Northumberland National Park makes a powerful contribution the economy of North East England. A report entitled Valuing England’s National Parks produced by National Parks England says the park contributes £81 million to the North East regional economy. That figure is set to increase in coming years as new projects come to fruition.
Lots of gardens across Northumerland, including Whalton Manor and Meldon Park will open June 1 and 2 in support of St Oswald’s Hospice. Find out more and how to visit.
Cycling is becoming a major sport in the Scottish Borders and on Saturday Sept. 14 it will be celebrated with The Tour Ride Scotland. Amateur cyclists will be on the road first before the professionals hit the road.
As an accommodation provider should you have a website? Many businesses still do not have them, but the value of a good website is indisputable. Colin Corlett explores the options and costs and gives guidance on free sites and paid-for, self-hosted options.
Marketing pro Colin Corlett takes a look at how to choose a letting agency for your holiday property. He reviews the pros and cons of national and local agencies and outlines everything you need to consider when making the decision.
Are you seeking Northumberland accommodation for your self-catering break this holiday season? There are some excellent Christmas and New Year offers now available. Find out more!
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is keen to work with golf clubs in Northumberland and across the region to see how it can develop partnerships to help best care for these areas, which are often home to lots of wildlife.
Walkers get set to enjoy some beautiful terrain and views. Northumberland Wildlife Trust is putting on some great walks to coincide with the Amble Puffin Festival. There will be rock pooling activities as well.
Kevin O’Hara welcomes the arrival of spring and some warmer weather in the north of England. Find out what Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer has been up to in the last few weeks in his garden. And see what he is looking out for as he explores the beautiful countryside and takes in the birdsong.
Online furniture store www.grandfurniture.co.uk is offering special discounts for businesses in the tourism industury, including bundle offers. Find out more.
Are you an accommodation owner or set to open a B&B, guest house or small hotel. Colin Corlett, marketing manager at booking accommodation website Northumbrian Byways, shares his expertise and gives guidance on how to start and where to begin. In his first article he looks at occupancy rates and pricing.
Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership and Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site Joint Annual Forum Oct. 18
A Joint Annual Forum of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership and the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site on Oct. 18 will allow attendees to review past work and future challenges for the AONB Partnership and learn about Grey Seals at the Farne Islands, among other things.
Travel writer Dixe Wills has produced a number of books, including one called Tiny Campsites. His new one, Tiny Islands, comes out this month, May, and features Inner Farne. Find out more about Dixe and why he loves Northumberland and his favourite places. He couldn’t choose between coast and country and asked for “both, please”!
PR consultant and golf journalist Matthew Moore will soon be writing a golf feature on this website. This In the Know interview introduces Matthew to our readers. Here he shares some of his favourite places in Northumberland, including best places to visit, eat and walk.
Ian Waker, a tour guide based in the Scottish Borders, shares his love of that part of the world and Northumberland in this interview with www.thisisnorthumberland.com. He also reveals a few best kept secrets!
Would you like to stay on a beautiful estate, one that offers peace, luxury, great golf, wonderful food, comfort and a hearty, warm welcome? Then enter our contest and it could be you and a partner staying two nights at the luxury Roxburghe Hotel, Kelso, The Scottish Borders!
Looking for a city break in Newcastle upon Tyne? This is Northumberland is giving a lucky winner a chance to win two nights for two at this great Northern city’s newest premium budget hotel!
This is your chance to win two nights for two at the Hog’s Head Inn, Northumberland. The Inn is a stunning and new beautiful accommodation offer in Northumberland. It offers comfort, fine food and not least a friendly welcome. Discover more!
A Walker's Guide
Walking guide and writer Patrick Norris has been keen to explore the east coast path along the English-Scottish border for some time. He took some time out recently to enjoy this walk. In this article he describes the dramatic beaches, high cliffs and fantastic views he enjoyed as he trekked from Berwick to Eyemouth a few days ago.
Qualified walking guide Patrick Norris’s tackles the complex problem of choosing a rucksack and figuring out what to put in it in his latest column. Packing your back pack is not as straightforward as it may seem if you are walking in the uplands in Britain, where you can sometimes experience weather from all four seasons in one day!
Northumberland walking guide Patrick Norris continues his ‘Getting into walking’ series and talks about what to wear when you’re walking or hiking. He covers footwear, layering, trousers, socks, and waterproofs and gives sound advice for both the experienced and novice walker.
