Archive for December, 2011
Here are some of thisisnorthumberland.com’s top indoor attractions that you can choose to enjoy on winter days or when the weather is bad. These places are all open during the winter season. Some do have limited opening hours.
A Northumberland castle has been named one of the nation’s favourite views. Bamburgh Castle on the North East coast in North Northumberland has come won third place n a survey carried out by OscarUK.co.uk, which is a concessions website for over 50s.
Floors Castle in the Scottish Bordrers is going to be featured in a Visit Scotland advert. The Surprise Yourself advert will have a voice-over by Neil Oliver, TV historian, and will be on TV and cinemas in the UK from January 2012. It is intended to promote the borders as a place to have a break.
Thisisnorthumberland.com is increasing and broadening its focus to reflect user feedback. The change will also reflect travel patterns of visitors to the region. The new focus will include an added section on Newcastle-Gateshead, because people who live their regularly enjoy weekend breaks in Northumberland and the Borders.
A feature about the ancient stone circle next to the small village of Duddo in Northumberland. It was created in the Neolithic period and includes five large blocks of stone. Duddo is located near the Scottish Borders, not far from Berwick upon Tweed.
A brand new report from the Butterfly Conservation and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology shows that Butterfly numbers are increasing in Northumberland. This is the opposite of what is happening in other parts of the country, where numbers are falling. Global warming is believed to be the reason for the change.
What is the history and traditions behind the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere? This feature explores the origin of some of the myths around the day and they way they have influenced our lives as well as Christmas and New Year’s.
A grant of more than £250,000 has been given to Newcastle’s St Nicholas’ Cathedra from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The money will help open up the historic building’s hidden history. The money joins more than £400,000 raised by the cathedral to help its important monuments.
The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has access to The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) and Small Grants Fund (SGF). It will make thousands of pounds of money available to turn ideas into reality in April 2012. The search is on for great ideas that will benefit local communities.
The Run Northumberland series is one of the region’s most stimulating and picturesque running events and it returns for a second outing in 2012. This time around competitors have been issued an Olympic-sized challenge! They want double the number of runners – 2012 in 2012.
Wallington at Cambo is celebrating after seeing its visitor numbers hit an all-time high – 10 weeks ahead of schedule. The attraction located in the heart of Northumberland has had more than 203,500 visitors since March 1 in 2011. This makes it the National Trust’s most popular North East property as well as North East England’s top tourist draws.
Kielder residents are celebrating plans to re-open the area’s only petrol station, which closed in 2008. Kielder is England’s most remote village and so the news is a relief to those living in Kielder Village – they have had to spend the past four years making a 35-mile round trip to get fuel.
English Heritage in the North of England invites everyone to join them at their properties this festive season. People of all ages are asked to step back in time and join them and various entertaining and colourful celebrations across the North.