Outdoor skillshare, Dipton (Durham), 26th to 1st March
1st February 2018

Shut Your Coal Hole warmly invites you to join us in beautiful rural County Durham for a few days of skill sharing and workshops about outdoor life and resistance techniques to protect this area from a new opencast coal mine. From mass catering to foraging wild foods, from land defence to climbing trees and everything between; come and learn new skills, meet new people including locals residents and share your experiences with others.

The problem

Banks Group thinks that it is going to start the first new coal mine in the UK since the government started talking about phasing-out coal at Bradley this spring. We’ve almost run out of options to stop this mine other than direct action.

Banks Group has until the 3rd June this year to start mining at Bradley and then 27 months to extract 550,000 tonnes of coal.For more info on the history of this site see this post.

Whose coming?

Shut Your Coal Hole be joined by experienced activists from the Hambacher forest occupation, Coal Action Network, international coal campaigners and the successful Coal Action Scotland campaigns.

This skillshare will be a safe, inclusive and participatory environment for learning new, interesting and transferable skills and is open to people of all abilities and experiences. Beds available at the accommodation and inside and outside activities. The skillshare will be a creative melting pot of ideas and techniques to sustain life and resist oppression (however it manifests itself).

What to bring

sleeping bag and mat, head torch, good footwear for rough ground, warm clothes, towel, campaign materials (if you have them), your mates, passion and burning rage.


Confirmed so far: Bradley – what’s the issue?, tree climbing,  bender building, defence construction, Russian coal,

There’s still slots available if you want to run a workshop, please get in touch. info@coalaction.org.uk

The skillshare will finish with an awesome gig on Wednesday 28th February and clearing up on Thursday 1st March.

How to stay in touch

Check this page or our facebook and twitter to receive updates as they happen and feel free to contact us with any suggestions/requirements/questions you may have contact info@coalaction.org.uk