Archive for July, 2012
Northumbria Byways, Hethpool House and ThisisNorthumberland are giving you the chance to enter a contest for two nights for two, including breakfast, at Hethpool House in the College Valley, Northumberland.
An urgent new appeal has been issued to help save threatened red squirrels in south Northumberland near Hexham and Slayley. The reds are struggling to compete with the greys and are also being exposed to the deadly squirrelpox virus. Please find out how you can support this appeal.
Plenty of excellent reviews on travel review website Trip Advisor have helped Housesteads Fort with a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. The international award acknowledges the the new museum at Housesteads and the ongoing improvements overall at the world-class attraction in Northumberland.
National Parks Week in 2012 will be a celebration of the UK’s beautiful landscapes. In the year of the Olympics in London, the week will acknowledge the way in which parks have inspired mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and Olympic athletes to train hard and do their best. Two sportsmen shaped by Northumberland National Park are Roger Uttley and Steve Cram. Find out more.
Weetslade Country Park near Newcastle Upon Tyne has won the prestigious Green Flag award. The award recognises criteria includeing maintenance, conservation, and community involvement. The park has been acknowledged as a welcoming open space and one that is , healthy, safe and clean. Weetslade is managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and a team of volunteers.
People with ambitions to be a woodsman or woman, or anyone with an interest in Kielder Forest and the great outdoors are encouraged to take part in the exciting Kielder Forest tours, running from July 31 – August 28. You’ll get to see a giant high-tech timer harvester at work and understand how timber production is balanced with conservation and recreation.
A osprey chick at Kielder Water & Forest Park has flown for the first time! The maiden voyage was made by the healthy young bird after stretching her winds for a few days and taking a few hops on the nest. Her flight was a great success and soon she will be shown how to hunt by her parents.
Lovers of Victorian and Victorian buildings will be keen to see a photographic exhibition celebrating the work of the Victorian Society is open at Cragside, Rothbury. Saving a Century shows the Victorian Society’s most remarkable campaigns, among them the battles for St Pancras, Liverpool’s Albert Dock, and the Euston Arch.
Peace Camp 2012 took place this weekend at coastal locations around the UK. The camp at Dunstanburgh, Northumberland, sat beneath the ancient castle ruins, and was a great success. We share with you some stunning and beautiful images taken by Louise Almond-Norris.
There is a great range of things to do across the North East of England this summer. English Heritage is hosting events themed around sporting heroes from the past as it launches a packed programme of historic events to keep everyone entertained during the summer months.
Edoardo Albert is a writer. He completes our Q&A In the Know and shares his experience of discovering and falling in love with Northumberland. He has written about Northumberland for Time Out, and his next book, Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, written with Paul Gething, will be published in October.
Fledgling osprey chicks have been ringed by Forestry Commission staff this week. Staff and volunteers are really pleased with the health and progress of this year’s chicks given the horrendous weather in the last few months. Ringing will man the birds can be monitored in the wild.
The Peace Camp project at Dunstanburgh Castle is now live and runs until Sunday, July 22. It will have love poetry suggested by members of the public performed over a specially-commissioned music soundtrack from dusk to dawn. See images of the beautiful camp next to Dunstanburgh Castle, taken by Richard Nias.
A speakeasy is open in Newcastle until Saturday, and we have some photos of the secret venue, thanks to NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Have a peak, and to enter the secret bar, answer this riddle: ‘In the place where penguins are in the NEWS it’s 50 years since little Eva did train to sing behind Bob’s shop.’
A new family-friendly kids book is being published this month, covering easy walks in Northumberland. The book is entitled Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks and is by Jon Tait of Rothbury. It contains route text and maps, but also history and information, so it’s a really nteresting read in itself.
If you think you are related to Northumberland heroine Grace Darling, consider going to a free family history workshop at Woodhorn near Ashington in September. The workshop is in conjunction with the play Amazing Grace, which will tour North East England venues later this year.