Archive for June, 2012
A new DVD giving a dramatic portrayal of the book called Bondagers tells the story of the Bondagers and the Hinds who lived and worked in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. We are giving you a chance to win this impressive film on DVD. It gives insight into their lives in 1866 when the whole countryside was in dispute over the Bondage System.
The famous EAT! food festival in Newcastle upon Tyne will feature a surprise this year – a speakeasy in a secret location. People will only be able to get in to the to the secret speakeasy if they can solve a riddle. Speakeasies were secret drinking dens during the prohibition and sprang up during prohibition.
The wildlife highlights of Northumbria and the Scottish Borders for July are detailed in Kevin O’Hara’s latest Call of the Wild column. Kevin is the Conservation Officer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and tells us that although the weather has been a washout so far this summer, the climate has resulted in stunning countryside with vibrant colours in the fields, woodland and hedgerows. Birds such as the swift and common buzzard can be spotted across Northumberland, too.
Strange goings on at Mary Queen of Scots visitor centre in Jedburgh, the Scottish Borders, will be explored by Midlothian Paranormal Investigations on Saturday evening. Staff at the house have invited the group in after visitors have commented on sounds, smells and a sense of a presence in the building. The group will stay overnight in the building where Mary almost died in 1566.
The Osprey chicks at Kielder are starting to thrive after two very difficult weeks and are growing against the odds given the bad weather and heavy rain experienced in the North of England. The lone chick on number one nest is doing very well, despite the loss of its two siblings a few weeks ago. This chick gets as much food as it can from its father. The chicks on next number two are doing well an the small chick in the group continues to grow.
Visitors to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland can enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Rhododendron Garden this Thursday and again in July with head gardener Jo Harrigan. The garden is beautiful at this time of year and lots of work has been done to restore and conserve the Rhododendron Garden and take care of the many plant species and wildlife at Belsay.
Northumberland National Park Authority presents its report on Green Transport following Green Transport Week 2012 which took place at the end of June. Highlights include growth in the use of the Hadrian’s Wall Bus Service, a reduced carbon footprint, and an increased commitment to use of electric vehicles.
The capital of the North East of England will host the largest urban sports and arts festival in the region in August. The Urban Games 2012 will arrive in Newcastle upon Tyne on August 17 and run until the 19. The city will become an outdoor playground for street dancing, skateboarding, Parkour, rap, MC’ing and all kinds of urban sports and arts.
A wide range of pre- and post-war classic cars will be on display at Woodhorn, Ashington, Northumberland, on July 8. Anyone who is a fan of vintage and classic vehicles will want to mark the date in their calendar. All kinds of vehicles, including old Austins, Fords, Renaults and Land Rovers, will be polished and on display.
Deborah Tate, Woodhorn, reveals places she loves: Northumberland’s diversity, Drake Stone, Rothbury, Edlingham
Deborah Tate, Marketing Officer at Woodhorn, is the focus of our insider tips question and answer interview, and she shares her love of Northumberland, it’s history, and a few secret places too off the beaten trail that offer stunning views.
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A new and a fascinating record in the form a minute book relating to the Morpeth Olympics of days gone-by has come to the fore following request from a Woodhorn-based youth project to use material from the Northumberland Archives. The Archives already held a minute book of the Morpeth Olympic Games Committee from the post World War II period. This exciting the new record covers the period 1922 until March 1945.
The Co-operative Membership has given a a cash grant to Northumberland wildlife trust to help fund its being its BeeQuest programme. This is the third cash grant the trust has received from The Co-operative. The money helps fund work that supports the activities of bees – highly effective pollinators for work range of crops and flowers across the region and around the globe.
Michael Lawson-Smith, the great grandson of Lord Robinson who who helped paved the way for the establishment of the Forestry Commission in 1919 and whose vision helped create Kielder Forest, came to pay homage to his famous relative this past weekend with a visit to Kielder Forest.
Hadiran’s Wall and places such as Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswold are great places to spend the summer months and mark the Summer Solstice week and beginning of summer. Enjoy this World Heritage site as well as the new museum at Housesteads, and learn about how the Romans marked the Solstice in what is a truly spectacular part of Northumberland.
Newcastle upon Tyne’s Sleeperz Hotel in North East England is celebrating after winning a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The 98-bedroom premium budget hotel near Newcastle Central Station – was recognised by judges for architectural excellence at the RIBA Hadrian Awards in Leeds last night. The hotel joins a list […]
It has been a roller-coaster of a week for people watching and interested in the Kielder osprey chicks, with the loss of two chicks, and fears for another, which re-emerged safely this week. A third, smaller chick was fighting for survival but is now holding its own, gaining weight and competing for food.