get designing your homemade catapults and trabuchets. £2 per pumpkin entered. Refreshments available