Explore the Cheviots
In this article writer, poet and walker Geoff Holland takes us on an iconic trek in The Cheviot Hills as he climbs Windy Gyle, one of the highest points in the North of England. Windy Gyle is actually high enough to be classified as a mountain. It is a challenging but incredible rewarding walk, rewarded by stunning vistas.
Poet, writer and walker Geoff Holland gives an overview of waterfalls in Northumberland. Not many people realise that there are beautiful waterfalls that can be found in the county – most of them in the Cheviot Hills. In this article, discover the College Burn, Linhope Burn, Usway Burn and lots more.
Writer and walker Geoff Holland heads back to one of his favourite places in Northumberland and a place that he has not been to for some time – a walk around the small village of Alnham, Northumberland, which sits on the edge of Northumberland National Park and is about 10 or 12 miles west of the popular market town of Alnwick.
Blyth Battery will host a special re-enactment in May. Re-enactment groups will demonstrate a ‘beach assault’ each day with blank firing weapons. There will be some big bangs! Come and see vintage vehicles and displays exhibiting not only the military way of living, but how people lived and made it through World War 1 and World War 2.
The Samson Inn at Gilsland, Northumberlnad, is coming to the fore thanks to a grant from Northumberland National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF). This is great news for everyone including walkers, as the inn is opening in for the 10th Anniversary of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. It is in the south-west corner of the county and is a traditional working village pub and a busy agricultural area. Frances Whitehead tells more.
The success of last year’s Wooler Wheel has prompted organisers and local businesses to have more events this year. On May 11 a new event will take place. And it will have an even longer route, going into Northumberland National Park.
A tall Cyprus Evergreen growing at the National Trust’s Wallington Northumberland property has been chosen as the best to climb by kids. Its branches are loved by all because they are considered the best to climb on for miniature adventures! Steve Smith tells us more.
Ospreys have returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park for the fourth year in a row. Two eggs have been laid and two nests are occupied. Volunteers and people from the Forestry Commission are watching with enthusiasm and hope as they follow the journey from chick to fledgling.
The future for the bumblebee is looking up now that the European Commission is set to place a suspension on dangerous insecticides which have negatively impacted the life of bees in Northumberland and around the world. The suspension is temporary but is welcomed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Gluten-free is becoming more and more popular as celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow advocate this kind of diet. Here, food writer Harriet Southall explores the trend and tells readers about the first ever Taste North East TASTECLUB Great North Gluten Free Fair, set for Saturday 27th April, sponsored by Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons.
Funds from Natural England mean Northumberland National Park can upgrade footpaths in the Cheviot Hills. New recycled stone will replace boardwalks. Northumberland National Park Communications Officer Fraces Whitehead explains.
Writer Rachel Cochrane is inviting people to enter a national writing competition to commemorate 100 years since the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. You can write prose, a blog post, a letter or a poem about this inspiring and brave woman who helped shape democracy in the 20th century.
Plants and birds are starting to appear as spring approaches, but wildlife is struggling in the north of England as the unseasonably cold weather continues. Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust writes about the struggles puffins, guillemots and other auks are having on the Northumberland Coast. Hopefully some warmer weather will arrive soon.
The Northumberland battlefield site of Halidon Hill near Berwick can create an unsettling atmosphere, especially when the sky is overcast with steel grey clouds. Historian and writer Jon Tait took a trip there recently and describes the site and the chilling atmosphere in that lonely place.
If you love wildlife and have time to spare on Bank Holiday weekends, Northumberland Wildlife Trust invites you to become part of the team involved in the Kielder Osprey Watch at Leaplish Park, Kielder, this summer. This is a thrilling project in which to be involved and you will be helping ensure that the ospreys are here to stay in Northumberland.
Kevin O’Hara sets about preparing to record the advent of spring in the North East of England. But he feels some sadness too and laments the struggles that wildlife experience in the face of development and management methods of the countryside. Find out more about how we can help and support wildlife in these challenging times.
NewcastleGateshead will host the UK’s biggest annual science event in September 2013, the British Science Festival – bringing innovation and creativity together in one of UK’s stand-out cultural destinations. It welcomes hundreds of the UK’s top scientists in a programme that offers everything from lectures, debates and hands-on activity for schools and families, to comedy and theatre.