Archive for September, 2011
A listing of bonfire events and fireworks displays set to take place across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to mark Guy Fawkes night.
Alnwick in Northumberland might hold a festival in 2012 to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch. The town is considering a series of events for a week-long celebration as part of the national relay prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Six tourist information points designed as monoliths will soon be part of the town centre landscape in Berwick upon Tweed. The monoliths will illustrate how to get to the town’s tourist attractions and will be placed in Spittal, Tweedmouth, Berwick railway station, Castle-gate car park, Parade, and Marygate.
The Salmon Inn, Belford, has reported spooky goings on after a glass seemed to move across a table on its own. The event was captured on CCTV footage and showed the glass moving across a table and then falling off. No-one had their hand on or near the drink at the time.
The Wallington Food and Craft Festival will take place on October 15-16. this is the 6th festival and it will include more than 65 producers teaming up with North East England chef of the year David Kennedy.
A Q&A interview with Francis Watson-Armstrong, a farmer in North Northumberland and owner of Northumberland’s iconic landmarks and tourist attractions, Bamburgh Castle,
www.getbacktome.co.uk is a new accommodation booking service that aims to take some of the time out of planning a trip. It is an online room search and booking service. Users enter their details and the top price they want to pay, and then hit ‘start’. The site will search its database of more than 15,000 B&Bs and hotels that have vacancies.
Making sure British-grown food is on menus across the country during the 2012 Olympic games is the objective of a new campaign launched this month. The campaign believes that the British should take pride in their food industry and add British food to menus and events around the country in the run-up to the Olympics.
Colin Firth will play a real life victim of torture from world war two in an new film which is a second world war drama. The oscar-winning actor will portray real-life torture victim Eric Lomax in the upcoming drama The Railway Man. Eric is 92 and lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, with his wife Patti.
One of the most beautiful and atmospheric places in Northumberland is Lordenshaws Hill Fort, near Rothbury. It was once a busy Iron Age community, but now is an historic site in Coquetdale. This feature explores the beauty of Lordenshaws and the surrounding countryside which stands above the River Coquet near the hills of the Cheviots.
The Alnwick Garden is set to remain open over the winter season of 2011 – 2012. It is one of the UK’s best known tourist attractions and it closed last winter. It recently announced that closing for the winter season was a mistake and the attraction will now open for the winter.
A £32,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) has been given to Lindisfarne Oysters. The business is Northumberland’s one and only oyster farm and is run by Christopher and Helen Sutherland. The money will be used to fund an upgrade of a processing unit at the oyster harvesting plant near Belford, Northumberland.
Spurreli, which is an Amble-based ice cream company, has picked up a top honour at the prestigious annual Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards. The firm, which is a family run business, won the regional Golden Fork award for their Sicilian Pistachio Ice Cream.
Hadrian’s Wall is planning to inspire visitors much more than it has in the past. It has launched a cross-county initiative that will at prompt closer working relations between groups and organisations involved in protecting and promoting the World Heritage Site.
This year’s Great British Pub of the Year is Northumberland’s own Feathers Inn, in Hedley-on-the-Hill. It is a freehold pub, run by husband and wife team Rhian Cradock and Helen Greer. It won over 14 other category winners and took top spot at the Great British Pub Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton.
Geologist Dr Ian Kille will give a talk on North Northumberland geology on a walk with the Friends of Paxton House at 1pm on October 1. Later in the month Ian will give a talk to the Berwick Wildlife Group at 7.30pm in the United Reform Church, Spittal.