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YOU’RE AN INQUISITIVE ONE AREN’T YOU! AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT PAYS OFF!

You have unlocked and unearthed the treasured Discover Brightwater map... Take a look around all that is on offer surrounding the River Skerne and begin your journey to Discover Brightwater.

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Come on in...
the Brightwater's lovely!

In case you haven’t heard of us, Discover Brightwater is a landscape partnership which has been funded by all of the nice people that play the lottery.

You can Discover Brightwater by following the Ancient River Skerne as it starts near the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir then flows south near Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe and through Darlington. Named after the old viking word ‘Skirr”, Brightwater combines a unique landscape and history with the lively communities of South West Durham

Unfortunately we weren’t given a catchy name like ‘The Dales” or “The Lakes” so we’ve had to make one up. The Skerne was originally named by our Viking ancestors; the word ‘skirr’ means bright and shining*

 – Discover Brightwater our new catchy name.

* The word ‘skirr” also means rubbish tip, but we didn’t think Rubbishwater had quite the same appeal…

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News Splash

We’re already smashing the schedule to fix the Skerne, improving pathways not to mention building a brand new nature reserve…..and we’re only just getting started!!

Click below to find out what else we’ve been upto 

Waiting for the dust to settle - Sedgefield Dig

Waiting for the dust to settle – Sedgefield Dig

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with DigVentures we have decided to postpone our upcoming dig at Sedgefield, which was scheduled to begin on Mon 20 April 2020.
Waiting for the dust to settle - Sedgefield Dig

Waiting for the dust to settle – Sedgefield Dig

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with DigVentures we have decided to postpone our upcoming dig at Sedgefield, which was scheduled to begin on Mon 20 April 2020.
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The famous Durham Ox gets a makeover!

300 school children from Aycliffe Village and Firth Moor Primary schools have written, illustrated and now published their very own book!
Shocking Secret of Durham Ox Revealed 9

The famous Durham Ox gets a makeover!

300 school children from Aycliffe Village and Firth Moor Primary schools have written, illustrated and now published their very own book!
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Investors in the Environment – We’re signed up, are you?

Discover Brightwater is proud to proclaim that we are the first landscape partnership or major landscape-scale project to sign up to become accredited to Investors in the Environment (IiE).
Investors in the Environment - We’re signed up, are you? 1

Investors in the Environment – We’re signed up, are you?

Discover Brightwater is proud to proclaim that we are the first landscape partnership or major landscape-scale project to sign up to become accredited to Investors in the Environment (IiE).

YOUR BRIGHTWATER NEEDS YOU!

Ready to save the planet or dig up the dirt on your ancestors?

Whatever the reason Brightwater needs you to help restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne.

We may not be able to work together face to face right now, but we’re looking at creative ways to keep the project going during this pandemic.

We’ll keep you updated so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter or keep an eye on our website and social pages.

events & Volunteering Opportunities

To protect our staff, volunteers and the community, we have decided to postpone all digs, events and workshops due to take place before 01 June 2020. This will be continuously reviewed in accordance with current guidelines.

We’re continuing to work from home to keep the fun going. Make sure you pop back to find out about some of the great things happening in our patch, even if it is from behind your screen.

History & Heritage Fair

History & Heritage Fair

Join us at the FREE County Durham Forum for History & Heritage Fair. A great morning for those who love history & mystery!

History & Heritage Fair

Join us at the FREE County Durham Forum for History & Heritage Fair. A great morning for those who love history & mystery!
Register an interest in building recording projects

Historical buildings project – Register an interest

We will be carrying out a series of detailed surveys of historic mills, farms and manor houses in the Brightwater area and would love you to help.

Historical buildings project – Register an interest

We will be carrying out a series of detailed surveys of historic mills, farms and manor houses in the Brightwater area and would love you to help.
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Could you be the face of Brightwater?

We are looking for people of all ages, race, colour and gender to join us on various photoshoots over the next few months.

Could you be the face of Brightwater?

We are looking for people of all ages, race, colour and gender to join us on various photoshoots over the next few months.

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WHAT WE ARE UPTO?

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You probably have lots of spare time on your hands right now. Beat the lockdown boredom and win a prize…..see if you can find the hidden link within our website.

Contact us with the secret code to be entered into our prize draw.

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