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Bonfire and firework displays planned across Northumberland

Bonfire and firework displays planned across Northumberland

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

A listing of bonfire events and fireworks displays set to take place across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to mark Guy Fawkes night.

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Olympic torch tour shines light on Alnwick festival plans

Olympic torch tour shines light on Alnwick festival plans

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Tourism info monoliths for Berwick

Tourism info monoliths for Berwick

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland pub full of spirits

Northumberland pub full of spirits

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Food and craft festival feeds public’s appetite for going local

Food and craft festival feeds public’s appetite for going local

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Francis Watson-Armstrong of Bamburgh “It’s such a diverse county”

Francis Watson-Armstrong of Bamburgh “It’s such a diverse county”

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

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,

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Get back to me about that room . . .

Get back to me about that room . . .

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Serving up a taste of Britain for Olympic-sized appetites

Serving up a taste of Britain for Olympic-sized appetites

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Colin Firth set to play Berwick war veteran

Colin Firth set to play Berwick war veteran

Other posts by  |  September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Lordenshaws: a secret and magical place

Lordenshaws: a secret and magical place

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Alnwick Garden to open for winter season

Alnwick Garden to open for winter season

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Fisheries funding for Northumberland businesses

Fisheries funding for Northumberland businesses

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Paul Hewitt: ‘Empty roads, big views’

Paul Hewitt: ‘Empty roads, big views’

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Paul Hewitt answers thisisnorthumberland.com’s In the Know Q&A interview. Paul is the National Trust’s countryside manager at the Wallington estate at Cambo in the heart of Northumberland.

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Boutique ice cream parlour scoops top taste award

Boutique ice cream parlour scoops top taste award

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Visitors to come first as Roman frontier brought to life

Visitors to come first as Roman frontier brought to life

Other posts by  |  September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Feathers Inn named greatest British pub

Feathers Inn named greatest British pub

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Geologist digs deep for Northumberland’s story

Geologist digs deep for Northumberland’s story

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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