Archive for April, 2012
Hadrian’s Wall in the North of England is set to be magically lit as part of the London 2012 Festival. The wall will be illuminated on Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 when a major new fibre optic art installation called Connecting Light is switched on. The installation is part of a 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, opening on June 21.
“Perfect for Pollinators” is how visitors describe the gardens of Carraw Bed and Breakfast and the Battlesteads Hotel. And both have received the Northumberland National Park’s annual Bumblebee B&B Award.
A special screening of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert in London will take place in Bowburn Park Northumberland. The park is the picnic area between Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden and the concert will be broadcast live on a giant TV screen from 6pm on Monday, June 4. Tickets are now available for the event.
After great success of the Roman invasion event at the National Trust’s Wallington last year, the event returns this year for the May Bank Holiday on May 6 and 7. There will be plenty of events in which kids can participate, walks and other activities.
On June 14 Alnwick Pastures will come alight in a celebration marking the journey of the Olympic torch through the county of Northumberland. The Pastures, which lie at the foot of Alnwick Castle, will the venue for a high-profile evening celebration event to mark the passing of the iconic Olympic Torch – and tickets for the event will be available very soon – on May 3.
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unveils its events programme for 2012 and there is a great mix to choose from – every thing from sorting the facts from the fiction about bats, ancient rocky walks, and exploring flora an fauna of this very special place.
Judges in the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s annual photo contest have finally announced the winners. It must have been a tough choice because the entries were impressive and were described by the Trust as “exceptionally high.” Mike Pratt of the Trust is so impressed that he believes “we really do have the next generation of wildlife conservationists right here on our doorstep.”
A quirky and unusual adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows will see Blyth-based Phoenix Theatre’s Young Phoenix group present an interesting take on this well-loved story. The 36 children in this production are spreading the word about low carbon solutions in a humorous way through a new interpretation of Grahame’s tale.
Writer Ann Cleeves is now a household name after creating DI Vera Stanhome. The series is now on ITV for the next four weeks and was filmed in Northumberland. Ann answers our In the Know interview and reveals her favourite places in Northumberland and why she loves local food.
The British Horse Society in Scotland is set to host a special charity day on June 4. It will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and raise money for the welfare and health of horses and will take place at Bowhill, near Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders.
A brand new Victorian kitchen garden will open this weekend near Morpeth. The business will feature local food and you can sample and buy from regional producers opens for business. The business is the brainchild of Emily Cookson. Its cafe will serve foods created with Meldon Park Estate-grown ingredients and from regional producers.