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Archive for October, 2011

Jon Monks: “Northumbrians don’t see many people. This is why they are so friendly”

Jon Monks: “Northumbrians don’t see many people. This is why they are so friendly”

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Q&A interview with Jon Monks of Sheperds Walks. Jon completes our interesting and informative In the Know interview.

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North Pennines reaps the rewards for improving region’s hay meadows

North Pennines reaps the rewards for improving region’s hay meadows

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The North Pennines AONB Partnership has received an award for its Hay Time Project. It has received the Natural Environment and Countryside Improvement section of the County Durham Environment Awards 2011. The project allows the North Pennines to improve the area’s special upland hay meadows. As well, local volunteers and schoolchildren are able to learn about and look after them.

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2012 Northern Rock Cyclone entries open

2012 Northern Rock Cyclone entries open

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The 2012 Northern Rock Cyclone set in June 2012 promises to be the best North East England cycling festival than ever before. Entries are being accepted on Nov. 1 for the fixture, which is now one of the UK’s biggest weekends of cycling and will be made up of five events in 2012 running from June 28- July 1.

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Focus on growing tourism locally with VisitEngland’s RGF success

Focus on growing tourism locally with VisitEngland’s RGF success

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

VisitEngland has been successful with its for more funding from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The funds will be used on a project entitled, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’. This is a three-year project and a key part of it is a national campaign aimed at inspiring Britons to take more short breaks and holidays at home and in doing so grow jobs in the tourism sector.

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Star authors to Northumberland for children’s book festival

Star authors to Northumberland for children’s book festival

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The 28th Northern Children’s Book Festival will give 100s of Northumberland children an opportunity to meet their favourite authors during November. The festival is one of the largest of its type n the UK. It involves libraries and schools across the North East of England and attracts dozens of authors to work in the region each November.

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Turning the page on Wooler’s new library at open day

Turning the page on Wooler’s new library at open day

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wooler Library in Northumberland will hold a Family Open day on November 12. The day is set to showcase the new library facility and what’s on offer. The library has moved to The Cheviot Centre in the centre of Wooler. A variety of events will be held with children’s crafts and storytelling and an introduction to family history research all in the line-up.

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Owl surprises tourist at Lindisfarne Castle

Owl surprises tourist at Lindisfarne Castle

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

A trip to Lindisfarne Castle was extra special for one family when they encountered a wise old owl peeking through one of the windows. A mother and children had quite a surprise on a trip to Lindisfarne Castle recently. Staff asked them to keep their eyes open for an owl on the National Trust’s Hallowe’en trail. But they were shocked to have an encounter with a real owl sitting on a window ledge and peaking through a window!

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Seasonal postcard celebrates beauty of Northumberland

Seasonal postcard celebrates beauty of Northumberland

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

The online tour and travel magazine Thisisnorthumberland.com has printed a postcard with a castle image from photographer Andy Craig’s collection. The card features the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on a snowy outcrop.

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Rothbury’s gourmet sausage is an award-winner

Rothbury’s gourmet sausage is an award-winner

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

Rothbury Family Butchers has added another accolade to its successes. It has won a gold award for all of the six sausages it entered into the BPEX Food Service Sausage of the Year Contest. This is a very high achievement for a sausage producer, and great news that such a producer is based in Northumberland.

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Links section now active

Links section now active

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Links to and from similar sites can help a website’s rankings in Google and other search engines. So thisisnorthumberland.com is encouraging other travel and tourism sites to exchange links with them.

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Eclectic mix of crime, poetry and drama inspire book festival

Eclectic mix of crime, poetry and drama inspire book festival

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Newcastle Winter Book Festival is set to run in November. It will feature musicians, writers of crime and TV drama, as well as some poetry, fiction, a CSI expert and a walking tour of ‘Haunted and Bloody Newcastle. the event runs from November 24-27 at six venues around the city – including Seven Stories and the Literary and Philosophical Society.

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Northumberland seal pups’ sparkle as 60 years of surveying is marked

Northumberland seal pups’ sparkle as 60 years of surveying is marked

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

Beginning in 1951, wardens on the Farne Island off the coast of Northumberland have been counting and tagging seal pups born on the Islands. That means that this year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the longest ever British mammal surveys. The event is being celebrated by the National Trust which notes that the number of pubs born each year has trebled, from 500 to 1499. The islands are home to the largest colony of Atlantic grey seals off the coast of England.

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Wildlife drama unfolds in autumn

Wildlife drama unfolds in autumn

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Northumberland and the Scottish Borders Autumn means you will see migrations, creatures preparing for winter, and weird and wonderful fungi. The arrival of this golden season is one of the richest and most dramatic times of the year. This feature tells you about how birds and mammals will busy themselves getting ready for winter as they collect fruits, nuts, and seeds.

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New garden iPhone app launched by National Trust

New garden iPhone app launched by National Trust

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

A new free iPhone app will allow fans of gardening, horticulturists and sightseers to explore the National Trust’s gardens at leisure. The app has listings and descriptions of every single one of the National Trust’s gardens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There are 150 in total. As well, it has a browse and search facility to help users find their nearest trust garden.

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Northumberland’s markets are the Real Deal

Northumberland’s markets are the Real Deal

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Northumberland County Council has signed the national Real Deal campaign to illustrate its commitment to ensuring safe, fair and legal markets across the county and protecting shoppers from fake goods. The council will benefit from working together with traders, industry groups, copyright and trademark owners and other local authorities to tackle the problems associated with […]

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Ex-cop author Graham Pears to give crime novel readings

Ex-cop author Graham Pears to give crime novel readings

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

Crime writer Graham Pears will be reading from his novels at Hexham Library November 9 between 7pm-8.30pm. Graham is a former Chief Superintendent with Northumbria Police and he began writing as a diversion. He is now a dedicated writer and focuses on crime fiction with a twist of humour.

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Northumberland wedding fair icing on cake for would-be brides and grooms

Northumberland wedding fair icing on cake for would-be brides and grooms

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

More than 20 local businesses will be exhibiting at Morpeth Town Hall’s wedding fair on October 23. The event will give visitors a chance to meet a variety range of wedding specialists and suppliers.

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